Welcome. “On the Way” is a series of recorded conversations (podcasts) exploring the deeper mysteries of faith, meaning, and beauty that people from all over the world are able to listen to on their Smartphone or computer.
The podcast invites others who are also “on the way” into conversation; seeking a transformative spirituality and inclusive faith that speaks to real issues of today. Together in dialogue and storytelling we seek to make meaning and articulate a Christianity that expresses the liberating and life-giving message of the Gospel in our time.
Links to the published podcasts may be found below. Note that these are hosted externally by Omny Studio and will open in a new browser tab.
You can also download all the podcasts from the iTunes store, or using your preferred podcast App, including Android. Search by the names “On the Way” or “St John’s Cathedral” and subscribe for free to receive these great conversations straight to your device every month! CDs are also available for those who are unable to access the podcasts online and these are available on the Literature Table in the Cathedral.
To find out more, contact Sue Wilton by email or phone 0413 108 584 (mobile) or (07) 3835 2219 (work).
1 THE BIG STORY OF GOD
Talking about life and what are the biggest questions: Dom Fay and Peter Catt talk God, the universe and everything. – download this podcast
2 LIFE BEYOND DUALISM
Dean Peter Catt and Dom Fay are joined by Richard Fay who is CEO of The Centre for Men, Australia and also happens to be Dom’s Dad. Together they explore the way dualistic thinking traps us into defining our world in binary terms, and how seeking a unitive consciousness can avoid an “us and them” mentality and help us on the way to authentic love and freedom and to become who we are created to be – download this podcast
3 GOD AND GENDER
Dom Fay leads the discussion with Peter Catt and Sue Wilton around issues of gender and spirituality. Does God have a gender? What are the issues for women when so much of our language for God is masculine and exclusive? What does scripture reveal about gender and what have we been missing in our tradition that is life-giving and empowering for women? The conversation centres around the alternate narrative that the gospel reveals and the liberating good news that challenges cultures of patriarchy and inequality – download this podcast
4 CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM AND THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP
Dave Andrews and Dr Nora Amath join Dom Fay and Sue Wilton to tell stories and share the urgency of the message of peace and understanding between religious communities and the power of friendship between individuals. This conversation explores how the ‘prophet’ Jesus can unite rather than divide Muslims and Christians, giving examples of Muslims and Christians finding common ground, with thoughts on how we might all work together for common good – download this podcast
5 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Dom Fay and Peter Catt are joined by the Rev’d Dr Ceri Wynne to talk about the popular myth that science and religion are essentially in conflict and cover some fascinating ground exploring the dynamic interplay possible when science and faith interact – download this podcast
6 WHAT IS THE BIBLE ...
… and how do we read it when we take our sacred text seriously? Peter Catt, Sue Wilton and Dom Fay are joined by the Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks to discuss differing views about scripture and scriptural interpretation and what that means for how we understand faith and what it means to be a follower of the way of Jesus. Download this podcast
7 FUTURE OF THE CHURCH
The Very Rev’d Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and Dean Peter Catt join Dom Fay for a discussion exploring what shape the Church might have in future as we come to terms with the role of complexity and the idea of incorporation – download this podcast
8 EMBRACING THE NON-VIOLENT TEACHINGS OF JESUS
Dom Fay, The Rev’d Sue Wilton and Brendan McKeague from Pace e Bene Australia in a rich and highly practical exploration of living with an ethic of nonviolence and following the way of Jesus – download this podcast
9 SCAPEGOATING AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS
James Alison, theologian and Roman Catholic priest, joins Peter Catt and Dom Fay to explore the meaning of the cross in the light of the work of René Girard. In this conversation, James explores how humans have a history of excluding others and the way Jesus changes all that by volunteering to be the person who was excluded. Shifting the story in this way changes not only how we see our faith, but also how we treat each other and understand relationships. The ideas explored in this conversation help us to understand ourselves and our own patterns of imitative desires and behaviour, even as it gives us insight into patterns of violence in our societies and throughout history. Download this podcast
10 THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF CHRISTIANITY
2017 was not a good year for the public image of Christianity. Dom Fay, Peter Catt and Sue Wilton have a conversation to start the New Year about everything from marriage equality surveys to Donald Trump and polemical arguments that get in the way of communicating the compassionate, life-affirming and liberating message of Christian faith – download this podcast
11 RE-IMAGINING CHRISTIANITY FROM THE MARGINS
Jim Schirmer is our guest as we discuss challenging our comfortable theologies – download this podcast here
12 POWER, AUTHORITY AND THE CHURCH
The Rev’d Dr Steven Ogden joins Dom, Peter and Sue to explore the Church’s enmeshment with sovereign power – download this podcast here
13 THE TWO HALVES OF LIFE
Richard Fay, Dom Fay and Sue Wilton talk over the two halves of life: finding faith in the midst of suffering and discovering the move from trying to allowing and from doing to being – download this podcast here
14 LOVING YOURSELF
Christianity teaches us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, but that presupposes that we know how to love ourselves. Peter Catt and Dom Fay are joined by psychotherapist, counsellor, spiritual director and artist Dr George Trippe in discussion – download this podcast here
15 MAKING SPACE FOR EMERGENCE
In a world that seems obsessed by models of heroic leaders and trusting in the ‘expert’ opinions of others to work things out, models that allow space and time for truly collaborative models of leadership and decision making can seem quite counter-cultural – download this podcast here