Things To Talk About At Coffee Hour

Things To Talk About At Coffee Hour

By Jordana Wright
Helping congregations become more diverse, intergenerational, sustainable, and connected to their local context | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
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Discovering the Church Right Where You Are
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 church. On this episode, we chat with Tim Soerens about a new vision of the church grounded in collaborative communities built by ordinary people. | ABOUT THE GUEST: Tim Soerens is a pastor, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. His latest book is called "Everywhere You Look: Discovering the Church, Right Where You Are" | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
45:15
August 7, 2020
How to Speed Up Decision-Making in Your Church
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 important challenges as they emerge? On this episode, we chat with special guest F. Douglas Powe, Jr. about how congregations can take an honest 'look in the mirror' to understand their current situation and become more responsive to the contemporary social context in critical areas. | ABOUT THE GUEST: F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and professor of evangelism and of urban ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
1:08:01
July 24, 2020
A Call to Diaconal Ministry in the Midst of Social Injustice
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 Church and Central United Church in Windsor, Ontario. With a vibrant and evangelistic approach, she has already made a large impact on the life on these churches. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
1:07:55
July 19, 2020
Mothering and Ministry
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 littles in tow. What has parenting during the pandemic looked like for you? | ABOUT THE GUEST: Meghan Gilholm is a new parent and the Minister of Glen Morris United Church, a vibrant Christian community in Glen Morris Ontario. She started maternity leave just as the pandemic began to emerge. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
1:02:03
July 19, 2020
Old Church Recipe Cooking Show
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 audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
1:25:24
July 19, 2020
Re-Opening Church Buildings Post Pandemic
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 church will be maintained as restrictions on physical gatherings begin to lift? And what will church look like in a post pandemic world? | ABOUT THE GUEST: The Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson is a Minister at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church in Vancouver and the 41st Moderator of the United Church of Canada. He is committed to helping create an inclusive faith community, where all are welcomed. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
54:34
July 19, 2020
Race in the Church
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 communities. | ABOUT THE GUEST: Michelle Voss Roberts is the Principal of Emmanuel College. A theological college of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, and the largest seminary of the United Church of Canada. | ABOUT THE HOST: Jordana Wright leads a placemaking and community development practice focused on introducing new audiences to their local churches, while helping congregations reach their sustainability goals and expand their social impact. | Recorded in front of a LIVE Facebook audience.
55:30
July 19, 2020