Podcast 2018-10-11T10:27:06-06:00

Podcast

  • Spirituality and Embodiment

    This month’s podcast features teaching from Jane Vennard from Two-Year Academy #38 in Nebraska when she offered insight, invitation, and reflection into the important topic of spirituality and embodiment. Offering listeners questions about how and when and

Growing in God’s Love

October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

This month we're throwing it back to one of our favorite episodes! In April 2018 Roberta Bondi's Academy Podcast episode Growing in God's Love went live. In this episode we hear from Roberta Bondi about God’s

Creativity, Writing, and Spiritual Practice in a Divided World

August 28th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features a conversation between Academy Podcast Host and Associate Director, Claire McKeever-Burgett, and Academy Worship Leader, Upper Room Books author, and Director of Prayer and Worship Life at The Upper Room,

Paying Attention: Ignatian Spiritual Practice

July 31st, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Roger Owens at Two-Year Academy #36 in San Antonio, TX where he taught on “Traditions of Christian Spirituality.” Walking us through the Ignatian spiritual practice of “Examen,” Roger

Summer Throwbacks

July 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

This month, we’re throwin’ it back for summer, encouraging you to listen and re-listen to our top 9 episodes from days gone by. Healing and Wholeness with Sister Kathleen Flood; The Pilgrim's Path with

The Way of Wisdom

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Elaine Heath at a 2014 Five-Day Academy in North Carolina, where she offered a series of lectures entitled, “The Way of Wisdom.” Serving as faculty for many Academies

The Liturgy of the Psalms

May 11th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Don Saliers on the liturgy of the Psalms, offered at a Five-Day Academy in 2015 in Alabama. Calling us to the depths of the human heart, Don illumines

Walking Gently on the Ground of Experience

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Wilkie Au on the art of prayer and discernment in the Christian life. He offered this teaching at a Five-Day Academy in 2017 in Florida. Inviting listeners and

Nurturing and Enhancing Life

March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Rabbi Chava Bahle at Two-Year Academy #38 in Nebraska on the topic of Hebrew Spirituality. Inviting silence, deliberation, openness, and wonder when approaching Hebrew Scripture, Rabbi Chava teaches

The Word of God in Me

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

This month’s podcast features teaching from Grace Imathiu at a 2015 Five-Day Academy in Nebraska on the topic of “The Word of God in Me.” Grace uses the story of the rich young ruler

One Breath at a Time

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

In this month’s podcast, our host, Claire McKeever-Burgett, had the honor of interviewing Dana Trent, Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, and professor of world religions and critical thinking at Wake Tech Community College. Dana

Honoring Our Ancestors

December 10th, 2018|0 Comments

This month’s podcast is the third in a series of conversations with Parker Palmer, released in both audio and visual formats. In June 2018, Academy Director Johnny Sears, visited with Parker in the Palmer

Love In Action

November 9th, 2018|0 Comments

In June 2018, Academy Director Johnny Sears, visited with his friend and mentor, Parker Palmer, at the Palmer home in Madison, WI, and we were lucky enough to get to record it! Parker and

  • Johnny Sears and Parker Palmer

Spiritual Friendship & Shared Vocation

October 15th, 2018|0 Comments

In June 2018, Academy Director Johnny Sears, visited with his friend and mentor, Parker Palmer, at the Palmer home in Madison, WI, and we were lucky enough to get to record it! Parker and

Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice

September 1st, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Amy Oden on the topic of Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice. Amy offered the following teaching at a Five-Day Academy in Florida in March of 2017. Amy’s teaching

Bearing Witness

August 13th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Ray Buckley on the topic of Bearing Witness. Ray offered the following teaching at Two-Year Academy 33 in Donaldson, Indiana in November of 2013. Ray’s teaching invites listeners

  • Pilgrim

The Pilgrim’s Path

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Loyd Allen on the spiritual practice of pilgrimage. Loyd offered the following teaching at a Five-Day Academy in northern Georgia in February of 2015. Loyd’s teaching invites

Healing and Wholeness

June 27th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Sister Kathleen Flood on the topics of healing and wholeness. The following episode draws from Sister Kathleen’s teaching on “Spirituality and Ways of Healing” at a Two-Year Academy

  • Sunbeams Over Mountains

Radical Ordinariness

June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Kathryn Damiano on how we live life as a divine office and on how we understand all things as sacramental and therefore as sacred. Kathryn offered the

  • Glasses Resting on a Bible

Secular and Sacred: Prayer and Spirituality in a Postmodern World

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Roger Owens on the topic of prayer and spirituality in a postmodern world, taken from his lectures he offered in August 2011 at a Five-Day Academy in

Growing in God’s Love

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

In this month’s episode, we hear from Roberta Bondi about God’s unconditional love for all of us. Roberta’s lifetime of studying the desert mothers and fathers of the Early Church lends itself to the

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Roberta Bondi, Seminary faculty and author of To Love as God Loves and Wild Things