Episode 16: Jesus facepalms his way through Mark's gospel as the disciples keep missing the point. So does the Church. Who are we called to follow? How do we stay salty? Music by Raïssa Simone and The Sweet Maries. Words by Kahlil Gibran.
Episode 15: David exploits his power to rape Bathsheba, then kills her husband to prevent his power from being threatened. Brett Kavanaugh gets voted into the Supreme Court, and those in power can hold onto more of it. Patriarchy sucks, but we've all grown up in it. Music by MILCK and First Unitarian Congregation, Brooklyn
Episode 14: HAPPY PRIDE!! A short history of the harm churches have inflicted on LGBT communities and the hope that comes from mending relationships. The time I thought I was going to die on the Pacific Ocean. Jesus calms the storm. David finds comfort with Jonathan. Music by the brilliant choir of Eastminster United Church in Toronto.
Episode 13: Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders hurt Bri-anne's soul when they use scripture to justify horrific policy. Jesus shouldn't quit his day job. How do we know our kids aren't going to end up sociopaths? You are enough. Music by Mia & Jonah.
Episode 12: Jesus' family thinks he's crazy. The religious leadership thinks he's evil. Challenging the status quo is always risky. Music by Clementine and Anäis Mitchell. Words by Rumi. Righteous indignation by Bri-anne.
Son #1 has been in and out of the Emergency Room. Son #2 is sprawled across my lap in pain. The disciples keep asking the wrong questions. There is greatness in vulnerability.
A letter signed by over 400 United Church of Canada ministry leaders addressed to the recently elected Premier of Ontario. Our Community Minister, Bri-anne Swan, is one of the signatories.
Whatever you celebrate and whomever you’re with, Living Presence Ministry wishes you a heartfelt Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
Years from now, if anybody asks, I am certain I’ll be able to tell them exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out Gord Downie had died.