The Living Presence Podcast
By Living Presence Ministry, United Church of Canada
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Part social commentary, part spiritual reflection, part biblical study and part prayers for an aching world, the Living Presence Podcast examines the intersection of faith and the secular through a "progressive" (can we find a better term for this?) Christian lens. No previous experience with church or the bible required! A podcast for Seekers and those who are simply curious about what this Jesus guy had to say. Hosted by Bri-anne Swan, LPP is brought to you by The Living Presence Ministry, a community ministry of the United Church of Canada. --SOCIAL MEDIA-- http://www.youtube.com/livingpresenceministry http://www.instagram.com/livingpresenceministry http://www.livingpresenceministry.org
||Clean025: Lessons in the Wilderness||Welcome to Lent. The SNC Lavelin affair is big news right now. Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Earthly authority is not God's authority. Music by Sam Larkin and Good Harvest. Poetry by Rumi.||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: The Blessings and the Woes||Jesus comes down from the mountain to talk. Teenage Bri-anne gets snarky with Jesus when he says poverty is, in any way, a blessing. Poverty is never the fault of the poor. Music by Sigrid Aase and Louis Puggaard-Müller.||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: Bird on a Wire: The Love Songs of Leonard Cohen||A live concert and service, recorded February 10, 2019 at Ravenshoe United Church in Georgina, Ontario. The music of Leonard Cohen paired with readings from "Son of Man" by Kahlil Gibran exploring different aspects and expressions of Love. A special p||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: Let Healing Swiftly Come (Part 2)||We start off with amazement, but then the community tries to throw Jesus off a cliff. Well, that escalated quickly. Bri-anne got a new dog! God calls Jeremiah to a hard life. Living Presence is hosting a Leonard Cohen event on February 10th. Reading||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: Let Healing Swiftly Come (Part 1)||Bri-anne works though her childhood Christological baggage. Do we really want to set the prisoners free? Baby, it's cold outside! Music by Drew Pierce, Buddy Greene, Bri-anne Swan and Zoë Fromer. Reading by Rev. Miriam Bowlby of Cochrane Street Unit||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: In Defence of Abundance||Even Jesus has to listen to his mama. Sometimes the best thing I can do is hold my tongue because...the raging can wait. Living with a philosophy of abundance is radical, but it may just be the thing. Music by Ava Wild, the Constantines and Jackson W||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: Bringing the Gifts||The wise men show up bringing their gifts, but what are they for? Just because something didn't historically happen doesn't mean it's not true. What are we taking from our stories? Poetry by Rumi. Music by The Great Wilderness and Daughter.||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanO Come: A Christmas Eve Special||An account of Jesus' birth according to the Gospel of Luke. Music by COMPASS, Mercedes Valentine, Bri-anne Swan, Chris Tindal, The Crofts Family, The Many, Vashti Bunyan and Emorie.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: If Together is All That We've Got: Risk and Enmeshment||Risk and Enmeshment - Ruth clings to Naomi. Love your neighbour because you ARE your neighbour. There's an election coming up so if you're listening in the US, help the rest of us out. Music by Christa Couture and The Sun Harmonic.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit017: God is Here (and so are we)||Xenophobia wins an East Gwillimbury election. Jesus tells us to go out into the World. Prayers for the friends, family and community of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg. Music by Agency, Jessica Allossery and Carolyn McDade.||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: Wisdom Cries Out||Wisdom is crying out in the streets and she's pissed. Sound familiar? Bri-anne is pathetically sick. Music by Rod MacDonald and Jump Little Children.||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Find Somewhere to Go (because we grow where we are needed)||Jesus facepalms his way through Mark's gospel as the disciples keep missing the point. So does the Church. Who are we called to follow? How do we stay salty? Music by Raïssa Simone and The Sweet Maries. Words by Kahlil Gibran. Mark 9:38-50||10/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit015: Come Healing: A Lament for Survivors||David exploits his power to rape Bathsheba, then kills her husband to prevent his sin being exposed and his power threatened. Brett Kavanaugh gets voted into the Supreme Court, so those in power can hold onto more of it. Patriarchy sucks, but we've al||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Born This Way: Risking the Waves & Calming the Storm||HAPPY PRIDE!! A short history of the harm churches have inflicted upon LGBT+ communities, and the hope that comes from mending relationships. An introduction to my father in law and the time I thought I was going to die on the Pacific Ocean. Jesus cal||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013: The Constant (awful) Gardener||Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders hurt Bri-anne's soul when they use scripture to justify horrific policy. Jesus shouldn't quit his day job. How do we know our kids aren't going to end up sociopaths? You are enough. Music by Mia & Jonah www.miaandjona||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: What Do We Have That They Should Want?: Tearing Down Walls||Jesus' family thinks he's crazy. The religious leadership thinks he's evil. Challenging the status quo is always risky. Music by Clementine and Anäis Mitchell. Words by Rumi. Righteous indignation by Bri-anne.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Babies are Sick: Strength in Vulnerability||Son #1 has been in and out of the Emergency Room. Son #2 is sprawled across my lap in pain. The disciples keep asking the wrong questions. There is greatness in vulnerability.||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: In the World and of the World: Badass Women of the World Unite||Jesus offers a prayer for the protection of his friends. Mothers have been calling for the cessation of violence for, like, ever. Music by Bri-anne and Ava Wild. Words by Julia Ward Howe.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Love is an Action||Jesus is starting to sound like a broken record. LOVE ONE ANOTHER ALREADY! Music by Michigan Americana Duo Escaping Pavement. Poetry by Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: God will Hunt You Down: Psalm 23, 90s Rap and Children's Stories||Psalm 23. God not only follows but is ready to hunt us down. Music by Colleen Costello and Postmodern Jukebox and Coolio.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: Nowhere but Somewhere to Hide||Jesus shows up and starts breathing funny. Thomas misses the whole thing. How do we demonstrate the value we place on people's lives? Music by Two Roads Home, Fruit and ursidae.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: Death is Not the Last Word||April Fools! Guess what, Mary...he's not the gardener! Redemption can be found even in the darkest, the most broken, the most neglected and shattered of places. Music by Ainsley McNeaney.||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: It is finished.||Jesus is killed - violently and shamefully - on a cross. We now commence the mourning. Music by Ainsley McNeaney.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: 90s Passion: What if God Was One of Us?||90s music tells the story of Jesus' journey towards execution on this special Holy Week episode. What if God was one of us?||3/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006: Angry Jesus, Imperialism & Institutional Church||Jesus is super angry at the religious establishment. Lots of people are (rightly) super angry at the Church. Sometimes the lectionary sucks. Whose voices is the #metoo movement missing? Music by Ainsley McNeaney and Melanie Frade. Words by Kahlil Giban.||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: To Wear the Crown of Peace: We've All Been Told a Lie||Things had been going so well, but then Jesus starts calling Peter names. Exploring Walter Wink's idea about the myth (lie, really) of redemptive violence. Music and elements taken from a "Lent with Gordon Lightfoot" service at Sharon-Hope United Churc||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Never Again: A Change of Many Hearts||God gets violent but then has a change of heart, Michael Coren thinks about Jesus and then has a change of heart, Bri-anne has a change of heart and climbs off her soap box (at least for a little while). Music by Jake Tavill and Ainsley McNeaney. Poet||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: It is Good For Us to Be Here||Things are crazy, LET'S BUILD SOMETHING! Bri-anne gives birth. The real work is in the grind. Featured Musicians = The Killer Queens and Wool & Howl. Poetry by Star Blossom Goddess.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: What have you to do with us?: Demons and Authority||Jesus says "Shut up and get out" to an "impure spirit". Having authority vs. being an authority. One year anniversary of a shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Music by Belle of the Fall and Arbirk. Prose by Kahlil Gibran.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001: Can Anything Good Come from that S#*!hole Nazareth?||Nathanael asks "Does anything good come out of Nazareth?". Donald Trump is a jerk. Delores O'Riordan is dead. Music by Civil Wray and Ramona Rox. Poetry by Joshua Graff.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Refreshing and nourishing
As a 30-something member of the United Church I sometimes find it hard to feel ‘fed’ in a lot of congregations - but right now especially this podcast is exactly what I’ve been missing. Engaging, insightful, and nicely produced to boost. Grateful to have found it.
My hour long commute, with its many challenges on certain days, has nonetheless become an opportunity to focus on the presence of the spiritual in my journey. Living Presence podcasts are a welcome guide centring my mind heading into each new week.
A breath of fresh air.
A podcast for Progressive Christians from the new suburbs of East Gwillimbury Ontario.