October 20, 2020
Recorded on Oct. 4, 2020 at Westview Christian Fellowship. We are honoured to have David Hall share with us about his experience as a Christian who is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community. David also walks us through some of the steps Silver Spire United Church is taking to become a more affirming community. After sharing his story, David answers questions members of Westview have about what it's like to be both a Christian and a gay man.
It was a gift to hear David's story and we hope it can serve to inspire other faith communities.
October 5, 2020
Recorded at The First Mennonite Church in Vineland on Sept. 27, 2020, Caleb Ratzlaff discusses how his perspective has shifted from seeing himself as a fixer to the receiver of help from the oppressed. In the process, Caleb shares with The First a little bit about life at Westview, while once again emphasizing the necessity of listening to the stories of addicts, sex workers, and widows as we allow them to lead us to the cross.
September 29, 2020
Recorded on Sept. 27th, 2020, at Westview Christian Fellowship. Caleb Redekop shares about his experience working with people who use drugs. He connects the experience of the stigma he witnessed in this community to Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. For Caleb, connection is the opposite of addiction.
September 22, 2020
Recorded on June 28, 2020, Grazia Shepard shares her story on how she found Belonging at WC4W in the midst of her journey with mental health.
September 9, 2020
Recorded on August 9th, 2020 Kyla imaginatively recreates the Book of Hosea from Gomer's perspective. Pointing out problems with Hosea's marriage metaphor, Kyla makes Gomer the central figure of the text, renaming the book, the Book of Gomer.
September 1, 2020
Recorded on August 23, 2020, Jon Willms asks us to reflect on what we're searching for and helps us apply this to Hosea chapter 6. Leaning on contemplative exercises, we practise learning to listen differently and hear more with silence.
August 24, 2020
Recorded on August 9, 2020, Caleb Ratzlaff reads Hosea Chapter 2. Here, Caleb reads the text asking who are the oppressed, the weak and the needy; what are they doing, how are they being treated? And then, he evaluates whether or not the narrative is liberating those who are suffering.
As we read the Bible or consume any media for that matter, it's good to ask the questions - who are the vulnerable and the oppressed and; is this story helping or hindering their struggle for liberation?
August 13, 2020
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on July 19, 2020 - John Derksen gives us an introduction to our series on the book of Hosea. John introduces us to the structure of the book, its major themes, and 4 reasons why it is significant to the history of Isreal.