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.

Priest Pulse and the Farsighted Podcast team up with Awaking Mercury to discuss music, art, and pop-culture from a faith perspective. Recorded live at the Awaking Mercury studio in Birdsboro, PA, this episode features live music from Luke Eccles. This is part 1 of a two part episode, the second half being found on the Farsighted podcast. The Farsighted can be found at the links below.








Direct download: The_Big_Picture_Part_1.mp3
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Ben and Colin interview Lutheran pastor Keith Anderson about his new book The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World. Pastor Keith is co-author of Click2Save: the Digital Ministry Bible with Elizabeth Drescher, and editor of the Narthex. We discuss the impact of social media and the internet on congregational life, ministry, evangelism, pastoral care, and spirituality.




Special thanks to audio tech Jenny Hack for recording and editing this episode.

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A short Good Friday message of encouragement from Fr. Ben on this most sacred day.

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In the final Keeping Lent episode, Pastor Tim Ness of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Clifton Heights leads us to pray through Martin Luther's Small Catechism, that is praying the 10 Commandments, the Apostle's Creed, and the Lord's Prayer. We also celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation by praying the Angelus.

Direct download: Keeping_Lent_-_Praying_the_Catechism.m4a
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Fr. Ben brings on two surprise guests to make some very big announcements.

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This week the parishioners of St. Mark Lutheran Church and Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church practice embodied prayer and you can practice along with us. Join Fr. Ben and special guest Sister Elizabeth Anderson on this episode.


Direct download: Keeping_Lent_-_Embodied_Prayer.m4a
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The Keeping Lent series continues with an episode on Centering Prayer. Lutheran Pastor Tem Ness leads us in an exercise of Centering Prayer. Also, Fr. Ben rants about St. Barbara's loss in Lent Madness.

Music by Awaking Mercury www.awakingmercury.com

Direct download: Keeping_Lent_-_Centering_Prayer.m4a
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This episode of the Keeping Lent series continues to look at different forms of prayer following last week's episode on Lectio Divina. In this episode Fr. Ben leads us through the Examen prayer. We invite you to use this podcast to pray through the Examen prayer on your own.


Direct download: Keeping_Lent_-_The_Examen.m4a
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This episode features an entire retreat led by Sister Barbara Jean Brown of Anamchara Fellowship. Sr. BJ has 40 years of experience leading retreats and quiet days. She is a founding member of Anamchara Fellowship, a new monastic order in the Episcopal Church with an ecumenical mission. This retreat is titled "Who Gives a Hoot about Paul's Journeys" and offers a spiritual reflection on the journeys of St. Paul in the book of Acts. The retreat is broken into three parts, so make sure to listen through to the end.


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This is the second episode in the Keeping Lent series. In this episode, Pastor Tim Ness of St. Mark's Lutheran Church Clifton Heights, PA leads us through the practice of Lectio Divina, an ancient prayer practice originating from the Benedictine tradition.

We at Priest Pulse encourage you to use this episode to learn about Lectio Divina and to devote some time to meditation. This contains a guided meditation time with periods of silence. After the meditation, Fr. Ben answers what Lent means to him.

Music in this episode comes thanks to Awaking Mercury.




Direct download: Keeping_Lent_-_Lectio_Divina.m4a
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On this special episode of Priest Pulse, Benjamin Gildas interviews the Rev. Scott Gunn of Lent Madness and Forward Movement. Ben also discusses the ministry Ashes to Go. This episode invites us all into a season of holy Lent. Resources from this episode:





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Priest Pulse welcomes back the Rev. Colin Chapman to discuss the subject of relevancy in a changing world. Colin imagines an analogy between Research in Motion's new Blackberry phone and TEC's approach to relevancy. 

Resources from this episode:

The Rite Place Liturgy: https://www.churchpublishing.org/products/index.cfm?fuseaction=productDetail&productID=10042

Vital Practices: http://www.ecfvp.org/

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action: http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en

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Episode three of Priest Pulse looks at humor, religion, and the sacreligious. Fr. Benjamin Gildas interviews the creators of card game A Game for Good Christians. www.agameforgoodchristians.com

Review of the book "Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels."

Music by Philadelphia rock band Awaking Mercury includes a live performance of the song "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

Special thanks to the creators of A Game for Good Christians for their anonymous interview. I hope you take as much out of it as I did.

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Humor_Religion_and_the_Sacreligious.m4a
Category:religion -- posted at: 5:27pm EST

Fr. Benjamin Gildas discusses the future of clergy formation and seminary education in a changing religious landscape. Guests include the Rev. Keith Voets, the Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and Kari Collins. Fr. Keith and Fr. Ben discuss the conflict at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and its broader implications on theological education and the church. Dr. Wiseman discusses new models for church practice and seminary formation, and Kari talks about her experiences as a non-residential seminary student.

Fr. Keith writes at http://theyoungcurmudgeonpriest.blogspot.com/

Dr. Wiseman writes at http://texaspreacherponderings.blogspot.com/

Thanks for listening to episode 2, and don't forget to leave feedback on iTunes!

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Category:religion -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Dear Priest Pulse listeners,


Thank you so much for the almost 200 downloads of episode one! I'm overwhelmed with the positive response to episode one and eagerly anticipating posting episode 2 this week. Interviews include the Rev. Keith Voets and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Keep an eye out in the next two days for this podcast. In the meantime, refer a friend to episode one!

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In this first episode of Priest Pulse:

What is the job of a priest?

We take a look at Daily Prayer for All Seasons, new liturgical supplement from the Episcopal Church.

Interview with the Rev. Colin Chapman.

SPECIAL: Discussion of crisis at the General Theological Seminary including timeline of events starting at 31:30.

Special thanks to Awaking Mercury for the music in this podcast. www.awakingmercury.com

Direct download: Episode_1_-_Guest_Colin_Chapman.m4a
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