Malinda Berry is assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In this three-part podcast series (with new episodes arriving Wednesday June 28 and Friday June 30), Malinda explores what’s at stake and in store at the upcoming Future Church Summit in Orlando, Florida, next week.
The podcast series was produced by Justin Heinzekehr, director of institutional research and assessment and assistant professor of Bible and Religion at Goshen (Indiana) College.
Malinda writes, “We’ve worked on this project because we are interested in helping this denominational community we call Mennonite Church USA think with deliberation and care about what the ‘church’ part of our name means. In the theology classroom, we call this focus on church ‘ecclesiology.'”
Each episode is important listening for Future Church Summit participants and all those curious about conversation’s across Mennonite Church USA.
Episode 3: On listening and laughter
In the third and final episode of this podcast series, Malinda Berry talks with theological theater people, Alison Brookins and Ted Swartz about their new show Discovery: A Comic Lament and what listening and laughter can teach us as a church.
Episode 2: For the skeptics
In Episode 2, Malinda Berry speaks with Ken Burkholder, Annabeth Roeschley and Isaac Villegas, three members of the Design Team who have helped to plan the Future Church Summit in Orlando. Malinda addresses some key questions that have arisen in conversations about the Summit and invites conversation about how FSC attendees can best prepare themselves for this work.
Episode 1: Let’s Talk about Church with Glen Guyton
Glen Guyton is the chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA and also the person who first dreamed up and tested the idea of the Future Church Summit. Malinda sits down to let him make the case for the FCS and to talk with him about what delegates and other FCS attendees can expect and how they should prepare.