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Here at Messy Jesus Business, a Catholic podcast and blog, we’re exploring the mess of radical discipleship and 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.

Our ecumenical approach welcomes people of Christian faith traditions to be inspired, seek wholeness and reflect upon what it means to practice radical Gospel living.

Messy Jesus Business is founded and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration.

Our community of followers and contributors have walked with us on the journey of radical discipleship for more than a decade now through our Catholic podcast and blog.

Want to learn more about Messy Jesus Business and radical discipleship? Check out our mission, and meet our foundress, writer and podcast host Sister Julia Walsh.

Paul Engler: The Mess Calls for Community Messy Jesus Business

Season 4, Episode 7 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh. "We have to acknowledge that social change is collective action."-Paul Engler LISTEN HERE: IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Paul Engler, author, activist and community organizer. They discuss his call to the work, and how meditation and mystical experiences transformed him. They explore the integration of spiritual life and social justice work, and–in spite of the dominant culture's focus on individualism–how community is necessary to bring about social change. "Individual action isn't what actually creates change, and people pretending it is isn't healthy," Paul explains. "We have to acknowledge that social change is collective action." Paul also explains how capitalism is at odds with the Gospel. "My Jesus is a revolutionary, mystical Jesus. The kingdom of God was his metaphor of challenging the powers and principalities of us living with unconditional love, and using that force that is in opposition to consumer capitalism; that's in opposition to the state; that's in opposition to all the different ways in which we get coerced to do horrible, selfish things." Sister Julia and Paul also talk about nonviolent revolutionary resistance, the influence of money and power, and the importance of recognizing and resisting the sway of dominant culture.  ABOUT THE GUEST: Paul Engler is founding director of the Center for the Working Poor, based in Los Angeles. He has worked as an organizer in the immigrant rights, global justice, and labor movements. Paul is one of the founders of the Momentum Training, which educates hundreds of activists each year in the principles of momentum-driven mobilization. Along with his brother Paul, he is the author of This is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century.  Contemplative Moment for this episode is Matthew 6:19-24. MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski. Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com BE SOCIAL:https://www.facebook.com/MessyJesusBusiness https://www.instagram.com/messyjesusbusiness Twitter: @messyjesusbiz SUPPORT US: https://www.patreon.com/messyjesusbusiness
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Along with Catholic podcast host and Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Julia Walsh , our esteemed podcast guests explore a wide variety of themes within the scope of radical discipleship, including:

  • social justice
  • human rights
  • contemplation
  • ministry
  • community service
  • peacemaking
  • modern discipleship of Jesus

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