Progressive Spirit Interview

Rev. John Shuck

John Shuck, Presbyterian pastor and radio show host, interviewed me for his show “Progressive Spirit.”

These are some of John’s questions I responded to in the interview:

(1) Many of your hymns include Christ-Sophia. Who is Christ-Sophia?
(2) How did you come to realize the importance of female imagery for God?
(3) Tell me more about your hymns and why you write new lyrics.
(4) Some feminists think the Bible is hopelessly misogynist, but you mine Scripture for female names and images of the Divine. Why do you use the Bible in your feminist work?
(5) You have a new Christmas CD, Sing of Peace. Do you find that churches are using these Christmas carols and your other hymns with feminine divine images?
(6) How did your recently published book Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World, co-edited with Grace Ji-Sun Kim, come to be? How do you distinguish between “intercultural” and “multicultural”?
(7) What is your experience of intercultural ministry?
(8) How can we be more inclusive of transgender people in rituals and hymns?

Here are songs with my lyrics included in the show:

(1) “Come Now, O Wisdom,” from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, performed by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Chancel Choir, Raleigh, North Carolina, conducted by Larry E. Schultz
(2) “Sound Forth the News That Wisdom Comes,” from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, performed by Shannon Kincaid
(3) “Listen, Wisdom Is Calling,” from Imagine God! A Children’s Musical Exploring and Expressing Images of God, tune composed by Larry E. Schultz, performed by The Lodge
(4) “What Wondrous Thing,” from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians and Sing of Peace CD, performed by Devi Vaani: Alison Newvine, Dionne Kohler, Kathleen Neville-Fritz, Lana Dalberg
(5) “Follow Her Peaceful Ways,” from Earth Transformed with Music: Inclusive Songs for Worship, tune composed by Larry E. Schultz, performed by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Chancel Choir, Raleigh, North Carolina
(6) “O Holy Darkness, Loving Womb,” from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, performed by Shannon Kincaid
(7) “Mother Eagle, Teach Us to Fly,” from Imagine God! A Children’s Musical Exploring and Expressing Images of God, tune composed by Larry E. Schultz, performed by The Lodge

Brent Landau 3:00 – 14:08 Jann Aldredge-Clanton 14:08-54:00

 

 

Rev. John Shuck with Pippa

Rev. John Shuck currently serves as pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Since his ordination in 1992, he has served congregations in Lowville, New York; Billings, Montana; and Elizabethton, Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. John has been involved in the work of the Westar Institute (the Jesus Seminar). John is proud that Southminster engages spirituality and critical thinking. John is a signatory of the Clergy Letter Project that advocates scientific literacy including teaching Evolutionary Theory. He hosts a weekly radio show “Progressive Spirit” and a monthly show on 90.7 KBOO “Beloved Community.” One of John’s passions is advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church and in society. He is honored to serve a congregation that is More Light and fully inclusive.

John and Beverly have a daughter, Katy, who lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her wife, Amber, who are in turn parents of Pippa. Beverly and John are also the proud parents of Zachary Andrew Shuck, who passed away on June 28th, 2012.

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