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June 2017

#72 Colleen Echohawk on the Resilience of Native People

By | 2017-06-22T19:30:02+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Local Spirituality, Podcast, social change|

Colleen Echohawk is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income urban Native people in Seattle. The Chief Seattle Club provides a sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native people. Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of […]

5 Church Planting Lessons I Learned From A Startup Brewery

By | 2017-06-22T10:37:00+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Blog|

Last weekend I took a quick trip from Seattle to my hometown of Milwaukee, WI. My brother’s baby was turning one. Over 500 people came out to celebrate. There were live bands on a big stage, multiple food trucks and plenty of port-o-potties. And lots of beer.

A little over the top for a one year-old, don’t you think?

Maybe. But not if your baby is a brewery!

One year […]

#71 Habitats for a New Humanity

By | 2017-06-13T08:57:46+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Innovative Community, Podcast|

Is a worship gathering enough to form us in the way of Jesus? Or are there other ways we can gather? Do “good teaching” and thoughtful worship actually increase our longing for God's kingdom? Or is there another more powerful and formative way?

In this episode of RePlacing Church, I interact with my friend Matt’s mastery of Sonos sound systems, the work of philosopher James K.A. Smith in You Are […]

Where have all the young people gone?

By | 2017-06-09T12:22:21+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Blog|

“Where have all the young people gone?”

The pastors and parents and denominational leaders wondered and waited and researched.

But there they were, a crowd of twenty- and thirty-somethings, two hundred strong, streaming into the old church building. They arrived early, clutching their books, and fought for the front seats. They listened to stories and pondered textual insights. They wrote down words of their true belovedness that they vulnerably shared with the strangers next to them. They […]

#70 Michael Mata on Urban Transformation

By | 2017-06-05T08:01:36+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Innovative Community, Parish, Podcast|

Michael Mata is the director of the transformational urban leadership program at Azusa Pacific Seminary. An experienced urban planner and pastor, Michael has spent over 30 years in leading and equipping others in urban transformation through the creation of community and church-based programs. His work has focused on community transformation, youth leadership development, public health, intercultural outreach, and multiethnic ministry. Mata serves as […]

May 2017

#69 How Gideon Tsang Is Avoiding Burnout

By | 2017-05-30T06:45:20+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Innovative Community, Local Spirituality, Podcast|

Gideon Tsang is a pastor with Vox Veniae in east Austin, Texas which pioneered Space 12, a unique non-profit collaborative space which serves as a neighborhood gathering point hosting art shows, concerts, slam poetry events, computer classes, and dance classes, while partnering with neighborhood associations and varying organizations. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to talk about:

  • How the city gave their church their […]

#68 Sarah van Gelder on the Revolution Where You Live

By | 2017-05-23T05:37:17+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Innovative Community, Local Spirituality, Podcast|

Sarah van Gelder is an activist and storyteller. She is the author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from 12,000 Miles Journey Through A New America. She co-founded the award-winning YES! Magazine over 20 years ago and has been an editor and contributor ever since. She also writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post and other publications, speaks internationally and is a guest on radio and television. […]

Why We Need Inefficiency Experts

By | 2017-05-22T08:44:06+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blog|

My legs were burning and my heart was racing. I had just conquered a steep hill, ten blocks from my house. Usually I would quickly turn the corner and finish my run home. But I this time, I stopped abruptly.

“If you don’t have your heart, you have nothing.”

This message welled up inside me. It wasn’t about my heart rate; it was about the implications of my nonstop hustle towards productivity, […]

#66 & 67 Dominique Gilliard on Lynching, Mass Incarceration & Restorative Justice

By | 2017-05-17T04:23:12+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Podcast, social change|

Dominique Gilliard is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores (IVP, Spring 2018) and the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy, Do Justice ministry initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), where he is an ordained minister. Dominique has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago and Oakland. He also serves on the board […]

#65 Alexia Salvatierra on Faith-Rooted Organizing

By | 2017-05-03T20:17:37+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Local Spirituality, Podcast, social change|

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the founder and “madrina” of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. She is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. She has been a national leader […]