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Season 3: Season's End

It's the final installment in our season-long exploration of aspects of the divine! Throughout this season, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy have deeply contemplated and discussed the possibilities of the divine and humans' relationship to it. Today we discuss our motivation for embarking on this season-long project and the lessons we've taken away as these conversations have become part of our own spiritual practice. Over and over, we've returned to the idea that our conception of the divine affects how we relate to others and to our environment. A vision of the divine that includes messiness, imperfection, and continuous formation allows us to imagine grace for ourselves and others. The divine is discovered through human connection. We invite you to connect with us by emailing us at podcast@ccny.org to share thoughts on this season or ideas for what you'd like to hear in our next season, scheduled to begin this fall. Please stay tuned for a few special episodes over the summer! This episode is also available on all YouTube at youtube.com/c/ccnyuu. Thank you for spending your time with us. To support CCNY's broadcasting program, please consider subscribing, rating, or leaving a comment or review.

Season 3: Divine Creation

Throughout our season-long exploration of the divine and its many expressions, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy have often returned to the idea that our vision of the divine substantially affects how we move in the world. On today's episode, the conversation picks up the theme of "process theology" from last week's show and moves into a discussion of humans and the divine as co-creators. From making art to planting gardens to cooking meals for family and friends, humans are constantly creating (and destroying) our own world. What lessons about the divine does this insight hold? To open this episode, Reverend Sarah references the poem "The Shield of Achilles" by W.H. Auden. You can read the poem in full here: https://poets.org/poem/shield-achilles. This episode also discusses the art and spiritual practice of mandala-making. This video depicts the construction and destruction of a mandala and may be of interest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10084L3Pqsc. Hope & Heresy is also available on YouTube at youtube.com/c/ccnyuu. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org and if you like the show and its message, please consider helping us reach more people by liking, subscribing, or leaving a review or comment.

Season 3: Divine Mirror

"God is beyond the realm of opposites." As our season-long exploration of aspects of the divine approaches its end, Rev. Peggy and Rev. Sarah spend time today discussing the complicated, cyclical, always-in-process relationship between humans and the divine. Beginning with a discussion of human gender binaries and how they have been projected onto the divine through time, this episode explores how humans see themselves in God -- and, perhaps, vice-versa. This episode references a few external concepts and resources you might be interested to explore: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Rev. Peggy recommends the audiobook!): https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass Process and Reality by Alfred North Whitehead: https://bookshop.org/books/process-and-reality In Face of Mystery by Gordon Kaufman: https://bookshop.org/books/in-face-of-mystery-a-constructive-theology In The Beginning...Creativity by Gordon Kaufman https://bookshop.org/books/in-the-beginning-paper/ The Apocryphon of John (Gnostic Gospel): http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl_sbj.htm This episode is also available on YouTube at youtube.com/c/ccnyuu. We truly appreciate your time spent listening and watching. If you would like to support our work, please consider subscribing, rating, leaving a review or comment, or writing back to us at podcast@ccny.org.

Season 3: Divine Process

Happy Easter from Hope & Heresy! On today's episode, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy spend time with the story of Holy Week and Easter. While Reverend Peggy identifies as Christian, Reverend Sarah does not and this episode reflects the complexity that is encompassed by Unitarian-Universalism. History and sociology blend with reflection and theology as we move from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday. The Easter story has much to teach us about loss, grief, redemption, and the nature of human bonds. Join us to revisit this foundational Christian narrative from a perspective that allows for nuance. Thoughts on this episode? Write to us at podcast@ccny.org. You can find Hope & Heresy on YouTube at youtube.com/c/ccnyuu. If you feel moved to support CCNY broadcasting, subscribing, rating, and leaving a review is an excellent way to do so.

Season 3: Divine Liberator

Chag Pesach sameach! Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah each grew up observing Passover in mixed-faith families. This week on Hope & Heresy, we take a close look at the Passover story and what it means to our ongoing investigation of the many aspects of the divine. When the divine appears in our lives to liberate us, how do we respond? What lessons does this timeless story have to teach us this year? Join us for a conversation that will encourage you to think deeply about your relationship to oppression and liberation. This episode is also available on your favorite podcast platforms! If you enjoy the show, write back to us at podcast@ccny.org. We really appreciate your engagement and support; if you have a moment, please consider subscribing, rating, and leaving a review.

Season 3: Divine Right of Kings

Our modern liberal-religious beliefs do not encompass "the divine right of kings", but as humans living in societies we are drawn toward certain ideas about power and those who exercise it. On today's episode, Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah take up the thorny question of the relationship between human power and the divine. What are we looking for in our earthly figures of power? What are we lacking? Join us for a conversation that unites history, theology, and personal experience to untangle a significant philosophical question. This episode is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/q8fy9ahL4x8. Please write back to us at podcast@ccny.org. If you enjoy the show, a great way to support CCNY's broadcasting program is by subscribing, rating, or leaving a review.

Season 3: Divine Will

This episode picks up themes explored in the previous show, "Divine Hunter", as Hope & Heresy continues our season-long exploration of aspects of the divine. Today, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy are talking about a liberal religious approach to the relationship between the divine and free will. If we do not accept the Calvinist doctrine of pre-destination, then how do we understand our own and others' choices in life? This episode will encourage you to think differently about common cultural responses to moments of choice, surprise, and loss. This episode is also available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/mmbwNOMVAfk. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us by reviewing and subscribing.

Season 3: Divine Hunter

Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah continue our season-long exploration of aspects of the divine, always from a liberal-religious perspective that centers love and justice. This week, we're talking about the experience of being hunted, or given a mission, by the divine. How will you recognize this experience when it happens? What does it feel like? How can we manage a greater receptivity to the world, when that comes with feelings of deep pain? Settle in for a conversation that will stimulate your mind and heart. The themes of this episode will be continued next week. This episode is also available on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/9WKANU9_9ww. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org and remember to subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoy the show.

Season 3: Divine Retribution

Our season-long exploration of the divine continues, as Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy discuss divine retribution from a liberal religious perspective. What is the relationship between divine love and divine retribution or justice? What does a Universalist understanding, in which everyone is loved and saved, have to offer in our complex modern day political landscape? This episode will challenge you to see questions of justice, punishment, and consequences from a new angle that centers love and care for all. This episode is also available on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/tXBFMGVElgQ. Please rate and review our show if you enjoy it, and remember to write back to us at podcast@ccny.org!

Season 3: Divine Love

Welcome to season three of Hope & Heresy: Life on the Religious Left! "Love isn't blind. Love sees everything, all the flaws, and includes them." In this season, we'll explore the many aspects of the divine and how we experience it in our lives as liberal religious people. Today's show, recorded just before Valentine's Day 2021, explores the many forms of love as an expression of the divine. What is divine love, what does it feel like, and how can we access it? This episode will inspire you to be present to all the sensations of life and to develop a spiritual practice that enables divine love to flow. This episode is also available on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/UZG2oZJtBOY. We want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts with our broadcasting team at podcast@ccny.org.

Season 2: American Christmas, Debated

Happy holidays from Hope & Heresy! In our season 2 finale, Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah discuss the complexities of Christmas celebrations in the United States for liberal religious people. Looking at the original Scriptural source material for the Christmas story, forces that shaped this mythology over time, and the way the holiday is interpreted by American families today, this episode offers a fresh take on the big question of crafting a Christmas celebration that is both true to the meaning of the holiday and inclusive of people from many different backgrounds. This episode is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/0Zk3Rb1c9h4. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org.

Season 2: Hanging with Hope: A Conversation with Rev. Mack Brandon

It's a special day for Hope & Heresy as Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah welcome their first guest to the show. Reverend Mack Brandon of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Ridgewood, NJ, joins us to discuss music, anti-racism, self-care, and the ever-changing role of ministers in the struggle for social justice. This episode is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/rZZuToG1gKE. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org!

Season 2: How Does She Friggin' Do It?

In the early 20th century, Community Church's famed minister John Haynes Holmes went on a ten-day spiritual retreat to determine his vision for the church. Would a woman minister have the option to do the same thing? On this episode of Hope & Heresy: Life on the Religious Left, 21st century ministers Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah discuss their lives as working women. How can we continue to move our spiritual and work communities toward structures that are supportive to the challenges of women's lives? This episode is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/OhTSJBhvTac. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org!

Season 2: Creating a New Narrative: Thanksgiving for the 21st Century

As a very different type of Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the United States, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy discuss cultural narratives and the opportunities they provide for healing and growth. In this episode, Reverend Sarah mentions a group spiritual development experience she is participating in at the moment. If you're interested in learning more about these circles run by Rev. Ian White Maher, please visit The Seeker's Table website at theseekerstable.com. For an introduction to Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth, please see this excerpt: https://billmoyers.com/content/ep-1-joseph-campbell-and-the-power-of-myth-the-hero%E2%80%99s-adventure-audio/. This episode is also available on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/IEzUdwB8UY0! Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org.

Season 2: Uncertain Times

Election Week 2020 was a time of deep uncertainty and division in the United States. In this episode, recorded before a victory was announced for President-Elect Biden, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy discuss the road that led to this moment. In a world where the truth itself is contested, what is the role of liberal religion? And what does liberal religion have to show us about the path forward? This episode is also available on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/sSamlkkT698. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org!

Season 2: The Dream of America

On the eve of a momentous election in the United States, the founding figures, documents, and ideals of America are under scrutiny. In this episode, recorded October 30, 2020, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy offer a liberal religious perspective on civic engagement and what lies ahead for our country. What is the dream of America and how can we work together to see its fulfillment? This episode is also available on your favorite podcast platforms. Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org!

Season 2 Special Episode: What is Religion?

As news headlines swirl about religion and its role in public life, Reverend Sarah and Reverend Peggy take a step back to examine the bigger picture. What is religion? How are religion and spirituality connected? And what is the role of community-building in religious practice? Enjoy this timeless conversation about the sociology of religion, presented from a perspective that centers equality and liberation for all. Hope & Heresy is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1cjSDkXZOF0! Write back to us at podcast@ccny.org.

Season 2, Episode 1: Church and State

In our season opener, Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah discuss the role of religion in politics. History provides a framework for understanding what "separation of church and state" means, but how can liberal religious people navigate this complicated world while keeping spiritual values front and center?

On PAUSE Episode 1: White Women & Race

In response to the murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of George Floyd and the viral video of Amy Cooper threatening a black birder in Central Park, Peggy and Sarah discuss white women's role in upholding white supremacy in the United States. Dismantling oppressive structures starts with recognizing our place within them. This episode is appropriate for all, but specifically addressed toward white women. Please see the show notes at bit.ly/WhiteWomenRace for a bibliography of further resources on this topic!

On PAUSE Episode Zero: Foundations

In today's episode, Sarah and Peggy return to the "recording studio" to discuss the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York City and the world. Since our last in-person recording session, our lives have altered dramatically and many of us have lost loved ones. In order to protect ourselves and each other from the threat of the coronavirus, we have adapted to once-unthinkable changes in our ways of being. The realities of lost income and massive unemployment have forced a re-examination of the very structure of our economy. What does this moment of COVID-19 PAUSE have to teach us about our relationship to ourselves, each other, and the planet? *This episode was recorded over Zoom in compliance with physical distancing regulations and out of respect for the health of the participants. Thanks for your understanding of the effect this has on audio quality. *This episode is also available to watch on Youtube! https://youtu.be/XRjEUMWlXyk

Season 1: Pandemic

Halfway through recording our first season, the developing story of the COVID-19 pandemic became all anyone could talk about. This mini-episode features Peggy and Sarah's of-the-moment response as ministers to the rising anxiety about coronavirus. What can this pandemic teach us about the way we relate to each other? Recorded March 10, 2020 in New York City.

Season 1: Talking Dirty

On today's episode, Sarah and Peggy discuss the history and culture of sex and spirituality from a liberal-religious viewpoint. Liberal religion can offer a space for healing from the trauma and shame so often caused by oppressive religious teachings around sex and allow us to find joy in a range of safe sexual choices, including the choice to be celibate.

Season 1: Grief the Counter-Cultural Way

Grief takes many forms and is experienced differently by each individual. Often, grief is more ambiguous than our current ways of being can allow for. On today's episode, Sarah and Peggy examine the spiritual nature of grief and discuss alternative ways of creating space to experience it.

Season 1: The Spirituality of Technology

Technology is a powerful tool, but how often do we pause to thoughtfully consider how it can be used for good or ill? On today's episode, Peggy and Sarah explore the moral implications and the potentialities of our current technological age.

Season 1: House on Fire

Climate change is a spiritual problem. Today, Sarah and Peggy discuss an understanding of climate change based on history and theology. How can we move from grief and fear about humanity's impact on the earth into meaningful action?

Season 1: Hope & Heresy

On the inaugural episode of Hope & Heresy: Life on the Religious Left, our hosts Peggy and Sarah introduce the season by discussing a liberal-religious approach to contemporary life.

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