A space for meaningful conversations about Christian spirituality, discovery, and practice.

December 1, 2019

Ep. 40 - Terence Lester - Love Beyond Walls


We are thrilled to release this episode, featuring fellow Atlantan Terence Lester and his latest book from IVP, I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People

Terence Lester is a speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty. He’s known for nationwide campaigns that bring awareness to issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and economic inequality.

His awareness campaigns have been featured on MLK50, TVONE, Creative Mornings, USA Today, NBC, AJC, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Upworthy, and have been viewed by millions of people worldwide. In 2018, Terence led the March Against Poverty as he walked from Atlanta to Memphis (386 miles). He finished the march and spoke at the historic Lorraine Motel for the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

Terence is the founder and leader of Love Beyond Walls - check out their work in Atlanta here!

Terence's website - http://terencelester.org/

October 30, 2019

Ep. 39 - Preach and the Messiness of Faith - Lee Hale

Lee Hale is a reporter at KUER (NPR) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is also the host of Preach, a new podcast about the messiness of faith. In this episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing Lee, discussing his personal faith journey and current experience as a podcast host. On Preach, Lee "sits down with people from all walks of life and all religions. You'll hear people talk honestly about their doubts and beliefs. How they wrestle with life's big questions. And the way spirituality intersects with their daily struggles and joys.

We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Lee's upbringing in the Mormon church, working through deconstruction, and pressing ahead with curiosity and openness as we all strive to. We're sure you'll enjoy as well.

Be sure to subscribe to Preach and follow Lee @leetroyhale!



October 14, 2019

Ep. 38 - Ron Sider on Non-Violence - If Jesus is Lord

It's been a while! We're excited to release this latest episode with Ron Sider - author, theologian, professor, and significant non-violent Christian voice. In this episode we discuss his latest book, If Jesus Is Lord: Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Violence.

Be sure to check out Ron's bestselling book, Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger, which we reference a few times in the show.

Ron's blog can be read and followed here.


August 21, 2019

Ep. 37 - We’re Back…And There’s More to Come

We're back with a new episode - a candid conversation between Stephen and Andrew, catching up on personal life, spirituality, what we're reading, where we're headed. 

Life has had us a bit slow on new episodes this summer, but we're excited to ramp up in September and launch a number of new, exciting episodes over the next month.


June 7, 2019

Ep. 36 - Marty Solomon - On Sabbath, Family, and BEMA

Thank you, thank you to Marty Solomon for joining us in this latest episode!

Marty is the co-host of the BEMA Discipleship Podcast, the President of Impact Campus Ministries, a father, husband, teacher, a disciple of Jesus. Marty is a fantastic guest, and in this episode we discuss everything from being "people of the text" to the Sabbath, campus ministry, raising a Christ-centered family, and practices for the people of God.

We hope you enjoy as much as we did! Be sure to listen and subscribe to Marty's podcast as well.


May 7, 2019

Ep. 35 - Gemma Simmonds - Ignatian Spirituality

Welcome, Gemma Simmonds CJ, to the Laity Podcast! Super grateful to have Gemma on the show to discuss Ignatian Spirituality, alongside her recent book release, The Way of Ignatius: A Prayer Journey Through Lent. While it's now Easter season, this book/episode is highly relevant for anyone interested in the Jesuit tradition, contemplative prayer, St. Ignatius of Loyola - not just during Lent!

Gemma is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus - a Jesuit religious order of sisters founded by Mary Ward in 1609. She is also an author, speaker, and teacher of Ignatian spirituality, based in the UK. Read Gemma's bio here

We really enjoyed this conversation and think you will too.

April 19, 2019

Ep. 34 - Adam Gustine - Becoming a Just Church

We're stoked to have Adam Gustine on the podcast! Adam is the author of Becoming a Just Church - Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom. We absolutely loved this conversation and encourage everyone to listen. Adam, thank you for the time, and continue the good work. Certainly convicting and inspiring!

Adam L. Gustine leads CovEnterprises, a social enterprise initiative of Love Mercy, Do Justice, for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is also the founder of Jubilee Ventures, an enterprise incubator in South Bend, Indiana dedicated to extending opportunity, restoration and ownership to the margins. He has pastored multiple churches in a wide variety of contexts and has a doctor of ministry degree from Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ann, are raising three kids to seek the shalom of their city South Bend.



April 6, 2019

Ep. 33 - Open & Relational Theology (Pt. V) - Conclusion

Welcome to the final installment of our Open and Relational series. In this episode, we reflect on the last three guests on the podcast, refresh on the open and relational theology ecosystem, and discuss some potential gaps.

If you find yourself unsure of how to put all this content together, this episode will (hopefully) shed some light on application, outstanding questions we/you may have, and what we can take away from this perspective.


March 20, 2019

Ep. 32 - Open & Relational Theology (Pt. IV) - Tripp Fuller

We're stoked to have the most O.G. Christian podcaster of our day, Tripp Fuller, on the podcast with us! For those who don't know, Tripp is the host of the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast, though he is also a speaker, pastor, author, actor, and fan of all things process theology. We're excited to have his perspective in the mix during our Open and Relational Theology series.

We hope you enjoy this longer-form episode as much as we did. If you want to skip the intros an get straight into the process content, feel free to skip ahead to 00:23:00 or so.

Check out Tripp's film, The Road to Edmond, here!

Open and Relational Theology with Tripp and Tom Oord, here!

March 6, 2019

Ep. 31 - Open & Relational Theology (Pt. III) - Rabbi Artson

In this special episode we are elated to share a recent conversation with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson - Professor of Philosophy, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, speaker, podcaster, and Jewish process theologian based in Los Angeles.

In this third installment of our series, Rabbi Artson provides an invaluable perspective, lending his Jewish insight into this open and relational understanding God.

We're super grateful for Rabbi Artson's time and generous discussion, and we're sure you'll enjoy the conversation as much as we did!



Follow Rabbi Artson on his public Facebook page here

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