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Welcome to ISM Frontiers!

ISM Frontiers is a podcast about the Independent Sacramental Movement. Every episode features commentary, ideas, opinions and interviews from our hosts, Father Gregory Singleton, Deacon Joshua Novak, and Bishop Lainie Petersen.  Our episodes are roughly 20 minutes in length and we typically cover a  topic in a series of three or more shows.

ISM Frontiers is a ministry of The Open Rite – Oriental Apostolic Church of Damcar.

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This is Part 2 of a two-part series on formation for ISM clergy. We were joined by Bishop David Kling of the Young Rite.  To hear the first part of this podcast, click here.

To listen to Part Two, click here. Remember, you can always stream our shows on iTunes and Stitcher!

 

 

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Bishop David Kling of the Young Rite recently joined Father Greg and Bishop Lainie for a discussion on formation for ISM clergy. This two part series touched on a lot of subjects, including the consequences of poor formation programs, the suitability of traditional seminary programs for ISM and bivocational clergy, and what ISM-friendly educational programs might look like.

This is part one. Part two will be up soon.

Check out the podcast and remember you can stream and subscribe to ISM Frontiers on both iTunes and Stitcher!

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ISM Community Dissolution and Failure, Part 2

In the second part of this series, the ISM Frontiers crew delves deeper into the reasons for community failure, including finances, clergy attitudes and formation.

For the first part of this series, along with a short list of recommended books, click here.

In this episode, Bishop Lainie spoke of an article in The Atlantic entitled “Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy.” It’s an excellent summation of the state of clergy jobs and compensation in many denominations.

Check out the podcast below and remember you can stream and subscribe to ISM Frontiers on both iTunes and Stitcher!

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ISM Frontiers Is Now on iTunes and Stitcher!

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A new episode is coming soon!

Meanwhile, you can stream ISM Frontiers on iTunes and Stitcher!

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ISM Community Dissolution and Failure, Part 1

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On this week’s ISM Frontiers we delved into the issue of ISM community dissolution and failure. We examined the difference between dissolution and failure, considered why and how ISM communities fail, and offered some correctives.

This episode is the first of two.

Father Gregory Singleton has recommended the following books for those who are interested in this topic:

Ferdinand Tönnies , Community and Society (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1957 – trans by Charles Price Loomis); originally published as Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (Leipzig: Fues’s Verlag, 1887).

Gregory Holmes Singleton, Religion in the City of Angels: American Protestant Culture and Urbanization. Los Angeles 1850-1930 (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1979)

Stephen Warner, New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1990; Reprint Edition)

James W. Lewis, The Protestant Experience in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1975 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992)

Maurice Stein, The Eclipse of Community: An Interpretation of American Studies (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971; New Edition).

Robert N. Bellah, et al., Habits of the Heart: Individualism and commitment in American Life (Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1985)

Marc J. Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (New York: Norton, 2014)

Christopher Lasch,  The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (New York: Norton, 1979).

Jeffrey Kluger, The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—in Your World (New York: Riverhead, 2014)

 

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What is the ISM?

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Welcome to the first episode of ISM Frontiers!

For our first episode, Father Greg, Deacon Josh and Bishop Lainie talked about the Independent Sacramental Movement and what it is.

As one might expect, the conversation covered a multitude of topics, ranging from the origins of the ISM and historical precedent for “independent” religious expressions to whether using the word “catholic” hurts or harms ISM churches and ministries.

Special Note: This is our first episode. We are still working out content, production and editing kinks as we go along and appreciate your patience. Starting with the next episode, we’ll be recording in shorter segments so as to make it easier to listen to episodes in one sitting.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Opinions expressed on ISM Frontiers are not necessarily those of the cast, production staff, The Open Rite or the Oriental Apostolic Church of Damcar.

 

Suggested Reading and Resources

The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement by John Plummer
The American Religion: The Emergence of The Post-Christian Nation by Harold Bloom
Priests, Gnostics and Magicians: European Roots of Esoteric Independent Catholicism by Siobhán Houston
Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans by R. Laurence Moore

 

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