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Episode 2.5 – The Questionable David Felten

Matt and Lucas join David Felten – Methodist pastor from Arizona in the US of A to explore the resource he co-created called Living the Questions, as well as what it means to live the questions.

 

You can (and should!) check out Living the Questions a source of curriculum and media for both seekers and “church alumni/ae”. Through a variety of flexible resources, Living the Questions offers tools to explore relevance and meaning of Christianity for the 21st Century. Check out www.livingthequestions.com.

 

You should also check out ‘Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity’ written by David Felten and his colleague Jeff Proctor-Murphy.

 

Contributors to Episode 2.5 include:

 

Music supplied by Adam Ball for both the featured poems.

Check out www.adamballcomposer.com

 

Poetry by Cameron Semmens – Clenched Around a Single Question & For Just a Second – All is Light.

www.webcameron.com

 

Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com/

 

Beyondering was created with the help of:

 

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au.
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit commondreams.org.auto learn about the next Common Dreams conference.

 

and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute www.westarinstitute.org as well as private supporters, donators and BeyonderBackers like you!

 

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Episode 2.4 – Robin Meyers: The Pástor Résistance

Matt and Lucas are joined by Robin Meyers, American pastor of 30 years, peace activist, social justice professor and author of seven books. He helped us adopt the lens of resistance and enabled us to consider a faith that stands up to, and stands against if necessary, the systems and structures that deny life and human flourishing.

You can (and should!) find Robin’s community Mayflower Congregational Church at http://www.mayflowerucc.org including past sermons. His books include The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to stop worship Christ and start following Jesus and his most recent; Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance. Lucas and Matt highly recommend these!

 

Contributors to Episode 2.4 include:

 

Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com/

 

Ben Sounds – ‘Jazzy Frenchy’

www.bensound.com

 

Paul Kelly – ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ 1993 EMI, Festival

 

Beyondering was created with the help of:

 

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au.
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit http://www.commondreams.org.auto learn about the next Common Dreams conference.

 

and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute  https://www.westarinstitute.org as well as private supporters, donators and BeyonderBackers like you!

 

Visit www.beyondering.com.au to:

  • Join our mailing list.
  • Join BOOK, LINE & THINKER – The Beyondering Bookclub
  • Find information about our monthly Live Events.
  • Become a BEYONDERBACKER and help keep us sustainable.

 

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Episode Bonus – Interfaith Panel on Progressive Faith

An Interfaith Panel on Progressive Approaches to Faith.
This event was hosted by the Yarra Interfaith Network at the Fitzroy Town Hall
in Melbourne.  It featured Beyondering’s own Matt Cutler, who appeared on the panel, and
Lucas Taylor who hosted the evening.
We were joined by two fabulous guests. Rabbi Allison RH Conyer – an ordained rabbi from California now at the Bentleigh Synagogue here in Victoria, and Reem Sweid – President of Muslims for Progressive Values in Australia.
Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfin
kel.  Check out  www.gotfink.com
Beyondering was created with the help of:
• the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au
• and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit
www.commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference.
and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute www.westarinstitute.org as well as private supporters, donators and BeyonderBackers like you!
Visit www.beyondering.com.au to:
• Join our mailing list.
• Join BOOK, LINE & THINKER – The Beyondering Bookclub
• Find information about our monthly Live Events.
• Become a BEYONDERBACKER and help keep us sustainable.
Join the conversation www.facebook.com/beyondering
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Episode 2.3 – Diana Butler Bass – (Re)Search Engine

Matt and Lucas join American author, speaker, scholar and independent researcher specialising in American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass to explore whether research has a place in the realm of faith, and whether it can aid the faith experience.

You can (and should!) find Diana’s books and upcoming speaking events at www.dianabutlerbass.com

Contributors to Episode 2.3 include:

Heatherlyn Music – Modernity

www.heatherlynmusic.com

Music supplied by Adam Ball – Marimba Man, Rain

Check out www.adamballcomposer.com

Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com/

 

Beyondering was created with the help of:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au.
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit http://www.commondreams.org.auto learn about the next Common Dreams conference.

 

and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute  https://www.westarinstitute.org as well as private supporters, donators and BeyonderBackers like you!

 

Visit www.beyondering.com.au to:

  • Join our mailing list.
  • Join BOOK, LINE & THINKER – The Beyondering Bookclub
  • Find information about our monthly Live Events.
  • Become a BEYONDERBACKER and help keep us sustainable.

 

Join the conversation https://www.facebook.com/beyondering

Follow @gobeyondering

 

Episode 2.2 – The Curious Lens of Rob Bell.

Matt and Lucas join internationally renowned author, speaker and former mega-church pastor Rob Bell to explore his way of looking at the world and particularly at faith – a lens that can best be described as Curiosity.

You can (and should!) find Rob’s books and information about his speaking schedule at https://robbell.com

 

Contributors to Episode 2.2 include:

Cheryl Mullens and Lance Peele – Thank you for the generosity of your stories, and for your generosity with your stories!

Ben Sounds – ‘Relaxation’, ‘November’ & ‘Sad Day’

www.bensound.com

Intro music to Rob Bell interview was “Hell’s Bell’s” – AC/DC from Back in Black (1980) Atlantic Records.

Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com/

 

Beyondering was created with the help of:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au.
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit http://www.commondreams.org.auto learn about the next Common Dreams conference.

and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute https://www.westarinstitute.org

as well as private supporters, donators and BeyonderBackers like you!

 

Visit www.beyondering.com.au to:

  • Join our mailing list.
  • Join BOOK, LINE & THINKER – The Beyondering Bookclub
  • Find information about our monthly Live Events.
  • Become a BEYONDERBACKER and help keep us sustainable.

 

Join the conversation https://www.facebook.com/beyondering

Follow @gobeyondering

 

Episode 2.1 – Elephants and Spectacles

An intro to Beyondering – Season Two.

Rejoin your hosts Matt and Lucas, catch up on what they’ve been doing in the off-season and scope out some of the territory to be covered in Season Two as well as take a sneak peek (with your ears) at some of the amazing guests to be featured. 

Contributors to Episode One include:

Ben Sounds – ‘Enigmatic’ & ‘India’

www.bensound.com

Kasey Chambers – ‘Is God Real’? 

From Bittersweet (2014) Warner Music Australia Pty Limited. Distributed by Warner Music Australia Pty Limited.

Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com/

Beyondering was created with the help of:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit http://www.commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference.

and acknowledges the support of the Westar Institute https://www.westarinstitute.org

Visit www.beyondering.com.au to:

  • Join our mailing list.
  • Join BOOK, LINE & THINKER – The Beyondering Bookclub
  • Find information about our monthly Live Events.
  • Become a BEYONDERBACKER and help keep us sustainable.

Join the conversation https://www.facebook.com/beyondering

Follow @gobeyondering

Episode 10 – Jesus: The Christmas special

In the season finale we look at Jesus of Nazareth – a person of immense intrigue. However, the layers of mythology that surround him as well as the various claims about his identity, his nature, and our expected response, have also made him an impossible pill to swallow for many people. Rather than deal with the Jesus of Christmas carols, what happens if we place Jesus and his teachings in their original historical context? What picture of Jesus will then emerge?

Join Matt and Lucas as we speak with one of the worlds leading historians of early Christianity and one of the major scholars in contemporary historical Jesus research, John Dominic Crossan. 

Check out johndominiccrossan.com

For further reading and engagement as invited by John Dominic Crossan, check out:

Contributors to Episode 10 include:

Cam Semmens – Jesus and I Go Fishing (used with permission)

Check out www.webcameron.com

Michael Leunig – ‘Christmas’ (Read by Daisy Taylor)

bensound.com – November

Beyondering and Beryl Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com

Beyondering is supported by:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit www.commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference to be held in Brisbane, September 16-19th 2016.

Join our mailing list at www.beyondering.com.au

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Episode 9 – Just Be(yond): Prayer and Spirituality

As our ideas of God expand and evolve, how might our prayer and spirituality do likewise? How are we to engage with a God not above and removed from earthly life, but intimately a part of it? And where is the soul in all this? 

Parker Palmer, author, quaker and educator, as well as Uniting Church Minister Alex Sangster, explore these questions and help us delve the depths of our own hearts and inner worlds. 

To find out more about Parker Palmer, check out: www.couragerenewal.org/parker/ or www.facebook.com/parkerjpalmer

To find out more about Alex Sangster, check out: www.emergingchurch.net.au/progressive-christian-podcast/

Alex’s book The Mystic Bible can be found at: http://progressivechristianity.org/resources/the-mystic-bible/

Contributors to Episode Eight include:

Cam Semmens – Inquisitions of a Theologaster… Prayer (used with permission)

Check out www.webcameron.com

Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few – Raindrops

Check out www.joelmckerrow.com

bensound.com – November

Beyondering, Faith and Beryl Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out http://www.gotfink.com/

Beyondering is supported by:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit http://www.commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference to be held in Brisbane, September 16-19th 2016.

Join our mailing list at www.beyondering.com.au

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Episode 8 – Beyond 2000

If Darwin has helped open our eyes to some sort of creative impulse that is ever evolving and creating, what does this mean for how we are to see God? If the universe is on the move and going somewhere, how can we partner with this energy and be opened up to greater expressions of love? Bruce Sanguin, an evolutionary mystic, attempts to offer us such a pathway.

To find out more about Bruce Sanguin, check out: www.brucesanguin.com

Contributors to Episode Eight include:

Cam Semmens – The Dwelling Scent of Damp Earth and Freshly Broken Meaning (used with permission)

Check out www.webcameron.com

Music: November, Slow Motion: www.bensounds.com 

Beyondering, Faith and Beryl Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel

Check out www.gotfink.com

Join our mailing list at beyondering.com.au

Join the conversation facebook.com/beyondering

Follow @gobeyondering

Beyondering is supported by:

  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference to be held in Brisbane, September 16-19th 2016.

Beyond Bruce Sanguin:

For further reading and engagement as invited by Bruce, check out:

John F. Haught – God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution

Ilia Delio – www.iliadelio.com

Pierre de Chardin – www.teilharddechardin.org

Brian Swimme – www.storyoftheuniverse.org

Henry Bortoff – The Wholeness of Nature

Episode 7 – Beyond The Other – Inclusivity

Why can’t we all just get along? Why is difference such a threat to us? What is at the heart of the conflict and violence and intolerance we find all around us and also within ourselves? In a completely globalized, multi-cultural, multi-faith world, we are surrounded by difference and diversity as never before. Our special guests Carolyn Francis, Dave Andrews & Bishop Spong help us explore what it means to inhabit such a world and to navigate an inclusive pathway forward.
Episode Seven guests were:
Carolyn Francis. To find out more, check out: www.csbc.org.au/AboutUs/PastorsStaff/CarolynFrancis.aspx
Bishop John Shelby Spong. Check out: johnshelbyspong.com
To hear an episode in which Bishop Spong is the feature interview here
Dave Andrews.  To find out more, check out:
To hear another episode in which Dave Andrews features alongside Val Webb, click here
Other contributors to episode seven include:
Dave Andrews: Don’t Be Afraid (used with permission)
Cameron Semmens (poetry) with Mike McCarthy (music): Every Bush is Burning – I Carry an Axe (used with permission)
Cameron Semmens – Help us be Kind Lord (used with permission)
Heatherlyn – ‘Modernity’ (used with permission)
Beyondering Theme music created at Got Fink Studios by Caleb Garfinkel
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Join the conversation facebook.com/beyondering
Beyondering is supported by:
  • the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria – Join the network, find resources and learn about upcoming events at pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au.
  • and Common Dreams: An alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit commondreams.org.au to learn about the next Common Dreams conference to be held in Brisbane, September 16-19th 2016.