While at Michigan's Annual Conference Corey got a chance to sit down with Jill Zundel, pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, one of the, unfortunately, few churches involved in the modern sanctuary movement, a movement centered on housing undocumented immigrants and immigrants under threat of deportation. Jill recently completed a walk from Detroit to Lansing to raise awareness for the movement and for the refugees and families currently housed at Central UMC.
This week during Michigan's Annual Conference Corey was fortunate enough to sit down with Greg Timmons, the Recovery Coordinator in Flint, Michigan who deals with water distribution and community rebuilding efforts on a daily basis. Greg shares his perspective as Corey listens in and asks the questions we're still wondering about when it comes to Flint. Did you know the United Methodist Church is the only church involved in Flint recovery at a denominational level? Hear about this and other details on the ground in Flint from someone living it.
Does our Jesus look more like the Americanized rugged individual or the oppressed person of color? More like a mighty warrior or a lamb who was slain? A killer of his enemies or a mother hen calling her chicks home? This week Corey and Danny were fortunate enough to sit down with Nate Pyle, author of Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood, and don't worry, it's not what you think it is. We talk in this episode about toxic masculinity as well as about what redemptive masculinity and redeemed humanity actually might look like.
You can find Man Enough over on the Amazon page.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Charlie Baber, author and artist of The Wesley Bros, a Methodist webcomic, for a third time, this time talking about the anniversary that just sort of snuck by, the 50th anniversary of the UMC. We take some time to talk about the good things the UMC has done, the fearful place we seem to find ourselves in, and of course, we spend some time talking about what gives us hope.
Hey, did you know we're doing an annual conference BINGO contest? Follow the link below, download the image and you can be entered for a chance to win a prize tailored by us.
This week AhnnaLise and Corey got to sit down with Brandan Robertson, pastor at Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diago California and author of the new book, Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians. We spend some time talking about the book, a collection of essays, as well as some time to talk about the current state of the church and what we can learn from the far-right takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The book can be found over at the Amazon store page.
This week Corey and AhnnaLise meet with David Finnegan Hosey, author of Christ on the Psych Ward a book detailing his experience in the mental health system as well as how Christian theology is lived out therein.
You can find his book over at Christ on the Psych Ward Amazon Page
And the book's website over at https://www.christonthepsychward.com/
In what might be one of our most important episodes we are joined by Rev Cara Rockhill from the Episcopal Church as well as fellow UM pastor, JillAnn Knonenborg to discuss the #MeToo Movement as well as sexual violence both inside and outside the church and how we as pastors, and especially we male pastors like Danny, Corey, and Jeff, should be responding and raising awareness to the issues of rape, assault, and violence perpetrated against women, children, and men and how the church has often been silent on this issue.
So if you've ever wondered how you can be a better ally, how to talk about this issue, this episode might be a good starting place or way to continue the conversation.
*Content Warning* We discuss matters that may be uncomfortable and potentially triggering for some, so if you find yourself bothered by discussions of this variety, please consider this your warning.
This week we talk about the post-Easter slump and the almost inevitable letdown we all face when we go from a full church to maybe even a quarter of the regular attendance in the week after. We include a bit about evangelism in here as well.
Well we have to be honest, we had a rough Holy Week, so forgive us as this episode comes out a little late. This week we talk extension ministries and what they look like for us and for churches we've encountered.