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Community is the catch of the day

Community is the catch of the day

February 5, 2022

Anna and Rayah talk about Luke 5:1-11. After a night of crappy fishing, Jesus has his disciples lower their nets one more time and they bring in a large haul. Then he tells them it’s time to be fishers of men. 

Rayah talks about the context of the fishing economy and the way that economy exploited marginalized workers like the disciples before they left to follow Jesus and how radical it was for them to change their role.

Anna talks about how sometimes hoping after such a long time in a hopeless situation is a vulnerable thing to do, but it is okay to give those hidden hopes some air and bring them to life again. They also look at how this story shifts from the more individualistic “fish to provide for myself” to something much bigger and more focused on building community and relying on each other. 

 

Anna Hoesly is a Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Rayah Dickerson is a community member and theology nerd in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Nazareth isnt ready for that conversation

Nazareth isnt ready for that conversation

January 29, 2022

Sara and Jesse host this week's conversation around Luke 4:21-30. In this story, Jesus has just quoted a passage from Isaiah and says that the scripture is fulfilled in their hearing. Shortly after this, the people in the synagogue were enraged and Jesus was chased out.

Jesse stresses that this scripture should not be used to bolster anti-Semitism - this isn't about Jews not understanding Jesus and Gentiles did. It’s about how those in his hometown have trouble seeing him in a new light.

Sara talks about how when someone says something that she knows isn't true, it isn't enraging and she can ignore it. When it has an element of truth, however, that's when it can trigger the outrage, which is probably what we are seeing with the reaction to what Jesus says in this passage.

Sara also leaves us with a challenge - If there is nothing in the words you are hearing in your day to day life that isn't somewhat agitational, we need to be exposing ourselves to some gospel.

Sara Gross Samuelson is a Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Jesse Christopherson is Pastor at Milwaukie Lutheran in Milwaukie, Oregon.

The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

January 21, 2022

This week Stori and Josh discuss 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a where Paul talks about the body of Christ. Stori talks about how this body metaphor can show something that is really important - when there is an infection or a broken bone, the entire body is affected and thus the entire body has a vested interest in healing - sometimes in the metaphorical body, that can be hard to remember.
Josh brings up the idea that this can not only be a metaphor about the body of Christ within the church, but also the whole of creation as the body. How all of creation is connected and important to the whole. All the parts are needed and vital. 

They throw in a bit about Luke 4:14-21 and a bit about the irony of such an embodied and physical faith being so focused on the afterlife. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory also gets an honorable mention. 

Stori Long is a Pastor and Social Media Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Josh Kingsley is Pastor at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Oregon.

The Gifts of the Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit

January 15, 2022

This week Stori and Rayah talk about 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and the gifts of the Spirit. Rayah comes from traditions that often overspiritualized everything while Stori's faith background included a more concrete and "under spiritualized" lens. When coming to a scripture that details healing, tongues, and prophesy, that can mean very different things! They go over some of the ways that certain gifts tend to sit higher up on a hierarchy and be glorified more than others and how harmful that can be. They found good news in there being an important place and role for each of us and that there is room for seeing things through news lenses. 

Stori Long is a Pastor and Social Media Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Rayah Dickerson is a community member and activist in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Being in the Beloved

Being in the Beloved

January 8, 2022

Jesse and Anna use Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Isaiah 43:1-7 to explore what being “claimed” by God might mean or look like. Is it possession and ownership or might it be something deeper or more nuanced? Is it one-sided or mutual? 

These scriptures clearly bring up the theme of baptism, but both Anna and Jesse find the idea of claiming or being claimed by God ties to the end of life and memorials. Anna brings up a scene from the movie “Dont Look Up” (*spoiler alert!*) and how it relates for her. Jesse recommends a song “How deep is that river” by Mason Jennings that resonates with the passages from today.   

 

Anna Hoesly is a Co-Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Jesse Christopherson is a Pastor at Milwaukie Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Mary, the enduring embodiment of the gospel

Mary, the enduring embodiment of the gospel

December 18, 2021

For the 4th week of Advent Stori and Rayah host the conversation around Luke 1:46-55 - The Magnificat or Song of Mary. Stori and Rayah reflect on a shared church history of sidelining or downplaying Mary. Rayah talks about how Mary’s song isnt just a quoting of the prophets or learned scriptures, but an embodied song of hope in her own words. Stori talks about the beauty and heartbreak of Mary’s resilient, enduring presence throughout the entire gospel story. 

 

Stori Long is a Pastor and Social Media Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Rayah Dickerson is a community member and activist in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Joy is not an incident

Joy is not an incident

December 11, 2021

For the 3rd week of Advent Sara and Jules host the conversation around Luke 3:7-18 and include a bit about Philippians 4:1-13. Jules talks about the difference between happiness and joy. Joy has to do with enoughness, gratitude, and thankfulness. Sara shares about her grandmother’s affect before she passed away while on hospice and reflects on seeing that deep, abiding joy in her. 

They ask - in this season, where is that deep, hard joy showing up? And what can you choose to help it to arrive?

 

Sara Gross Samuelson is a Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Julia Nielsen is a Portsmouth Union Church’s pastor and Sacred Organizer with Leaven Land and Housing in Portland.

Slowness is not a compromise

Slowness is not a compromise

December 4, 2021

Our discussion this week is hosted by Anna and Josh. In Luke 3:1-6 we hear about John, son of Zechariah (aka John the Baptist) preaching and fulfilling a prophecy from Isaiah about preparing the way of the Lord. Josh talks about how this reminds him that even Jesus didn't do it alone, the way was prepared before him. Anna talks about trauma informed care in regards to church community in Storyline and how that can often mean slowing down and being still. Sometimes the dark, slow places are not bad places to be, but more like wombs to grow and heal in. The good news is that slowness is not a compromise, it is sacred. 

Anna Hoesly is a Pastor and Organizer at Storyline Community in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Josh Kingsley is Pastor at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. 

Good news always starts in the margins

Good news always starts in the margins

November 27, 2021

This week our conversation is hosted by Pastor Stori of Storyline and Pastor Jesse Christopherson of Milwaukie Lutheran. We kick off the first week of Advent with Luke 21:25-36. Together Jesse and Stori talk about how the baseline for “good news” must start with the marginalized and that often when you are in the seat of privilege, good news first starts out feeling like a loss. That doesnt mean it isnt good news, it just means we probably arent looking at it from the right angle - from the margins.

The reign of Christ and co-suffering love

The reign of Christ and co-suffering love

November 20, 2021

This week our conversation is hosted by Rev. Sara Gross-Samuelson (Storyline) and Pastor David Eppelsheimer (Community of Christ Church). They dive into Isaiah 9:2-7 and talk about the Reign of Christ. They discuss the ways that Empire and the whole idea of "reign" will look drastically different in the light of Christ. David brings up the way Jesus co-suffers with us. The good news in all of this is that the mighty God is planning grace. 

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