A podcast sponsored by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church: the Book of Discipline describes the unique term "connectionalism" as the "vibrant web of interactive relationships" between us as Wesleyan folks. To stay connectional in the 21st century, however, we need conferences, phone calls...and podcasts...to help us share stories and support one another.
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by the MPD in our neighborhood, we are giving space for our clergy of color to share their stories and perspective. First up, Shawn Moore: former police officer, current church pastor and Life Coach. This summer Shawn is transitioning from pastoring at the Beloved Church in St. Paul to Associate Pastor-ing at Living Spirit UMC in South Minneapolis.
You’ve never heard a trio of millennial pastors in conversation quite like this before! Therefore you get a little extra for this quarantine conversation. (You’re welcome)
This episode has everything: dating as pastors, claiming and naming religious trauma, PlayStation 4, Pokemon, PETA, and a few little things like warlocks, witches and unpacking white supremacy during COVID-19.
Rev. Christian Briones is a first-generation U.S. citizen and a native of Garland, TX. His mother came to this country from El Salvador and his father from Mexico. During high school, he felt the call to ministry and moved to Abilene to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies from Hardin Simmons University. In an effort to build a fresh expression of Christian community, he spent a semester in London with Awaken Church. His Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Sexual and Gender Justice is from Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth. He has been Associate Minister at Mayflower UCC Church in Minneapolis, MN for almost one year now.
Rev. Katie Matson-Daley is interim pastor at First UMC Red Wing, ready to transition to the Beloved Community in St. Paul this summer (presuming the Earth is still standing). Today we talk about all the wobbly-ness and clumsiness of ministry during COVID-season, and she gives us wisdom from someone highly experienced in patiently waiting....waiting...and waiting some more.
Dana is the Minister of Public Witness at New City Church in Minneapolis, approved to be ordained as a Deacon in the Minnesota Annual Conference, UMC, this very summer! This conversation is the second in our "Church during COVID" series: this episode hits on the implications of COVID for racial and economic inequalities, what it's like to be diagnosed with COVID-19, and living in the same house with a college student during quarantine.
Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay pastors at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, MN, across the street from the world famous Mayo Clinic. We discuss Holy Week under quarantine, the joy of pets and what it means to be "church" in this wild time.
Aaron Justice has a bit of a cowboy, wild west, superhero energy. From Riverton, Wyoming, "on loan" from the Church of God to the UMC, Aaron is passionate about all things being made new in Jesus. He's currently the pastor at Homestead UMC in Rochester, Minnesota. This conversation hits on everything from fireflies to hot dish to whether you can read your way into-or out of-faith.
Susie Putzke gives us the inside scoop on hospital life during this COVID-19 pandemic. A delightfully funny Enneagram 7 and mother of two boys, Susie is ordained UMC and works as a Chaplain in palliative care at the St. Cloud hospital in St. Cloud, MN. This conversation has everything: lessons in slowing down, how to handle stressful end-of-life conversations during a global pandemic, and the best ways to prank your co-workers with pagers and bedpans.
In these stressful days of quarantine, Pastor Amy VanValkenburg is a calming joy to listen to. The pastor of Joyful Spirit Deer Creek/Wadena in Wadena, Minnesota, population 4,088, she is also an ESL teacher, English teacher, women's studies major, mother of three, and farm-girl. Our conversation touches on the joys and challenges of rural living, how to be an activist in a small town, respecting those who are different from you, and bivocational life. ALSO get a special extra question at the end: why did Katy and Malachi decide to do this podcast?! Tune in!
The Rev. Nick Scutari is a pastor in Tracy, Minnesota, population 2,163, a town in southwestern MN, closer to South Dakota than most of the rest of Minnesota. In this episode we spend a lot of time talking about grief and struggle, about parenting a child with special needs, about trusting and believing in yourself, about rural living, and about the legacy of the the Rev. Clint Evans and what its like to process losing a friend.
Today we diverge from Methodism and reach across the communion table to our Lutheran sister, Emmy Kegler! Rev. Emmy is a pastor, author, and speaker called to ministry at the margins of the church, especially among LGBTQ+ Christians. She serves as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis, a small servant-hearted neighborhood congregation focused on feeding the hungry and community outreach. She is a co-leader of the Queer Grace Community, a group of LGBTQ+ Christians in the Twin Cities who meet for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. She is also the founder and editor of the Queer Grace Encyclopedia, a curated collection of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith. You can find her as a regular guest on “Cafeteria Christian” podcast. (FYI: Recorded in December, we reference Christmas!)
Originally from Texas, the Reverend Nancy Ellis has powerful stories to share about her family's escape from the Jim Crow south. She also has great taste in prank-call-comedy and is a delight to listen to. Recorded at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony, MN. (Fun fact: Throwback! This was our first recorded episode this fall. )