Listening At the Fire
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Conversations about history, spirituality, and the things that connect us.
Conversations about history, spirituality, and the things that connect us.
Rock 'n' Roll at Fountain Street Church
In episode 14 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber explores some of the history of dynamic concerts at Fountain Street Church that started in the 1960s. She speaks to concert organizer and long time FSC member Carolyn Heines, and she sits down with West Michigan music legend Randy Marsh, drummer for the band Phlegethon, who opened for The Byrds when they performed their sold out shows at Fountain Street Church. Be sure to check out our LIMITED EDITION reprints of 5 classic...
Queering The Church with Rev. Dr. Chris Davies
In episode 13 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to have a conversation with Rev. Dr. Chris Davies, the founder of the nonprofit organization Queer Clergy Trading Cards (http://queerclergytradingcards.org/), whose work in Queering the Church is a powerful example of the work that churches and bodies of faith should be doing today. Her dissertation on Queeering Proclamation within the global church takes Queer Theory in conversation with Critical...
Lenten Practices for Liberals and Other Heretics
In Episode 12 of Listening At The Fire, Virginia Anzengruber talks to Dr. Rev. Fred Wooden, Lead Minister at Fountain Street Church, about a series he's working through at the pulpit, "Lenten Practices for Liberals and Other Heretics" - Lent is a time of practice for religious individuals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in some practices for yourself. Fred walks through 15 alternative options for non-religious and non-traditional Lent practitioners, including: keeping a diary,...
The History of the FSC Women's Association
In the 11th episode of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber takes listeners through a female-centric episode in honor of International Women's Day. We look at women-focused service projects that Fountain Street Church is involved with, including the FSC Choice Fund and The Hygiene Project. Virginia illuminates a short and incomplete list of just some of the incredible women who have graced Fountain Street Church over the last 150 years, and we hear from FSC Governing Board Member...
Sexuality and Spirituality, A Conversation with Zoë Ligon
In the tenth episode of Listening at the Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber moderates a conversation with celebrated sex educator and speaker Zoë Ligon about her relationship to sexuality, trauma, healing, and spirituality -- and the tension points in her life that connect them all. An audience Q&A session followed. Connect with her at email@example.com Zoë Ligon is the owner of Spectrum Boutique in Detroit, Michigan. She is the host of the "Sex Stuff" series on SuperDeluxe, is a...
Albert Schweitzer & Reverence for Life
In the ninth episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber takes a deeper look at the longstanding practice of Reverence for Life Sunday, which originally began as Albert Schweitzer Day. Born in the Alsace-Lorraine, Germany in 1875, the son of a Lutheran pastor, Albert Schweitzer is noted as a medical doctor; a theologian, philosopher and minister; a writer and humanitarian; a Nobel Peace Prize winner; an organist; a scholar on the life of...
An Intuition of the Infinite, Friedrich Schleiermacher On Religion
In the eighth episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber shares the Summer Series "sermon" that she gave ths past summer. She spoke on her journey to joining FSC as staff (Florida by way of working in Hollywood); the pains of leaving a community you were raised in; and the joys of being able to connect with a NEW idea of a "religious experience" -- one which Protestant Theologist Friedrich Schleiermacher calls an "intuition of the...
Pulling Out All the Stops: the FSC Pipe Organ
In the seventh episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber digs into the history of our immense pipe organ, affectionately known as Catherine the Great. Interviews include our volunteer historian (and Archival Engineer) Dick Wood, and then a conversation our senior minister Fred Wooden had with our long time Music Director and Organist, Marilyn Ossentjuk. Marilyn tells us a little bit about her relationship to this magnificent instrument, and...
FSC 2018 Year in Review Roundtable
In the sixth episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber hosts a roundtable year in review of 2018 with FSC Executive Director Jack Woller, and Education Director Christopher Roe to recount some of their most memorable moments of 2018 and look forward to incredible things in 2019! To find out more about our 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2019, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/fsc150 *The views of the host are not necessarily the...
"And The Greatest Of These Is Love" -- Summer Services At Fountain St. Church
In the fifth episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber takes a look at Summer Services at Fountain Street Church. We hear a sermon selection from Beverly Drake, a former Fountain Streeter. Beverly preaches hard on the greatest commandment of LOVE. We take a look at that in the spirit of a pluralist church, using Biblical scripture to contextualize this as the greatest directive we've been given by god. We hear from: Beverly Drake, and her...
Character School and a Picnic with Eleanor Roosevelt
In the fourth episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber takes a look at Character School at Fountain Street Church. We explore how this "Sunday School alternative" came to be in practice at FSC, including its inception in the 1950s, when Fountain Street Church participated in the Union College Character Research Project, headed by psychologist Dr. Ernest M. Ligon. We hear from: Dr. Rev. Fred Wooden, Evie Bowers, Katie Reilly Mitchell, Rev....
White Women's Suffrage, Grand Rapids, and The Fountain Street Baptist Church
In the third episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber examines a visit from famed American Suffragette Susan B. Anthony to Fountain Street Church (then Fountain Street Baptist Church) in 1899. The discussion includes a look back through the FSC archives; a conversation with President of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, Gina Bivens; a re-enactment of one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Speeches of All Time; and a look at 2018 Midterm Election...
The Rabble Church
In the second episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber examines a sermon from 1949 in which Rev. Duncan Littlefair addressed the congregation as a "Rabble Church." We look at how that applies to our current Senior Minister Fred Wooden and explore the idea of Objectivity vs. Impartiality. We discover that our illustrious history of ministers spoke at length and with vigor about action, during great times of war and turmoil in our country; and...
The Roundtable Introductions
In the debut episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening at the Fire, Virginia Anzengruber hosts a roundtable discussion on the function of church in 2018; what the mission of an independent, pluralist church is (or what we hope it can be); and everyone's best memories of working for this 149-year old organization. The discussion includes: Senior Minister Fred Wooden, Associate Minister Jason Hubbard, and Executive Director Jack Woller III. New episodes of Listening at the...