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Learning To See: Drowning In Process

Learning To See: Drowning In Process

May 24, 2020

Right now, we are all left "looking up to into the sky" just like the disciples; watching and waiting. "Drowning Process" is an invitation to go with it. (Acts 1:6-14) Why not accept this forced break as a time to catch your breath? Why not observe (perhaps for the first time ever) this holy week in the church calendar to wait and pray with the disciples for that breath to arrive?

In this series from Convergence on learning to see through the eyes of God, you are invited to consider the ever present mystery and symbol that points to something bigger than immediate circumstances. Video Editing and Production: Dan ABH. Meditation/Narration: Lisa Smith. Original Score: Jay Smith.

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Learning To See: For Mature Audiences Only

Learning To See: For Mature Audiences Only

May 18, 2020

For Mature Audiences Only from VergeNow, suggests that sometimes we may be asking the right questions but, are unwilling or unable to listen for the right answers.

Are we trained well enough in our sensitivity to the symbolic to really see where God is at work in our world? (Acts 22:17-31)

In this series from Convergence on learning to see through the eyes of God, you are invited to consider the ever present mystery and symbol that points to something bigger than immediate circumstances.

Production: Dan ABH. Meditation/Narration: Lisa Smith. Original Score: Jay Smith

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Learning To See: A Surveyor’s Map

Learning To See: A Surveyor’s Map

May 11, 2020

A Surveyor's Map considers the well worn paths of our daily lives as an opportunity for reflection on memory as a composite of all that has been, is now, and that is still to come.

In this series on learning to see through the eyes of God, you are invited to consider the ever present mystery and symbol that points to something bigger than immediate circumstances.

Meditation/Narration: Lisa Smith; Music: Jay Smith; Production: Dan ABH.

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Learning To See: A Distinctly Christian Imagination

Learning To See: A Distinctly Christian Imagination

April 27, 2020

"Imagine the world and all that is in it as enchanted, haunted by the Holy Spirit and the presence of grace.” Andrew Greely. Explore the idea of "God's Word" as an invitation to seeing the presence of God in every aspect of life and nature.

Meditation: Lisa Smith; Music: Jay Smith; Production: Dan ABH. www.ourconvergence.org  www.vergenow.org

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Learning To See: Invited To The Sound

Learning To See: Invited To The Sound

April 22, 2020

This week, Pastor and artistic director Lisa Cole Smith at Convergence leads with a mediative exercise and thoughts based upon a song written by musician/artist Sufjan Stevens.

"We Christians believe that God is worthy of worship, but I wonder how many of us are secretly uncomfortable with this idea that it is our sole reason for existence. I often find myself preferring to believe that God exists in order to help me with my life. To make it easier or make me feel better. God exists because I need someone to call on in times of need. Yet, if this is the case, the atheists are right. That kind of faith is a fantasy of sorts. In that faith, I am fashioning a God to fill my needs
rather than worshipping a God who fashioned me."

- Lisa Cole Smith

"All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" written and performed by Sufjan Stevens 

Gather: Ethics, Architecture, and Convening Difficult Conversations with Dr. Elise Edwards

Gather: Ethics, Architecture, and Convening Difficult Conversations with Dr. Elise Edwards

October 20, 2019

Our "Gather" series continues this week with a LIVE conversation from our Gather 2019 conference with our good friend Dr. Elise Edwards on the topics of ethics, architecture, and convening difficult conversations in Church.

Dr. Elise Edwards teaches courses in Christian ethics and theology at Baylor University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she studied Theology, Ethics, and Culture.  Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in theology, Dr. Edwards worked as an architect in Washington D.C. and she still maintains her license to practice architecture.

VergeNow's newest podcast series "Gather", is a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community. For more episodes visit www.vergenow.org/podcast-2

Gather: Brian Kirby on Taize

Gather: Brian Kirby on Taize

October 6, 2019

The "Gather" series continues this week with Brian Kirby and our conversation about Taize and contemplative service gatherings. 

Dr. Brian Kirby graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry in Theology and the Arts. He has pastored in Europe, Asia, and the US. Dr. Kirby is a musician and snowboarder who minsters in the Washington D.C. area as the Senior Director for Community Life at Community Church.

VergeNow's newest podcast series "Gather", is a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community. For more episodes visit www.vergenow.org/podcast-2

Gather: The Sanctuaries

Gather: The Sanctuaries

September 29, 2019

Our "Gather" series continues this week with Erik Martinez Resly of The Sanctuaries DC. https://www.thesanctuaries.org

Rev. Erik is a visual artist, community organizer, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister from a mixed religious family, who grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. He brings experience as a hospital chaplain, public speaker, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies and has received multiple awards from Harvard University. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Divinity School.

VergeNow's newest podcast series "Gather", is a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community. For more episodes visit www.vergenow.org/podcast-2

Gather: Mission Possible

Gather: Mission Possible

September 23, 2019

"Gather" continues this week as Lisa Smith is joined by Josh Hayden and Tom Lynch of Mission Possible and First Baptist Ashland, VA 

Josh Hayden, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Ashland and Tom Lynch, Minister to Students and Families, First Baptist Ashland; Co-Founders of Mission Possible, a one-day conference that allows young people to explore faith and calling through art, justice, and mission.

VergeNow's newest podcast series "Gather", is a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community. For more episodes visit www.vergenow.org/podcast-2

Gather: Sam Bodkin of Groupmuse

Gather: Sam Bodkin of Groupmuse

September 16, 2019

Lisa Smith interviews Sam Bodkin, CEO of Groupmuse on the way intimate gatherings around classical music are meeting the need for soulful community among Millennials.

Sam Bodkin is the founder and CEO of Groupmuse - bringing us together to nourish and harmonize our inner lives and our social, “outer” lives. By deepening our interior worlds with timeless, contemplative music and enriching our social lives with inclusive, joyous community, Groupmuse seeks a greater wholeness in your neighborhood and around the world. For more information visit https://www.groupmuse.com/

VergeNow's newest podcast series "Gather", is a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community. For more episodes visit www.vergenow.org/podcast-2