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The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry

This weekly podcast offers ways to engage with the Way of Love, The Episcopal Church’s intentional commitment to practicing faith by following Jesus. Hear stories and get practical advice from Bishop Michael Curry and others who are putting the Way of Love practices (Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest) into action.

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Rest – “At peace with the one who made you”

In a world that often confuses rest with sleep or passive consumption or a means to do more later, God invites us to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness – within our bodies, minds, and souls, and within our communities and institutions. By resting, we place our trust in God, the primary actor who brings all things to their fullness.But that doesn’t mean resting is always easy. If rest is so good and so important, why do so many of us find it so difficult to practice? Bishop Curry talks about how living near an Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore helped him to finally understand the value of real sabbath-taking, along with the challenges and opportunities that come with it.Join us this week as we talk about stepping away from the noise and activity of daily life – even for a moment or two – and stepping closer to God and each other.Next week on the podcast: WorshipMusic Credits: Ana Hernandez; “Dragon Country (Apple & Clove)” by Axeltree via Free Music Archive (CC BY 4.0)LinksMore about the Way of LoveEpisode 3 Reflection GuideEpiscopal Camps and Conference CentersOliver Sacks’ article, “Sabbath”Traveling the Way of Love: RestEpisode Transcript

22mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Worship – Putting God at the center

It can sometimes be hard to worship regularly. With competing priorities, everyday stresses, and our otherwise busy lives, we might ask, “Why should I have to go somewhere else in order to worship a God who’s all around me?”In this episode, Bishop Curry teaches about how regular worship can both help us to deny self-interest as the main aim of life and also re-center our lives on God.Hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss how what we do in worship – whether that involves incense and bells or whispered prayers and guitars – forms and changes us. As we gather with our neighbors, we are called out of ourselves, placed in community, pointed toward God, and reminded of the mystery at the heart of creation. We are made one body: the body of Christ sent forth into the world.Next week on the podcast: LearnMusic Credits: Ana HernandezLinksTraveling the Way of Love: WorshipEpisode 4 Reflection GuideNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumHow2charist Digital Instructed Communion ServiceEpiscopal Asset Map (find churches and more)More about the Way of LoveEpisode Transcript

19mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Praying with Our Bodies and Our Creativity

Prayer is inviting and dwelling in God’s loving presence - a practice that can sometimes be daunting, but is ultimately one of the most important things we do as Christians. Whether by boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God, simply listening for God’s voice in our lives, or infusing our work with prayer, we can find ourselves drawing nearer and nearer to him.In this episode, Bishop Michael Curry and hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss prayer on the Way of Love. Andrea McKellar and Bishop Curry share some prayerful practices that take place beyond the church walls, including hiking, neighborhood walks, and phone apps that can remind us to take time to come before God every day.We also hear from Roger Hutchison, Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. An artist, writer, and lay leader, Roger describes how prayer informs and shapes his work - especially around grief, painting, and his newest offering, The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children (Church Publishing, January 2020).Next week on the podcast: Resting in and with the LandOur theme and reflection music are by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides. Chris Sikkema writes our shownotes and our website is by Kaleb Heitzman.  LINKS Learn about Pop-up Prayer See Roger Hutchison’s Offerings on Amazon Reflection Guide Transcript

18mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Introducing "The Way of Love Beyond the Church Walls"

Join Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church as he guides us through the practices of the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. In season 2 of this podcast, Bishop Curry talks with our hosts, Sandy Milien and Kyle Oliver, and others about following the Way of Love - beyond the church walls. Subscribe now and listen each week wherever you get your podcasts or at wayoflove.episcopalchurch.org.Next week on the podcast: Mutual blessing through presence & relationshipsOur theme and reflection music is by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides, Chris Sikkema writes our shownotes, and our website is by Kaleb Heitzmann.LINKS Meet Bishop Michael Curry Meet Sandy and Kyle More about the Way of Love Reflection Guide Transcript

14mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Learning to Meet People Where They Are

When God’s Word becomes ingrained in our lives, we can better see God’s activity within and around us and others. We can then tell that story in ways that are authentic to us and that others can understand.In this episode, Bishop Michael Curry and hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss learning on the Way of Love: reflecting on Scripture each day, especially Jesus’ life and teachings. We hear from Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism at The Episcopal Church, discussing how parents can share their faith with adult children. Later, Kyle and Sandy interview the Rev. Patricia Lyons, who uses popular cultural references and stories to help us recognize God at work in the world and in our lives.Next week on the podcast: Turning to hope for the world and in our lives.Our theme and reflection music is by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides. Chris Sikkema writes our show notes and our website is by Kaleb Heitzmann.This episode of The Way of Love Podcast is sponsored by Forward Movement. LINKSSubscribe to Forward Movement’s Forward Day by Day podcastLearn more about the Way of Love Reflection GuideTranscript

20mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Mutual Blessing Through Presence & Relationships

If we were to distill the essence of the Christian faith, we would always come back to the reality of love – not as a sentimental feeling or a sugary concept – but as a disciplined and spiritual way of life. In this episode, Bishop Michael Curry and hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss blessing on the Way of Love: sharing faith and unselfishly giving and serving. We can bless others – and be blessed ourselves! – through the gifts of our presence and relationships with our neighbors.We also hear from Greg Russinger, co-founder of Laundry Love. This nationwide ministry exists not only to encourage churches to care for others but to help churches walk with and get to know their neighbors who need laundry assistance. In walking with, caring for, and even doing laundry among our neighbors, all of us can be changed and blessed.Next week on the podcast: Learning to Meet People Where They AreOur theme and reflection music is by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides. Chris Sikkema writes our show notes and our website is by Kaleb Heitzmann. This episode of The Way of Love Podcast is sponsored by Church Pension Group.LINKS See a video about Laundry Love at Thad’s Learn more about Laundry Love Learn about Asset-Based Community Development Learn more about the Way of Love Reflection Guide Transcript Traveling the Way of Love: Bless

17mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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Bless – Sharing & listening to stories of life

When we practice blessing on the Way of Love, we walk with others, listening to and sharing stories, journeying into a deeper relationship with the living God we have known in Jesus Christ.In this episode, Bishop Curry and Canon Stephanie Spellers talk about how we are called to care for each other; how we can seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people (including ourselves); and how we can live in gratitude for all the blessings of this life.Hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss what they have learned about what it means to be a blessing in the Way of Love – to be a people empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion, and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions.Next week on the podcast: TurnMusic Credits: Ana HernandezLinksTraveling the Way of Love: BlessEpisode 6 Reflection GuideNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of LoveEpisode Transcript

21mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Bonus – Full Patricia Lyons Interview

Now that we've wrapped up Season 2, Sandy and Kyle have a special extended interview to share. In our second practice-based episode this season, we heard a short conversation with The Rev. Patricia Lyons about her work with young people exploring God's presence in pop culture, especially the Harry Potter books and films.This week we're releasing that full interview. It's a bit longer than a typical Way of Love episode, but we think you'll really enjoy it.Our next bonus episode will drop in two weeks (December 3) and will feature the return of Bishop Curry!Music Credits: Ana HernandezLinksOriginal Episode: Learning to Meet People Where They AreWay of Love BlogNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of Love

44mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Turn – Learning to live unselfishly

On the Way of Love, we don’t only practice turning away from destructive things, but also turning ourselves toward God – like a flower setting its face toward the sun. In our daily lives, we are called to reorient ourselves to Jesus and his loving, liberating, life-giving Way.In this episode, Bishop Curry and Canon Stephanie Spellers talk about the sometimes hard – but still very important – concepts of sin and redemption. They explain that when we find ourselves victims of our own self-centeredness, when we fail to live and love like we should, we can always turn back toward truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom.Hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss their experiences of hearing God calling them to make turns in their own lives and how they’ve changed as a result.Music Credits: Ana HernandezLinksA Covenant for Those Committing to the Way Of LoveTraveling the Way of Love: TurnEpisode 7 Reflection GuideNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of LoveEpisode Transcript

22mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Resting in and with the Land

Rest is more than sleep or mindless consuming - it’s a deep-seated principle and practice that God invites us to undertake for our own health and for the health of this fragile earth, our island home.In this episode, Bishop Michael Curry and hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss resting in and with the land. Just as we must remember to receive God’s restoration ourselves, we also must let the creation rest and be restored. We hear from Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, discussing how we can adjust our mindsets from the fear of scarcity to joy at the abundance that surrounds us. We also hear from the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, the founder of Plainsong Farm, talking about how we can incorporate the concept of Sabbath rest into communal life and the life of the creation itself.Watch for season 3 of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry - coming to your podcast feeds in early 2020.Our theme and reflection music are by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides. Chris Sikkema writes our shownotes and our website is by Kaleb Heitzman. This episode of The Way of Love Podcast is sponsored by Church Pension Group.LINKSRead about The Episcopal Church at the United NationsLearn about Plainsong FarmReflection GuideTranscript

19mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Learn – "Letting the Word master us"

Whether you’ve read the Bible several times through or haven’t opened one in years, there is always spiritual growth possible through reading and reflecting on Scripture—especially the life and teachings of Jesus. More than just memorizing verses, we are called to dwell in and reflect on God’s word, letting it form us on the Way of Love.In this episode, Bishop Curry, Kyle, and Sandy talk about their favorite verses and methods for diving deeply into the stories and lessons of Scripture. By learning and becoming familiar with those stories and insights, we are better able to see God’s story unfolding all around us.Next week on the podcast: BlessMusic Credits: Ana HernandezLinksForward Day by Day Scripture MeditationsEpisode 5 Reflection GuideWay of Love Resources from Church PublishingExperiencing Jesus Podcast: LearnMore about the Way of LoveEpisode Transcript

20mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Bonus – Christmas Message from Bishop Curry

Bishop Curry shares the message of hope triumphing over despair, as told in the first chapter of John's gospel.Merry Christmas from Bishop Curry, Sandy, Kyle, and the whole Way of Love podcast team!Music Credits: Ana HernandezLinksChristmas Message – Video and Text VersionWay of Love BlogNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of Love

4mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Bonus – Rest and Worship at UP Wild Church

Bishop Curry is back in our latest bonus episode! He interviews The Rev. Lydia Bucklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan.The two spoke about the story of UP Wild Church and some of its community practices. Don't miss this conversation if you're seeking another model of worship and community that speaks deeply to people who care about our environment and are seeking a slower pace of life.Our next bonus episode will drop in a little over a week. We'll let you do the math on who and what we might have to celebrate then.Music Credits: Ana HernandezEditorial Assistance Credit: Erin Wiens St. JohnLinksUP Wild ChurchWild Church NetworkWay of Love BlogNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of Love

13mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Going into the Neighborhood to Listen Deeply

When we go on the Way of Love, we cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus. Whether God calls us to go across the street or across the world, we are sent beyond our circles and comfort to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives.In this episode, Bishop Michael Curry and hosts Kyle and Sandy discuss “going” on the Way of Love. We learn about both sides of the practice: having the faith to step out into the world and being able to receive the gift of hospitality graciously. Bishop Curry tells a story of trust - about coming to understand that God is already present, wherever we are sent.We also hear from the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, founder of The Abbey, a church and coffee shop ministry in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama. We learn about the ways this community both serves and is served by loving neighbors -- neighbors who might be looking for more than an excellent cup of coffee. Next week on the podcast: Praying with Our Bodies and Our CreativityOur theme and reflection music are by Ana Hernández. Jerusalem Greer writes our reflection guides. Chris Sikkema writes our shownotes and our website is by Kaleb Heitzman. LINKS Find out how you can Go with The Episcopal Church’s Global Partnerships Team Learn more about The Abbey Reflection Guide Transcript

17mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Bonus – The Episcopal Church and the United Nations

For this second bonus episode after Season 2, Bishop Curry also has an extended interview to share. In the final episode of the season, we heard him in conversation with Lynnaia Main about the connections between the practice of rest and care for God's creation.This week we're releasing a bit of that interview you didn't hear previously: when the two discuss in more depth the relationship between faith communities and the United Nations.Our next bonus episode will drop in two weeks (December 17) and will also feature Bishop Curry!Music Credits: Ana HernandezEditorial Assistance Credit: Erin Wiens St. JohnLinksOriginal Episode: Resting in and with the LandWay of Love BlogNine-Session Way of Love CurriculumMore about the Way of Love

9mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #15