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Enough. This week we stand in solidarity with our Black siblings as yet another beloved child of God is killed by police, Tyre Nichols. Question for the Week:After the news that Tom Brady is "officially" retiring from the NFL, it got me thinking about pastors and people in the church. We have a habit sticking around even past our prime. When do we know when to call it quits and move on?Special Guests:Susan Krehbiel, Associate for Migration Accompaniment Ministries, & Emily Wilkes, Mission Specialist for Domestic Refugee Ministries, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  Guest Question:What is the distinction between a refugee and asylum seeker? Also, is the resettlement process similar or different for refugees compared to those seeking asylum?Frequently Asked Questions about Refugee Resettlement (from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)PC(USA) Policy Declaring On Declaring the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to Be a Sanctuary and Accompaniment ChurchContact Emily Wilkes: emily.wilkes@pcusa.orgFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week we send out prayers and hopeful actions for the victims of gun violence and hate! Enough is enough. Question for the Week:How can we create and navigate healthy boundaries as members of churches and leaders in faith communities?Special Guest:Myles Markham, Development Manager, Trans Lifeline Guest Question:We increasingly hear about issues of mental health and suicide regarding the general public, but not as much for transgender individuals. What resources are available to support members of the transgender community regarding mental health and suicide? How can we better connect these issues to faith?Trans LifelineAmerican Society of PediatricsThe Trevor ProjectTransmission Ministry Collective Q Christian FellowshipPride CounselingThe National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color NetworkSome of the people mentioned during the conversation: Justin Sabia-Tanis, Chris Page, Annanda Barclay, Erin Swenson, Patrick Chang, Remington JohnsonFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week, the Advocacy offices of the PCUSA looks forward to what is happening in 2023. Ecumenical Advocacy DaysCommission on the Status of WomenFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week we talk about AI and the recent litigation between Queer students and Christian colleges. All that and more on A Matter of Faith! Question for the Week:Life can be overwhelming sometimes (especially in the church) and we all have different strategies to calm ourselves down. What are some strategies that you use or have seen people use?Special Guest:Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, scholar, teacher, reproductive justice advocateGuest Question:At the center of conversations around abortion and reproductive rights are the terms "life" and "choice". But isn’t there also an issue of “trust” that is often overlooked. How does faith intersect with trust in this conversation?Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive JusticeSaCRED: Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive DignityFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week on the podcast we delve into the year with prayers of thanksgiving for the continual recovery of Damar Hamlin and a call out to continue to be politically involved...House Speaker Vote?Question of the Week:With a New Year beginning, people like to set New Year's resolutions. Have either of you set New Year's Resolutions and successfully implemented them? Have you ever set a resolution related to faith or spirituality?Special Guest:Rev. Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam, Director of the Center for Repair of Historical Harms, PCUSAGuest Question:The term "reparations" comes from the term "repair". But what does "repair" actually mean when it comes to historical harms?For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM A MATTER OF FAITH!Question of the Week:What is Epiphany?Special Guests:Audrey Thorne & Carter Grant, Master of Divinity Students at Princeton Theological SeminaryGuest Question:I’m considering taking a break from my seminary education, but have some worries about it. Has anyone else done this? What was your experience like? Also, what is the value in stepping away from grad school education for a bit in general?For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
¿Cuales de las celebraciones y tradicciones de su cultura celebra hoy? ¿Cómo has compartido las en la congregación que habla inglés donde sirves? En América Latina y el Caribe, celebramos la Navidad por venir juntos sobre la mesa con gratitud y alegría. Cantar es una parte de las celebraciones y algunos de nuestras canciones fueron escritas con nuestros niños en la corazón. Hoy, ellos cantan estas canciones y todos están invitados ser como ellos en esta celebración que lleva la esperanza y renueve nuestra fe por el año venir.For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
2022 podcast year in review!Special Guest:Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Writer, Speaker, EDI Consultant & Founder of Queer SundayGuest Question:What are the benefits as well as the challenges to building online communities for people of faith, particularly for people from marginalized communities such as members of the LGTBQ community and people of color?Queer SundayJenna Tenn-Yuk's WebsiteFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week, we are spending the holidays with our families, but of course, we had to bring you a Holiday Episode with a very special guest! Special Guest:Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York & Holds the Johnston Family Chair in Religion & DemocracyGuest Question:Trauma is a powerful and overwhelming experience, especially when its caused by violence. It can make those who experience it feel like they are not worthy of God's love, grace, and healing. It can also raise questions about God's role and very existence. How do we walk alongside them and encourage them that they are worthy and help them heal?  The holidays can be a difficult for people who have experienced trauma or grief. It can remind be a reminder of people, places or things that are no longer with us or that we never had, potentially due to violence in our society. How should folks think about the holidays differently as we celebrate the birth of Jesus?Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured WorldCall It Grace: Finding Meaning in Ruptured WorldFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
BRITTNEY GRINER IS FREE! SAME-SEX and INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES are PROTECTED! Question of the Week:What are your thoughts on Santa Claus?Special Guest:Margaret Kamitsuka, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Oberlin CollegeGuest Question:Within the year, we have seen a fundamental shift in reproductive rights especially as it pertains to abortion. Faith is the driving force in many of these discussions and actions. What does a pro-choice Christian stance look like?Abortion and the Christian Tradition: A Pro-Choice Theological EthicFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week, we congratulate the reelection of Rev. Dr. Warnock as the Senator of Georgia and we also send out prayers to everyone who finds themselves in a situation of self-harm. WE LOVE YOU AND WE SEE YOU. Question for the Week:Christmas time can be very joyful and celebratory. But it can also be hard, tense or weird at times. How do we navigate all that the Christmas time brings as people of faith? Special Guest:Jay-Paul Hinds, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological SeminaryGuest Question:When we talk about addressing issues like racism and poverty, we don’t always focus on the spiritual care and spiritual needs of people of color, and particularly members of the Black and African American community. What would spiritual nourishment and empowerment look like and what is the best way to provide it without reinforcing problematic, systemic issues?   A Gift Grows in the Ghetto: Reimagining the Spiritual Lives of Black MenFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This month of Advocacy Watch, Jimmie and Sue invite members of the delegation to COP 27 to talk about their experience and how to get involved! Special Guests:Catherine Gordon, Associate for International Issues, Office of Public Witness; Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, Presbyterian Hunger Program; & Victoria Alexander, Young Adult Volunteer, Presbyterian Ministry at the United NationsCOP 27PCUSA Conference of Parties WebpageOffice of Public WitnessPresbyterian Ministry at the United NationsPresbyterian Hunger ProgramFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
It's a celebration of the Senate's attempt to codify the protections of same sex and interracial marriages! Question for the WeekWhat is advent? Why does it matter?Special Guest: Colin Kerr, Pastor, Parkside ChurchGuest Question:I am interested and curious about Christianity, faith, and church community. But I don’t know where to start and it all seems so complicated, and at times controversial. Can anyone help me?Resource:Faith Hope Love: The Essentials of Christianity for the Curious, Confused, and SkepticalFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
- ¿Cómo lees e interpretas este texto de Mateo 25?- ¿Cuáles son las interpretaciones de este texto en nuestros países/America Latina?Rev. Dr. Dan González-Ortega, Ph.D. Profesor de hermenéuticas aplicadas al estudio bíblico (enfoque: migraciones, transeccionalidades y justicia restaurativa). Rector de la Comunidad Teológica de México. Secretario Ejecutivo de la Comunidad de Educación Teológica Ecuménica Latino-Americana (CETELA). Director de Justicia y Comunión de AIPRAL.For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week, we send out our deepest prayers to those killed and injured at Club Q in Colorado Springs and we celebrate the furthering of gender inclusion in sports. Question for the Week:What are different ways that you have seen people express thankfulness or gratitude?Special Guests:Theresa Cho & Sam Lundquist, Pastors at St. John’s Presbyterian Church (San Francisco, CA) Guest Question:What are ways we can experience God and the divine through the arts and creative worship experiences? Why is it important to live into creativity especially within our faith spaces? Resources: St. John's Presbyterian ChurchFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week on the podcast, it's all about our Palestinian siblings and how we get involved to end the occupation of their land and dignity by the Israeli state.Special Guests:Dr. Nuha Khoury, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and CultureSam Bahour, Palestinian-American Businessman & ConsultantResources:Sam Bahour blogBright Stars of BethlehemDar Al-Kalima UniversityFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week, we discuss the mid-terms and talk with Lee about his experience in the Holy Land! Question of the Week:What is it like in the Holy Land?Special Guest:Sophia Har, Digital Manager, Color Of ChangeGuest Question:What are the benefits and challenges of using social media and ads to build awareness and support for campaigns around justice issues such as racial injustice, poverty, and voting? How do you build engagement and support when there is so much competition on digital platforms? Resources:Swords into Plowshares BlogPresbyterian Peacemaking Program Facebook PageUnbound Facebook PageA Matter of Faith Listening GuidesColor of ChangeFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
This week on Advocacy Watch, Jimmie and Ivy tell us about the new things happening in the Office of Public Witness and an upcoming young adult conference in 2023! We welcome Young Adult Volunteer Lucy McDermott to the podcast to talk about her experience and how we can get involved! Young Adult Volunteer Program Information Here. For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
WE ARE CELEBRATING 100 EPISODES!! This week we send out our Prayers for Seoul and, as the midterms approach,  we urge everyone to vote! Question for the Week:You all have talked about why voting is a faith issue. What are your experiences participating in voting?Special Guest:Ben Daniel, Pastor at Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland CAGuest Question:We hear about how Christians are called to be peacemakers and how pacifism aligns with Jesus’ teachings, as opposed to violence. But is violence (or war) ever justified to resolve a conflict or situation? How should we navigate this as Christians?Resources:Becoming a Peace Church in the PCUSAPeace Church CurriculumNeighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal" ImmigrationThe Search for Truth About IslamThoughtful ChristanityPCUSA Militarism Webinar on Moral InjuryFor Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
Esta es la segunda de una serie de conversaciones de Mateo 25 sobre el Evangelio de Mateo, llamada Deconstrucción de Mateo. Las preguntas de esta semana:¿A qué responde el Evangelio de Mateo y específicamente Mateo 25 en su contexto original y en el día de hoy? Retos y dificultades contextualizadas en la realidad hispano latina.Invitado Especial:Valdir Franca, coordinator for World Mission's Latin American/Caribbean office | For Listening Guides, click here!Got a question for us? Send them to faithpodcast@pcusa.org! A Matter of Faith website
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