For the last few months, the Rev. Jonathan French of Grace Episcopal Church, Ocala, has been recording podcasts. His podcast material has come from discussions with individuals about their history with Grace Church, with city government workers about what they do and how the church could better pray for them during Sunday services, and with committed members about their “Christ in the Marketplace” walks of life. Father Jonathan has also used the podcasts to discuss current topics with the other pastors of Grace Church.
To see a list of podcasts, visit www.graceocala.org/#/activities-sermons-more/sermons-and-podcasts.
Throughout January, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the ecumenical service at Grace Church, a five-part podcast series titled “Race and Story” played. This series was designed to help Grace connect its story to the story of its people. These stories informed, encouraged and challenged each of the listeners.
Not everyone may agree with all that is said, but all can graciously listen and learn that we all have a connection to the issue of race, particularly in the South.
This series of podcasts includes:
- Father Jonathan and his wife, Maurica, sharing their story of coming to understand issues of race, and their response to God.
- Ire Bethea sharing his story of growing up as an African-American in Ocala.
- Scott and Alex Johnson sharing their story as an interracial couple.
- Michael and Tonya Ashley sharing their story as African-American parents doing their best to raise their children in a racially charged culture.
- Alex Ford, Kyle Sammons and Rebecca Lytle sharing their stories as multiracial young adults.
Father Jonathan has found a unique way of connecting with the heart of the people through his podcasts. For ideas on creating your own podcasts on your church website, visit www.graceocala.org.