A podcast, blog, and one-on-one conversations deconstructing religion, exploring the Transcendent, and cultivating intimacy with Godde
If you're among those leaving religions behind, whether any of the great monotheisms and the variety of flavours thereof (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or the Buddhisms or Hinduisms and even atheisms (yes these are plural, diverse, and complex), we're sure you'll benefit from what we're sharing in our podcast, blog, and one-on-one's.
Tim hosts the podcast and is an urban mystic, thinker, writer, and conversationalist committed to relational spirituality.
Tim is best known for his work with postsecular spiritual seekers and serves as a provocateur arguing for the practice of the presence of Godde. Tim is hosts several courses including 7 Key Relationships, The problem of God, and The Trinity Sessions. He regularly meets people online for one-on-one sessions via Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp.
Tim holds a Diploma in Theology, B.A. Honours in Religious Studies, a Masters in Theology (Christian Spirituality).
Steve hosts the podcast and is currently dedicated to ameliorative and positive development work amongst communities, churches, NGO's and families.
Steve's work is spread amongst being a counsellor, strategist, educator, writer, thinker and relational presence; as well as an interrogator of current Christian religious institutions and their dysfunction. He has a particular interest in the relational, emotional and spiritual health of religious leaders, and, to this end, spends much time in dialogue and spiritual direction with this demographic.
Steve holds a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of South Africa.
The conversations on this podcast are important for anyone who has left the church (and by proxy those leaving other religions and their institutions) and yet remain interested in living deeply in this present life. In Season 2 we speak to a number of guests deconstructing the link between the institution of the church and their relationship with God. These are live conversations with real people. We're sure you'll enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed having them.
Our guest tonight is a retired Methodist Minister who now works as Missions Coordinator supporting churches to establish new forms of church for our changing culture and a missional coach enabling people to find new ways to grow disciples to make disciples.
He is the director of Fresh Bread Ministries, Director of MyChurchIT (www.mychurchit.org), a minister in the Methodist Church of South Africa, an associate missionary with One Challenge Africa (www.ocafrica.net), a Mission Enabler with Fresh Africa (www.freshafrica.org.za) and a part-time lecturer in Church Planting in Contemporary Context with the Department of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Theology in the University of Pretoria.
Find out more about Christopher Harrison at https://www.facebook.com/freshbreadministriessouthafrica/.
Our guest for this episode is a writer, musician, public speaker, composer, poet, liturgist, graphic and web designer with a Masters Degree in Theology. He recently resigned from serving as a Methodist minister. He has over 40 years of experience in spiritual practice and ministry seeking to establish a new kind of spiritual community that breaks free of the limitations of geography and specific times for the community to gather. EvoFaith turns spiritual practice into an on-demand, 24/7, global experience.
You can find out more about EvoFaith and get to know John van de Laar through our conversation over two episodes.
Find out more on https://evofaith.com/.
Our guest for this episode is an author of several books including "A new kind of Christianity", "Faith after doubt", "The secret message of Jesus", and "The great spiritual migration".
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" - just, generous, and working with people for the common good.
Find out more on www.brianmclaren.net.
Our guest for this episode is the author of several books, hosts a number of courses, and creates a cartoon every day. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies, as well as Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry, and University Teaching. His art expresses the stories and struggles of spiritual refugees and independent thinkers who question, doubt or oppose the confines of religion. Each piece encourages difficult conversations and acts as a catalyst for critical thinking.
David Hayward is the NakedPastor. After 30 years in the church, he left the ministry to pursue his passion for art. His work challenges the status quo, deconstructs dogma, and promotes critical thinking.
Find out more on https://www.nakedpastorstore.com/.
Our guest for this episode is an author, hosts a podcast, and has produced several explainer videos and an online comic encouraging people to unchurch. This is for everyone who believes in communities over corporations and is in the process of deconstructing the institutional model for doing church.
Join us as we get to know Richard Jacobson on two episodes of our podcast. Find out more about unchurching and Richard Jacobson at www.unchurching.com.
Our guest for this episode is an academic for the church who holds two doctoral degrees - a PhD in Systematic Theology and a second PhD in New Testament Studies and Empirical Theology. He is the former Dean of John Wesley College, the seminary of the Methodist Church in South Africa. Dion now serves on the full time faculty of Stellenbosch University, as the Departmental Chair of the discipline of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, the Director of the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology, and as an Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Ethics.
His recent books are entitled "The (im)possibility of forgiveness?", "Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church and State relationships" (available here), "African public theology" (available here), and "Reconciliation, forgiveness and violence: biblical, pastoral and ethical perspectices" (available here). You can find out all about Dr. Dion Forster on http://dionforster.com/.
Our guest for this episode is the author of "Why I left the church to find Jesus: A personal odyssey". She has worked in a church running women's ministries and as a worship leader. She now supports others in their journey of deconstruction.
Join us to get to know Julie McVey.
Julie's book is available online at Amazon and connect with her via her website.
Our guest is a former pastor. She has been married nearly 25 years and has 3 sons. She has taught English for the past 12 years in both junior and high school. She loves reading fiction more than non-fiction. Join us as we get to know Natalie Simmons.
Find out more by reading her blog You can read her blog http://nataliesimmons-eanutbutterandhoney.blogspot.com.
Our guest is the visionary behind a national worship event called the Newsong Festival and planted the Newsong Vineyard Christian Fellowship which used to meet at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. Newsong was untypically progressive and successfully homed people in their 20s and 30s during a period where this demographic was unlikely to stay in church. He went on to pastor Kenilworth Vineyard Christian Fellowship untill 2010.
Join us for our conversation with John Eliastam.