Vox Veniae Podcast
Does Fear Keep Us From Heaven?

Does Fear Keep Us From Heaven?

August 9, 2022

Title: Does Fear Keep Us From Heaven?

How might fear keep us from experiencing heaven here and now? David Wallace examines how our commonly held fears impact our spirituality. [Luke 12:32-40]

What’s God Like?

What’s God Like?

August 9, 2022

God’s Love gets on eye level with us and God’s Liberation lifts up the marginalized. Christopher Mack shares how Hosea pictures God as a loving caregiver who we can mirror in our own life through steadfast solidarity and working for the common good. [Hosea 11:1-11]

 

Reflection

  • How might you reflect on who you are called to be in the world and who we as a faith community are called to be?
  • Is there an invitation for you to act as you consider God bending down in Love and lifting you up in solidarity?
Learning How to Ask

Learning How to Ask

July 29, 2022

Praying can be an act of naming that invites us into creative responses of redistributive justice. Gina Bastone-Trevino wrestles with the Lord's Prayer and a familiar parable in ways that stretch  us during times of crisis. [Luke 11:1-10]

Reflection

  • What surprising strangeness can you find in re-reading the Lord’s prayer?
  • What desire do you need to name to God, and what creativity do you find in this practice of naming?
  • Where is God calling you to pray for redistribution and justice?

 

Resources

  • Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community by Pádraig Ó Tuama: 
    • “Prayer is words and shape and art around desperation, and delight and disappointment and desire. Prayer can be the art that helps you name your desire. And even if the desire is only named, well, naming is a good thing, surely. Naming is what God did, the Jews tell us, and the world unfolded. Or perhaps naming is what the Jews did, and God unfolded. Either way, I’m thankful. Naming things is part of the creative impulse. Naming the deep desires of our heart is a good thing, even if those desires are never satisfied.”

 

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible

July 29, 2022

If we understand Jesus as making the invisible, visible, then how might that reshape our faith and lived experience? Gena St. David invites us into a conversation about how the incarnation impacts our own bodies and upsets patterns of retribution. [Colossians 1:15-20]

Reflection

  • What impact does reflecting on the incarnation have on your body?
  • What qualities of God are reflected in Jesus?
  • What’s the story about God we’re telling through our relationship with one another?

 

Plummeting in God’s Love

Plummeting in God’s Love

July 12, 2022

Title: Plummeting in God's Love

This week’s Old Testament reading talks about setting a plumb line as a measurement against an unjust nation. Nicolas Acosta explores living a life rooted in prayer as a plumb line to anchor us in a chaotic world. [Amos 7:1-7]

Reflection

  • How can  I find little moments to sink into God's love live this week?
  • How might God’s love anchor us in place amid the chaos of the world?

Resources

What Gods We Trust

What Gods We Trust

July 8, 2022

In a world enamored with violent power over others, ensuring security for only some, Christopher Mack shares an alternative empire defying wisdom from those on the margins. [2 Kings 5:1-14]

Reflection

  • Where might you glimpse God in the surprises, setbacks, and ordinary moments of your life?
  • How might you listen to the wisdom of the marginalized this week?
  • How can you mirror Jesus’ relationship to power and the powerless?

 

Resources

The Face of Nonviolence

The Face of Nonviolence

June 30, 2022

In a time of upheaval and in a culture of violence, Gena St.David guides us to consider how our spiritual community might become known for its immunity to violence through acts of creative confrontation, surprising defiance, and disruptive humor.  [Luke 9:51-58].

 

Reflection

  1. What have we been taught about Jesus’ nonviolence?
  2. How does a passive understanding of “turn the other cheek” serve the oppressor?
  3. Where might we utilize creativity, surprise, and humor to interrupt patterns of violence?

 

Lamentations: An Act of Love and Liberation

Lamentations: An Act of Love and Liberation

June 23, 2022

On Juneteenth, Virginia Cumberbatch invites us into practices of acknowledgement, confession, and lament on our collective journey of liberation  [Romans 5:1-5].

 

Reflection

  1. What might the church need to acknowledge before sojourning on its journey of reconciliation and justice?
  2. How might we individually and corporately consider lamenting racial injustice and collective harm?
  3. How can you lean into God’s definition of righteousness and justice (Romans 5:1) to inform your communal practice ?
Bearing the Unbearable

Bearing the Unbearable

June 15, 2022

This Trinity Sunday, Christopher Mack offers questions for reconsidering how the Triune Life of God invites us to strengthen our spirituality and our goodness toward others.  [John 16:12-15].

 

Reflection

  1. As you prepare to approach the Table, where do you need grace to bear the seemingly unbearable?
  2. Where might God’s Triune Life guide you to trust your inner authority and discernment?
  3. How do you see Spirit advocating on behalf of those who suffer oppression and injustice today?

 

Resources

  1. Book: Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World by Brian McLaren
  2. Art: The Life of Christ by Keith Haring

 

Yes, You

Yes, You

June 15, 2022

On Pentecost Sunday, Kimberly Culbertson invites us to lean in and listen for Spirit’s divine ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ over our lives.  [Acts 2:1-11].

 

Practices

  • Invite the Holy Spirit into moments of disorientation, and in doing so, receive peace that only God can offer
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to help us see clearly
  • Ask the Spirit how you are discounting yourself, and step out in faith

 

Reflection

  1. In moments of disorientation, can you turn toward the Spirit and receive peace?
  2. Where might God be looking to help us see and hear one another more clearly?
  3. How might God be releasing you from frantically ranking your significance, and instead invite you to trust that you are enough?

Resources

  1. Poem: Keep Yourself at the  Beginning of the Beginning by Hannah Emerson

  2.  Book: The Brain and The Spirit: Unlocking the Transformative Potential of the Story of the Christ by Gena St. David
    • https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-brain-and-the-spirit-gena-st-david/1140496719
What Did Jesus Think He Was Doing in Giving Us the Holy Spirit?

What Did Jesus Think He Was Doing in Giving Us the Holy Spirit?

May 31, 2022

As we build towards pentecost with the life of the Risen One in our midst, James Alison invites us to see our lives as a place of God’s indwelling and revealing.  [John 14:23-29].

 

Reflection

  1. What do you make of the difference between appearing “to” someone and appearing “within” them?
  2. What do you make of Jesus’ going and his coming being the same thing?
  3. How do you understand the peace of his parting?
Joining the Song of Triune Love

Joining the Song of Triune Love

May 31, 2022

Christopher Mack imagines Jesus’ prayer for our active participation in God’s Love and call to work alongside those struggling, afraid, and forgotten. [John 17:20-26].

 

Reflection

  1. What is it like to imagine Jesus’ praying for you?
  2. Where do you or your world feel fragmented? How might you open yourself to God’s Love and Oneness?
  3. How might you move yourself to the song of Triune Love?
Praying and Seeing

Praying and Seeing

May 31, 2022

Each of us is not seeing something about God, and this fifth Sunday of Eastertide, Gena St. David invites us to shift our perspective to glimpse something unexpected.  [Acts 11:2-12].

 

Reflection

  1. If we’re not seeing something clearly, then how will God let us know?
  2. What new prayer practice do you want to try this week?
  3. Toward whom is the Spirit moving you?

 

Practice

  1. Open Hearted Prayer: If I’m seeing things wrong, let me know.
  2. Question for the week: Who are we still seeing wrong?
Growing Good Together

Growing Good Together

May 11, 2022

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, Christopher Mack reflects on who might be good shepherds in our lives and how we might be the same for others [Acts 9:36-42].

Reflection

  • Does Jesus’ self-giving life as a good shepherd offer you hope, healing, rest, or reconciliation you need right now? 
  • Does someone in your life remind you of Tabitha? Is there an invitation in their example for you to embody Beloved Community?

Practice

  • Showing up for mutual flourishing.  How do you show up for your own grief? How can you show up for the grief of others? How might you invite others to show up for you?
  • Consenting to God's presence. How is the Mystery of God’s Love inviting a ‘yes’ from you? How might you become aware of God’s Love flowing to you in ordinary moments?
  • Leaving a legacy of love and liberation.  How is the Mystery of God’s Love inviting a ‘yes’ from you? How might you become aware of God’s Love flowing to you in ordinary moments?
Forming a New Way of Life

Forming a New Way of Life

May 3, 2022

In this season of Easter and resurrection, Weylin Lee reflects on how we are forming new patterns and a new way of life that Jesus invites us toward [John 21:1-19].

Reflection:

  • How might making space for sacraments help disrupt our default patterns?
  • What does our version of feeding and tending to the vulnerable look like?  
  • What is our tension with following the nonviolent path of Christ?

Practice:

  • Making space for the sacraments.  How does the Eucharist disrupt our need for self-achievement and self-protection? How might liturgy disrupt our isolation and individualistic faith?
  • Love in the ordinary ways. How do we faithfully contribute to the restoration and healing of the hurting and marginalized? What does our version of feeding and tending to the vulnerable look like?

Resources:

Does Doubt Mean I Don’t Believe?

Does Doubt Mean I Don’t Believe?

April 26, 2022

David Wallace reflects on how doubt and belief coexist and both are necessary in our journey of faith [John 20:19-29].

Reflection

  • When has your certainty led to unforgiveness?
  • How does trusting in God change your understanding of having faith, despite living in a world with such suffering?

Resources

Fits and Starts

Fits and Starts

April 19, 2022

On this Easter Sunday, Christopher Mack reflects on the paradox of resurrection love and the invitation that Jesus’ nonviolence offers us towards peacemaking [Luke 24:1-11].

Reflection:

  • Where is Christ inviting you to shift perspectives to find life in death?
  • How might forgiveness, righteous anger, and nonviolent resistance call you toward hopeful action?
Subversion of Empire as a Form of Holy Protest

Subversion of Empire as a Form of Holy Protest

April 13, 2022

On this Palm Sunday, Jonathan Davis reflects on how Jesus' journey into Jerusalem subverted empire and injustice of his day [Luke 19:28-40].

Reflection:

  • How might God be calling me to subvert injustice in my own sphere of influence?
  • How can I announce/proclaim the alternate Kin-dom of God this coming week?
  • What parts of established religious systems do I reject in following the Way of Jesus?

Resources:

Welcoming Discomfort

Welcoming Discomfort

April 5, 2022

During this season of Lent, Weylin Lee reflects on how we are invited to welcome discomfort as we reflect on Jesus’ journey towards death [John 12:1-11].

Reflection:

  • How are you invited into the vulnerability of practicing or receiving extravagant love?
  • What is your invitation to practice sabbatical year rhythms that center around the poor?

Practice:

  • Be vulnerable in extravagant love. Who are we invited to extend extravagant love toward? Who are we invited to receive extravagant love from?
  • Sabbatical year rhythm.  What would practicing a version of the sabbatical year rhythm look like for us? How might we embody Jesus' teaching to feed the hungry and give to those in need?

Resources:

Why Do We Leave Home?

Why Do We Leave Home?

March 29, 2022

During this season of Lent, David Wallace reflects on our journey of wanting to be on our own and how God continually invites us back home [Luke 15:11-32].

Reflection:

  • Where are we being lured in our lives by Henri Nouwen's "three human lies" (I am what I have, I am what I do, I am what other people say or think of me)?
  • Do we really believe that God's love is unconditional and limitlessly patient? Even lavishly so?
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