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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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The Entrepreneurial Church | with the Founding Pastor of Mosaic Church, Mark DeYmaz
Seminary doesn't always prepare you for the economic realities of leading a complex non-profit organization.⁠ On this episode we chat with Mark DeYmaz, Pastor of an economically innovative church that is beating the odds, about church economics and missional revenue strategies that can be taken up when tithes and offerings are no longer enough.⁠ | ABOUT THE GUEST:⁠ Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church, a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church in Central Arkansas.⁠ | 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. | BUY ME A COFFEE: https://www.coffeehour.ca/product-page/buy-me-a-coffee
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Solitude, Silence, and Contemplation | with the Founder of New Eden Ministry, Justin Coutts
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 wisdom. It is a digital-first community rooted in Celtic Christianity and practices of contemplative prayer, with members from around the world.⁠ | 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.
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September 15, 2020
Youth in an Aging Church | with the Hub, a youth-led faith organization
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. | ABOUT THE FAITH GROUP:⁠ The Hub is a youth and young adult grassroots community network, which grew from the United Church Camps of Southern Ontario. | 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.
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September 6, 2020
Let's Make Jellied Salad! (Old Church Recipe Cooking Episode)
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 United Church in Meadowood edited cookbook, "Let's Break Bread Together". | 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.
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August 30, 2020
The Queer Evangelist | with the Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo
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 social change. | ABOUT THE GUEST: The Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo is the minister at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice & the Arts, as well as a Member of the Order of Canada, recognized for her contributions to provincial politics and for her lifelong advocacy of social justice. Her forthcoming tell-all (or almost all) book is called "The Queer Evangelist". | 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.
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August 16, 2020
Discovering the Church Right Where You Are | with Parish Collective Co-Founder, Tim Soerens
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.
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August 7, 2020
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.
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.
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July 24, 2020
A Call to Diaconal Ministry in the Midst of Social Injustice | with Pastor Charmain Bailey Foutner
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.
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July 19, 2020
Mothering and Ministry | with Pastor Meghan Gilholm
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.
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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.
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July 19, 2020
Re-Opening Church Buildings Post Pandemic | with the 41st Moderator of the United Church, the Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson
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.
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July 19, 2020
Race in the Church | with Emmanuel College Principal, Michelle Voss Roberts
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.
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