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'Walking Humbly' podcast

Hosted by Christian Aid's own Faith Communications Coordinator Wendy Lloyd, this podcast series invites you to walk and reflect through Lent and Easter, and beyond.

Episode #10 - Ressurection

This is the moment we've been walking towards all through this long lent. In this Easter Sunday episode Dr Selina Stone, theologian and research consultant encourages us to focus on humility and justice, to be prepared to listen to the stories, the testimonies and reflections of those people we can so often overlook. Dr Lisa Adeji, Church relationships manager at Christian Aid, provides our reading and reads our prayer.

Episode Notes

Dr Selina Stone leads us into Resurrection Sunday joy on our final episode of the Walking Humbly podcast series. Dr Lisa Adeji provides the Gospel reading and reads the prayer written for the United by Hope campaign being launched by Christian Aid this weekend.

Introduction - Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator, Christian Aid

Bible reading - Dr Lisa Adeji reads Luke 24: 1-12

Reflection - Dr Selina Stone, lecturer in theology and research consultant.

Contemplation - introduced by Wendy Lloyd

Prayer- Written by Wendy Lloyd and ready by Dr. Lisa Adeji

Links

United by hope

300K Steps challenge

Questions for reflection:

  • Let's take time together on this final episode to reflect on what we have heard.To consider what has stood out for us from this episode and from this series.
  • What has inspired or challenged you?
  • What will you walk with into the future?

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.
  • Final song - We Will Walk With God (Sizohamba)  Original Words & Music: Swaziland traditional. English text: John L. Bell, copyright © 2002 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. Recording: Wild Goose Worship Group, from One Is The Body copyright ℗ 2002 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot Used with permission.

#9 - Forsaken

Our Good Friday episode reflects on some of the words from the cross. A powerful reflection is provided by Ramani Leathard on the reading given by Pete Moorey. Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator is your walking guide.

Episode Notes

Ramani Lethard Head of Asia for Christian Aid provides a powerful reflection on the words from the cross and drawing from her experience of working closely with Christian Aid partners and friends in Afghanistan. She also provides a powerful Good Friday prayer. Pete Moorey, head of UK advocacy and campaigns, provides the Gospel reading for Good Friday. 

Introduction - Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator, Christian Aid

Bible reading - Pete Moorey, Head of UK advocacy and campaigns, Christian Aid reads Mark 15 vv 25-40

Reflection - Ramani Leathard, head of Asia, Christian Aid

Contemplation - introduced by Wendy Lloyd

Prayer - Ramani Leathard

 

Links

Afghanistan Crisis Appeal 

 

Questions for reflection:

Consider the abandoned and forsaken places of the world.

Reflect on the times in our own lives when we might have felt abandoned or forsaken.

Allow the crucified Jesus to meet with you there.

When we choose to forgive or not, we choose a certain path. When we choose what we will do with our money, our energy, our love. We walk a certain way.

Sally has invited us to reflect on which parade we will join or which parade we have already joined?

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

#8 - Feet

What has been your most humbling experience while going on a walk? In this Maundy Thursday episode of the Walking Humbly podcast we hear the Rev. Richard Frazer share some of his learning experiences from walking the Camino de Santiago. Anu Ranawana provides our Maundy Thursday reading and prayer. Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator continues the series as your walking guide.

Episode Notes

Rev. Richard Frazer, minister of Greyfriar's Kirk in Edinburgh shares a moving story of an encounter he had on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques. He draws on this Camino experience to help us reflect on the foot washing of the disciples at the last supper. Offering us an invitation to recognise our own vulnerability and need this Holy Week. Anu Ranawana, theologian and Christian Aid's Thematic Research Specialist provides our Gospel reading and prayer.  Listen on a walk, sat in a chair, on a bus or wherever you can take 25 minutes to reflect on the washing of feet!

Introduction - Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator, Christian Aid

Story - Rev. Richard Frazer, minister of Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh

Bible reading - Anu Ranawana reads John 13:1-17

Reflection - Rev. Richard Frazer continues his reflections on Maundy Thursday

Contemplation - introduced by Wendy Lloyd

Prayer - Anu Ranawana

Questions for reflection

Did Richard's experience of vulnerability, of being able to ask for help resonate with you this Maundy Thursday?

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

#7 - Palm

We think we know Palm Sunday. Allow Sally Foster-Fulton and Bob Kikuyu to lead us on a path to see it another way. To take a detour on that most familiar of roads to consider how walking humbly can be a powerfully prophetic act. How humiliation can be what makes us, rather than breaks us.

Episode notes

Bob Kikuyu, Christian Aid theology advisor based in Kenya shares an incredible story of overcoming humiliation. Sally Foster-Fulton leads us on another path to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and helps us connect the journey with climate injustice in South Sudan. Listen on a walk, sat in a chair, on a bus or wherever you can take 25 minutes to reflect on the day we cried Hosannas!

Introduction - Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator, Christian Aid

Story - Bob Kikuyu, theology advisor, Christian Aid. 

Bible reading - Bob Kikuyu reads Luke 19: 28-40

Reflection - Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Nations and Church Relations, Christian Aid

Contemplation - introduced by Wendy Lloyd

Prayer - Sally Foster-Fulton

Links

Questions for reflection:

When we choose to forgive or not, we choose a certain path. When we choose what we will do with our money, our energy, our love. We walk a certain way.

Sally has invited us to reflect on which parade we will join or which parade we have already joined?

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

#6 - Silence

Enjoy the dawn chorus of birdsong from the Isle of Mull, be engaged by a discussion amongst friends, reflect on the wisdom of Quakerism, all this, and more on our latest episode of the Walking Humbly podcast.

Episode Notes

The Quakers in Britain guide us on a slightly different podcast episode this week. We hear three friends in discussion about the idea of walking humbly and have a reflection on that often contentious passage of when Jesus says ' the poor will always be with you.' We also honour the Quaker practice of silence by not playing a song at the start of the episode this week. 

Introduction: Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator, Christian Aid

Discussion host: Zoe Prosser, Local Development Worker for Scotland, Britain Yearly Meeting 

Discussion: Janey Andrews, West Scotland Area Meeting and Phil Chandler, Lancashire Central & North Area Meeting

Bible reading: Adwoa Bittle, East Scotland Area Meeting

Reflection: Stuart Masters, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre 

Information about Quakerism: Elizabeth Allen, Clerk of Quakers in Scotland

Advice and support: Kate Arnot, South East Scotland Area Meeting

Co-creators:  Olivia Hanks, Climate Justice Lead, Britain Yearly Meeting and Zoe Prosser.

Links:

Questions for reflection:

Based on the bible reading John 12: 7-8 and Stuart's reflection: 

  • Who are we in this story? 
  • If we look deeply into our hearts, can we recognise all these motivations within us? 
  • How should we respond?

#5 - Prodigal

How far would you walk for climate justice? Members of the Young Christian Climate Network share their stories of walking 1200 miles from the G7 talks in Cornwall to Glasgow for the COP26 talks. They also help us reflect together on the story of the prodigal sons. Your host is Wendy Lloyd from Christian Aid.

Episode Notes

Song: Illuminate the Shadows by The Porter's Gate. Used with permission.

Story:  Chris Manktelow shares his experience of walking part of the 1200mile relay to COP26. 

Bible Reading: Davina Bacon provides a reading from Luke 15.

Reflection: Annika Mathew challenges and inspires us with a reflection on the prodigal son.

Silent reflection: Wendy poses a few questions to aid you in your own reflection.

Prayer: Led by Liz Marsh.

Call to action:  Find out more about YCCN here. If you are 18-30 years old and would like to join YCCN, please email welcome@yccn.uk. And if you would like to hear news about our upcoming campaign, please sign up to our mailing list by emailing hello@yccn.uk

You can also give, act and pray for the Ukraine Appeal here.

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

Questions for reflection or discussion

  • Imagine yourself into the story as you walk or wherever you are listening. What might that long walk home have felt like?
  • In this lent season of repentance may we all be met by the abundant love and extravagant embrace of God. What would that feel or look like for you?
  • What choices can you make today to help restore your relationship with the rest of Creation?

#4 - Pilgrim

Some people choose to go on long walks, others are forced to. Rev. Grant Barclay offers powerful reflections on the forced migration of too many people across the world, as he reflects on his own journey by foot on the Whithorn Way. Reading and prayer by the Rev. Fiona Smith. And your walking guide is Wendy Lloyd.

Episode notes

Rev. Grant Barclay,  Clerk of Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland takes us deep into the moorlands of south west Scotland and his reflections while on pilgrimage on the Whithorn Way. Rev. Fiona Smith provides the reading and prayer and Wendy Lloyd leads us on a contemplative reflection on what fruitful, hospitable humility might feel like.

Song: Come With Me (Hamba Nathi). Words & Music: South African traditional. Recording: Wild Goose Collective, from The Truth That Sets Us Free copyright ℗ 2012 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot Used with permission 

Story: Rev. Grant Barclay shares of his experience of walking through the moorlands of South West Scotland.

Bible Reading: Rev. Fiona Smith, Minister of Nessbank Church, Inverness reads Luke 13:1-9

Reflection: Grant shares his reflections on this passage and on those forced to migrate for safety.  

Silent reflection: Wendy poses a few questions to aid you in your own reflection.

Prayer: Led by Rev. Fiona Smith

Call to action: Wendy shares about the Christian Aid 300K Steps challenge. Find out more here 

You can also give, act and pray for the Ukraine Appeal here.

Credits

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

Questions for reflection or discussion

  • What fruitfulness have you witnessed in the world?
  • Reflect on a time when you experienced hospitality that humbled you
  • How might we live humble and fruitful lives today?

#3 - Mountain

David Coleman, Ecocongregations Scotland chaplain, lead us up the mountain. He helps us reflect on how our relationship with Creation could be and to identify who we need to see through the mists of overwhelm to help us keep on, keeping on.

Questions for reflection or discussion

  • Do you have a memorable hill or mountain experience?
  • How can we cultivate a constant and conscious relationship with creation?
  • Who do you need to see when you feel dazzled and overwhelmed by climate chaos and other world events.

Episode Notes

David Coleman, Ecocongregations Scotland chaplain, lead us up the mountain. He helps us reflect on how our relationship with Creation could be and to identify who we need to see through the mists of overwhelm to help us keep on, keeping on. 

Song: 'Most Merciful God' by Chris Pearse, Resound Worship, used with permission.  

Story: David Coleman shares a vivid story about a walk up Suilven mountain in the north of Scotland. 

Bible Reading: Judith Macleod project manager at Ecocongregation Scotland reads Luke 9:28-36, 

Reflection: David shares reflections on the transfiguration on the mountain.   

Silent reflection: Wendy poses a few questions to aid you in your own reflection. 

Prayer: Led by Judith Macleod 

Call to action: David Coleman shares about the work of Ecocongregation Scotland. Find out more here. Also ecochurch.

You can also give, act and pray for the Ukraine Appeal here.

Credits:

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

#2 - Wilderness

Operation Noah lead us deep into the wilderness. We reflect on how Jesus contradicts every bit of campaigning advice you’ve ever heard. And on how one person can take action for significant change.

Questions for reflection or discussion

  • What does the word wilderness evoke in you?
  • How have you been supported through the wilderness times of your life?
  • And what are the paths of humble obedience we all need to follow, this lent?

 

Episode notes

Operation Noah lead us deep into the wilderness. We reflect on how Jesus contradicts every bit of campaigning advice you’ve ever heard. And on how one person can take action for significant change.  

Song: 'You lead us through the Wilderness' by Sam Hargreaves, Resound Worship, used with permission.  

Story: Stephen Trew, campaigner with Operation Noah, shares his inspiring story of campaigning for church divestment from fossil fuels, in Ireland.  

Bible Reading: Cameron Conant, Operation Noah trustee reads Luke 1: 1-13  

Reflection: Hannah Malcolm shares her reflections on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.   

Silent reflection: Wendy poses a few questions to aid you in your own reflection. 

Prayer: Led by Nicky Bull 

Call to action: 

 

Credits

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction' provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.

Creator God,
Who made all things good
We pray that you would work through all
Who seek peace and justice for the world
Equip us by your spirit
To resist the temptations of power and
of using the finite resources of the planet
for our own comfort at the expense of others
May we be guided by the example of humility and trust
Displayed in the wilderness by your son,
Our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
In whose name we pray

Amen

#1 - Dust

We begin our journey on Ash Wednesday with a focus on climate justice. In this episode we hear from campaigners, theologians and activists from Christian Aid.

Questions for reflection or discussion

  • Is there a phrase or idea that struck you as you listened
  • What resonated, challenged, maybe irked or inspired you?
  • Have you heard anything that might help you walk humbly with your God?

 

Episode Notes

Join your host and walking guide Wendy Lloyd as she introduces why we have chosen Walking Humbly as the theme for our Lent podcast series. Wendy introduces the rhythm of a song, story, bible reading, reflection and contemplative pause which will be the pattern as we journey together.

Song: 'Dust' by The Brilliance, used with permission.

Story: Fiona Buchanan, the Campaigns and Advocacy coordinator for Christian Aid Scotland reflects on her experience at COP26.

Bible Reading: Dr. Justin Thacker, Just Scripture advisor reads Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

Reflection: Jess Hall, campaigner and organiser at Christian Aid shares her insights and reflections on the Matthew passage.

Silent reflection + prayer: Wendy poses a few questions to aid you in your own reflection and shares a prayer.

Call to action: 

 

Credits

  • Hosted by Wendy Lloyd, faith communications coordinator at Christian Aid.
  • Podcast produced by Robert Woodford, Opus Earth.
  • Music for contemplation walking section is "Holding the contradiction" provided by The Brilliance, used with permission. Theme music for Walking Humbling podcast created by Robert Woodford.