Thursday | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
From day-to- day, to our politics, to end of life and funerals. What is the funniest thing that has
happened in your role as a clergy person. How much does it matter that our next mayor has a sense of
humor? What is the funniest story you can tell on yourself?
This month's Mystic is a discussion of religious decline led by Rev. Dr. Lillian Lammers. What do you think are the primary drivers for US adults falling away from religious institutions? What kinds of things can our religious institutions be doing differently that might slow or reverse this decline? Does the new Barbie movie offer any insight?
How do you stay positive given the avalanche of daily tragedy, locally, nationally, and globally? No theological quick fixes. Heaven will be fine, earth is where all the problems are. Beyond deep faith and prayer, what helps?What helps you to keep positive through the ages and stages of life?
This month, the Mystic panel discusses apologies, forgiveness, and the role of grace in our public and private lives.
If Dr. King were to be in Memphis in 2023, what would he want to do this week? I suspect he would still want to do God’s will. That of course begins with being committed to the truth—an ever-elusive thing for us to grasp. Writer Leo Tolstoy said, “Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” For so much of what we encounter, there is a lot of washing to be done. But I believe that the truth is to be found, and we can find it the same way that King was looking for it on the night of April 4, 1968.
Everyone in Memphis seems to be suffering from what could be labeled as “fear fatigue.”
We spent the past three years with some level of fear about getting sick from COVID. So many in our community have spent the last six months being afraid of being a victim of crime. Folks seem more on edge. Add this to the everyday fears that pop-up in our lives on a regular basis and you can get a sense that folks are tired of the additional energy they have been expending on fear, and the additional space it has taken up in their minds for a sustained time. This month's Mystic is an invitation to speak intelligently about a topic that we all keep bumping up against in conversations.
Fear has function in our lives. Sometimes, it is the powerful catalyst for demonstrations of courage. Sometimes it’s a tool for reminding us of our faith or provoking our imagination. Listen to this month's Mystic to learn more on this important topic.
In this episode of The Mystic, our panel discusses how the seasons of Lent affect our mind, body and spirit. Special musical guests are Ashley Davis and Keia Johnson.
So why do we make resolutions in the first place? And are they really that helpful? The panel explores the role of resolutions at the start of a New Year and try to make sense of the deeper needs, hurts, and desires that are behind our motivation to change. This episode we're led in music by Dr. Ashley Davis and Jonny Pineda.
If indeed "There's no place like home!" then where is home for you? As we enter this holiday season, this month's Mystic tackles the idea of home by reflecting on the people, memories, and experiences that make it possible for home to be wherever we find ourselves. This intimate conversation between regular panelists Rabbi Micah Greenstein and Rev. Joshua Narcisse explores the reality that home is a choice we make about the relationships that matter most to us.
Jonny Pineda conveys musically what his perceptions are during his own storms and connects to the devastation of the current physical storms in Florida, Haiti, etc. We all share about where to hide during, how to be strong in, and how to survive storms.
John Carroll of City Leadership joins the Mystic crew to discuss philanthropy in and around our beloved city of Memphis. Also, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins Sunday, so we will also discuss our thoughts on forgiveness.
In Genesis, even before Adam and Eve eat the apple, Adam is sent to till the earth, not as punishment but as part of what human life is meant to be. How today do we understand work as a path to better knowing God? What does any of this mean during the great resignation and the struggles the country faces in the Labor market of today? How can work draw us closer to God?
Have you chosen the one and only path God wants for you in your life or is flexibility to God's plan a more authentic road? How do you know if you are on the right road for you? Listen for dialog and ideas.
The recent and ongoing mass shootings occurring in the US are just the tip of the iceberg of our countries gun violence crisis. 99% of gun deaths are by violence other than mass shootings. Every day there are more than 110 gun deaths. Listen in to learn of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action and enhance your understanding of violence, suicide and how the faithful respond.
Enjoy The Mystic's Mother's Day's 2022 edition. While holding space for the reality that not everyone's experience of a mother may be equally nurturing, this discussion explores the question of what our mothers teach us about God. This may be character traits we come to appreciate more fully as adults or specific experiences that left a lasting imprint on our spiritual formation. A saying from the Jewish tradition says, "God cannot be everywhere, so he created mothers." How do we see God more clearly and bear God more fully when we understand both what it means to parent someone in faith and what it means to receive God as "mother" in our own lives?
This episode probes how our individual understanding and experiences of freedom shape our responses to the ways others express their freedom. In what ways do some systems fail to regard freedom as something that should be equally distributed? What is our responsibility to one another with how we use our individual freedom? When we feel our freedom is threatened, how can we find a foothold in faith? And how do we allow each other the humanity of our fears while also nudging each other toward the freedom that our faith tells us God intends?
One hundred percent of us have failure in our stories. The meaning we add to failure—that we've been taught to add—is what holds us hostage in a society obsessed with perfection. Too often we send a curated version of ourselves into the world when what we need most is grace and gentleness toward ourselves as we discover the usefulness in struggle and imperfection. What do we lose when we don't face the challenging parts of our stories? What do we gain when we do? How do we own our stories, including the failures, so that we can be more whole people?
The ongoing pandemic makes a lot of things feel fuzzy around the edges—from outright loss of life of loved ones we haven't felt free to mourn with comforting rituals to the demands of living with the contradictory nature of finding ways to deal with stress without the familiar lifelong patterns of community and activities that help us do that. How do we heal from grief when everyone around us is trying to do that same thing? When we keep waiting for this grievous collective experience to be over, but it's not? Listen in on this episode of the Mystic for some thoughts on planting crops of hope and watering them for one another, taking meaning even from experiences of loss at any level that we can share through our lives with someone else.
Politics, vaccines, the pandemic, religion, culture wars—we hear a lot of talk about how divided we are, even downright angry. Sometimes the wrong people in our lives become scapegoats of anger that has nothing to do with them. It seems like these last two years of pandemic life have the whole country pent-up with anger in need of release. Normalcy fell apart, and anger has become part of the complexity and perplexity of how we respond. Is there always a “right” and “wrong”? A “strong” and “weak”? Or can we make room for the subtleties of grace, love, suffering, mystery and God without dualistic thinking that pits us against each other? Have we learned any positive lessons from our experiences with anger? What is the role of the faith community in navigating through this fraught emotional place and rebuilding connections?
This month's episode of The Mystic explores our relationship with money—what shapes it in the first place and how we can intentionally use our giving habits to express the values we aspire to more intentionally. Whether you have modest means or a high-end income, whether you are planning as an individual or an organization, a budget is a theological document because it is a values document. Do we only give for a tax break? Or do we give because we know money is a means for goodness and because giving is a spiritual discipline that can transform us. We all receive many unhealthy messages about what money signifies, but what do want to choose that it will signify in gifts that reflect who we are, whether at year-end or throughout the year?
This episode features the reflections of people who were born and grew up in Memphis, whomoved away and came back, who thought they would be in Memphis temporarily, and thosewho are full-on transplants.Through their eyes we see the challenges of the city, which alwaysseem front and center, but also the assets, which are too often overlooked. Both are amicrocosm of the experiences of our country and call us to both truth and hope in somethinggreater than ourselves.
Everyone has mental health. The question is how well we care for it as part of seeing ourselves and others as whole persons. We can't compartmentalize our bodies, minds, and spirits. This episode of The Mystic honestly admits that all of us face intensities that twist up what happens in our minds and spirits in ways that impact our bodies, work, and relationships—and might even implode our family. Whatever your spiritual tradition is, how do you rest in hope and see life through a lens of faith that welcomes help when you need it?
As we resume more and more "normal" interactions and routines, many of us face the anxiety of restoring normality. Life is the same, but everything is different. Pat answers are not going to work anymore. Our sense of time feels warped as we relearn how to live with others not in our pandemic bubbles and reevaluate what grounds us day in and day out. The demands of the pandemic don't end just because we take our masks off. It's a time when we need grace for ourselves and each other.
This month, we are sitting together in Crosstown Concourse's Green Room telling stories and jokes to lighten our moods as we exit a traumatic period of time. Life is resuming, and we are meeting it with humor and reflections from our year spent in the pandemic. We hope this episode brings you a few laughs, but more importantly, hope of bright future.
This month’s episode falls during the annual Memphis in May festival where we celebrate the culture, spirit and BBQ that makes Memphis famous. We take time this month to reflect on our most precious “Memphis in May” memories — some intrinsically tied to the festival and others bound to changing seasons in life. Join us for another conversation combining music, matters of the spirit, story and more.
As we continue to progress through the pandemic and every meeting, event and gathering that now occurs virtually, The Mystic is re-assessing and re-imagining what corporate worship means in the context of our online world. This month we are celebrating Easter and Passover and noticing the differences between online worship services and pre-pandemic in-person worship services. Some people choose Peloton Church over traditional corporate worship; other people choose fellowship opportunities like Taco Tuesday. How will corporate worship return when the pandemic is over?
This month marks one year of the pandemic shutdown. Led by Joshua Narcisse, we are spending time reflecting on the many changes the past twelve months have brought. Inequalities glare us in the face and fear is ever-present in our daily lives. We discuss the things that are providing us hope and joy daily, and the changes we anticipate in the future of our society.