Things My Father Taught Me - B2G010

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1. Be willing to be wrong.

2. Live and learn. Know better? Do better.

3. Organizing sucks, but it’s necessary.

4. If you don’t like how things are, make them better.

5. Even when we don’t like each other, we can love each other.

6. Stand on the side of the oppressed or overlooked. Always. No exceptions.

This week, Megan and Joel talk about their fathers as well as the complicated nature of fatherhood and celebrating it for some of us. Thanks, Papa Romer and Sharpton for helping to make us who we are!

Finding a New Church - B2G009

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Whether it’s moving to a new town, finding a church for the very first time, or leaving the denomination or tradition you were raised in, finding the church that fits your theology (or at least welcomes it) is tough, especially if you’re not an introvert.

Joel and Megan talk around the question (reasons to stay, where the mainline denoms stand, some to definitely avoid), and then give some great tips on how to smooth your search process.

If you’re looking for a progressive Mennonite pastor on Twitter, you’ve found her. Melissa Florer-Bixler: https://twitter.com/MelissaFloBix

Living Waters in Cuba - Moving, Living Christianity - B2G008

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We’re back from our unintended hiatus with updates on tornado recovery in Ruston and most especially Megan’s trip to Cuba! Hear about her experience, Cuban life as well as ideas for how you and your congregation can get active as the hands of feet of Jesus.

Resources:


The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Squareby Amazon.com
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1556529589/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_F8P7CbGR7RKF9

Learn more about Living Waters for the World:  https://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org/

Resurrection and Rebuilding - Opelousas Church Fires Followup - B2G007

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Megan Goes Viral, All the Churches Get Funded, What Next?

Megan’s mentions are trash now, but the goal has been met and the three St. Landry Parish Black churches that were burned by an arson earlier this month, have met their funding goal. What’s next for Megan’s crusade of social media Robin Hooding?

Resources

BBC on Opelousas Church Fires: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47961014?fbclid=IwAR3nHTgAr82YuOsBODr2xEr2a0eSOVKSHFPfSTmhALVLza38cpB53gTUGw4

NYTimes on Opelousas Church Fires: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/04/17/us/ap-us-fires-black-churches-notre-dame.html

Washington Post on Opelousas Church Fires: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/after-notre-dame-support-for-torched-black-churches-swells/2019/04/17/c96270be-6167-11e9-bf24-db4b9fb62aa2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3b152047b719

KATC (and Megan) on Opelousas Church Fires: https://katc.com/news/2019/04/17/go-fund-me-for-burned-churches-spreads-around-the-world/



Then Came the Morning - Lent and Easter - B2G006

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I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
— Og Mandino

Megan and Joel wrestle with Friday night and pray for Sunday morning. They discuss their history with the Lenten season and how they celebrate it now as parents and progressive Christians.

They discuss resurrection, the new Canon and using your imagination. 

 Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition)

 A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

Info on how to donate to congregations affected by the fires in St. Landry Parish: https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/crime_police/article_514ad244-5b0c-11e9-bee1-cfb119d9fb2e.html

The Church is On Fire, What Will We Do About it? - B2G005

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Four Black Church Fires in Louisiana in Two Weeks

Megan and Joel discuss the news of these fires, the systemic issues that make this a less noticeable issue than it should be, and what we can do as churches and individuals to help today and tomorrow.

Resources

UPDATED - Info on donating to these congregations: https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/crime_police/article_514ad244-5b0c-11e9-bee1-cfb119d9fb2e.html

Solomon Missouri on Twitter - https://twitter.com/solomonmissouri

CBS News on Opelousas Church Fires: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-churches-fbi-investigating-string-suspicious-fires-2019-04-05/

NY Times on Opelousas Church Fires: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/us/louisiana-black-church-fires.html

Denazification: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denazification

Something Beyond Space Moses - Gendering & Misgendering God - B2G004

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God, Deity of the Universe, He/Him?

Where and when did you first consider God’s gender? Does it even make sense to gender the 4th Dimensional Creator of the Universe? Megan and Joel discuss their own experiences around this question and point to some resources to help with why it matters and what it means for a modern Christian.

Resources

Jesus has no Y Chromosome: http://nonadventures.com/2015/10/24/the-blast-supper/?fbclid=IwAR1-NQDhWyC5RRdehvTHEBAJ6OS6Yk9r2-xJySQhhcqR3TYiAoZkEWJIQ88

Does God Have Gender?: https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/does-god-have-gender

Oscar Romero - Liberation Theology : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93scar_Romero

Keith Ward: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ward

Slate Speak: https://www.slateproject.org/slatespeak.html

‘Reagan Made Me Homeless’ The Prosperity Gospel & Poor Shaming - B2G003

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Prosperity Gospel & Capitalism

How do you talk to your children about money? What was the relationship with money you were raised with? How much is the Church to blame for our monetary outlook?

Megan and Joel discuss their own backgrounds with money and how they think progressive Christians can change the money culture moving forward.

Resources

Epicurious Job Posting: https://twitter.com/davidtamarkin/status/1105188484015419395?s=21

Megan’s thread on Queer Eye & working class ”luxury” https://twitter.com/meganromer/status/1107026785043132421?s=21

Backsliding to Glory is a podcast all about living a Progressive Christian life in the middle of the Bible Belt, if that sounds like you, join our Facebook Group, follow Megan on Twitter @meganromer and Joel on Twitter @therogueslife or find links and info for the show anytime at Backslidingtoglory.com

Email us your thoughts and experiences to backslidingtoglory@gmail.com

Wesley and Calvin Were Just Fine Fellows - B2G002

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In this second debut episode, hear how Megan found herself a progressive Christian, living in south Louisiana.

We discuss modern seminarian output, finding your own place in your local church congregations, and outside the pew.

Backsliding to Glory is a podcast all about living a Progressive Christian life in the middle of the Bible Belt, if that sounds like you, join our Facebook Group, follow Megan on Twitter @meganromer and Joel on Twitter @therogueslife or find links and info for the show anytime at Backslidingtoglory.com

Email us your thoughts and experiences to backslidingtoglory@gmail.com

I Sometimes Just Wanna Shout! - B2G001

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In this debut episode, hear how Joel and Megan began their conversation as well as background on Joel's Spiritual journey.

Backsliding to Glory is a podcast all about living a Progressive Christian life in the middle of the Bible Belt, if that sounds like you, join our Facebook Group, follow Megan on Twitter @meganromer and Joel on Twitter @therogueslife or find links and info for the show anytime at Backslidingtoglory.com

Email us your thoughts and experiences to backslidingtoglory@gmail.com

Meet Your Backsliders - B2G000

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Megan Loves Jesus, but cusses a little | Joel cries during the Hymns & HARRUMPHS during the sermon

Trying desperately to live the Love of Jesus in the middle of the Bible Belt, these two fully-affirming progressive Christians are raising kids, and raising hell on their way to Heaven.


Backsliding to Glory is a podcast all about living a Progressive Christian life in the middle of the Bible Belt, if that sounds like you, join our Facebook Group, follow Megan on Twitter @meganromer and Joel on Twitter @therogueslife or find links and info for the show anytime at Backslidingtoglory.com