Ask a Pastor Anything

Ask a Pastor Anything

By Bailey Brawner
Welcome to “Ask a Pastor Anything”. In each episode, I sit down with a fellow pastor, clergy-person, or anyone who loves the big-C church, to talk about a question you all want to know about.

Questions are all across the board, like how to practice self-care, what seminary taught us, and what God says about *insert hot topic here*.

The best part? The questions come from you, so ask away!

None of us are experts, and none of us know all the answers. But we all have experiences and a story that can open up some great conversation.
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What Has Implementing Change Looked Like in Your Context? (with Pastor Kori Pacyniak)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: anchor.fm/askapastoranything/message About Our Guest: Kori (they/them) joined the pastoral team of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) in January of 2017, coming from a background in academia and non-profit work that focused on queer and trans theology, work with veterans and survivors of trauma, and church communications. Kori's ministry focuses on those at the margins of church and society, particularly queer and trans communities. Kori holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in queer theology and a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Trauma and Theology with work that focused on LGBTQ veterans and service members. Kori has a passion for traveling and has studied in Rome, Poland, and Brazil and has participated in several social justice trips and pilgrimages to Israel and Palestine. Kori previously served as parish intern at St. Luke's and St. Margaret's in Boston, assistant chaplain at Suffolk University, scholar in residence at the Religious Institute and is a member of the steering committee for TransEpiscopal.  Kori  was ordained a deacon in June of 2019 and a priest in February of 2020, becoming the first transgender and non-binary person ordained through Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP). Kori is also pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of California at Riverside, focusing on Queer and Trans Studies in Religion and currently lives with their queerplatonic partner & four cats in San Diego.  When not buried in books, Kori can be found playing in the garden or exploring national parks. Connect with Kori:  Twitter: @KPacyniak  Instagram: @korinkidink  MMACC website - http://mmacc.org Connect with Bailey: https://linktr.ee/baileynbrawner Episode Transcript:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-NHXHzgtzgSqwez_ILeV_6bm2sYybievGyBHQghQLNU/edit?usp=sharing
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June 1, 2020
How Do You Manage a Life/Ministry Balance? (with Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: anchor.fm/askapastoranything/message About Our Guest: Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart (she/her) is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, MA and received her Masters of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology. Mom of 4 (not including the pets!), she is pastor of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, MA and also serves as chair of the Greater Bridgewater Interfaith Council and as Pastor-in-Residence at Camp Aldersgate in N. Scituate, RI. Rev. Velez Stewart is passionate about social justice and facilitating difficult conversations around race, ethnicity, and what it means to create a “beloved community,” both within the institutional church and local communities. Connect with Alicia: Alicia's Instagram: instagram.com/momologian instagram.com/bridgewaterumc www.bridgewaterunitedmethodist.com facebook.com/bridgewaterumcma Connect with Bailey: https://linktr.ee/baileynbrawner Episode Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tJ4lc49FLFS1T5it4woUs_fGWprXEqHB40HuCdpmC4I/edit?usp=sharing
52:15
May 25, 2020
Why Don't We Talk About Sex in the Church? (With Matthias Roberts)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: anchor.fm/askapastoranything/message About Our Guest: Matthias Roberts is author of Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms (Fortress, 2020) and host of Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being which was named as one of the "12 Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts of 2020" by O: The Oprah Magazine and the #1 Podcast to Listen to on National Coming Out Day by Radio.com. He holds two master's degrees, one in theology and culture and one in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In his psychotherapy practice, Matthias specializes in helping LGBTQ+ teens and adults live confident and fulfilling lives. He writes and speaks nationwide about the intersections between gender, sexuality, mental health, and theology. Connect with Matthias: Website: matthiasroberts.com Social Media: @matthiasroberts Queerology Podcast on Instagram: @queerologypod Buy Matthias' Book: matthiasroberts.com/beyondshame/ Connect with Bailey: https://linktr.ee/baileynbrawner Episode Transcript: docs.google.com/document/d/1HiW3ZCGj_pGi7QbQkWl6o5hsfMtbv9XhMz2WbtsNZRg/edit?usp=sharing
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May 18, 2020
How Can My Belief In God Get Stronger? (With Rev. Carly Payne)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything About Our Guest: Rev. Carly Payne (she/her/hers,) is a United Methodist Pastor in Grapevine, TX focusing on discipleship. With a background in camping, youth, and college ministry, Carly is passionate about helping others to grow in their faith. She recently completed her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and enjoys hopping from one crafting hobby to another. Resources Mentioned by Carly: -Examen Method of Prayer: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/ -Love Big by Rozella Haydée White: https://www.rozellahwhite.com/lovebig Connect with Bailey: https://linktr.ee/baileynbrawner Episode Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9gf5LgZuACIZ7KklOgQQ8jUAWZg6NFHURrTgqWXWQ0/edit?usp=sharing
43:07
May 11, 2020
How Do you Meet People Outside your Faith Community? (With Rev. Elizabeth Hurd)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: anchor.fm/askapastoranything/message About Our Guest: Rev. Elizabeth Hurd (She/Her) is a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church in Michigan, currently serving Caledonia UMC in Caledonia, MI. She loves getting out into nature and finding God in creation, especially through camp ministry and hiking. She loves Doctor Who, comedy, and her dog, Lucy. Connect with Elizabeth: Twitter: @elizanhurd  Instagram: @e.a.hurd  Caledonia UMC Facebook Page: @caledoniaunitedmethodist  Caledonia UMC Instagram: @caledoniaunitedmethodist Connect with Bailey: https://linktr.ee/baileynbrawner Episode Transcript:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjR6TQIsRRAZpr2Fw5Uth32kyUuixVtPC3pvELWxsDU/edit?usp=sharing
41:57
May 4, 2020
Introducing...Ask a Pastor Anything!
Introducing, Ask a Pastor Anything, a podcast centered around questions, relationships, and curiosity. Join Bailey Brawner, a United Methodist pastor, as she sits down with pastors, clergypeople, and anyone who loves the big-C Church! Each episode will focus around a new question you all want to know about. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything, and submit your questions using the links below! Episodes are coming soon! Instagram: @askapastoranything Connect with Bailey: Instagram: @baileynbrawner Twitter: @baileynbrawner
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April 23, 2020