Eps 95: Who Were the Medieval Woman Mystics?

Eps 95: Who Were the Medieval Woman Mystics?

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 Today my guest is Dr. Wendy Farley a Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dr. Farley, a premier theologian who has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices, has been a member of the faculty of Emory University since 1988. She is the author of many books and articles, including the one we will discuss today, The Thirst of God: Contemplating God’s Love with Three Women Mystics (Westminster John Knox, 2015) which hexplores the spirituality of medieval mystics Marguerite Porete, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Julian of Norwich.

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Eps 69: Guiding People from Fear to Solidarity

Eps 69: Guiding People from Fear to Solidarity

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Steven Hovater, a multi-talented man, is my guest today.

He creates several podcasts. He is a pastor. He makes apps. He is a family man: husband and dad of four (including two adopted daughters). And, as you will hear, he’s a lot of fun to converse with. I hope to have him back in the future as a return guest. Enjoy!

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SHOW NOTES for episode 69

Steven’s Podcast – Spiritual Stepshovaterspiritualsteps

(He also creates The Craft of Ministry podcast and just recently the Twine Threads of Faith podcast)

MIN 3:00

Spiritual Steps is a vehicle for his faith community to not be dominated by fears and anxieties.

You can’t simply be educated out of fear.Twitter (Click the bird to tweet this!)

“Islamophobia is more phobia than Islam.”

John Barton – Click to read the article

cultural change feels fearful.

7:30

Spiritual practices and disciplines (mainly prayer)

Rewiring the brain.

9:30

How do we want to be in the world in common life.

12:00

The fruit of what you create.

When you think a sermon stinks but then it ends up blessing others.

15:30

Part of our calling in the world is to join in the creative impulse of the divine.Twitter (click the bird to tweet this!)

17:00

How missional living plays out in Steve’s life

19:00

Righteousness and Judgment properly understood.

25:00

The problem of available work in his area.

27:00

The types of work left for humans to do is going away and this changes how we see ourselves.

37:00

Being radically alive

40:00

WEBSITE: stevenhovater.com

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43:00

Making Prayer and completive prayer more accessible:

Thomas Merton

44:30

The Prayer of  Solidarity– click here to read.

46:30

Gregory Pastoral Rule – Click here to read


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EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days

EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days

Thanks for listening to the Spark My Muse podcast today. Each Friday is a conversational guest episode. Today’s episode is a Spark My Muse first–not one, but two guests–the women from the podcast Sacred Ordinary Days. Jean and Lacy have quickly grown a strong tribe as they help listeners understand the seasons and rhythms of the liturgical year. They have both launched some fascinating resources too you will want to hear more about.

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MIN 1

Lacy (from Washington State) and Jenn  (from Texas) intro

and how did you find each other and start a podcast?

MIN 6 What is the liturgical calendar exactly why do you find it meaningful?

• Playfulness, curiosity, exploration, tools for meaningful living.

MIN

8:30

Ritual can bring play instead of rigidity which is not what we think of with religion.

MIN 9 crafting a Rule of Life

“A rule of life offers creative boundaries in which God’s loving presence can be recognized and celebrated…” -Henry Nouwen

MIN 10:30

Ritual during Lent – Suggestions

Major theme:

Ash Wednesday the first day of LENT- remember who you are. Returning to dust and remembering your own mortality and your interior journey.

Not just about fasting.

MIN 12:00

Lent means “Spring” or springtime. Awake the true self and cast off the false self.

Fasting, prayer, alms giving bring us towards life. Death of the false self.

Preparation for Easter and it starts in the dark like a seed starts underground.

MIN 14:30 Lent is 40 days. Sundays aren’t counted because they are feast days.

40 days is a time of testing that leads us towards life.

Holy Saturday – the tomb day a day of despair.

MIN 16:30 The seasons covered in the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

The church year, the Christian year, the liturgical year and learning alongside others.

Facebook.com/groups/sacredordinarydaystribe

MIN 18:30

Journeying in real time with everyone from all walks of life and in all age groups.

MIN 20

Lori Neff – Midday Connection – Lacy’s perpetual Calendar

Jenn’s Day Planner and KickStarter project

MIN 22

Lectionary

Daily Office

Liturgy means “the work of the people”

Reordering the days, minutes, and hours, and something to make it simple.

MIN 26

Lacy’s perpetual calendar and thematic seasonal prompts.

MIN 29

How the dates shift each year based on the vernal equinox and full moons.

The book of common prayer

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LENT 2016 February 10 – March 26 (but not Sundays)

MIN 32

Season of disruption where you make space and grieving the sad things about life. It prepares you for other sorrowful times in life. And prepares us to truly celebrate the wonderful times as well. We can hold both together. There are paradoxes. Both/And

MIN 35 Being fully human.

MIN 36 “It’s all grace.”

MIN 37

The underlying season remains and we can return to it whenever we need it.

MIN 38

Where you can find them.

Soul School – Lesson 2

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This is the second Soul School.

It’s a short episode with a few things to think about for the week. If you listen in let me know. If you have questions or suggestions, lay ’em on me.

EPS 27: No Squeezing Chickens–A rhythm for creating your best work

 

 

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INTRO to EPS 27
Andi Cumbo-Floyd found that farm life taught her about the divine whispers that ignite creativity. Now, she invites writers for workshops full of rest and fellowship. She welcomes and nurtures weary pilgrims to her beautiful rural retreat space so they can create in a safe and life-giving way.
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SHOWNOTES with links:

MNIUTE – 1:00-11:00 (intro)

Note-worthy links:

• The Contemplative Writer Facebook group

• The Slaves Have Names (Andi’s book about race relations and growing up on a former plantation.)

• Andi’s book about writing.

MNIUTE – 10:30

Monks don’t withdraw from the world to hide. They withdraw to pray and prayer is action. (Thomas Merton)

11:30

Storing up our reserves to be more powerful in the world as an agent for healing and change.

12:00God's Whisper Farm

On Andi’s writing retreat space called God Whisper Farms. Building the farm and fixing it up. Meeting her husband and getting goats and chickens and then relocating the farm to a place with 15 acres.

13:30

Mennonite Tradition. Pastor Jesse Johnson…God whispered (a.k.a. “still small voice”)

18:00

Upcoming residency for writers and artists to have a refuge and respite.

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19:00

Soul care

19:30

God’s Whisper Manifesto lays out the 10 principles for the farm.

20:40

Working with new writers. Goal-setting, the craft of writing, and connect with other writers.

22:00

Her advice for those who are stuck creatively:

Building silence into the day.

(Art comes from a stiller place.)

Kicking starting the process with poetry or lectio divinia.

Listening for your true voice and practicing the hearing needed for when that voice speaks.

24:00

Expectations and other things that block us from our true artistic voice.

Quieting the other voices that haven’t been helpful.

Not “shoulding” and thinking of “oughts”.

26:00

Henri Nouwen “What if God takes delight in the things that you take delight in?”

27:00

Anxiety-producing questions that make us feeling like we aren’t where we should be.

There is no writer’s block, only fear stops us.

28:00

The Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen

28:30

Privacy and a nurturing environment to create.

30:30

Knowing we are good and we are loved.

31:00

The universality in creation that finds a home in others.

32:00

Andy’s background in faith and spirituality.

Her parents’ advise for attending a church, “Go where the community is the best.”

34:00

A winding spiritual journey: 3 Baptisms and ending up Anabaptist.

36:30

The breakdown of denominational labels.

38:00

Social Justice (apart from government solutions) and the Peace Tradition in the Anabaptist sphere.

Old order Mennonite

39:30

The Love Feast (and some churches do foot washing as a sacrament.)

40:30

(Lisa) Assembly church background.

41:30

Sabbath Rest and visiting friends and family.

43:00

How we stop knowing people at church. The rebellious potluck.

44:00

No assumption of guaranteed entertainment and 2 hours to relax and eat.

45:00

House churches and nurturing environments.

45:30

Her website: andilit.com

Quilt of Souls

47:10

The Coal Regions of the East and Yuengling Brewery

48:30

Breeding Goats and making soap and gathering eggs.

49:40

Nature will not be rushed.

50:00

You can’t squeeze chickens to get eggs when you want them. They are the boss.

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