Not the usual podcast! This is a recording of me telling folktales at a small local event, totally unpolished, just as is. It's an assessment task, but you are welcome to listen, too Barry Lopez writes, "If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive" (Crow and Weasel). May these stories feed and sustain you - and may you be ready to pass them on!
Two stories from Turkey:
- Nasreddin Hodja: The Recipe
- Nasreddin Hodja: The Coat
And a story from Liberia:
- The Cowtail Switch
Image shows a 17th-century miniature of Nasreddin, by Unknown - Topkapi Palace Museum Library Cat. No. 2142. Downloaded from http://www.business-with-turkey.com/hoca/hoca-big.htm, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1331652
Churches and religious organisations regularly exclude people from full participation, but following Jesus means demolishing all boundaries and seeking Christ beyond the walls of the church.
A message for a congregation preparing to commit to the next twelve months, drawing from Mark 7:24-30. Sanctuary, 9 September 2018 (Year B Proper 18, BP18).
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A reflection on John 6:51-58, given to Sanctuary, 19 August 2018 (Year B Proper 15, BP15).
The disciples have returned from preaching and healing around the villages; in the face of people’s need, they have barely had time to eat. So Jesus invites them to come away to a deserted place and rest awhile. Yet the crowd guesses where they’re going, and meets them there. When Jesus sees the mob, his guts wrench with compassion, and he begins to teach and heal once more …
A reflection on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 given to Sanctuary, 22 July 2018 (Year B Proper 11, BP11).
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A reflection on 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 14-22 given to Sanctuary, 15 July 2018 (Year B Proper 10).