Recorded in Speculator, NY at the North East Vineyard Worship Leaders Retreat this past November, Imaginator hosts Matt Downey and Kris MacQueen facilitate an interactive, wide ranging conversation about the nature of beauty. We are so grateful to the group of people who were in attendance and contributed their thoughtful insights and questions throughout. It really was a beautiful conversation.
This is a bit unique from our usual "episodes". What follows is a 12 minute Christmas Eve meditation, hosted by Kris MacQueen. It's combination of personal reflection, prayer from the Common Book of Prayer and a couple of short, simple songs:
"Merry Christmas, friends. I would like to invite you to create around you as sacred a space as you can right now, wherever you're listening to this. If you... more
In this episode we go deep into a wide-ranging dialogue with Caleb Maskell, founder of the Society of Vineyard Scholars and all around nice fella. This conversation dances between reflections on the life of mind, spiritual formation, leading well, creating flourishing environments, cultivating a prophetic and theological imagination, and a whole lot more. This one is worth your time, folks.
Imaginator hosts Matte Downey and Kris MacQueen join Vineyard Pastor and Visual Artist Rik Berry for an engaging, thoughtful and delightfully odd conversation about the Wild Goose (Holy Spirit). Come Holy Spirit... We're game for the chase.
A somewhat unsanitized discussion about Advent, Christmas, and Jesus coming to us as a screaming, poopy child. What does it mean to celebrate the coming of Christ without the soft-focus that the season sometimes forces on us?
Special thanks to Malcolm Guite for his generous permission to use his poem, "O Rex Gentium" from his "Sounding of The Seasons" collection of sonnets, and to Scott Buckley for... more
Oh man, was this ever a lively conversation (seasoned with a touch of salt) with storyteller extraordinaire, Tom Vogel.
Tom has been enrapturing listeners for most of his life and brings his considerable wit and wisdom into the room as we look at storytelling as human vocation, ponder the distinctions between being historians and storytellers, and more. You won't believe Tom's shocking communion revelation!
We had a blast.
This conversation with professional Montreal dancer Janelle Hacault was so much fun, challenging, and very moving (literally) for hosts Matte and Kris. Conclusion: the body matters. Our body is where joy is expressed and pain is worked through. There's a reason why Jesus has one and a reason why Scripture is so purposeful in applying the body metaphor to the Church.
Sometimes art literally saves lives. Sheri McConnell from Kelowna joins Kris MacQueen and Matte Downey for a conversation about what it means to affect change through creative work.
A conversation that touches some holy moments. Hosts Matte Downey and Kris MacQueen join Vineyard Canada National Director (and life-long imaginator/creative) David Ruis in exploring a conversation about "creational" creativity. What does the Church do with creativity that doesn't fit the mould we're used to? Does there need to be an explicit purpose in our creativity that validates it or is it enough to do work that we can look at and say "It's good"?
In this pilot episode of The Imaginators Podcast, hosts Kris MacQueen and Matte Downey explore a big-picture conversation around creativity, truth, goodness and beauty. And yummy potato soup. And purple pomegranates.