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Michael Dowd was interviewed in April 2016 by Mark Gilbert, host of Conscious Bridge Radio Show. In this 57-minute program (slightly edited for posting on "Evolving Faith" podcast series), Dowd introduces the worldview shift underlying his "ecology is the new theology" imperative, most recently expressed in his 17-minute youtube video: "Reality's Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction."

Theme song "Holy Nowcourtesy of Peter Mayer.

Direct download: podcast-faith-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

4. Michael Morwood: "Tomorrow's Catholic"


Michael Morwood began making waves in Catholic circles in the late 1990s with the publication of his book, Tomorrow’s Catholic.  Catholic laity who had been struggling with ancient scriptural views of redemption found Morewood’s modern and scientifically informed perspective salvific.  Unfortunately, the Catholic hierarchy deemed that perspective heretical.  The book was banned and Father Morwood was silenced in 1998.  Soon thereafter he ended his 29 years in the priesthood. Since then, Michael Morwood has become one of the most valued expositors of a naturalistic and evolutionary form of Christianity—for Catholics and beyond. See also his 2004 book, Praying a New Story. 

Theme song "Holy Nowcourtesy of Peter Mayer.


Direct download: 004-morwood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

3. Ian Lawton: Taking Down the Cross

Ian Lawton is executive minister of C3Exchange: An Inclusive Spiritual Community, in Spring Lake, Michigan. Michael Dowd engaged Ian in conversation just two weeks before the scheduled removal of the 65-foot cross of this former affiliate of the Reformed Church of America. (Soon after, Ian was interviewed on Fox News about the controversy.) Independent since 1997, the congregation called Ian in 2004. Many more changes ensued, leading to the removal of the cross and a new identity in 2010. The former Christ Community Church is now C3 Exchange, and it is in the vanguard of liberal/evolutionary religious reform in America. According to his church profile, though trained at a conservative Anglican seminary in his native Australia, "Ian was always more interested in connecting with the people who don't go to church: the homeless people, the broken people, the creative people, the liberated people, the recovering people, the inquiring people, the family people, those who put their humanity before their ideology." A local news report on the cross removal quotes Ian as saying, "We honor the cross, but the cross is just one symbol of our community."  The news article explains, "Lawton gave a sermon March 21 likening using the cross as a symbol of Christ's life to using a bullet to remember Martin Luther King Jr." A community-wide meeting generated an outpouring of support for the way C3 is evolving.

The C3 website offers an archive of all sermons online in audio or video format, and is accessible in podcast form as an RSS feed.  Note: If you google "Ian Lawton," the primary choices (including Wikipedia) pertain to an unrelated Ian Lawton who researches and writes books on spirituality, reincarnation, and past lives. That Ian is not our colleague Ian Lawton.

Theme song "Holy Nowcourtesy of Peter Mayer.

Direct download: lawton-a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

2. Bruce Sanguin: Evolutionary Christian Spirituality

Bruce Sanguin serves Canadian Memorial United Church of Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he leads his congregation in a progressive form of Christianity in their mission of "exploring the Christian tradition through an evolutionary model." Rev. Sanguin meshes his evolutionary perspective with Integral Spirituality (following Ken Wilber) and with Spiral Dynamics (following Don Beck). His three books are: Summoning the Whirlwind: Unconventional Sermons for a Relevant Christian Faith (2006);  Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity (2007) and; The Emerging Church: A Model for Change and a Map for Renewal (2008). He is the coauthor of a curriculum, "Experiencing Ecological Christianity" (2008).   

Theme song "Holy Nowcourtesy of Peter Mayer.

Direct download: 002-sanguin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

1. John Shelby Spong: Redeeming Christianity in the 21st Century

John Shelby Spong is one of the best known and most highly regarded leaders in the movement within Christianity to evolve faith in step with modern times and humanity's collective intelligence. During his tenure as Episcopal Bishop of Newark, John Shelby Spong (known to friends as "Jack") was regarded as a fearless advocate for church reform -- a hero to some, a heretic to others. Spong, who retired from professional ministry in 2000, was the first to ordain an openly gay priest, and he called for Christians worldwide to leave behind premodern religion in favor of a liberal, progressive, ever-evolving faith.

Spong's best-selling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism • Why Christianity Must Change or Die • A New Christianity For a New World  The Sins of Scripture • and Jesus for the Nonreligious. He also has a personal website.

Theme song "Holy Now" courtesy of Peter Mayer.

Direct download: 001-spong.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT