When editing this episode, we felt the content was so important and compelling that it needed to be given room to breathe. For this reason we've split this episode into two parts.
In part one , Scottie & Spanky meet with Jay Ruka (author of Huia Come Home) to talk about cultural disconnection and Jay's homecoming to his Māori identity as a Christian and a New Zealander.
In this episode, Scottie and Spanky meet with the Reverend Frank Ritchie. Frank runs a church in Hamilton called Commoners that has no musical worship and centres itself around liturgy and silence. This episode asks how Frank's approach might offer a solution to the growing influence of consumerism on how congregations worship together today. You can find two of the resources we mentioned: A New Zealand Prayer Book : He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, and Night Prayer No.6, below. A good place to start with the prayer book is the daily offices on p.111
Season Two continues as Scottie and Spanky drive further north to Kopua Monastery to have a chat with Fr. John, a Benedictine monk. Together they look at silence and solitude as a possible solution to mobile phone addiction.
You can register your interest in one of the silent retreats we mentioned at the end this episode through firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottie and Spanky begin their road trip in Wellington talking to Rev. Jean Malcolm about what Contemplative Spirituality might offer to the many of us suffering with Anxiety and mental health trauma.
Two resources are mentioned in this podcast:
Firstly, this guided "Centering Prayer" takes about 20 minutes, but is a great way to start out in Contemplative Spirituality: https://theliturgists.bandcamp.com/track/centering-prayer-ii-feat-mike-mchargue.
Below is an attached called 'Five Approaches to Contemplative Prayer' which suggests some ancient traditions you may want to try out at home.
This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts.
On the final episode of Season One, Scottie and Spanky explore a supernatural experience and discuss how these moments can alter our previously held notions of who God is.
In Episode 4, Scottie and Spanky look at all the ways Western Christianity has become interwoven with our Capitalist notions of transactionality and consumerism.
In Episode 3, Scottie and Spanky discuss their own experiences of darkness and mental distress and how God uses these times to shape us and draw near to us.