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Pastor Colby concludes his four part message on how faith communities can thrive in the context of religious diversity. In this message, he shows what a roadmap can look like for how to handle disagreements and differences of opinion. Though the concept is simple (ie, the strong defer to the weak), the process itself requires tremendous effort on a…
 
When Paul dealt with diversity of religious beliefs in Rome, he insisted the onus was on the “strong” in faith to hold space for the “weak.” In this message, Part III, Pastor Colby finally explores what these two terms might mean, what the differences are, and how it is we shift from weak faith to strong. Don’t sleep on this series!…
 
Last week we established the situation: faith communities will contain diversity of beliefs. This week, in Part II, Pastor Colby differentiates between diversity of doubtful matters (yay!) versus core values (not so much). Plus, depending on your posture of faith (weak or strong?) your path toward making peace will be different. This exciting three…
 
When we say "It All Belongs" here at Sojourn, how can that extend to holding space for diversity of religious beliefs? In Part One of a two-part message, Pastor Colby shares how we might begin to imagine creating and sustaining such a community. To do so, he sets up why Paul’s letter to Romans (indeed, why Paul at all) might have something worth li…
 
Special guest, Coach Yeamah (LGBTQ Spirituality and Sexuality Coach) joins Sojourn Grace to give us a much needed message about how we are made to feel God. How God’s “will” is synonymous with God’s “pleasure,” and we—as beings in the image of God—are invited to joy and pleasure as well. What a way to kick off Pride Month! Follow Coach on Instagram…
 
For five Sundays we’ve been exploring this phrase, “It All Belongs.” For today’s service, we turned the microphone around (metaphorically speaking) and asked YOU the church what YOU’ve been thinking and feeling about this stuff. Your responses and interactions blew us away. Join co-Pastors Kate & Colby as they recap the series and engage with our l…
 
When we say “it all belongs,” what does that mean with regards to those parts of us that we don’t particularly care for? Pastor Colby begins this Spiritual Nugget by confessing some things about himself that he’s not a big fan of. Then, he shows how the practice of maitri (aka, unconditional friendship with yourself) invites us to show compassion a…
 
Pastor Kate shares her stories of experiencing death and giving birth, and how in neither instance did she understand or know the importance of curating the space, protecting it from factors that might cause harm. As we continue our series on “It All Belongs,” she invites us to consider that here at Sojo we are “Belonging Doulas,” curating spaces f…
 
One of Sojourn’s most oft stated phrases is, “It All Belongs!” We say it when things go wrong. We say it when things feel clunky and tense. We say it as a way to make space for all sorts of diversity and difference. But what does it mean? And, what might it not mean? Co-Pastors Kate and Colby start a new series today exploring the ins and outs of “…
 
Have you ever noticed that sometimes, when you’re in a space of fear or pain, you might sense that the path to healing is right in front of you, but something(s) is holding you back? Preventing you from seeing it? Pastor Colby sure can relate, which is why he got so excited (BLAMMO!) to share this Spiritual Nugget from Luke 24 about the two discipl…
 
Happy Easter, Sojo! Christ is Risen, Indeed. This morning we receive the gift not just of the Universality of Resurrection, but also the particular truth that Christ's Resurrection has to offer us about the heart and will of God. Co-Pastors Colby and Kate share how the Resurrection is about redeeming life after "crucifixion," not just death. And th…
 
If disappointment can be described as the gap between what we hope for, and what actually happens, then how ought we manage such gaps? Pastor Colby offers this spiritual nugget as a way to choose a third path other than despair (it’s always like this!) or denial (it’s never like this!). That is, the Path of Christ.…
 
You have heard it said, “Turn the other cheek,” but Pastor Kate says, “I think we’ve totally missed the point.” In this spiritual nugget, Kate insists that turning-the-other-cheek was a radical third way given to us by Jesus as means for demanding that one another’s dignity as beloved children of God is seen and acknowledged.…
 
Psychology, biology, and ancient spirituality all agree: Human connection is vital to our well-being. In this spiritual nugget, on the one year anniversary of when we started doing church solely online, Pastor Colby shares how the practice of Connection nourishes our soul. We’ve been starved of it, and that’s not good. So let’s make a plan to conne…
 
Sojo turns Seven! On this special Sunday, we look back at seven years of fostering Wholeness as we hear from the community how Sojourn has impacted their lives. Pastors Colby & Kate each share about seven insights they’ve learned these past years, as well as read letters from the community. (While the podcast is great, we highly encourage you watch…
 
The old story told us we are not worthy of God’s love. Then, here at Sojourn, in reaction to such poor/wrong narratives, we swung the pendulum the other way to boldly declare you ARE worthy. But after years of doing this, Pastor Colby is wondering if we’re still missing the point. When it comes to being loved by God, does worthiness have anything t…
 
Have you ever ignored part of yourself, or repressed something that makes you feel good and happy, because of other people's (or religion's) list of "shouldn'ts?" Drag queen "Flamy Grant" blesses the Sojo virtual stage with her powerful story of (re)discovering what truly makes her happy. (If you've got kiddos, we invite you to watch this together …
 
When our souls cry out via anxiety and worry, one of the practices we can do to tend to our Soul is SURRENDER. In this Spiritual Nugget, Pastor Colby invites us to consider what it might look like if we surrendered our IDENTITY (aka, who we are is not what we do), and our ESTEEM (aka, we are not what other’s think about us). Plus, Pastor Kate leads…
 
Co-Pastors Colby and Kate kick off a new series at Sojourn focusing on Practices we can do to tend to the well-being of our Souls. Our souls, like our bodies, need constant care and attention, and will shout out in discomfort when neglected. May we be people who listen closely to the cries of our soul, nourishing when and where needed. Join us LIVE…
 
As we turn the page on another calendar year gone by, we spend time in reflection on what we LOSS in 2020, what we GAINED during the year of the pandemic, and then we look ahead toward 2021 for what we dare to HOPE. Join co-pastors Colby and Kate as they lead in these guided thought exercises and mediations. PLUS: Music from Wide Open Commons, “Som…
 
Special Guest Lauren DeLeary virtually visits Sojourn to share with us her insights in to restoring a spiritual connection to the earth. Lauren is a former evangelical CCM touring artist who now resides in Nashville and hosts a podcast with her husband called “Deconstruct,” where they explore the spaces of deconstructing an evangelical faith herita…
 
Beginning with our hunter-gather ancestors, up through medieval agrarian farmers, and to today's low wage factory worker, Pastor Colby explores our species relationship to "work." We live in a world today that insists life is all about doing stuff and getting stuff, and key to the whole game is "work." But our souls need Sabbath. Our souls need to …
 
One of our values at Sojourn is to not only hear the stories of the people in our community, but reinforce the idea that our pastors/leaders are not the harbingers of all things truth and authority. You have fountains of wisdom and beauty and truth inside you, and so does everyone else. Joining our livestream this week was Jesse Hawkins—a newer Soj…
 
In this special edition of Sojourn Virtual Church, we set up a candle altar and move through four different segments offering prayers & meditations for: the Self, our Society, the Planet, and You (the congregation). The podcast here features some highlights of the morning, but to enjoy the full service watch the Livestream playback on our Facebook …
 
Do you ever have a voice in your head that tells you, “You’re not doing enough!” Pastor Colby sure does. Lots of times. In this Spiritual Nugget he shares two ways that he responds to this unique self-criticism, may they help you as well. Plus, Pastor Kate leads us through an inner-child meditation, helping us practice self-love and compassion.…
 
Jesus taught mostly via parables. Since Marshall McLuhan said, “The medium IS the message,” what does Jesus’ usage of parables tell us about the Kingdom of God? In this Spiritual Nugget, Pastor Colby suggest that the Kingdom (aka, experiencing the presence of God) is wild, unpredictable, and meant to be wrestled with. (Includes a Scripture meditati…
 
With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many of us not only mourn but despair what might come. In this Spiritual Nugget, Pastor Kate calls us to yes, remember and honor RBG, but also to embody her belief in the collective and our work to see humanity at its best. Plus: a meditation practice called Tonglen, led by Pastor Colby. Plus plus: ‘…
 
What if the way you approach life has a real effect on how you experience life? In this Spiritual Nugget, Pastor Colby ties together Henry Thoreau, Rumi, Coach Taylor, and Jesus to explore the relationship between the way we choose to see the world around us, with how we then experience the world. Plus: A meditation from Pastor Kate titled, “It’s O…
 
For this week’s podcast we are featuring a special prayer written by Sojourn member, Allison-Gil Sanford, called “Body Collective.” Led by Pastor Kate. (Most of this past Sunday’s service featured live, online interaction with viewers. We had a delightful time interacting with you all! If you missed it, you can watch on our FB or Youtube pages).…
 
When “Inside Out” hit the big screen, audiences far and wide sighed with relief that they weren’t the only ones who felt like little voices in their head were dictating their every move. In this week’s message, we dig in to how a better understanding of our emotional reality can help us learn to love ourselves and others more effectively. (Includes…
 
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