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December 22nd 2016:The Future of Christianity

Does Christianity have a future? Does the future have a Christianity? This is a question equally relevant to the future of all the world’s religions but, with its 2 billion+ members it is especially poignant for this tradition rooted in Jesus of Nazareth. In recent years, across all its forms, Christianity has experienced a paradox: growing fragmentation, scandal, and entrenchment and departures in some areas, alongside growing holism, integrity, and recovery of both 'wisdom' and 'activist' elements in other expressions. In this episode, hosts from the integral theology think-tank Presence In

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Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative faith leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, We Make the Road by Walking, and The Great Spiritual Migration. He is a senior fellow with Auburn Seminary, and a board member and leader in Convergence Network, Center for Progressive Renewal, and Wild Goose Festival. He and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children and five grandchildren. Well known across the media, Brian has contributed to many periodicals, including Leadership, Sojourners, Worship Leader, Tikk
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Brandan Robertson

Brandan Robertson is a spiritual thought-leader, contemplative activist and commentator at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He is author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light and writes regularly for Patheos, Beliefnet, and The Huffington Post. He has published at TIME, NBC, Washington Post, Religion News Service, and Dallas Morning News. A sought out commentator, he regularly contributes to media outlets. Interviewed by MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, TIME, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Associated Press, he is one of “the most hope-inspiring young Christian leaders”, speaking to diverse audiences, from Oxford University to speaking at th
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Cynthia Bourgeault

Mystic, Episcopal priest, and internationally-known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach & spread the recovery of the Christian Wisdom path. She has worked closely with colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, & Richard Rohr and actively participated in inter-spiritual dialogues & events with luminaries such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro. She is a member of the Global Peace Initiative for Women, Contemplative Council and Shalem Institute. A founder of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School, she is a
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Mike Morrell

Mike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think-tank Presence International, contributing author with Richard Rohr of 'The Divine Dance,' co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival. Access Presence's 7-part Integral Theology video series: http://presence.tv/free-downloads. Mike curates his contemplative and community experiences via Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, (H) Opp and Authentic North Carolina, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Mike is a
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Doug King

Doug King was born in Charleston W. Va. and grew up in NE Ohio. (Go Buckeyes!) He graduated with a dual degree in Theology and Biblical Languages in 1973. He worked with his father, author, scholar and speaker Max King, to eventually form Presence International. Doug has a background in business, being founder and CEO of a technology company in Atlanta, Ga. for 20 years. Since 2010, Doug has been the president of Presence, leading this growing network to engage emergent, integral, and interspiritual organizations and idea leaders in shared goals for the common good. Doug also serves on the Advisory Board for Forum 21, a United Nations NGO. Doug lives with his wife, Denée, in Dacula, Georgi
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