Today’s morning news delivered a story about athletes and the stresses of the pandemic. Without races to run and games to play, how do we set goals and stay fit? The same is true with the spiritual life. As Advent and Christmas approach, how will this be a season that build communities, connects people, and helps us grow in faith when getting together will be challenging? I have some ideas.
As some of us move worship back into our sanctuaries, what have we learned while doing online worship that we’d like to bring into our sanctuaries with us? https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/aj5rsq/Tuesday_10-129m9qf.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
If I were to guess, I’d say that Rev. Elle Dowd is an expression of the spiritual gift of apostleship. She was doing online ministry (before it was cool) years ago as a way of reaching out to the disaffected and traumatized. Her experience makes her the perfect guest for this podcast; I only hope…
Rev. Kerra English is a half-time pastor near Richmond, Virginia, and works hard to keep a personal connection to her congregation. Sure, it’s easy to see how many people are watching your online services, but who are they, exactly? https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/cf49ia/Kerra_English_-_Stereo_Mix6fn4u.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but Dylan Wilson of Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, shares some of the challenges of doing online ministry with youth and young adults in this time of social distancing. His creative work with video is bringing people into a place of participation in worship that he finds compelling. I…
Gregg Brekke is one of today’s leading religion reporters and photojournalists. Today we get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on in the church, given all the change that’s taken place this year. You’ll also want to hear where Gregg was last week. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/3mz37v/Gregg_Brekke_mixdown9ruky.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
I interviewed Valerie Ohle a few months ago. She had been given an impossible assignment: start a new church during a pandemic. An online church, based in a rural community. Oh, and did I mention that she’s bivocational? She’s a full-time paralegal as she’s working tirelessly to do, what many people would consider, the impossible….