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[New Podcast Episode] On Being With: A Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells

In our latest episode, Scot and Claire are joined by the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, former Dean of Duke…

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[New Podcast Episode] Eat What Is Set Before You: A Conversation with Dr. Scott Hagley

Our first episode of 2024 invites us to move deeper into the daunting and delightful wisdom of Luke 10, the text within which our congregations…

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[New Podcast Episode] To Be Brave: A Conversation with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde

Our new season kicks off with an honest and courageous conversation with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, ninth bishop of the Diocese of Washington (D.C.).…

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[New Podcast Episode] We’ve Barely Begun: Imagining a More Just Future with Rob Hopkins

In our final episode of the season, we’re thrilled to welcome organizer and environmentalist Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and author of several…

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[New Podcast Episode] Stand Still and Listen: A Conversation with Dr. Catherine Meeks

In our tenth episode, we explore dismantling racism not simply as political or social action but as something central to our spiritual formation as followers…

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[New Podcast Episode] The Gospel Fully Alive: A Conversation with the Rev. Lina Thompson

We’re delighted to welcome yet another transformational leader to the Vital + Thriving Podcast, someone who has not only helped her congregation grow but also to…

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[New Podcast Episode] God Is Forever Implicated: A (Wonderfully) Messy Conversation with Debie Thomas

The daughter and granddaughter of evangelical pastors, Christianity has been the starting point, the destination, and the path in between for this episode’s guest, Debie Thomas,…

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[New Podcast Episode] God is Not Elsewhere: A Conversation with the Revs. Phil Brochard and Alissa Newton

In our seventh episode, we welcome two guests for the first time, co-authors of the newly released Vital Christian Community: Twelve Characteristics of Healthy Congregations. Sharing out…

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[New Podcast Episode] Laughter, Tears, and Transformation: A Conversation with the Rev. Molly Baskette

Before moving to the Bay Area to lead First Church Berkeley, which she lovingly describes as a “motley pew,” UCC pastor the Rev. Molly Baskette…

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