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Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Kenda Creasy-Dean of Princeton Seminary and Paul Nixon of the Epicenter Group for a frank discussion of the future of faith communities after COVID-19.

This is the finale for our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

Episode Highlights Include: 

  • How the church has been dropkicked 20 years into the future
  • Why our churches should “Go Quaker”
  • Why many faith communities should let go of 90% of what they do
  • What it means for leaders to step into a Red Sea that hasn’t parted yet

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Stay tuned next for: An updated re-release of our series, Why I Stayed/Why I Left, with updates from our guests!

Join us for a conversation with activist, scholar, and pastor Rev. Dr. Kapya John Kaoma about what we can learn about resilience and joy in times of uncertainty and suffering from our sisters and brothers in the global south.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

Episode Highlights Include: 

  • The American “arrogance of unknowing”
  • African churches’ experience operating in pandemics
  • What do you do when it seems like too much?
  • Why hope is not about success

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Stay tuned next for: Our live conversation with Paul Nixon and Kenda Creasy-Dean about The Future of Faith Communities post-Covid-19. (Click here to register!)

 

Join us for a conversation with Casper Ter Kuile of The Sacred Design Lab about religious and non-religious spirituality during our pandemic, including what it means to create meaning and mark time in moments of spiritual disorientation.

Casper Ter Kuile is host of the award-winning podcaster and researcher, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.

Episode Highlights Include: 

  • The unique spiritual challenges of living during a pandemic
  • Rituals to mark time, including liturgical Mario Kart garb
  • How COVID-19 has accelerated trends in religious life, for good and for ill
  • How Millennial spirituality is inflected by class
  • The respective strengths and weaknesses of non-religious spiritual community

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Stay tuned next for: Our conversation with Rev. Kapya John Kuoma about what people from the global south can teach us about resilience during a pandemic. It’s a live podcast interview, so register for it here!

Join us for a conversation highlighting our host, Ben Yosua-Davis, and Dr. Elizabeth Parsons as featured guests on a recording of the BTS Center’s Zoom Meetup, “Let’s (Not) Return to Normal”, exploring what this pandemic has revealed about our country and our faith communities and what it would look like to create a better normal for our human community.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

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Statistics

Holes Dug: One
Dumpsters Delivered: One
Items In Said Dumpster: One
Concern About Dumpster Deadline: Rising
Items Lost on Saturday: Three
Items Found: Two (Upon roof of car, after driving most of the way down the road wondering what that banging noise is)
Number of Senselessly Tiny Outlet Screws That Some Moron Decided to Put In Sideways Several Decades Ago Removed: Countless
Number of Loud War Cries Uttered As Basement Junction Boxes Removed: Many
Functional Truck Tires: From 2.5 to 3.5
Deep Trenches Dug Under Old Tires So New Ones Could Be Installed When the Jack Wouldn’t Go High Enough: 1
Functional Car Batteries When Over-Confident Owner Went To Drive Newly Four-Tired Truck: Zero
Cabins De-Wired: 1

I have a well-earned reputation for not possessing great technical proficiency at, well, anything practical.

I’ve earned this reputation in part from many years of publicly-practiced abstracted absent-mindedness, in which I will contentedly read or just think with such abandon that small trivial matters such as Why Did I Just Put My Cup of Tea In the Refrigerator? or What Did My Wife Just Say to Me for the Fourteenth Time? never particularly register.

It also stems from the fact that I never got much beyond the Can-Mow-His-Own-Lawn and Change-His-Own-Tires stage of hands-on competence. When faced with a task that goes beyond these narrow bands, I have a tendency to engage it with aggressive over-optimism, before discovering that you need more than a masters degree and two screwdrivers to do most home repairs. (I still remember the time in my young adulthood when our friend, a librarian nonetheless, pity-bought us a hammer that I still use to this day.)

However, during this past summer, in the frantic run-up to preparing the house for Child Number Two, I had to step outside out of my very well-defined comfort zones to erect a backyard fence and the paint over half our house. I went in determined that damn it, anyone who got a masters degree couldn’t be as helplessly incompetent as I was, and so, come hell or high water, I was going to learn SOMETHING. Much to my surprise (and with the help of many people who are far wiser in the ways of the paintbrush,) I not only discovered that I was capable of driving fence posts and painting respectable straight lines, but that I actually enjoyed the work.

Being the aggressively over-optimistic person I am, this naturally led me to assume that the next stage of my education should be the complete renovation of not just one outrageously filthy house, but also a cabin, a garage, and a barn; hence why I spent most of the last month and a half on my knees silently mouthing expletives as I dug holes in the mud, or on my knees silently mouthing expletives as I unscrewed improperly installed outlet covers in our cabin, or reclined gingerly in my office chair, silently mouthing expletives as I bought a set of knee pads on Amazon.

I’ve been aided in the last month by two exceptionally patient masters at their craft; Bo Beaupre of Chebeague Sand and Gravel, (who’s first name, as you undoubtedly would never guess, is in fact Jean Louis), who can make an excavator dance a graceful ballet while effortlessly performing the sort of geometric calculations necessary to make sure that your poop flows away from your house instead of towards it. The second is the aforementioned Kim Boehm, proprietor at Chebeague Island Electric, who has become my wiring sensei over the last month.

My apprenticeship with Bo consisted of a full day knee deep in mud while we dug a very deep trench and inserted a pipe in the cabin foundation to let the basement’s small pond’s worth of water drain to a more convenient point farther down the hill: a process which involved a shovel, the use of a very fun electric jackhammer (sorry mom) and one moderately successful attempt at outrunning a small flood that was extremely excited to be released from its long confinement.

My apprenticeship with Kim has involved, after many quiet nights making bell hooks (note that I refer here to the manipulation of wire and not the educational theorist, a necessary clarification which should tell you a lot about the practical proficiency of my social circles) and a lot of hands-on work on site.  Kim instructs me in a concept, such as how to run wires or the inner mysteries of that Miraculous Tool known as a Dremel, gives me a sheet of assignments and lets me go to work, while thankfully putting up with an over-numerous deluge of anxious e-mails asking ridiculously small questions for clarification. In another week, the cabin will be wired, I will have done well over half of it myself, and I have begun to learn what requires maniacal precision and what falls comfortably within what every craftsman (or woman) calls “the margin of error”.

Incidentally, most productivity gurus say that this is exactly the type of high-value leisure activity that we should all trade our Netflix for. And while this is not quite leisure and involves a lot more Hauling of Trash and Falling Down Wells than any of these authors envisioned, I’m enjoying the deep satisfaction that comes with hard-earned moderate proficiency in something that is undeniably practical.

Join us for a conversation between Ben (our host!) and Melissa (his spouse!) as they talk about what it’s like to weather a pandemic while living on an island.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

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Join us for a conversation with Andrea Lingle, mother of four and staff writer with the Missional Wisdom Foundation, about parenting during COVID-19.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

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Join us for a conversation with Paul Nixon of the Epicenter Group, as he shares about how the Coronavirus presents opportunities for renewal for churches.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

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Stay tuned next for: A conversation with Andrea Lingle of the Missional Wisdom Foundation about parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Join us for a conversation with Rev. Carolyn Lambert about leading families through grief and ritual, especially through the practice of funerals, in the time of the Coronavirus.

This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. 

If you need additional resources, make sure to check out the Massachusetts Council of Churches’ article, “Guide for Christian Funerals During COVID-19”.

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Stay tuned next for: A conversation with author Paul Nixon about the ministry opportunities that COVID-19 offers faith communities.

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