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Welcome to the Project Zion podcast. This podcast explores the unique spiritual and theological gifts Community of Christ offers for today's world.
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LGBTQIA+ affirming churches and Christians are often asked how they can reconcile their faith with being affirming.  Today, Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith talk about the assumptions one has when asking that question and how we can respond by remaining faithful to Scripture, to revelation, and to the Worth of All Persons. Host: Carla LongGuest: Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith Click here to down load the slides referenced in this podcast. You can find the video where Tony and Charmaine examine the common scriptures to exclude the LGBTQIA+ community here. 
There's no doubt that the world is going through a lot right now. How would our perspective shift if we were able to slow down and notice God in the every day mess of life? Retired Apostle, Linda Booth, shares a few stories with us today about finding God in the midst of the mess. Host: Linda Booth 
Today Mike Hoffman sits down with Graceland senior, Alecia Bennett. As a Black queer woman that hopes for more diversity in her communities, Alecia shares some experiences being at Graceland and being a member of Community of Christ. Host: Mike HoffmanGuest: Alecia Bennett
Candice Care-Unger and Kate Jones are colleagues at Royal Rehab in Sydney, Australia. Working specifically with spinal cord injury patients, Kate did her PhD work on spirituality and rehabilitation. The West Pennant Hills congregation, where Candice pastors, decided to sponsor further research and a program to train hospital staff on implementing spiritual support to those recovering from their injuries. Today, Candice and Kate share what they have learned through this process and how this partnership has benefitted their community on this episode of What's Brewing. Host: Carla LongGuest: Candice Care-Unger and Kate Jones
Project Zion Podcast is bring you follow up interviews with the presenters of the Historic Sites Foundation Summer Lecture Series. Today we have David Howlett  to share about his lecture, "The Story of Community of Christ in the Philippines."You can find David's's  original presentation here and be sure to keep an eye out for more episodes with the presenters from the Summer Lecture Series. Host: Karin PeterGuest: David Howlett
Community of Christ has a lot of messaging to keep track of; Enduring Principles, Mission Initiatives, Guiding Question, Generosity Cycle, etc. Today President Stassi Cramm helps us connect the dots of how these things are interconnected and aide us in living Christ's mission as our own. Host: Linda BoothGuest: Stassi Cramm 
Megan Byrd, a convert to Community of Christ and Graceland University senior, shares her experiences in the church and at college. Majoring in allied health, Megan sees her future career goals in alignment with her values that also supported by her church community. Host: Mike HoffmanGuest: Megan Byrd
Recognizing God in the midst of struggle can be difficult, but if we look we can see that God is with us through it all. Today Linda Booth shares a few stories of how she has learned the lesson that God is present through troubling times. Host: Linda Booth
Covid-19 changed how churches engage in ministry and youth ministries is no different. Find out what Pacific Southwest International Mission Center has done to keep their youth engaged on this episode of Steamers and Sodas. To learn more about what they're doing, check out their website. Host: Carla LongGuest: Bryan Tidwell
Project Zion Podcast is bring you follow up interviews with the presenters of the Historic Sites Foundation Summer Lecture Series. Today we have Wendy Eaton  to share about her lecture, "Stories Behind the Preservation of the Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois."You can find Wendy's  original presentation here and be sure to keep an eye out for more episodes from the presenters from the Summer Lecture Series. Host: Karin PeterGuest: Wendy Eaton 
Open Door is an LGBTQIA+ affirming congregation in Sydney Australia. They have a history of being welcoming and holding space for those often rejected from church that stretches long before national acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community. Pastor Sue Palmer shares a little about the history and the congregation on this episode is our What's Brewing  series. Host: Carla LongGuest: Sue Palmer 
Today we're sitting down with Andrew Wolsey who is in his second year at Graceland University. Andrew shares what the Graceland experience is like during Covid as well as his hopes for the future of the school and for Community of Christ. Host: Mike HoffmanGuest: Andrew Wolsey 
Joseph Smith's story of the First Vision is sometimes seen as the foundational story of our faith movement. Today, Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith walk us through the different versions of the story that Smith and others told and share their reflections on how these stores inform us as a church today. Host: Carla LongGuest: Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith 
What happens when a pandemic hits and a couple of ministers realize young kids are being left behind? Kid's Online Book Club is born! Over twenty kids across three different time zones have been involved in this new ministry that focuses on peacemaking, empathy, justice, and helping kids make sense of our current reality. Seventies JoAnn Fisher and Karin Peter are more than happy to help start a book club in your area and you can contact them at jfisher@cofchrist-iwest.org and kpeter@cofchrist.org Host: Brittany MangelsonGuest: JoAnn Fisher and Karin Peter 
We're sitting down with Graceland University student Casey Main to talk about the new Social Change major she helped bring to Graceland. Casey shares the process of getting the major approved and how she hopes it will help shape not only the university, but the church, and the world. Host: Mike HoffmanGuest: Casey Main 
A special PZP spotlight series featuring interviews with all the authors exploring the guiding question: “Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?” in a Herald magazine article series running June/July 2020 – April/May 2021. Andrea’s article is titled “Jesus, the Development Worker"Click here to read Andrea's article, "Jesus, the Development Worker."Click here to find the video reflectionClick here find more resources related to the Guiding Question Host: Karin PeterGuest: Andrea Read Davis
In partnership with the 2020 European Peace Colloquy, Project Zion Podcast is bringing you interviews with the presenters. Today, we welcome the recipient of the Peace Award, Keith Hebden to expand on his presentation, "Spirituality and Social Change: Re-enchanting the Activist."Keith Hebden is the founder/organiser of Leicester Citizens UK, now in its second year in the city. He is passionate in his fight against poverty and in listening to those who normally do not get heard. He is a very good organiser, reaching out to build a team of people from different ethnicities and faiths in Leicester to advocate for justice.  He first started community organizing in Mansfield, Nottingham.You can find Keith's original presentation here. 
Project Zion Podcast is bring you follow up interviews with the presenters of the Historic Sites Foundation Summer Lecture Series. Today we have Andrew Bolton to share about his lecture, "Who Was Right About World War I: Frederick M. Smith or F. Henry Edwards?"You can find Andrew's original presentation here and be sure to keep an eye out for more episodes from the presenters from the Summer Lecture Series. Host: Karin PeterGuest: Andrew Bolton
A special PZP spotlight series featuring interviews with all the authors exploring the guiding question: “Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?” in a Herald magazine article series running June/July 2020 – April/May 2021. Matt’s article is titled “Jesus Christ in Restoration Perspective”Click here to read Matt's article, "Jesus Christ in Restoration Perspective"Click here to find the recorded online discussion group with Matt and Janne' GroverClick here find more resources related to the Guiding Question Host: Karin PeterGuest: Matt Frizzell 
In partnership with the 2020 European Peace Colloquy, Project Zion Podcast is bringing you interviews with the presenters. Today, we welcome Sarah James and Hannah Langford to expand on their presentation, “Peace of Mind: Mental Health and Well-Being."Sarah-Naomi James and Hannah Langford are sisters who grew up in South Wales. Sarah-Naomi now lives in London with her husband Declan. She is a postdoctoral researcher at University College London (UCL) studying mental and cognitive health. Hannah lives in Leicestershire with her husband Dave and daughter Ffion. She has worked in Special Educational Needs for years and works as a Child, Education and Community Psychologist in Warwickshire.
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