Things To Talk About At Coffee Hour

Things To Talk About At Coffee Hour

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Solitude, Silence, and Contemplation | with the Founder of New Eden Ministry, Justin Coutts
Sep 15 • 38 min
On this episode we chat with Justin Coutts, founder of New Eden Ministry, about Christian spiritual practices rooted in solitude, silence, and contemplation. | ABOUT THE GUEST:⁠ New Eden Ministry is a faith group that blends modern approaches with ancient…
Youth in an Aging Church | with the Hub, a youth-led faith organization
Sep 6 • 40 min
United Church congregations are shrinking and aging on average, and youth voices are often absent from leadership and discussions of the future of the denomination. On this episode we chat with a youth-led United Church organization to get their thoughts.…
Let’s Make Jellied Salad! (Old Church Recipe Cooking Episode)
Aug 30 • 77 min
What a summer! Let’s chat about current events, how we’ve been feeling lately, and our plans for fall - while cooking old church recipes together! | ABOUT THE RECIPE: The viewer submitted Jellied Salad recipe we’ll be making was shared by Faye from The…
The Queer Evangelist | with the Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo
Aug 16 • 55 min
Cheri DiNovo went from living on the streets as a teenager to performing the first legal same-sex marriage registered in Canada as a United Church minister. This story of one queer kid will hopefully inspire us all to resist injustice and create positive…
Discovering the Church Right Where You Are | with Parish Collective Co-Founder, Tim Soerens
Aug 6 • 45 min
Emerging generations are opting out of the church in large numbers, for many reasons. The related trend towards shrinking and aging congregations has been seen as both an unsettling state of affairs and an important opportunity to foster new ways of doing…
How to Speed Up Decision-Making in Your Church | with the Director of the Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership, the Reverend Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
Jul 23 • 68 min
Think back to your last big church decision. Maybe it was about hiring a tech person to help create online worship opportunities, or about implementing a concrete response to current issues of injustice. Could your church use a little help meeting…
A Call to Diaconal Ministry in the Midst of Social Injustice | with Pastor Charmain Bailey Foutner
Jul 18 • 67 min
On this episode Pastor Charmain Bailey Foutner shares about the necessity of diaconal ministry in the current climate of glaring injustices and need for pastoral care. | ABOUT THE GUEST: Pastor Charmain Bailey Foutner is the Minister of Bedford United…
Mothering and Ministry | with Pastor Meghan Gilholm
Jul 18 • 62 min
This is a very special episode for all of the grandparents, parents, and caregivers of the little ones in the community. We see you homeschooling, creating new online children’s camps and programming, and navigating this challenging new reality with…
Old Church Recipe Cooking Show
Jul 18 • 85 min
On this episode we catch up on current events and cook Jo Omand’s Hot Artichoke Dip recipe from the 1981 Forest Hill United Church cookbook. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new…
Re-Opening Church Buildings Post Pandemic | with the 41st Moderator of the United Church, the Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson
Jul 18 • 54 min
From parking lot sanctuaries to virtual choirs - church congregations have taken up a range of innovative approaches to pivoting and ‘being the church’ amid a global pandemic that has made physically gathering in a church unsafe. Which new ways of doing…
Race in the Church | with Emmanuel College Principal, Michelle Voss Roberts
Jul 18 • 55 min
On this episode of we talk anti-Black racism both homegrown and abroad, exploring recent examples like the potentially death-dealing weaponization of race that occured in Central Park, and offering concrete steps towards racial justice for church…