67 results for author: Bri-anne Swan

Jesus Was a Refugee

The Magi. The flight to Egypt. Baby Jesus in a cage and tragedy at the U.S./Mexico border. Reflections by Michiko Bown-Kai of East End United, Rev. Alexa Gilmor of Windemere United Church and Jenn McIntyre of Romero House. Music by The Nields.

Stacking Wood: Lessons in Asking the Right Questions

The Parables of the Persistent Widow and the Pharisee & the Tax Collector. What are the questions we should be asking? We all get hot chocolate in the end.

Let Me Tell You About Sheep

Bri-anne is experiencing ennui as the Canadian election is called. A dude loses his sheep. A woman loses her coin. Bri-anne loses her kid. At our deepest level, we are seeking reconciliation with God. Reading by the Rev. Joy Cowan. Music by David Ford and Calexico.

Do You Have What it Takes?

Jesus, his parents and siblings may need some family therapy. "Whoever does not hate father or mother...can not follow me." People who read Koine Greek are awesome. There is a cost to following this Jesus guy. Music by Kirsten Jones and Of Sea and Stone.

Jesus Never Rode a School Bus

Bri-anne was never the cool kid in school. Jesus is the worst dinner guest ever. God doesn't value what the world values. You (yes, YOU!) are loved and beloved.

Catch the Bird of Heaven: The Passion According to Luke

A special Good Friday Episode. The Passion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Luke, set against popular music by an international array of artists.

Just Kiss Her Better: Toddler Wisdom on Death & Love

Episode 29: It's Holy Week, kids. Palm into Passion. My son meets a dead raccoon on the side of the road and learns Mama can't fix everything. Jesus dies a scandalous death and we spend the next 2000 years wondering why. Music by Kate Rusby and Stan Rogers. Reading by Isaiah.

Said Judas to Mary: A Lavish Love

Episode 28: Mary anoints Jesus for burial. Judas becomes annoyed, but Jesus is on to him. A health benefits company tests the waters and things blow up. A lavish and extravagant demonstration of love and devotion. Touch can be sensual without being sexual. Once again, it's a woman who truly gets what's going on. Words by Kahlil Gibran. Music by Sam Phillips and Sydney Carter.

Embracing the Celebration

Episode 27: SCOTUS prevents an execution and the key player is...surprising. The Prodigal Son. Bri-anne has some work to do on opening her heart. Music by Ainsley McNeaney and Ry Cooder. Reading by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Bott. Poetry by A Sanctified Art.

Welcome, Brother

Episode 26: Lent 2. We lament the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand. God's covenant with God. The pharisees are not the bad guys. Christians. Jews. Muslims. We are a very dysfunctional family. Music by Sami Yusuf and Bri-anne Swan. Words by Sarah Ayre and the Newmarket Islamic Centre