030 Journey: one church’s conversation about full LGBT inclusion



 

This episode comes from Christ Church in Cape Girardeau and members Stephanie Miller, Chris Masters, and James Boyer talk with host Harry Leip about how their church began and continues the conversation on embracing its LGBT members, what it looks and feels like, and how the church can be a safe and welcoming space.

 

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029 From felt church mice to ministry



Calvary Church in Columbia has a light hearted ministry that raises thousands each year for the community –for food pantries, gardens, social justice organizations and some church outreach ministry. And it’s all built around hand-made felt church mice, YES! MICE! Calvary members Kay Glass and Sharon Sessions talk with Deacon Harry Leip about the history and mission of these mighty mice, the star of Calvary’s St. Nicholas Bazaar. It’s coming again to downtown Columbia MO, inside the church buildings, this (and every) first Saturday in December at 8 AM.

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028 Discerning God’s claim on our lives



This episode unpacks that dense term “discernment” and helps us imagine how a person, how a community hears God’s call to deeper ministry or to ordination. Our guest is Mike Angell, rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church in University City and chair of the Commission on Ministry, tasked with helping Christians in that discernment journey. He and host Deacon Harry Leip weave in stories of discernment from the Bible, from their own histories, and from folks who have recently trekked through this process.

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027 Hearing the call to prevent gun violence



 

For this episode we traveled south to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Christ Episcopal Church and spoke with member Brenda Phillips, who shares her story on becoming involved in gun violence prevention ministry with host Deacon Harry Leip. Participating in an annual pilgrimage around the places in town where violence had occurred, praying, leaving crosses, hearing from families, witnessing– was the catalyst for Brenda’s going deeper into this ministry of hope and education and presence.

 

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026 When the Standing Committee gets to sit: the bishop’s council of advice



 

Dr. Adam Pearson, member of Standing Committee, and Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City

In today’s conversation host Shug Goodlow and guest Dr. Adam Pearson, from Holy Communion Church, talk a bit about one of the governing bodies of the diocese, called the Standing Committee. They both serve on it currently, and talk about its purpose and work, how that work affects the health of the church, and also who might be drawn to this ministry.

 

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025 What is the council of the diocese and why does it matter?



Time for some insider baseball on this episode of JesusHacked. Guest Al Ludwig from Emmanuel Church and host  Barbi Click both serve on Diocesan Council. They talk about what council does, who would be well suited to this work, and how being a member has influenced their day to day life.

Al is also on the nominations committee and sheds some light on this year’s quest for nominees for elections to be held at diocesan convention in November.

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024 Jesus got me, the faith story of Gayle Fisher-Stewart



This episode, Jesus Got Me, shares the faith story of the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart. Host Debbie Nelson Linck caught up with Dr. Fisher Stewart when she was a presenter the Advocacy Institute of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, on the anniversary of the shooting death of Mike Brown.

After retiring from the Washington DC police force, seminary and ordination, Gayle is now associate rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in DC, and the founder of the Center for the Study of Faith in Justice.

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023 How does a downtown church find God’s work beyond their red doors?



An intentional self-study as a beloved pastor of thirty plus years was retiring, a congregational development course challenged a downtown congregation to discern they wanted to be not only more visible in their community, but more active and engaged. It led them out the front doors, to look up and around at the connections to be made.  “We didn’t set out to start whole new social service agency. We were just trying to figure out, how can we as a faith community bring our resources, energy, talents and skills to the table to meet some of the needs we have in this community?”

With Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering from Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City and host Deacon Harry Leip.

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022 Being Church in a town of 400



How are we the church in a town of 400? In this podcast episode we talk with Tina Dillon, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Portland, Missouri. What was like to move to a small town, be invited to and welcomed by a church, the difference that has made in her life, and the ways St. Mark’s is involved in finding God’s work in Callaway County.

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021 Listening to God, listening to people: the Community of Hope



The Community of Hope is a ministry of presence, a lay chaplaincy, and we’re talking about it today with Mary Ann Cook.
The community is steeped in the Rule of St. Benedict and their training, then their practice, focuses on listening to God and listening to people. COH works in hospitals, prisons, retirement homes, and keeping ill or dying parishioners connected to their church family. Our host is the Rev. Dan Handschy.
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