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“Not So Fast”

Scripture: Isaiah 58: 1-12; Matthew 5: 13-20
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
February 9, 2020

“Faith is a communal act of resilience that must strengthen itself over and over again. Only when we come together and remember who we are in this bigger picture do we build the confidence and stamina to not just keep going, but to be faithful co-creators of a better world over the long haul.”

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Mis(sing)Understanding: Kobe, Pompeo, and a Paper Towel by Marcia Mount Shoop

My latest post on the Feminism and Religion Website: Who knows when each of us first learns that sensation—the sensation of being misunderstood.  My hunch is that it comes early on in our lives, maybe even before our brains are making narrative memory, maybe even before we have begun to understand much of anything about ourselves or the world. But it doesn’t take much for the seed to be planted in us that the world won’t always understand us. My mom has long told me a story about me as a frustrated toddler trying to be understood. I was sitting in...

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Check out information about using Marcia’s books and other writing for retreats, workshops, experiential learning, and study. From an exploration of the human body, to pressing questions about big-time sports, to transformational work around race and power you can find ways to explore and grow in your church, classroom, retreat, or community group.

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Sports Reform

Sports are a mirror for us to see ourselves and some of the most pressing issues of our time. Marcia visits campuses, congregations, and community contexts to unpack how race, gender, higher education, and religion impact sports and American society. Marcia and John, advocates for sports justice and players rights, also speak and facilitate conversations on the need for reform in revenue sports today.

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Marcia works with communities who are exploring race and power with an eye toward transformation and healing. She also facilitates and consults in academic, ecclesial, and community contexts on difficult issues like sexual violence, religious difference, abuse of power, gender, and embodiment.

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an opportunity to explore your life from a spiritual/theological perspective. Sacred attentiveness to the way God is at work in your struggles and your hopes and dreams defines this practice. Spiritual Direction is distinctive from other forms of counseling and therapy in its focused attentiveness to spiritual questions in an environment of sacred listening and noticing.

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Healing is the heart of the work that I do.

Pastoring, spiritual direction, writing, preaching, teaching, facilitating and consulting, leading retreats, and advocacy shape my vocation both inside and beyond the church and academy.

I am glad you found your way here. I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace,

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