Speaking of Faith with Bishop DeDe

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York

Welcome to Speaking of Faith with Bishop DeDe where we’ll connect faith questions and insights with the everyday realities of modern life. Join us on a transformative journey as we explore key theological concepts and their relevance to our daily lives, intentionally working to partner with God in healing the world with love.

Delve into the depths of religious thought in the Episcopal tradition, uncovering diverse perspectives and philosophical insights. Engage in meaningful discussions on topics like ethics, spirituality, and fighting dehumanization. Bishop DeDe and the occasional guest will demystify theological complexities (and yes, even nerd out a bit), empowering you to apply these profound principles in your life. Together, let’s dig into the deep and old mysteries of faith and foster a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world. Tune in for transformative experiences and rollicking discussions with Speaking of Faith with Bishop DeDe!

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Episodes

Prayer, Discernment, and Celebration: Intro to General Convention
1w ago
Prayer, Discernment, and Celebration: Intro to General Convention
Send us a Text Message.SummaryIn this episode, RomComm takes a spin in the host's chair and welcomes Canon Megan to discuss the upcoming 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church. We explain that the General Convention is both an event and an entity where bishops and deputies come together and to vote on legislation that determines the rules and direction of the church for the next three years. We preview some hot topics that will be addressed at the convention, including canons and constitution amendments, prayer book revisions, and, of course, elections. Throughout our conversation, we emphasize the importance of the convention as a time for prayer, discernment, and the celebration of the church's values and mission. KeywordsEpiscopal Church, General Convention, legislation, governance, prayer, discernment, LGBTQ+ inclusion, disciplinary process, provincesTakeawaysThe General Convention of the Episcopal Church is a gathering of bishops and deputies who vote on legislation that determines the rules and direction of the church for the next three years.The convention addresses a wide range of topics, including canons and constitution amendments, prayer book revisions, policy statements, and the governance of the church.The convention is a time for prayer, discernment, and the celebration of the church's values and mission.Key issues that will be discussed at the convention include LGBTQ+ inclusion, the disciplinary process, and the role of provinces in the church and, of course, the elections in the House of Deputies and of the next presiding bishop will be major moments in the convention.AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
Speaking of Faith in the Language of the People: A Pentecost Episode
May 23 2024
Speaking of Faith in the Language of the People: A Pentecost Episode
Send us a Text Message.SummaryIn this conversation, we enter into the story of Pentecost and explore the importance of meeting people where they are as we proclaim the message of God's faithfulness. What does it mean that the disciples were not trying to "do" anything on the day of Pentecost but were instead caught up in the movement of the Holy Spirit? What is the impact of meeting people where they are and how can we extend an invitation to all come as they are? Our conversation leads us to enter into the tension between tradition and the need to think differently about how God is calling us to speak in the language of the present, a conversation we'll dig into more deeply in our next episode. We end with a call to be a living and relational proclamation of God as we all speak of faith. KeywordsPentecost, speaking in different languages, proclamation, Holy Spirit, meeting people where they are, tradition, thinking differently, living proclamationTakeawaysThe story of Pentecost teaches us the importance of speaking in different languages to proclaim the message of God's faithfulness.The disciples were caught up in the movement of the Holy Spirit and were not trying to do anything.Meeting people where they are and inviting them to come as they are is a powerful way to share the message of Jesus.There is a tension between tradition and the need to think differently about how God is calling us to speak in the language of the present.We are called to be a living and relational proclamation of God, sharing the love of Jesus in our everyday lives.AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
Loving and Healing Together: Diocesan Ministry in Central New York
May 9 2024
Loving and Healing Together: Diocesan Ministry in Central New York
Send us a Text Message.In this special episode of Speaking of Faith with Bishop DeDe, RomComm takes the host's mic and has a conversation with Canon Megan Castellan, Adam Eichelberger (our Program Coordinator and Secretary of Convention), and Lay Leader Karen Anderson about diocesan ministry and how it is lived out in the Diocese of Central New York. The guests discuss the practical aspects of diocesan ministry, the role of the diocese in organizing and supporting local churches, and the importance of collaboration and resource-sharing. They also highlight specific ministries within the diocese, such as racial healing, substance use disorder support, pride ministry, and youth engagement through Dungeons and Dragons. The guests emphasize the need for inclusivity, valuing every individual, and creating a beloved community.TakeawaysDiocesan ministry involves organizing and supporting local churches within a geographic region.The diocese helps churches pool resources to do things they cannot do individually.The Diocese of Central New York focuses on creating a world healed by love and aims to live out this vision through various ministries.The diocese encourages creativity, inventiveness, and collaboration in ministry.The diocese values inclusivity and aims to make everyone feel valued and welcome.The diocese is committed to racial healing, substance use disorder support, pride ministry, and youth engagement.The diocese seeks to educate and acknowledge its history, lament for past wrongs, and work towards creating a beloved community.Individuals in the diocese are encouraged to get involved in ministry and can reach out to the diocesan office for support and guidance.AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
No Exceptions: A Response to "Infinite Dignity" from the Roman Catholic Church
Apr 11 2024
No Exceptions: A Response to "Infinite Dignity" from the Roman Catholic Church
Send us a Text Message.Summary In this episode, Bishop DeDe and RomComm are joined by the Rev. Canon Megan Castellan, the Canon to the Ordinary for Mission and Formation in the Diocese of Central New York. Together they discuss the “Infinite Dignity,” a document released on April 8 by the Roman Catholic Church. They explore the concept of embracing the dignity of all people and the implications it has for our world and affirm the importance of recognizing the innate value and worth of every human being. However, they also highlight a contradiction in the document's treatment of transgender and genderqueer individuals and assert that that contradiction not only undermines the message of inherent dignity, it further endangers and harms an already-vulnerable community. They emphasize the need for dialogue and understanding in addressing this issue as they assert that followers of Christ are called to engage in dialogue and share our testimonies of how we have seen the Spirit moving and present in the lives of transgender and genderqueer individuals.Read "You are Loved," the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York's written response to "Infinite Dignity."TakeawaysThe document "Infinite Dignity" released by the Roman Catholic Church affirms the inherent value and worth of every human being, but contradicts this message when it comes to transgender individuals.As followers of Jesus, we are called to honor the dignity of others and create a world where their value is upheld.The Episcopal Church welcomes and affirms transgender and genderqueer individuals, recognizing their inherent dignity and the importance of their lived experiences.We are called to engage in dialogue and share our testimonies of how we have seen the Spirit moving and present in the lives of transgender and genderqueer individuals.Our faith is a journey of constant discovery and deep knowing, and we are called to extend love, compassion, and understanding to all people.Keywords: faith, dignity, Roman Catholic Church, transgender, genderqueer, value, worth, embrace, human beings, violence, inequality, poverty, The Episcopal Church, theology, love, compassion, scripture, tradition, reason, LGBTQ+ AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
The Role of Doubt in Faith
Apr 4 2024
The Role of Doubt in Faith
Send us a Text Message.SummaryIn this episode, Bishop DeDe and RomComm discuss the story of Thomas' encounter with the risen Christ in the Gospel of John. They explore the concept of doubt in faith and how doubt can actually deepen our engagement with our faith. They highlight Thomas' absence when the disciples were gathered in fear and his insistence on physical proof of Jesus' resurrection. They emphasize how the desire for certitude can hinder our spiritual growth. They also discuss the transformative power of doubt and the invitation it offers to explore and experience the mystery of God.Keywordsfaith, doubt, Gospel of John, Thomas, resurrection, certitude, certainty, relationship, transformation, healing, wholenessTakeawaysDoubt is not a sign of weak faith, but rather an invitation to engage more deeply with our faith.The desire for certitude can hinder our spiritual growth and prevent us from fully experiencing the mystery of God.Doubt is a doorway to healing and transformation, as it allows us to question, explore, and be open to new understandings of God.Resurrection is not just an end-of-life reality, but something we can experience in our lives today.Speaking about our faith is an invitation to encounter the mystery of God and share our own transformative experiences.AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
Slave Trade Lament and Repentance Service Preview
Feb 9 2024
Slave Trade Lament and Repentance Service Preview
Send us a Text Message.SummaryThis conversation explores the concept of liturgy and its role in leading us to address social issues, particularly the historical and contemporary realities of the slave trade. The episode previews the Province II Slave Trade Lament and Repentance liturgy which we be live on February 14, Ash Wednesday, at 10 a.m. EST. That service aims to lead us to lament and repent for the evils of the slave trade as we follow the journey of Jesus to the Cross through the Stations of the Cross service. The importance of living out one's faith and actively engaging with the world is emphasized. Listeners are invited to participate in the liturgy and find healing and redemption in the journey with Jesus. TakeawaysLiturgy is a way for individuals and communities to worship and engage in a meaningful relationship with God.Addressing social issues and seeking healing and redemption can begin through liturgical practices.Acknowledging the historical and contemporary realities of the slave trade and working to heal the harms cause by it and our individual and societal complicity with it is essential for truth and integrity in living out our faith.Living out one's faith involves actively loving and caring for others, as well as speaking truth and seeking restoration.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:58 Understanding Liturgy02:21 The Importance of Liturgy in Addressing Social Issues03:48 Unspoken Realities and Historical Context05:14 Living Out Our Faith06:11 The Way of the Cross07:10 The Slave Trade Lament Liturgy08:08 Invitation to Participate09:20 Christ's Identification with the Hurting09:59 Living Lives of Joy10:27 Acknowledging Brokenness and Seeking Restoration12:20 Vulnerability and Imperfection in the Liturgy13:08 The Work of Absolution14:01 The Invitation to All15:02 Encountering the Love of God15:44 Closing BlessingAI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.
Talking Substance Use Disorders and Recovery with Deacon Kay
Jan 28 2024
Talking Substance Use Disorders and Recovery with Deacon Kay
Send us a Text Message.This podcast episode focuses on the need for conversations about addiction and sobriety, particularly in light of a recent incident of driving while intoxicated. Deacon Kay, a bivocational deacon and licensed clinician, shares her insights and experiences in the field of social work. The conversation covers important considerations in discussing substance abuse and addiction, understanding substance abuse as a mental health condition, surprising facts about addiction, harm reduction approaches, warning signs of substance abuse, creating safer spaces in parishes, prevention and managing substance use, and the power of community in supporting those struggling with addiction. The episode concludes with a message of hope and encouragement to seek help and make positive decisions.TakeawaysSubstance abuse should be approached as a mental health condition rather than a moral failing.Harm reduction approaches, such as setting reasonable goals and providing resources, can be effective in supporting individuals in recovery.Warning signs of substance abuse include isolation, changes in behavior or mood, and physical symptoms.Parishes can create safer spaces by hosting support groups and providing resources like Narcan kits.It is important to move away from all-or-nothing thinking and embrace hope, focusing on health-oriented decisions and supporting one another in the journey towards recovery.AI Disclosure: To support our staff in their limited time, many of our episode summaries are first generated by AI and then edited by the Communications Director to accurately reflect and preview our podcast episodes.