We believe the Church is alive, and we're keeping our finger on the pulse. Priest Pulse hosted by Father Benjamin Gildas and Fr. Colin Chapman looks at relevant issues in the Episcopal Church and around the world with prayer, humor, and thoughtfulness.

Bonus holiday episode! We come at you once again LIVE from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania clergy conference in Cape May, New Jersey! Byron Borger, owner of Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, joins us. Suggested talking points: why books matter, Amazon is evil, shop local, John Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes, the reformation, using tech wisely with children and youth, and more.



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We believe the Church is alive and we're keeping our finger on the pulse by coming to you LIVE from the Virginia Theological Seminary 1823 Pub and Cafe. Joining us is the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of VTS. In the interview we discuss the future of the Episcopal Church, myth of church decline, shaping new leadership for the 21st century, President Donald Trump's announcement of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, his background with the Plymouth Brethren, and more. Sarah Stonesifer, Digital Missioner at the Center for Ministry and Teaching, joins them for a roundtable on the unique 21st century challenges facing Episcopal Church leadership. 

What would a Priest Pulse live episode be without games? We play Seminary Trivia, Punching Heretics, and last but not least, its the great return of Marry Martyr Monastery. 

Episode produced by Sarah Stonesifer and Fr. Benjamin Gildas. Huge thanks to Virginia Theological Seminary, Dean Markham, the 1823 Pub and Cafe, and Rick Bauer.

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Put your whole self into the newest episode feat. Hillary Raining and Scott Stoner. Hillary Raining is author of Joy in Confession: Reclaiming the Sacrament of Reconciliation from Forward Movement. We discuss finding healing and peace, as well as forgiveness and reconciliation. We also discuss the #metoo moment and forgiveness in the context of sexual assault.

Scott Stoner is Executive Director of Living Compass, a wellness ministry dedicated to making congregation centers of whole-self wellness. 



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Our first live audience episode of season three features the Rev. Dr. Dawn Davis who hails from the Great White North to talk to us Americans about raising lay spiritual leaders. We're grateful to the Discipleship Matters conference for allowing us to record this special live episode from the conference at St. Thomas, in Whitemarsh, PA. Dawn joins us to discuss her program from Forward Movement and Renewal Records called Revive, which is equipping lay leaders to be spiritual leaders. Dawn also is subjected to a game of American geography trivia, and we make a few Canada jokes. Enjoy!


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Happy Thanksgiving! This special Thanksgiving b-side fits nicely in the trend of this season, as we pop in on Fr. Ben's car ride to Connecticut with his mother! Colin, Ben, and Ruth discuss practicing faith at home especially with children, bedtime prayer rituals, how to create sticky faith, tips for teaching faith at home in your congregation, and more. We hear stories of Ben and Colin's childhood, and the faith that formed them into the priests they are today.

We hope you enjoy this family centered Thanksgiving special b-side episode from the road. We hope each of you has a wonderful holiday!

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Priest Pulse is coming to a seminary near you....if you live near Virginia Theological Seminary! Join us on December 7th at 7pm at the 1823 Cafe for a free, live recording of Priest Pulse with games, swag giveaways, and our special guest the Very Rev. Ian Markham, Dean and President of VTS! 

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There always seems to be debris ahead on the road of ministry, but this time we take it literally as Colin phones in driving to make a pastoral visit in Maine. In this exciting episode Heidi Kim, staff officer for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry, joins us to discuss the Becoming Beloved Community racial reconciliation initiative from the General Convention and Presiding Bishop's staff. Bishop Robert Hirschfeld of the Diocese of New Hampshire joins us again to discuss his new book Without Shame or Fear: from Adam to Christ from Church Publishing. 


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Happy Halloween! Happy Reformation Anniversary! Happy 3rd anniversary of Priest Pulse! Happy season 3! We kick off our third season with two fantastic guests. First the Rev. Paul Fromberg, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Fransisco, joins us to discuss his book The Art of Transformation: Three Things Churches Do That Change Everything. Mary Parmer, Director of Invite, Welcome, Connect, joins us to discuss evangelism, the theology of church growth and development, her exploration in the Episcopal Church, and so much more. Both of these great interviews discuss ideas for increasing discipleship and evangelism in your congregation, so you won't want to miss either of them. We invite and encourage you to give us a review on iTunes, and we hope you enjoy the start of the third season. Spread the word: we're back!





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Check out our season three teaser at the front of this re-release. One of our most popular episodes of all time, Anna Fitch Courie, author of Christ Walk and Christ Walk Kids, joins Fr. Ben at a Philadelphia coffee shop to talk about her faith journey.

Season 3 available soon....watch your feed!

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In July 2015, Fr. Benjamin Gildas traveled to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. During that time, he compiled and edited these stories of experiment and risk in evangelism, mission, and new ministry.

We are between seasons at Priest Pulse, and we thought we'd share with you some "classic" Priest Pulse episodes to celebrate our upcoming three year anniversary and just in case you missed some of these older episodes.

Please take a moment to consider supporting the ministry of Priest Pulse by becoming a monthly or one-time patron. You can find more at www.patreon.com and searching for Priest Pulse.

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