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Today We welcome priest, writer, & speaker - Martha Tartanic. Her new book WHY GATHER: The Hope and Promise of the Church drops on June 14. In the midst of a global crisis, Martha found herself in a crisis of vocation, wondering whether or not there might be something else she could do with her life, other than serve the church. The church as a who…
 
In this episode we celebrate the release of Brian McLaren's latest Book Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned Brian talks candidly about how hard it is at times to stay Christian. Kevin and Rob, both senior clerics share there own frustrations and struggles over the years when the church has been har…
 
we are excited to welcome CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER. Clayton is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan (poo- cot – a – wagon) located in Northern Manitoba. He is a campaigner for https://www.350.org, a global movement that's responding to the climate crisis. He has campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples…
 
https://www.communicateforchange.org/ As a journalist and TV presenter Genelle has worked for the BBC, ITN, MailOnline and now ITV in various roles including; online journalist, documentary producer, weather presenter and newsreader. After seven years of working in the media with several highlights including reporting live on the national BBC News …
 
The Vicars’ Crossing is excited to WELCOME Susie and Tony Troxler. Tony and Susie Troxler met in Greensboro, NC and married in March 2008. They’d planned to start a family a few years into their marriage, but it never happened: A few years turned into more than a decade and still no child. Believing in the faithfulness of God, they both continued t…
 
Today we are excited to be a part of the book launch for Dr Robyn Henderson Espinoza’s book - BODY BECOMING: A PATH TO OUR LIBERATION. The body that Robyn Henderson-Espinoza inhabits is a nonbinary body, a trans body, a body in two races--and a body continually in discovery. Theirs is also a body on sojourn invested in experience, body understandin…
 
Today we welcome New York Times bestselling author Dr. Lisa Miller - a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University Dr. Miller is also the Founder and Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program and research institute in spirituality and psychology, and has held ov…
 
The Reverend Carol Howard Merritt is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching are anchored in theological wisdom and sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation. She’s known for serving growing Presbyterian (USA) churches, especially those with a deep commitment to s…
 
Today we are excited to welcome Kirsten Powers. Kirsten is a New York Times bestselling author, USA Today columnist, and senior political analyst for CNN, where she appears regularly on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and The Lead with Jake Tapper. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Elle, The Daily Beast, The Wa…
 
Today we welcome Melissa Florer-Bixler. Melissa is the pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church and a graduate of Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She spent times studying in Israel/Palestine, Kenya, and England. Much of her formation took place in the L'Arche community of Portland, OR. She is the chair of L'Arche North Carolina and a …
 
today we are excited to welcome SISTER BETTY MORRISSEY. Sister Betty is a Sister of Mercy in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. She’s had quite a life in her vocation, having served in Peru, taught all over the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and she’s been in Pastoral care at St Claire’s hospital now for 25 years. most recently she had bee…
 
Today we travel across the pond to the United Kingdom we welcome Bishop Andrew Ramsey, Bishop of Ramsbury. Bishop has a brand new book titled ENGLISH GROUNDS: A PASTORAL JOURNAL In this journal of short, lyrical reflections, bishop Andrew takes the reader on an exploration of faith, place and identity. Focusing on his home in Wiltshire, as he arriv…
 
The Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is a public intellectual, author, activist, farmer, scholar, speaker, and wisdom keeper. He is a recognized leader in the fields of Indigenous and Intercultural Studies, Ecology, Spirituality, Race, Theology, and Missiology. Through his teaching and leadership, he invites Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to decoloniz…
 
Today we are excited to welcome Dr. Maureen O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell is Chair the Department of Religion at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she is also an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics. She is an expert in the art of social justice, she’s an award-winning author and faithful member of POWER (Philadelphians Organizing to Witness…
 
Today is a BONUS EPISODE With so much division and disunity in our current climate, we offer this episode as a prayerful offering in hope for a better tomorrow. Today we welcome Brian Allain Brian founded and leads the team that produces “How to Heal Our Divides,” a project aimed at building awareness of voices and organizations that are taking rea…
 
Today we welcome The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio Hansen. Dr. Tumminio Hansen joined the Candler School of Theology in 2021. Prior to arriving at Candler, she was assistant professor of pastoral theology and served as director of field education at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she taught courses on trauma, practical theology, and…
 
Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. As a follower of Jesus, Dr. King was tireless in his efforts to live a faithful witness in the public square. Today's episode is dedicated to his memory. Today we welcome lifelong social activist, Dr. Obery Hendricks. One of today's foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and polit…
 
In this episode, we welcome back to the podcast author, Pastor, hiker, and pilgrim Brian Zahnd. In this episode, we discussed his latest book… “When Everything is on fire; Faith Forged From The Ashes.” Sit back and enjoy the delightful conversation about Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Derita, the Camino, and the Kansas City Chiefs. This podcast was record…
 
Welcome to this BONUS EPISODE of the Vicars’ Crossing. This episode is being released on The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12. Mary is the Patron Saint of Mexico and Patroness of the Americas. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country make a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City. The day commemorates the apparition o…
 
In this episode, we welcome Womanist biblical scholar, the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, numerous commentaries and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. S…
 
In this episode, we welcome associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology, Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre. A religious scholar, author, and ordained minister, De Le Torre was born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution. He and his family migrated to the United States as refugees when he was an infant. He had a successful real est…
 
Today we are excited to release this advent special. We welcome friends of the Vicars’ Crossing, Bestselling authors Diana Butler Bass, and Michael Coren. Diana and Michael have both written books about Jesus this year. Dianna’s book FREEING JESUS - challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to…
 
In this episode we welcome Dr. Will Willimon - Bishop Willimon is the Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School. He is former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and is considered by many as one of America's best-known and most influential preachers. Professor of the Pra…
 
Today we talk with author, speaker and Lutheran pastor Heidi Neumark. Heidi has served congregations in the South Bronx and presently in Manhattan. Her experiences in congregational and community leadership in the Bronx led to a highly acclaimed book, "Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx" She has chapters and sermons in numerous…
 
In this episode, we welcome New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books - Frank Schaeffer. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood. He’s an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Holly…
 
We welcome internationally renowned scholar and teacher, Amy-Jill Levine. Dr Levine is the author of numerous books including “The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings,” “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” She is also the coeditor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. …
 
Dr. Beth Allison Barr is professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she specializes in medieval history, women's history, and church history. Her current best selling book THE MAKING OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the …
 
n this episode we are excited to sit down with celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. In his new book REVOLUTION OF VALUES - Jonathan outlines how Christians have misused Scripture to consolidate power, stoke fears, and defend against enemies. A solution to this rest with people who have been hurt by the at…
 
After attending two universities in Britain as a young man, Michael returned to higher education in 2016, graduating from Trinity College, University of Toronto, three years later with a Master of Divinity (Honours) degree. He was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada in October 2019 and is a Pastoral Associate at St. Christopher's in Burlingto…
 
Peter Enns (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA). He has taught undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University. Enns speaks and writes regularly to diverse a…
 
AnnaLise Trudell is a gender-equity consultant and the manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova, the women’s shelter and sexual assault centre in London Ontario. She brings extensive analysis of the causes and impacts of gender-based violence and of prevention programming through her doctoral and postdoctoral research at Western Universit…
 
Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. “Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour’s house burned…
 
Dr. Josh McNall has taught at OKWU since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Manchester (UK), an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a BA in Pastoral Ministry from OKWU. Josh also preaches regularly around the country and serves as the Ambassador of Church Relations for OKWU—a role that allows him to s…
 
Kate Bowler, PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and professor at Duke University. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. In her twenties, she became obsessed with writing the first history of the movement called the “prosperity gospel”—which p…
 
A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012; two years later, he was named Dartmou…
 
Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country and On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, & the Gifts of Neurodiversity. His work has appeared in several anthologies and in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, Books & Culture, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Cresset, Christianity Today, Image Jo…
 
Drew E. Jackson is a poet who came late to writing poetry, although he would say that his love for the art form began with hip-hop, learning to put words together from Nas’ Illmatic. He writes at the intersection of justice, peace, and contemplation, having a passion to contribute toward a more just and whole world. Born in Williamstown, NJ, Drew c…
 
Jennifer Butler is committed to amplifying the connection between faith and social justice, has the heart of a community organizer, and is an ordained minister. She is the founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, which works to change the narrative about the role of faith in politics, wins major policy victories, and empowers religious …
 
Chanda Prescod -Weinstein is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, and like anyone, she has an origin story and a mission. She is a monthly columnist at New Scientist and a contributing columnist at Physics World. Read about why she co-led the call for a June 10, 2020 Strike…
 
Tayiba Nasr Born and raised in Herat Afghanistan Tayiba is a Canadian citizen and has been living in Canada for 35 years and in London for 25 years. She is mother to 4 children who were born here. Tayiba has been active in the Afghan community in London for many years. She has been working for South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre as community…
 
A native of Ireland, Professor Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at YDS in 2000. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His books include The Dead Sea Scrolls…
 
Kat Armas is a Cuban-American writer and podcaster from Miami, FL who holds a dual MDiv and MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her first book, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, Persistence and Strength (Brazos Press) explores the intersection of women, Scripture, and Cuban identity. She also engages these topics on…
 
Dr. Noble has been teaching composition and literature for over a decade, beginning at Antelope Valley College in his home town of Lancaster, California, and then at Baylor University. He has contributed scholarship on Cormac McCarthy and has published a book with InterVarsity Press titled, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. In…
 
John Marsh was an Anglican parish priest for forty years. Recently retired, he self-describes as an iconoclastic Anglican. Perhaps more accurately he is an old goat, an unrepentant curmudgeon. He has written two books, It Ain't Nothin But A Mess: Mission as Event and Impossible People: The Mystics, Mission, and Me. He is currently working on his th…
 
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace. This has led him to jail advocat…
 
Stephanie Tait wears many hats. Blogger, speaker, author, wife, mother, Jesus follower. Her fifteen-years and counting battle with Lyme disease has reshaped her view on the goodness of God. She makes her home in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two children. She shares her stories at https://stephanietaitwrites.com/ IT'S NOT A LIE: Is I…
 
Andrea Procter is an anthropologist with nearly twenty years of experience in working with Indigenous communities in Labrador. In 2017, she joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Healing and Commemoration project with James Igloliorte to document the stories of Labrador's boarding schools. She has a Ph.D. from Memorial University. IT'S NOT A LIE IF Y…
 
Dr. Paula Stone Williams is an internationally known speaker on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy and human understanding. As a transgender woman, Williams brings a unique perspective to her work on gender equity. Whether a corporate meeting, women's conference, company retreat or national gathering, Williams' unique perspective and story-telling skill…
 
Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce is Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. She is the first woman to be appointed as Dean in the Divinity School’s 150-year history. In 2016, Pierce served as the Founding Director of the Center for African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African America…
 
KATHY KHANG ABOUT KATHY Kathy is the mother of three. Wife of one. She loves Jesus. She really, really likes yoga & deep breaths, nail polish & lipstick, and girlfriends & our laughter and tears. She is a writer, speaker, coffee drinker, and now yoga teacher, and this journey began in childhood diaries & journals, moved into newsrooms, and then to …
 
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