44 results for author: Bri-anne Swan


Find Somewhere to Go (Because we Grow Where We are Needed)

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.


Come Healing: A Lament for Survivors

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


Ontario United Church Ministers write an Open Letter to Doug Ford

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.


Born This Way: Risking the Waves & Calming the Storm

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.


The Constant (Awful) Gardener

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.


What Do We Have That They Should Want?

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.


Mini Episode – When Babies Are Sick: Strength in Vulnerability

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.


Love is an Action

Episode 10: Jesus is starting to sound like a broken record. LOVE ONE ANOTHER ALREADY! Music by Michigan Americana Duo Escaping Pavement. Poetry by Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.


God will Hunt You Down: Psalm 23, 90s Rap and Children’s Stories

Episode 9: Psalm 23. God not only follows but is ready to hunt us down. Bunnies. Music by Colleen Costello, Postmodern Jukebox and Coolio. Sort of.


Nowhere but Somewhere to Hide

Episode 8: Jesus shows up and starts breathing funny. Thomas misses the whole thing. How do we demonstrate the value we place on people's lives? Music by Two Roads Home, Fruit and ursidae