Dr. Preston Pouteaux is the author of The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood. He is a beekeeper, writer, published watercolour portrait artist and neighbourhood enthusiast. Preston is a syndicated columnist with 13 Ways. Since 2015, his column “Into the Neighbourhood” has been printed over one million times in weekly newspapers. He is a pastor at Lake Ridge Community Church, serves nationally with Forge Canada Missional Training Network, and teaches community engagement, spiritual formation, and biblical geography at colleges across the country. Preston lives and gardens in Chestermere, Alberta, with his wife Kelly, their daughters Scotia and Ivy, and a few thousand honeybees. In this episode of RePlacing Church he joins me to talk about:

  • How exposure to beauty can inspire neighborhood imagination
  • Metaphors that can reshape dialogue among community members
  • How bees (or people) can function as 'keystone species' that cause everything around them to flourish
  • Intentional practices that can take advantage of seasons - even winter
  • How the church can awaken communities and inspire awe in local everyday places
  • Why we are called to be 'keepers' of our neighborhoods

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

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The Reverend Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, and Return to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience. A former church planter and Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Rah is now the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He currently serves on the board of World Vision and Evangelicals 4 Justice, and previously served with Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss:

  • How the Church is returning to justice
  • How church planting is often linked to cultural ideas of triumphalism and exceptionalism
  • Why lament needs to be an essential response to suffering in our world
  • Why 'thoughts and prayers' are insufficient for leading us to communal response to tragedy
  • How to move beyond the white, Western, dominant narrative of the Church
  • How to practice lament in your local church

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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Daniel Hill is the Author of White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white and 10:10: Life to the Fullest. He is the Founding and Senior Pastor of River City Community Church, located in the west Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, a church that is on the quest to become a multiethnic community of Jesus-followers that transforms the city of Chicago through worship, reconciliation, and neighborhood development. Prior to starting River City in 2003, Daniel launched dot.com and served on the staff at Willow Creek Community Church for 5 years. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss:

  • Why white people need to wake up to their cultural identity
  • Why “doing something” shouldn’t be our first response to white supremacy
  • The normalization of white culture
  • The seven stages of moving from blindness to sight concerning whiteness and racism
  • Why the church has a unique role to play in responding to racism

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. She is the author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners in addition to the Patheos blog and her own website www.kaitlincurtice.com. Kaitin is an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and she writes on the intersection of American spirituality, mystic faith in everyday life and the church. She lives in Decatur, GA with her husband and two sons. In this episode of RePlacing Church, she joins me to discuss:

  • How God sent her on a journey of reconnecting with her native heritage
  • How engaging her native identity helped her see the relationship between Christianity and empire in the U.S.
  • What churches can do to acknowledge and honor Indigenous people
  • Why she still calls God “Father”
  • How to pay attention to glory in the midst of parenting
  • How to stay rooted in an uprooted world

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

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A recent trip to Alaska has me reflecting on our human longings for wildness and safety, the church as refuge, and how Parachutes, a drop-in center for high-risk, street-involved youth in Anchorage is creating a safe physical, social and spiritual space for teens.

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

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The Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley and his wife Edith are co-sustainers of Eloheh Farm, a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Oregon. Dr. Woodley, a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, is an activist/scholar, distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, diversity, racism, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His work has been featured nationally in diverse venues such as Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, Moody Radio and Time Magazine. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox University/Portland Seminary. His books include: The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (a children’s book), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision and Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Randy joins me to discuss:

  • What white missionaries and pastors need to do to minister to native people today

  • The complexities of ministry in native american contexts

  • What self-theologizing is and why it is so critical for gospel contextualization

  • How Christian missionaries separated native people from God

  • A brief history native communities and whiteness in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

  • Shalom as “The Harmony Way,” and how native communities practice it

  • Why we need another term for the “kingdom of God”

  • What America’s true original sin is

 

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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D.L. Mayfield is the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications, such as McSweeny’s, Relevant, Geez, The Toast, and Conspire! Her recent articles include “Facing Our Legacy of Lynching,” a cover story for Christianity Today and “Church Planting and the Gospel of Gentrification,” a cover story for Sojourners. She has a decade of experience working with refugee communities in the United States and is actively engaged in supporting immigrant communities, resisting gentrification, and working for justice in the city of Gresham, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two young children. In this episode of RePlacing Church, D.L. Mayfield joins me to discuss:

  • Racism and the pacific northwest
  • 2 things Christians need to think about when it comes to gentrification
  • How refugees brought Christ to her
  • Why we need messy missionary stories, not just successful ones
  • How to be kind to your former spiritual self
  • Why she wants to start a religious recovery group
  • Why we need to celebrate unrecognized ministries
  • Prophetic activism and parenting

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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Wendy VanderWal Gritter is the Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries, a Canada-based organization that cultivates safe and radically hospitable spaces for conversation about faith, gender and sexuality. Generous Space is committed to eliminating the fear, division and hostility that so often mark the church’s engagement with these issues. She is also the author of Generous Spaciousness, a book that offers pastoral guidance to church leaders, gay Christians and gay advocates, and also chronicles her organization's journey from being an “ex-gay” ministry focused on reorientation to becoming a ministry that cultivates Christ-centered communities marked by a sense of belonging, authenticity, and diversity. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Wendy VanderWal Gritter joins me to discuss:

  • Polarity, relationship, Eugene Peterson* and the current state of the church’s views on homosexuality.
  • How her organization shifted from being an “ex-gay” ministry focused on “reorientation” to becoming a ministry that cultivates generous space for conversation about sexuality.
  • What critics say to her and Generous Space Ministries.
  • How to foster safe and radically hospitable space in conversations about faith, gender and sexuality.
  • How the incarnation shapes how we talk about sexuality.
  • What spiritual practices can sustain people called to stay and renew systems from the inside.
  • Why “queer” culture and Jesus culture actually have a lot in common.

*immiediately after this interview was recorded, Eugene Peterson retracted his comment about same-sex marriage

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

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Rev. Harriett Walden is the cofounder of Mothers for Police Accountability, an almost 30 year-old Seattle-based organization that advocates for the dignity and security of the whole community against injustices in law enforcement and the criminal justice system; educates young people on their legal rights and responsibilities in relationship with the police; and organizes partner organizations to hold police accountable. She is a member of Seattle’s Community Police Commission and hosts the “Mother’s Justice Show,” a radio program with the mission to increase dialogue in the community about police accountability, constitutional policing and justice.

She has been a facilitator with the Virtues Project, promoting kindness, justice and integrity in every life, worked to break the silence of black on black crime, and served as the interim pastor of multiple congregations. Rev. Walden joins me in this episode of RePlacing Church to discuss:

  • Why the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles is the result of systemic failure in the police department
  • Why deescalation training is essential for police officers encountering mental health crises
  • Sustaining practices for social justice advocates
  • Why she founded Mothers for Police Accountability
  • How a theology of absolution contributes to police brutality
  • What troubles her about the church
  • What white people need to do to fight racism

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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Christiana Rice is the coauthor with Michael Frost of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer for missional leaders with Thresholds, based in San Diego, CA where she leads a neighborhood faith community in the Golden Hill neighborhood. A daughter and granddaughter of missionaries, Christiana grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Whether teaching and coaching global leaders, engaging the deeper spiritual longings of her neighbors or embracing the sacred mundane of daily life with her family and her community, Christiana seeks participate in God’s restoration of all things. In this episode of RePlacing Church, we talked about:

  • How being a “Third Culture Kid” has shaped her sense of connection to place
  • Why we need to shift the conversation from saving the church to altering the world
  • How changing our metaphors alters our understanding of church planting
  • How listening to stories transform our capacity to be present in our neighborhoods
  • 6 promises that members of a neighborhood faith community can make to each other
  • The transformative power of coaching

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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