Musing on Mission

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Start date: June 2008 43 episodes

“Musing on Mission” chronicles the planting and establishment of an Orthodox Christian mission church in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Oct 01, 2010

Final Words

Fr. Gabriel completes his podcast Musing on Mission. He offers some concluding thoughts on beginning a mission parish. Fr. Gabriel would like to offer a special thanks to all those who listened to this series.

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Aug 19, 2010

Report

Fr. Gabriel reflects on his summer as well as future goals for his mission parish.

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Jun 27, 2010

Conversion:  Part Two

Fr. Gabriel continues his conversion discussion, focusing on the meaning of truth .

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Jun 06, 2010

Conversion

Fr. Gabriel offers the first part of a discussion on the significance of the word "conversion" to the Orthodox Christian.

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Apr 28, 2010

Eight Tactics for Mission Development

Fr. Gabriel discusses the eight components he's found essential to building a mission.

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Mar 19, 2010

When Irrational Conflicts Enter the Church

Fr. Gabriel meditates on the trials and tribulations he has experienced over the last forty years of ministry.

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Mar 07, 2010

Community

Fr. Gabriel asks, "What does it mean to have koinonia—to have a 'unity of the spirit'?"

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Feb 02, 2010

Taking Stock

Fr. Gabriel takes a moment to reflect on the growth of his mission parish and what it will take to keep it growing.

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Jan 26, 2010

The Things We Carry

Fr. Gabriel addresses the "evanescence" of the Church.

Please note that Fr. Gabriel experienced technical difficulties while recording this episode. We apologize in advance for the poor audio quality.

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Jan 12, 2010

St. George Orthodox Military Association

Pani-matka Susan interviews Vladimir Laven, a fellow parishioner who just recently began a network called the St. George Orthodox Military Association.

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Dec 18, 2009

Normalcy

What happens when a congregation reaches the point of homeostasis? Fr. Gabriel answers this question and more on a new Musing on Mission.

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Nov 25, 2009

Secular vs. Christian Mindsets: Part 4

Fr. Gabriel explains that the notion of religion is something we do in order to enter into God's presence.

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Nov 06, 2009

Secular vs. Christian Mindsets: Part 3

Fr. Gabriel enumerates the various ways in which secular individuals replace the one true Messiah who is lacking in their lives.

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Oct 25, 2009

Secular vs. Christian Mindsets: Part 2

Fr. Gabriel engages in a sustained meditation upon the centrality of the Resurrection for Christians.

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Oct 02, 2009

Secular vs. Christian Mindsets

Fr. Gabriel explains that missions is not just about getting people into church; rather, it's likewise about enabling people to think like Christians.

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Sep 16, 2009

How People Get Into Orthodoxy

Fr. Gabriel shares the results of an evening forum he hosted on Orthodox conversions.

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Sep 01, 2009

Faith and Culture

What role does culture play in bearing faith to people? What role should culture play in bearing faith to people? How are we ever going to develop an American Orthodox Church? Fr. Gabriel answers these questions and more on a new Musing on Mission.

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Aug 21, 2009

Orthodox Teens

What do Orthodox teens love about the Church? The community, the stability, the history, and the worship. Fr. Gabriel shares the results of a conversation he recently had with a Ukrainian Orthodox Teen Missions team.

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Jul 22, 2009

False Issues

How do you deflect the false issues with which potential seekers confront you? Fr. Gabriel suggests that you maintain your focus on the central message of Christianity.

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Jul 09, 2009

Joy

Fr. Gabriel explains the distinction between joy and happiness.

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Jun 25, 2009

Pruning

There comes a time when pruning is necessary to increase the health of your flock. But this is no easy task, says Fr. Gabriel.

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Jun 10, 2009

Chrismation

Fr. Gabriel muses on the power of the service by which we bring people into the church, as well as the genius of allowing seekers to convert at their own pace.

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Apr 10, 2009

The Loss of Boundaries

Fr. Gabriel explains why he just recently quit his job as an artisan baker and why he views this as a positive step in his life.

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Mar 07, 2009

Pride

What do a local mysticism study group, the film Religulous, and the poem Invictus have in common? They all emanate from human ego and pride. Fr. Gabriel Rochelle tackles the heretical conviction that "whatever you can make up to believe religiously is probably okay and may be true."

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Feb 11, 2009

The Celtic Way of Evangelism

What can we learn from Catholics in Ireland? Fr. Gabriel explains the Celtic way of evangelism, which he believes is directly applicable to the Orthodox Church.

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Jan 08, 2009

Reliant on Prayer

A mission is not just built, it is literally prayed into existence!

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Dec 17, 2008

Soul and Body

As we near the end of the fast, Fr. Gabriel comments on the tendency in modern Christianity toward a dichotomy of the physical and spiritual as well as belief and actions.

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Nov 25, 2008

Baking and Ministry

As an artisan baker, Fr. Gabriel has some insight on the relationship between baking and ministry.

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Nov 17, 2008

Talk Is Not Cheap

Questions from inquirers can be a regular occurrence at a new mission. What we say and how we say it makes a huge difference in the growth of the mission.

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Nov 01, 2008

Concept and Craving for Community

Should anyone notice or really care if just one person is missing from Church on any given Sunday?

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Oct 24, 2008

Thresholds

Today Fr. Gabriel reflects on those moments in life where new territory is explored and we enter a strange land. He also celebrates the naming of the new Mission!

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Oct 11, 2008

Tent Maker

Fr. Gabriel muses on the necessity and value of being bi-vocational as a mission priest.

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Oct 01, 2008

Organization or Organism?

How do you maneuver in the waters of secularism when you are about a true alternative?

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Sep 23, 2008

Loneliness and the Individual Christian

Bringing Orthodoxy to a new community involves a demonstration of the communal nature of salvation.

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Sep 16, 2008

The Priestly Mindset

Returning from a brief vacation, Fr. Gabriel reflects on the old right brain, left brain model and explores the mindset of a priest.

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Sep 09, 2008

Building Social Capital

Your relationships in the community matter a great deal not only on their own merit but in your efforts to establish a mission.

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Aug 13, 2008

Despondency and Despair

Its inevitable when you are starting a mission. There will be times of discouragement. But how should we react?

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Aug 02, 2008

Money Matters

How should we look at the obvious need for finances when starting a new mission?

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Jul 29, 2008

Mission in a Post Modern World

Fr. Gabriel even wonders if this is a post-post modern world or back to a modern world! Whatever age we are in, there are unique challenges facing us in planting a mission parish.

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Jul 12, 2008

How Do You Begin?

How do you unravel the Truths of our faith in a place where there is no history, experience or concept of Orthodoxy?

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Jul 07, 2008

The Shape Of The Mission

Fr. Gabriel explores the Location, Limitations, Liabilities and Labors of Love that go into establishing a new mission.

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Jun 27, 2008

A Place For Maintenance And A Place For Mission

In his 2nd installment, Fr. Gabriel reflects on the value of both the maintenance of established parishes and the planting of new ones.

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Jun 21, 2008

Planting the Seed

In this first episode, Fr. Gabriel gives some background on what led them to Las Cruces New Mexico.

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