listening in on some faith shift conversations.


hope begins in the dark

Some of you may already know about The Work of the People and the interesting and beautiful material they have.  Interviews, visual liturgies, and all kinds of other awesomeness abound on their site. If you don’t subscribe yet, it’s so worth it.  There is so much beauty and hope packed in there! My personal favorites are the Jean Vanier pieces, and we’ve used the visual liturgies for different Refuge gatherings over the years.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago on Facebook, in September I spent some time gabbing with my friend Travis Reed, founder and filmmaker of The Work of the People. I had no idea what he would do with our rambles, but he pulled them all together into a little faith shifting series.

Here’s a link list of all the videos. 

A lot of you have already seen the first one–Faith Shift: How do we find our way forward when everything we once believed comes apart? 

We talked about all kinds of things related to faith that day, too, and they are each on different videos:

  • Hearing the CallWhen our faith unravels, we lose a lot, but death is part of resurrection. This one is really part 2 of the first one and centers on Unraveling.
  • Holding Onto Power: All roads lead to power, and that’s why we need to talk about it.  I am so glad that he focused one video specifically on power, a topic that is hard to talk about but that we need to address. Misused power is often a catalyst for faith shifts, too, and we are going to be talking all about it this weekend at the Denver Faith and Justice Conference.
  • Signs of Life: What happens when our old spiritual tricks stop working but we’re desperate for signs of Life?  For me, one of the hardest things about rebuilding faith after so much unraveled was how to find ways to connect with God again.

I’ve already shared here how freaking vulnerable the past few weeks have felt, so adding more to the mix isn’t really my favorite thing.  At the same time, I hope listening into conversations like this help others keep processing their shifting faith in whatever ways are helpful.

If you watch them, I’d love to hear anything they stir up for you.  Your stories & reflections always bring me hope.

peace, kathy

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.

9 Comments

  • Thanks Kathy, I just watched all of the segments you listed and identify so intensely. My heart feels kinda broken right now, like a break-up, I realise I have broken up with the church and it’s so painful. I also worry lots about my kids, the loss of the spiritual discipline of church attendance, and all the good times I had in church. I really hope you’re right about the resurrection coming… Do you have any advice on finding a community such as you have? I often think about starting something, but I just don’t have the energy to be the initiator of something right now.

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    • hi natalie, thanks so much for sharing a little bit of where you’re at. i know some safe spaces sprinkled around here and there. email me and i can share some details depending on where you live, etc. peace, kathy

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  • And then Jesus came upon his disciples and said, “Brethren, I’ve heard it said among you that I am the Son of God and was sent to die for your sins.

    Brethren, may I asketh, who among you is the lunatic who came up with this Neanderthal bullshit!!!???

    Blood sacrifice!!!!???? Brethren, have you completely lost your fucking minds!!!!????

    Surely I say to you, I’d sooner lick Judas’ ass crack than subject myself to the Stone Age insanity of human sacrifice!!!

    And the disciple whom Jesus loved the most said,

    “Well, shit man!!!! What the hell are we supposed to do now!!!!????

    Hey, is that fat bastard over there the Buddha!!?

    Tell that some’ bitch I need to have a word with him!!!

    —-The Gospel of Jesus, if Jesus had actually bothered to have written one

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    • Same shit, different blog. Literally same shit. Click on your name to enjoy the many, many times you’ve copy/pasted this in the comments of various blogs that you claim to have no interest in the content of!! You may be as entertained as I am!

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      • Stacey, is ‘the kids’s Aunt Tasty’ your porn name?

        And Stacey, thank you so much for taking time away from being a deluded idiot to post a comment.

        Kirk Cameron would be happy to know that he has a first cousin.

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  • hey folks, i have a zero tolerance mean policy on the blog. not going to mess around and even though it’s a public space, it’s also my living room and there are too many people here that can’t tolerate another unsafe space. while i’m willing to engage in differing opinions, i’m not willing to keep ugliness up here. peace, kathy

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  • I feel like I’ve found a watering hole on your blog. A year ago our church split, and the mess and more mess felt like a great divorce that left a lot of people (including myself) hurt, disillusioned and feeling completely unsafe. Often I’ve felt like it’s just me going crazy with he questions, the grief – and the feeling that I can’t seem to, and don’t want to access God though the ‘old ways ‘ of doing things.
    Thank you for giving ‘faith shift’ a name and giving me back some sanity in what’s felt like a mid life crisis. Glad to know I’m not the only pilgrim on this journey! … Just wish I didn’t live so far away;)

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