In this month’s episode, we hear from Ray Buckley on the topic of “Bearing Witness.” Ray offered the following teaching at Five Day Academy in 2019. Ray is the interim Director for the Center for First Nations Spirituality and longtime faculty member of The Academy for Spiritual Formation. Ray has served the United Methodist Church as a staff member of the United Methodist Publishing House, Director of the Native People Communication Office, and Director of Connectional Ministries and Native Discipleship for the Alaska Missionary Conference. Ray is the author of multiple books and resources for all ages. His stories, poetry, and art have appeared in numerous journals, periodicals and books around the world. Ray and his brother, Rick, make their home in Palmer, Alaska.

Ray’s teaching invites listeners to consider what it means to embody witness. How does our speech change when we’ve encountered another culture? How is our imagination shaped by another’s language? How do our lives transform when we’ve been impacted by another story? As you listen, become aware of the ways wisdom has been shared with you.

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Episode tracks: “Far Side of the Sea,” “Versailles,” and “Fearless” by Amy Stroup, used with permission.

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