In this episode we explore this season as a conversational pilgrimage shared between the hosts, listeners, and conversation partners. We go on to consider that our human-to-human relationships offer insight into our human-to-divine relationship, and therewith honesty in terms of where our relationship really is at.

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In this episode we explore the remarkable difference between the silence and absence of God in the spirituality of the beliver and of the mystic-to-be. This is a very important discussion for anyone wanting to gain a sense of God’s drawing near and withdrawing. And especially important for anyone wrestling with a relational disconnect with God.

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We primarily believe and belong as those raised Christian in a mostly Christian world. In this episode, we explore the shift from presence to mystery and the challenge of trying to engage God relationally in the context of a life and faith defined by silence and absence.

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In this episode we continue the conversation around relational experience in relation to other people and in relation to God.

Here we distinguish between God’s non-relational relationships and God’s relational relationships. This might sound complex but it really comes together as we talk about our human to human relationships and the relationship we can have to 'the idea of God within us' as opposed to having ideas about God and relating to God as the Person who draws near and withdraws.

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In this episode we begin establishing what Relational Spirituality is. As people we have diverse relationships – with ideas, values, objects, institutions, and persons – and it's important to shift from relating to God as an idea to relating to God as a Person who draws near and withdraws.

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This is our introductory episode to Season 5 of the podcast of the urban mystic. Here Tim Victor and Steve Carter talk about the season and what's ahead. This is our most ambitious season yet and we'll be establishing Relational Spirituality in concept and in practice.

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Here is another bonus episode for you of quality conversation with a wise and humble guest, Wayne Jacobsen. Wayne generously gave us an hour and a half of his time to explore his experience, his thinking and current work and life. Wayne leads us to “new spiritual trailheads” as he works with “hungry people” – hungry people who are interested and yearning for engagement with God. It is a conversation which covers more than 40 years of life history; so a rich and insightful tapestry.

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In This episode we speak to Phil Drysdale from The Deconstruction Network. With deconstructers standing as perhaps the fastest growing spiritual movement in the west, this research is tremendously important. Phil is among those doing research into deconstructers which evidences a different picture to what institutional supporters paint them out to be.

This is a bonus episode that best slots in with Season 2 where we spoke with fellow deconstructers.

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This is the final episode of our miniseries on Open and Relational Theology. Tim and I wrap up our thinking following all of the conversations with our guests and take aim at some of what we hope the future holds for us.

 

It is also our book giveaway episode. Thomas Jay Oord, of the Center for Open and Relational Theology, was kind enough to send us some copies of his new book to giveaway to some fortunate listeners.

 

Thank you for listening, we look forward to hearing from you.

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Apologies for one or two poor patches of audio in this episode. 

In this week’s episode we squeeze in one final guest to our exploration of Open and Relational Theology. Tim stumbled across an article Bob had written and so we decided to extend the series and include our conversation with him. Bob has also published a number of books, some of which he speaks to in this conversation. You can find his work here if you would like to dig further into his thinking.

 

Next week will be our season conclusion, with an exciting extra thrown in! So look out for that.

 

Thank you for listening, we look forward to hearing from you.

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