Dee Yaccino joins me to talk about power dynamics in church partnerships, harnessing social capital, a different approach to short term missions, and what the church in the US can learn from the church in Latin America.

Dee has been involved in transformational cross-cultural ministry for almost 30 years, beginning with community development work in rural Bolivia and continuing with extensive partnership building based in the Dominican Republic. With her husband, Tom, Dee co-directs Del Camino Connection as they create a community of connectors who link churches with the Global Church to leverage our shared spiritual, human, and financial resources in response to Jesus’ mission to make all things new.
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Ronnie Matthew Harris joins me to talk about what church planters can learn from community developers and urban planners, the profound experience that compelled him to join in the fight against modern day slavery, and his beloved Chicago neighborhood, Bronzeville, and its fascinating history as a "Black Wall Street," birthplace of jazz, and stopping grounds of President Barack Obama.

Ronnie is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, and modern day abolitionist. As the Executive Director of Paul's Journey, Ronnie facilitates community learning and development, and seeks innovative solutions to challenges that undermine the dignity of human persons and/or the rule of law; promotes the positive effects of walking, biking, and public transportation with Go Bronzeville initiative; and fights to abolish modern day slavery through the I AM Campaign.

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Perhaps the church as we know it is being replaced and replaced because God is actually being replaced... In this episode, part 4a of the RePlacing Church series, I take a look at what I call "Carl Sagan's Psalm," interact with Diana Butler Bass' excellent recent book Grounded, and listen to the wisdom of folks like St. Thomas Aquinas, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Supreme Leader Snoke, as I explore what is leading to the grounding movements happening in the church, namely, the shift from a conventional, vertical understanding of God to a more horizontal, grounded understanding of God.

The RePlacing Church Series

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Reesheda Graham-Washington joins me to talk about returning and giving back to the neighborhood she grew up in, learning “Asset Based Community Development” from the innate practices of her Great-Grandmother and African ancestors, social entrepreneurship risks and funding, her latest venture (L!VE Cafe), and the one thing she wants the church to hear from her as a black woman.

Reesheda is the Executive Director of Communities First Association, the Founder and CEO of L!VE Cafe, a transformational experience cafe and creative space, a licensed minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and a former education leader in Chicago Public Schools. 

 

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Mandy Smith joins me to talk about her book, The Vulnerable Pastor, her own journey into vulnerability, and vulnerability as it relates to leadership, prayer, marginalization and vocation. 

Originally from Australia, Mandy is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café, Rohs Street Cafe, in Cincinnati. She writes regularly for Missio Alliance Blog and Christianity Today, and is author of The Vulnerable Pastor.
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My friend Rachel Womelsduff Gough, who “ditched the city for a patch of earth” in the Snoqualmie Valley with her family two and half years ago, joins me to talk about joining God’s renewal and building community in a rural context by recalling her own journey and the inspiration of the “Roseto Effect,” discussing the influences of Wendell Berry’s work and C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, and sharing about the critical community-building practice of “frequent spontaneous contact.”

 
Rachel is co-founder, contributor, and editor at Kindred (https://kindredmag.com), an online magazine. Check out her latest piece, "Radical Locatedness" (https://kindredmag.com/2016/05/04/radical-locatedness/). She is a lover of learning, whether it's gardening, chicken farming, canning, or neighboring.

 

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Alan Roxburgh joins me to talk about his own vow of stability, the influence of Lesslie Newbigin, what he calls “The Great Unraveling” happening in the western church, the future of theological education and church leadership, and learning to ask the question, ‘How do we join in what God is up to in our neighborhoods and communities?”

Alan Roxburgh leads The Missional Network, an organization that consults denominations, congregations and seminaries around the world in the areas of leadership, systems, and change. Alan has over 30 years experience in church leadership as a pastor, teacher, and author of numerous books, most recently recently Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood and Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World.
 
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