Amanda Miller Garber kicks off our Fall Campaign by exploring the hard truths that our world is desperately broken and the Church (capital C) hasn't seemed to figure out how it's supposed to respond to that reality. We are left wondering: "What does a Jesus-style Uprising in the midst of this brokenness and pain look like?"
We wrap up our Summer Conversations @ 60 West series as Amanda sits down with our dear friend Thomas Rea. His passion and love for Jesus is incredible and learning where that passion comes from is truly beautiful.
On this 1 year anniversary of the events in Charlottesville, Adam King, our Associate Pastor, sat down with Shiree Harbick to discuss his experiences while working with Congregate C'Ville. This was a powerful interview and we highly encourage listening and sharing with others.
(EDIT: We are having technical difficulties with the audio. We will hopefully have it back up ASAP. Thanks for your patience)
Join Molly Boese as she interviews the wonderful Liz Shoop. Liz shares stories from her life as well as her passion for books, music, and contemplative prayer and practices. Don't miss this one!
Our dear friend Rodrigue shares a POWERFUL story of loss, fear, hope, and perseverance.
Note: There were a few technical difficulties with Adam's mic, so his questions may not be audible at times. Our apologies.
Adam kicks off a post-Easter sermon series called "She Persisted" that will explore the lives and stories of women in the Bible. Our first "shero" is Mary Magdalene.
We welcome Natalie Kerr this week as she opens up our sermon series for the month of June called "The Loneliness Epidemic". She shares some staggering and sobering facts about loneliness, its effect on us individually and as a society, and begins the conversation about how we can confront this modern day epidemic.
Amanda wraps up our lenten series about our bodies by looking at the end of our bodies, namely death.
Adam King and Amy Halosky tackle the challenging but vital topic of sex and sexuality as it relates to having human bodies. How does understanding our sexual beings connect to our worship of God and our ability to relate to others? And most importantly, how can the church do a better job of talking about sex with one another? Adam and Amy present a model here of one way to go about doing just that.
Special guest Trina Trotter Nussbaum, Trauma researcher and Assistant Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement at EMU, shares a vital message about trauma, secondary trauma, and the miraculous ways the body navigates the deep wounds of life.
Amanda dives into questions about mind, body, spirit connection while exploring the problems with gnosticism and hedonism, belief systems that have significant sway both in the ancient world and the modern.
Amy Halosky and Ashley Oliver bring a powerful message about wrestling with negative body image in our second week of our Lenten series called "The Body".
Amanda launches our Lenten sermon series titled "The Body".
Amanda wraps up our sermon series "Core" by looking at the RISE Core value: "We try to stay "at the table" when things are hard."
*Note: the laughter at the beginning is due to the fact that Adam set Amanda up to walk onto stage with a slide introducing her as a "closet Hokies fan" while Enter Sandman was playing on the day after her beloved Cavaliers were beaten by Virginia Tech. She will most likely get her revenge...
Adam continues our series called "Core" as he tackles the RISE core value: "Jesus is found among the poor, hurting and brokenhearted. And we should be too."
RISE was blessed to welcome Monica Robinson and Raquel Williams from the local chapter of the NAACP to share a reflection and prayer with us on this special day honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Amanda continues our Core series which explores the 8 core values at RISE. This week Amanda dives into a very challenging core "God has open arms, and so should we." We say "everyone means everyone" a lot at RISE. What does that actually mean? Who is "everyone"? And are there limits? This is not an easy sermon and you will be challenged, but we also feel like this is an incredibly important conversation to engage in.
Adam launches a new sermon series titled "Core" that explores RISE's 8 core values. Today's core value is "Jesus lived and loved with passion, and so should we." We're excited about this series and hope you are encouraged, challenged, and uplifted.
Note: at one point during this sermon, I (Adam) state that 'apathy is a cop-out'. While I do think that is often true, it dawned on me after the fact that apathy is also a common symptom of depression and anxiety and that is really important to be named. I overstated my case here in a way that could be very damaging to those who struggle with depression and so I feel the need to include this addendum to it. My apologies if you listened to the sermon that day and were hurt.
We wrap up our Advent Series with a unique sermon/service focused on listening. You'll discover that this sermon is much shorter than usual and that is because we invited everyone into a practice of listening (which was done 'off air' so to say). We encourage you if possible to listen to this podcast with a friend or family member so that you too can join in the activity at the end of the lesson.