via media: basic
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The following is a brief introduction to each of the via
media: basic videos. The conversations were 'directed' only in the sense that
we made an effort to talk about the questions we anticipate
from newcomers. You have
flexibility with these videos, showing them in an order you prefer.
An Anglican Way
of Being Christian
Intro by the Rev. Susan Russell; table conversation with
Stephanie Spellers, Ed Bacon, Kay Sylvester, Mark Bozutti-Jones,
Topics: Wasn't the Anglican Communion started because Henry VIII
wanted a divorce? How do Anglicans/Episcopalians treat Scripture?
The history of church teachings? Human experience? Scientific
God and Creation: The Abundance of God's Goodness
Intro by the Rev. Mark Bozutti-Jones; table conversation
with Ernesto Medina, Susan Russell , Sandye Wilson, Shannon
Ferguson-Kelly, Mark Bozutti-Jones.
Topics: How can rational, 21st-century people believe in God? How
does God make Godself known? If God is a God of love, why
do bad things happen?
God in Jesus : An
Intro by the Rev. Malcolm Boyd; table conversation with Phyllis
Tickle, Bill Carroll, Diana Akiyama, Jonathan Callard,
Topics: Who is/was Jesus? What was the central message of his teaching
and life? What was the meaning of his crucifixion? What do
we mean by Resurrection? Is Jesus the only way humans can
be in relationship with God?
God the Holy Spirit: the Breath of New Life
Intro by Nora Gallagher; table conversation with Ed Bacon,
Tracey Lind, Stephen Charleston, Nora Gallagher, Stephanie
Topics: What do we mean by the Holy Spirit? Is that the same thing
as the Holy Ghost? How do we experience the Holy Spirit?
Is it possible to encounter the Spirit without speaking in
tongues? What is the Spirit's purpose?
The Bible: The Word of God for the People of God
Intro by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind; table conversation with
Nora Gallagher, Keith Yamamoto, AKMA Adam, Phyllis Tickle,
Topics: Is the Bible the literal Word of God? How do Anglicans treat
Scripture in the context of worship? How is it different
to read the Bible privately and with others? Do the Scriptures
have meaning for us today, or are they simply a record of
a particular people's encounter with God?
to Abundant Life
Intro by the Rt. Rev. Stephen Charleston; table conversation
with Phyllis Tickle, Diana Akiyama, Michael Hopkins, Stephen
Charleston, Sarah Nichols.
Topics: Is there such a thing as "original sin"? What does 'sin'
mean? What are the consequences of human sin, especially
in our relationship with God?
Thy Kingdom Come:
The Promise of Christian Hope
Intro by the Rev. Ed Bacon; table conversation with Rebecca
Brown, Jay Johnson , Altagracia Perez, Ed Bacon, Bill Carroll.
Topics: What is God's purpose for human life and for all of Creation?
Is it all about going to heaven? Does the call for justice
from the prophets, from Jesus, and from the many faithful
folks have anything to do with God's purpose for us? Can
the Reign of God be a part of our lives right here and right
This video differs from all the rest. There is no 'table
conversation' in this video; instead via
media participants respond individually to
questions about the meaning and purpose of baptism and Eucharist,
and what it means in their daily lives to be baptized followers
of Christ . This video is in two parts, and is meant to be
used in the context of a final session that's longer than
usual. Materials for a 'retreat' of either 3 or 8 hours in
length are provided, and, as always, you are welcome to use