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Come on into this Christian work of spreading the Good News and building up the Church and world we hope for, long for, believe in. Contemplate the Gospel with us. Resist injustice with us. Pray with us.

This is the stuff of Messy Jesus Business.

Here at Messy Jesus Business – the blog and now the podcast – we’re exploring the mess of radical Gospel living. We experience Christian discipleship as a life of struggle as we advocate for social justice, live simply, serve others, practice contemplation and live in community. 

For nearly 10 years, this blog has been offering insights, resources and reflections for radical Gospel living.

Along with Sister Sister Julia Walsh, FSPA (Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration) the Messy Jesus Business guest bloggers–formerly known as Rabble Rousers—have offered works of creative nonfiction, poetry, essays and resources related to radical Gospel living. We still welcome their reflections about walking with Jesus into the messy parts of discipleship.

Now we’re expanding the meaning of what it is to be a Messy Jesus Business Rabble Rouser to include anyone who participates and contributes to the shaping of this online community. Now you can become a Rabble Rouser too! 

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The building of God’s reign of peace and justice needs you! We welcome all people into the community as we explore the margins and celebrate the goodness. 

Welcome to the mess! 

Messy Jesus Business The Podcast

Father David A. Jones: The Intersection of Oneness and Rugged Individualism Messy Jesus Business

Season 2, Episode 1 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh IN THIS EPISODE: In Season 2, Episode 1, we explore the following question: what does building a Church of Oneness really mean? The answer is messy. “I think a lot of people think heaven is the suburbs. And I’m very clear that’s not true,” explains our guest, Father David A. Jones, who explores the intersection of church and oneness versus rugged individualism. Father Jones also shares his unique vocation story, we’ll hear his understanding of what it means to be a priest of the neighborhood, and we’ll talk about how our vision of heaven can be limiting, but the reign of God has space for everyone. ABOUT THE GUEST: Father Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Economics at Grambling State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary. On December 15, 1989 the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin ordained David to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. In 1993, after only three years of ordination, he became the youngest person appointed pastor in the Archdiocese. He is currently assigned as pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago and as an Archdiocesan Dean. Father David A. Jones The Scripture passage referred to in this episode is a reading from the Gospel of John 17:13-26. MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced, hosted and edited by Sister Julia Walsh with assistance from Charish Badzinski. Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS:We’re taking a survey of listeners to find out how we can improve Messy Jesus Business, and what topics you would like us to focus on for future podcast episodes. Take our brief survey here. BE SOCIAL: https://www.facebook.com/MessyJesusBusiness https://www.instagram.com/messyjesusbusiness Twitter: @messyjesusbiz SUPPORT US: https://www.patreon.com/messyjesusbusiness LISTEN HERE:
  1. Father David A. Jones: The Intersection of Oneness and Rugged Individualism
  2. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann: Feeding the Hungry during COVID
  3. Marlena Graves: The dangers of money, power and influence
  4. Jason Odhner and Laura Ankeny: Nursing as a Work of Mercy and Justice
  5. Kateri Boucher, Geez magazine: Contemplative Cultural Resistance

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