Emmaus Way Podcast



Podcast of the weekly worship gathering of Emmaus Way


  • Permission to Witness: Letters for Lent

    01/03/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    In which we open a Lenten season oriented around the practice of writing and the formation that's possible within "in-between" spaces and seasons. We kick off that conversation with Artist-in-Residence Joanna Penn Cooper, who invites us to consider writers as folks who support our deeply human need for permission to witness and be witnessed. As a writer, Joanna shares ways that writer, audience, and context interact to create energetic spaces that shape us. As a community, we begin asking what formative energy we might find in our Lenten engagement with a writer (Paul) and letter (Galatians) many of us have held at a distance.

  • Prophets & Public Proclamation in the Here and Now

    16/02/2020 Duración: 01h08min

    In which we wrap up our season on the prophets wit ha look at the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-13) and prophets of the #metoo movement. Molly invites us to consider what it means for Eway to be a community of prophetic proclamation in a world that isn't particularly ready to lean into critiques of power or the alternative futures of God. What does it mean to voice and embody prophetic witness in such a space? Sus Long and friends contribute a very 60s collection of music by Pete Seeger, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Beach Boys.

  • Responding to Prophets

    09/02/2020 Duración: 45min

    In which we trace our exploration of prophets a bit closer to home and ask: "What happens when prophecy gets personal?" That is, what does it really look like to change some aspect of our lives to more fully live into said alternative futures? Through circle practice, we open to space to notice what about prophets/prophecy opens us to respond, and what leaves us feeling resistant and closed. Sus Long and Rachel Kiel season our conversation with songs from Over the Rhine, The Beach Boys, Elton John, and Sara Groves.

  • What's So Necessary About Visions and Dreams?

    26/01/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    In which we turn our consideration prophets to the role visions and dreams play in their work of critique and imagination. Molly curates a conversation around three prophetic visions (Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones, Hildegard of Bingen, Jean Vanier & L'Arche) for alternative living, thinking, and being. Artist-in-Residence Sus Long (and friends) come alongside with musical visions from The Beatles, Alexi Murdoch, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, and Harold Arlen.

  • What's the Big Deal About Sign/Acts, Then & Now?

    19/01/2020 Duración: 59min

    In which we continue our examination of prophets by considering some of their strategies for critique and alternative imagination. Molly invites us to look specific sign/acts from the prophet Jeremiah as part of a dialogue around the lingering role of prophetic sign/acts among contemporary prophets such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Bree Newsome. Artist-in-Residence Sus Long contributes songs from The Avett Brothers, The Beatles, Nick Lowe, and Pete Seeger.

  • Prophets 101

    12/01/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    In which we open a six-week journey alongside the Hebrew prophets, and consider the presence and possibility of prophetic critique and imagination in our lives now. Molly opens the series with a historical overview of the biblical prophets, naming their role as figures who simultaneously criticize and energize. Sus Long—our Artist in Residence for this season—opens our musical conversation with offerings from Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin, and her own band Hardworker.

  • People of Light: Epiphany Sunday

    05/01/2020 Duración: 56min

    In which we consider Epiphany as something beyond a simple "lightbulb moment." Rather, Molly invites us into Isaiah to consider what light might be shining in our moment, and what that light might reveal and make manifest. Neal Curran (of Infielder) contributes a diverse set of songs equally fascinated by the light, including one of his own.

  • Illumination in the Dark

    15/12/2019 Duración: 52min

    In which we open ourselves to what illumination reveals in this second week of Advent amidst a very dark world. Brett Fox offers a homily on Matthew 11:2-11, reflecting on John the Baptist's imprisonment, followed by Advent worship stations. Neal Curran and Robert Thornhill contribute music songs of the season alongside selections by Blind Willie Johnson, Wilco, and Sam Philips.

  • Steps Forward Into Hope

    08/12/2019 Duración: 49min

    In which we delve into implications of hope this second week of Advent. A hope that—in the words of Jan Richardson—draws us past our limits...defies expectations...questions what we have known...makes a way where there is none." Our own Julia Riley offers a homily rooted in Isaiah 11:1-10, followed by circle conversations on own own wrestling with hope. Neal Curran and Ken Stewart offer up songs of the season by Stevie Wonder, Damien Jurado, Andrew Bird, and Steven Foster.

  • Waking Up to Expectation

    01/12/2019 Duración: 45min

    In which we enter the season of Advent, a time of waiting in expectation for God to enter our midst, once again, in the most unlikely places. Molly's homily draws from Matt. 24:36-44, an apocalyptic text of warning to WAKE UP! What might this text be saying to us as a community, coming off a series rooted in Revelation and entering a time of active expectation for the in-breaking Kin-dom? Sus Long sharpens our expectation with songs from Bowerbirds, Sandra McCracken, a couple seasonal classics, and a reprise of her original (written for Eway) "Advent 2016."

  • New Heaven, New Earth: Waking up our Imagination

    24/11/2019 Duración: 53min

    In which we land our six-week journey through Revelation in the new heaven and new earth of Chapter 22. We look to stretch our imaginations through art, music, literature, reflection, text, and meditation as Molly asks us to envision how we can live into this unveiling of a New Heaven and a New Earth in liberating, honest, subversively playful ways, in this time and place. Artist-in-Residence Adam Barnard helps close thing out with music from Bob Dylan, The National, and Sufjan Stevens.

  • The Fall of Babylon

    03/11/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    In which we start a four-week journey through the endgame of Revelation's final chapters. We begin with Revelation 18 ("The Fall of Babylon"), which calls up Johnny Cash's words from our musical journey through Revelation last week: "You can run on for a long time, but sooner or later God'll cut you down." No doubt reading Revelation amidst late capitalist empire prompts ready observations about things that could stand a good cutting-down, and so we ask—for Revelation's first-century audience or ourselves—what sense of in-breaking hope does this judgement text has to offer? Artist-in-Residence Adam Barnard contributes songs by Bob Dylan, Peter & The Wolf, Leonard Cohen, and Alex Dupree.

  • A Musical Read Through Revelation

    27/10/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    In which we take time to (re)hear Revelation with fresh ears. Artist-in-residence Adam Barnard (with support from Mike Grigoni) presents a contemporary musical soundscape for selected readings from this otherwordly apocalyptic text, including Sufjan Stevens' "Seven Swans," Sam Amidon's "I See The Sign," Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down," and Phosphoresent's "The Waves at Night.

  • Revelation, Really?

    20/10/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    In which we dive into a new season on Time Revealtion. Molly gives us an overview of what Revelation's first audience might have heard in this apocalyptic text, and we begin working past "the racket of the rapture" to ask how Revelation invites us into ways of mystery, love, justice, upending empire, and hope. Adam Barnard—our artist-in-residence for this second season—contributes a familiar Eway lineup of apocalyptic songs by Rory Cooney, Lowland Hum, Susan Enan, and Seth Woods.

  • Starting With Beloved: Baptism & Dedications

    13/10/2019 Duración: 50min

    In which we affirm, celebrate, and covenant together through the sacred acts of dedication and baptism for five of our Emmaus Way kids. Molly reminds us what it means to start (and end) with beloved, and Adam Barnard contributes music by Leonard Cohen, Hiss Golden Messenger, T Bone Burnett, Son Lux, and Bob Dylan.

  • What Does 'The Fall' Have To Do With Creation?

    06/10/2019 Duración: 01h13min

    In which we finish our season on Creation by re-imagining how Genesis 3 fits into a broader creation narrative and the ways we engage creation here and now. Molly invites us to name how societal discussions (and assumptions) of Genesis 3 have been detrimental to creation. And also, how a different understanding of "the fall" in Genesis 3 might offer grace toward a fuller, more life-giving engagement with creation. Artist-in-residence Mona Dowell contributes songs by Agnes Obel, Feist, Josh Garrels, and Sandra McCracken.

  • Open Spaces: Opening Ourselves to Creativity

    22/09/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    In which we follow our exploration of (Genesis) creation narratives into the artistic realm. Our artist-in-residence for this season, Mona Dowell, gives a live performance of her newly released album Open Spaces. Mona's artistic work offers a beautiful, haunting glimpse into the everyday work of re-creation in the world gifted to us, anchoring a time of exploring the creative spark that enlivens us all.

  • The Second Creation Story - What's Here?

    15/09/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    In which we follow our conversation on Genesis 1 into wrestling with the second creation account of Genesis 2:5–25. Molly leads our dialogical wrestling with this narrative that so dramatically foregrounds humanity, and invites us toward more liberating ways to think about and be shaped by this second account. Artist-in-Residence Mona Dowell contributes songs by The Weepies, Marketa Irglova, Sandra McCracken, and Brandi Carlisle.

  • God Is Here: Let's Begin (Genesis 1)

    08/09/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    In which we delve into the first creation narrative of Gensis and all the accreted interpretations placed upon it. Through homily, historical context, literary theory, present day realities, and extended community conversation, we'll wonder together, "What if we've gotten this creation narrative all wrong? What liberating reality might actually be on offer here?" Mona Dowell—our artist-in-residence for this six-week season on Creation—offers up two pair of songs from her new album ("Open Spaces") and Regina Spektor's "Far."

  • New Rhythms, New Dreams

    25/08/2019 Duración: 01h16min

    In which Molly, Ben, and Elizabeth report back on what we've heard during our summer of community discernment, and invite co-ministers into new dreams and new rhythms for our life together.

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