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Everyday Spirituality Podcast

Exploring the topic of the sacred in the everyday ordinary existence of people. Through interviews, readings, reflections, Bishop James Hazelwood helps us find Meaning, Hope, and Peace through stories of people realizing the Grace that is already here.


Affirmation of Questions
Episode 81 is a sermon preached at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brattleboro, Vermont on May 16th on the occasion of their Confirmation of two young men in the rite of Affirmation of Baptism. The reference to the book Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer by Ann & Barry Ulanov  
14:20 05/26/2021
The Hybrid Church with Dave Daubert
Episode 80. I speak with Dave Daubert about his new book the Hybrid Church. What's going to happen as we emerge from the pandemic?  
41:00 05/05/2021
Tales of Friendship
Episode 79: We make the transition to a new format of Poems, Stories and Ancient Tales around a particular theme. This episode explores "Friendship"
15:15 03/15/2021
Chapter 27 "Wonder" from Everyday Spirituality
In this episode, we listen to the final chapter Chapter 27 "Wonder" from Everyday Spirituality  
15:10 03/03/2021
Chapter 26 "Grieve" Everyday Spirituality
We grieve, and yes, it's a form of Spirituality. We listen to chapter 26 of the audiobook Everyday Spirituality  
18:15 02/12/2021
Chapter 25 Lose
Episode 76 We listen to Chapter 25 "Lose" from the audio book of Everyday Spirituality  
15:20 01/23/2021
Interview with Anna Woofenden
Episode 75 Author Anna Woofenden is our guest. We discuss her new book "This is God's Table.' Anna is also the co-host of the Food & Faith Podcast.  
33:25 12/30/2020
Chapter 24 Disagree
Episode 74 features Chapter 24 "Disagree" from the audiobook Everyday Spirituality  
20:17 12/27/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 23 "Contradict"
Episode 73 - We listen to Chapter 23 from the audio version of my book Everyday Spirituality. I originally titled this chapter "Both" but since I had all these verbs for other chapters, my editor talked me out of it. Thus an awkward title for a chapter that tries to get at the idea of paradox.  
15:24 12/20/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 22 "Surrender"
Episode 71  We listen to Chapter 22  "Surrender" from the audiobook Everyday Spirituality  
11:07 12/09/2020
Everyday Spirituality Book Chapter 21 "Challenge"
Episode 71 we listen to Chapter 21 of the audio book Everyday Spirituality  
16:10 11/28/2020
Interview with Jason Smith
Episode 70 we talk with Jungian Analyst Jason Smith about his new book Religious but not Religious. Religious but not Religious book site  
36:13 11/20/2020
Chapter 20 "Reduce"
Episode 69 we listen to Chapter 20 of the Everyday Spirituality Audiobook.  
14:04 11/13/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 19 "Garden"
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 19 "Garden". We listen to the practice of gardening in this episode  
13:24 11/07/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 18 "Serve"
In this episode we listen to chapter 18 on Service from the book Everyday Spirituality  
12:22 10/31/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 17 "Clean"
In this Episode we listen to Chapter 17 "Clean" from the book Everyday Spirituality. No it's not about that kind of clean, it's about another kind.
12:37 10/23/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 16 "Travel"
In this Episode 65, we listen to chapter 16 from the book Everyday Spirituality.  "travel"
10:51 10/18/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 15 Sing
Chapter 15 'Sing' from the audiobook Everyday Spirituality  
11:20 10/11/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 14 Walk
Episode 63 we resume our publishing of the audiobook Everyday Spirituality. Thiis is chapter 14 'Walk'  
10:30 10/03/2020
Creation Care
Episode 62 features a recording of the Creation Care Team of the New England Synod
63:28 09/29/2020
Rev Arnold Thomas
In Episode 61, I talk with Arnold Thomas about his project in Vermont to engage helpful conversations on the topic of Racism in Vermont and in America.  Note: This interview was originally recorded in April 2020.
20:11 07/14/2020
Generosity during a Global Pandemic
Episode 60 features a conversation with three ministry leaders on the subject of Generosity & Stewardship in a TIme of a Global Pandemic. A brief letter highlighting some of the best practices can be found here. Pastors Marjo Anderson, Erik Karas, and Steven Wilco are my guests.  
22:40 04/29/2020
Doubt and Faith
Episode 59 features a recording of my sermon on Doubting Thomas as the patron Saint of these Pandemic TImes.  You can also view a video of this message on You Tube via my website  
22:02 04/21/2020
A Home Altar
Episode 58 of the Podcast explores the creation of a home altar. In this episode, which is an audio recording of a YouTube video I made link here we look at an altar I have created over the years. This may be a helpful resource for people cultivating an everyday spirituality, especially in these times of the Coronavirus. You Tube Link  
09:02 03/29/2020
Rev John Polk
Episode 57 I talk with Pastor John Polk, Board Certified Chaplain and Transition Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in N Easton, MA. John has developed a strategy for providing a Lay led shepherding ministry. We also talk about grief and lament during this time. of the Coronavirus Crisis. John's Paper on the work can be found here Click Link You can also contact John with question at  
19:53 03/23/2020
Our Response to the Coronavirus
Episode 56 We discuss the Coronavirus and the ways we can respond. Personal, Spiritual, Communal, Financial and Societal. Everyday Spirituality has applications. here as well. Here is Dr. Sharkawy's letter I’m a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria…there is little I haven’t been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared. I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19. What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess. I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kiboshed too. Can you even imagine? I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession. But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open-mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested. Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and “fight for yourself above all else” attitude could prove disastrous. I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing. Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. Our children will thank us for it. Dr. Abdhu Sharkawy,  University of Toronto, Canada  
18:24 03/15/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 13 Cook
We listen to Chapter 13 "Cook" from the Audiobook of Everyday Spirituality.  
12:33 02/25/2020
Everyday Spirituality Chapter 12 "Question"
Chapter 12 "Question" from the audiobook of Everyday Spirituality  
12:33 02/15/2020
Chapter 11 "Trust"
A reading of Chapter 11 "Trust" from the book Everyday Spirituality Get the Book on Amazon here
11:58 02/07/2020
Emily Carson "Holy Everything"
In Episode 52, we speak with Emily Carson about her new book Holy Everything. This compilation of selected essays from her regular column in the Rochester Minnesota Post Bulletin Newspaper.  Find out more about her book at Emily serves as the Assistant to the Bishop in the Southeast Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. Everyday Spirituality  
20:37 12/15/2019