Image: Kyle tries to play it cool while introducing NPR’s Sarah Lumbard at e-Formation 2013. Photo by the seemingly indefatigable Tricia Lyons.
I recently returned from the Gathering of Leaders, a networking and renewal event for leaders in the Episcopal Church.
In my reflection on the gathering’s theme of “Freedom, Creativity, and Accountability in the Missionary Church,” I mentioned the CMT’s commitment to learning from “non-churchy” experts in fields relevant to our work in faith formation. As always, I talked about how much I love podcasts, and about what we’ve learned from National Public Radio about how to serve an audience hungry for (often) fun, (sometimes) inspiring, (hopefully) transformational content.
It ended up being, by far, the most commented-upon portion of the talk.
I shared that I’m betting on podcasts as a great medium for helping bring faith formation into our people’s daily lives as patterns of religiosity change. And I talked about our efforts to curate high-quality, theologically moderate podcasts for mainline Christian audiences (there are disappointingly few in, say, the Stitcher Top 100 for Sprituality and Religion).
Since our curation efforts are in their infancy, I wanted to pass on not just a link to our Podcast Resources page (where we currently discuss God Complex Radio and Pray-as-you-go) but also a list of some additional shows that I love (or at least know) but which we haven’t yet had the time to formally review or produce supplementary materials for.
It should go without saying that not all these shows are for everybody. The whole point of this new media endeavor is that it doesn’t require the same production values and mass appeal as Christian broadcasting did/does. On the whole, podcasts are about listening in on interesting and usually fun conversations with people you might not otherwise get to meet. But we won’t always like or agree with what we hear. C’est la vie.
OK, without further ado, here’s a partial look at my “Subscribed To” list:
I hope there’s a little something for everyone (or at least most readers of this blog) in this list. But just for fun, here are three of my non-churchy favorites. And in case you don’t know me personally: nerd alert.
It’s never been easier to listen to podcasts, especially if you have a smart phone. Trust me: you’re gonna wanna get on board.
Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.
What podcasts are you listening to, faith-based or otherwise? Let us know in the comments.