Dunker Punks Podcast



Jesus following non-conformists spreading Gods peace and love by the power of the Spirit through audio accounts of obedient acts of study, service and community.


  • #124: Holy Spirit, Come With Fire

    27/11/2021 Duración: 45min

    “The church doesn’t cease to exist just because human structures change.” In this episode, listen as these “young adults on fire” describe continuing the work and life of the Church, their hopes and aspirations for our beloved community, and how the imagery of a pillar of fire is leading a cultural shift to one [...]

  • #123: Church and State

    13/11/2021 Duración: 25min

    From brethren.org: Our denomination’s 1989 annual conference statement on Church and State says that “Christians and the church are called at times to speak a prophetic word to the state. When the state is doing things that negate and deny God’s will as revealed in Jesus Christ and the Bible, Christians must speak out, [...]

  • #122: Practice What You Preach

    30/10/2021 Duración: 38min

    In this episode, we hear from a quality group of people turning their hopes of a peaceful world into a reality. Clara McGilly, a Kingian Nonviolence Organizer at On Earth Peace, leads a discussion with a group of level one certified Kingian Nonviolence trainers on the meaning of nonviolence and how we can peacefully [...]

  • #121: Forgive Them

    16/10/2021 Duración: 39min

    "Without forgiveness, there's no future." ~ Desmond Tutu Who is it you need to forgive? Who is it you need forgiveness from? In this episode, Gabe Padilla gives us a glimpse of the complexities and hugely difficult processes within the Christ-commanded act of forgiving. Dunker [...]

  • #120: Arts on the Hill

    02/10/2021 Duración: 47min

    What are some ways your church expresses its culture and theology? In this episode, we hear from Jessie Houff, Agnes Chen, and Jacob Crouse from the Washington City Church of the Brethren as they share experiences and aspirations from their church’s community arts ministry. Dunker [...]

  • #119: More Than a Song

    18/09/2021 Duración: 55min

    When has a song moved you in a meaningful way? When has one brought up feelings of pain? Matt Rittle and Mandy North share their insights on how music is "more than" and how the context of music can be just as (if not more) important as the sounds themselves. [...]

  • #118: We are Part of One Another

    05/09/2021 Duración: 33min

    Welcome back to a new season of the Dunker Punks Podcast! In this episode, we feature once again Anna Lisa Gross interviewing other powerful voices from the Womaen’s Caucus about their stories as women in church leadership. Listen to hear the surprises, the scars, the hopes, and the doubts that women leaders across the [...]

  • Bonus 19: Theopoetics 4 – The God Beyond the God We Name

    07/08/2021 Duración: 29min

    In this final episode in our bonus summer series on theopoetics, Matt Rittle and Scott Holland wrap up our journey so far discovering the greater questions about God and faith. Listen to hear more about why we study this topic and how to continue learning and exploring more. [...]

  • Bonus 18: Theopoetics 3 – The Blessed Assurance of “Perhaps”

    24/07/2021 Duración: 50min

    What would it mean for our questions, our curiosities, even our doubts around faith and life to bring us joy? Explore this question and many more through poetry with Matt Rittle, Julia Baker Swann, and Carol Davis as you listen to this third installment of our summer series on theopoetics. [...]

  • Bonus 17: Theopoetics 2 – Is God Dead?

    10/07/2021 Duración: 46min

    How can poetry help us progress in our beliefs and explore our questions? In this second episode of our bonus series on theopoetics, Matt Rittle and Scott Holland return to discuss the doubts and questions within our faith through the centuries. Dunker Punks Podcast [...]

  • Bonus 16: Theopoetics 1 – Good God

    27/06/2021 Duración: 26min

    How do we as people of faith struggle through the questions of how a good God created a world with so much strife in it? Join us for this bonus episode as Matt Rittle joined here by Scott Holland kick off a summer series on Theopoetics. [...]

  • #117: A City on a Hill (That Cannot be Hidden)

    12/06/2021 Duración: 59min

      As a historic peace church and as New Testament focused Christians, Brethren seriously and frequently consider the question, “what is the meaning of peace and peacemaking?” Samuel Sarpiya, a former moderator of the Church of the Brethren, offers guidance to exploring the answers to this question and their practical application in life in [...]

  • #116: Grant Us Peace

    29/05/2021 Duración: 29min

    Meet Laura. She’s a young person interning at On Earth Peace (OEP) as part of their long tradition and ministry to equip the next generation for building peace and justice. She introduces us to teenage visionaries spending their free time spreading and sprouting mustard seeds of peace and justice in their schools and communities [...]

  • #115: To Recognize, Not to be Recognized

    15/05/2021 Duración: 24min

    In his work as a Brethren Volunteer Service person, Evan Ulrich continues to learn about what it means to love and serve as a Christian. Listen to hear more about the work of Brethren Disaster Ministries, the impact that volunteering has on your life and the lives of the people you work with, and [...]

  • #114: Peace in Public

    01/05/2021 Duración: 24min

    What does it mean to live the peace of Jesus publicly? In this episode, we welcome back Naomi Yilma and introduce Angelo Olayvar from the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy as they discuss acting, organizing, and advocating for peace. Dunker Punks [...]

  • #113: Stepping Up

    17/04/2021 Duración: 37min

    When did you first know you were a leader in the church? In this sequel to Episode #107: Linking Arms in Leadership, Anna Lisa Gross shares with us interviews with other church leaders that ask this very question. Explore the kinds of leadership that our church needs and calls for as you listen! [...]

  • #112: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

    03/04/2021 Duración: 37min

    What does it mean for us as Brethren to be engaged in racial healing in this time? What impacts can we have? Consider these questions as you listen to Rev. LaDonna Sanders Nkosi talk about the Healing Racism Grant and new racial healing initiatives in the Church of the Brethren. [...]

  • Bonus 15: WWDPLFLL?


    What Would a Dunker Punk Love Feast Look Like? We began this process by asking ourselves “WWDPLFLL?” This service is one attempted answer. Dunker Punks love leaning into innovation but also love staying grounded in traditions, so this service includes some fresh approaches and as well as more traditional elements (Dunker Punks love scripture!). [...]

  • #111: Faithfully LGBTQ

    20/03/2021 Duración: 31min

    All children of God, all siblings in Christ have gifts to share with the world. How are we as Brethren failing to practice what we preach as we hold prejudices and prevent others from spiritual growth and leadership? In this intimate episode, Gabe Padilla shares with us stories from his life and transitioning from [...]

  • #110: This land is [your/my/our?] land

    06/03/2021 Duración: 48min

    Welcome to a new season of the Dunker Punks Podcast! In this first episode, we teamed up with Michaela Mast and Harrison Horst from the Shifting Climates Podcast to talk about the human right and need to access nature. Listen as they follow instances of environmental racism and address the need for climate justice [...]

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