• The 6 Patterns of Sunday Worship in America – A Conversation with Dr. Edward Phillips (Part 1 of 2)

    In this first of a two-part episode, Pastor Kurt Poland talks with Dr. Edward Phillips, professor of Early Christianity and Worship at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, about the most dominant patterns of Sunday morning worship in the US. This podcast explores the first three of these six...

  • A Queer New Space for Ministry – A Podcast about social media ministry with Rev. Bailey Brawner

    In this episode Pastor Kurt Poland talks about how the internet is changing ministry with one of Southern California’s most pioneering pastors, Rev. Bailey Brawner of Mission Hills United Methodist Church in San Diego. Rev. Brawner is a founder of the online LGBT Christian meetup space, The Voyage, the host...

  • Pastoring Skid Row

    The Rev. Kirkpatrick Tyler is an African Methodist-Episcopal Pastor and the director of Skid Row Outreach for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office. In this podcast Rev. Tyler helps me see Skid Row in a new light. We talk about how to fight homelessness in LA, and about life on the boundary between...

  • The Future of American Christianity Part 2: Current Racial Tensions and Political Polarization in America in Historical Context

    The second part of a conversation with a giant of American religious history that frames contemporary conflicts over racial justice and political polarization in a deeper historical context.

  • The Future of American Christianity Part 1

    Part 1 of a conversation with Dr. E Brooks Holifield, professor emeritus of Church History at Emory University, and author of such definitive books as Theology in America and God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Clergy in America. In this part we talk about the historic differences between liberal and conservative Christians, and...

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Race in America, Part 2

    The second half of the podcast with Dr. Jennifer McBride and Dr. Kristopher Norris. In this half the conversation turns toward what Bonhoeffer can teach the white church in America about race, repentance, and resurrection. Further reading:Books by Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in CommunityThe Cost of...

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Race in America, Part 1

    A conversation with Dr. Jennifer McBride, the president of the Bonhoeffer Society and associate dean at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, and Dr. Kristopher Norris, associate professor of public theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. In Part 1 we discuss Bonhoeffer’s life, and how his theological understanding...

  • Housing the Homeless in LA

    A conversation with Joss Tillard-Gates, policy director for the Los Angeles office of Enterprise Community Partners, a national non profit that connects people with affordable housing. We talk about what causes homelessness, and about how cities like LA can start rethinking how we meet this crisis.

  • Scripture, Sexuality, and the Sublime

    A conversation with Dr. Christopher Wesley Corbin, executive editor of Earth and Altar magazine, author of The Evangelical Party and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Return to the Church of England (out now with Routledge Press), and canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. We talk about some of the...