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Spirits Rising

Spirits Rising

By Spirits Rising
Divy, and Dunc, from the Student Christian Movement Canada, question everything we’ve been taught about faith. Together and with the occasional guestpert, we explore liberating spiritualities true to our experiences.
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Episode 10: Queer Christian Journeys W/ Simon Bondoc
Hey all, we're back with another episode! This time, Divy and Dunc joined by illustrious guest, Simon Bondoc, talking about their stories in and around the church when discovering identity. Show Notes: Jackie Hill Emmanuel College United Church of Canada Simon's Summer of Mission Divy's house burned down Cast Without Trace SCM Canada
May 06, 2022
Episode 9: Being Raised in Church Communities & Intersecting Identities
Hey all! Divy and Dunc are back with another episode! This time, we talk about the complex web of Identities we carry, Queer, (BI)POC, AGAB, and how this informed our life and development within our faith communities. Talking Points: Spoken Word Poetry, Queer Pride, Racialised Experiences, Little Old Ladies are Whack, and of course, D&D. Show Notes: Queer Arts Showcase & Facebook Event Dyslexic Dunc said Dualism of Identity, but actually meant Double Consciousness Support the Show on Ko-Fi (Pod)Cast Without Trace with Jason & Dunc Divy's Shop
April 07, 2022
Episode 8: Rest as Protest
We back! Swap out your soap boxes for pillows and join us this month as Divy and Dunc tiredly explore the relationship between rest and productivity under capitalism! Talking Points: Rest, Community Care, Capitalism, Hustle Culture, the Age of Information, Immigrant Mothers, Energy Drink, Visine, and Participation Culture Show Notes: Nap Ministry Emmanuel College U of T Cortex Polygon's Unraveled - Stamina Management Cast Without Trace SCM Canada If you are interested in supporting the show, check out our Ko-fi link!
March 19, 2022
Episode 7: The Theology of Money with Maggie Helwig
This episode, Esther and Dunc discuss with writer Maggie Helwig the relationship between capitalist financial structures and Biblical Theology. Talking points: Debt, Capital Exploitation, Financial Agency under Capitalism, Environmental Concerns, and the fall of Babylon
November 15, 2021
Episode 6 - New Hosts Who Dis?
This episode, Divy and Dunc get to know one another better and talk about their own faith journeys and the ideals that drive their work! Talking points: Religious Trauma, Community Relations, Academia, and simply put; way too much D&D
October 02, 2021
Episode 5 - Liberation Theology in the Philippines with Ariel Siagan
You may notice some new and interesting changes to the podcast this week, and that is thanks to our new Audio Engineer, Dunc Urquhart! Dunc is a new SCM employee, a Master of Divinity Student at the University of Toronto, and an experienced podcaster with an actual play D&D podcast called Folks & Fables! This episode, we talk with SCM member and First ELC community educator, Ariel Siagan about his experiences with Christianity in the Philippines, especially focusing on the conflict between christian conformity under oppressive governing powers, and Christian Liberation Theology in action!
August 04, 2021
Episode 4 - Decolonizing Christianity
Divy and Esther talk with Eunice and Elliott from SCM Ryerson about what decolonizing Christianity means in our lives. We dig into the messy lived experiences of identifying colonial theologies in our churches (Pentecostal, Catholic and Presbyterian), honouring elders who don't always have answers for us, and exploring our cultural and spiritual roots.
July 29, 2021
Episode 3 - Celebrating SCM Canada's 100th Anniversary
This special live episode of Spirits Rising celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Student Christian Movement in Canada. In dialogue with SCM alumni Lois Wilson, Joy Kennedy, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, and Elliott Gunn, we explore a century of radical left Christian student organizing and find a surprising number of common themes across the decades.
May 05, 2021
Episode 2 - Dismantling Heterosexism in the Church
Our guests for this episode are Becca Sawyer (she/her), Ontario Director of Community for Generous Space, and Michiko Bown-Kai (they/them), a Program Assistant with Generous Space, as well as a United Church of Canada minister and SCM U of T alumni. Michiko and Becca share their thoughts with us about what life-giving Christian community looks like for LGBTQ2+ folks, what it means to claim space as a Queer Christian leader, and the significance of a "living apology" for religious-based harm.
April 16, 2021
Episode 1 - Introducing Your Hosts
Divy and Esther talk about life under lockdown, being Student Christian Movement coordinators, and our faith journeys from good Pentecostal and Presbyterian church kids (respectively) to Radical Bible Study leaders.
February 26, 2021
Welcome to Spirits Rising!
Who are we and why are we starting a podcast? Listen to find out!
February 26, 2021