Sunday School for Heathens

By Shannon & Bryan

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Bryan likes religion, Shannon knows nothing about religion. Two friends talk and learn about Christianity and how weird it sounds to everyone else.

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Episode 46: Song of Solomon part 2
40:34

This week we are wrapping up the Song of Solomon. Bryan walks us through the many interpretations of this story and Shannon wonders why anyone would want this to be less sexy.  Our saint this week is Saint Marcarius the Younger, the hermit of all hermits. 

Theme song: Adam Griffin https://alteringgravity.wordpress.com/

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Sep 06, 2019
Episode 45: Song of Solomon part 1
35:21

This week we are starting a two part series on the sexiest book of the bible, The Song of Solomon. Bryan tells us about this unique book and outlines the story that this series of poems tells. Our saint is Saint Roch, whose life was saved by a dog. 

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Aug 30, 2019
Episode 44: Liturgical Colors
32:30

This week we are talking about Liturgical Colors! Bryan takes us through the different colors of the liturgical calendar through history and we reveal what that has to do with our facebook page! Our saint is Saint Jean Baptiste De La Salle, a forward thinking educator!

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Aug 23, 2019
Episode 43: Samuel Seabury and the founding of the Episcopal Church
43:12

This week Bryan tells us the story of Samuel Seabury (yes, the guy from Hamilton) and the founding the Episcopal Church! We trace the history from Anglicans, through the colonies, and into the independent United States. Our saint this week is Saint Cecilia, who checks off  all the early female saint tropes. 

Aug 16, 2019
Episode 42: Limbo
53:31

This week we are talking about Limbo! Bryan tells us the story of the two kinds of limbo and the controversy that had followed one of them through history. Our saint is Saint Adjutor of Vernon, who definitely would have owned a Yacht. 

 

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Aug 09, 2019
Episode 41: The Nine Choirs of Angels
42:24

This week we are talking about Angels! Bryan takes us through the nine types of angels, which range from slightly shiny people to constantly moving animal faced things. Our saint is Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerick, a woman with some dramatic health issues. 

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Aug 02, 2019
Episode 40: Abortion
51:32

This is a special episode this week! We are talking about Abortion with Rev. Katey Zeh. She guides us through some biblical references used by both sides of the abortion debate, talks about it’s history as a political issue, and encourages everyone (Christian or not), to examine this issue for themselves. Our saint is Saint Germain Cousin, who lived in a cupboard under the stairs but definitely wasn’t Harry Potter.

Check out Rev. Katey Zeh on Twitter @kateyzeh

Go to her website https://kateyzeh.com/ for more information about her book, Women Rise Up and her podcast, Kindreds

Learn more about the work of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice at http://rcrc.org/ and follow them on Twitter @RCRChoice

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Jul 26, 2019
Episode 39: Hildegard
42:32

We are turning the tables this week and Shannon is taking over the episode! Listen as she makes her case to Bryan about why Hildegard should be the Patron Saint of Podcasts. Our actual patronage pop quiz this week is about Saint  Bernard of Clairvaux, who was so charismatic in his preaching, even his dad became a monk.

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Jul 19, 2019
Episode 38: Confession part 2
46:04

We are wrapping up our two-parter on Confession this week! We pick up with the transition into individual confession all the way to the confession we know today. Bryan explains to Shannon what it’s like to go to confession. Our saint this week is Saint Fiacre,  who was basically monk Paul Bunyan. 

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Jul 12, 2019
Episode 37: Confession part 1
48:33

In this first half of a two part on confession, Bryan tells us a bible story and we start to trace the early history of confession from public to private. Our saint is this week is Saint Adrian of Adrian of Nicomedia, a dumb guy with a really cool wife. 

Jul 05, 2019
Episode 36: Bishops
49:52

This week we are looking at bishops! Bryan walks us through the history of bishops in the Catholic Church and beyond, as well the roles of bishops in various denominations today. Our saint this week is Saint Blaise, who could talk to animals.

Jun 28, 2019
Episode 35: Differences in Biblical Translation
34:33

This week we are looking at differences in biblical translation! Bryan walks us through some different translations of the bible and then we compare one psalm in all three translations. Things get wild. Our saint is Saint Peregrine Laziosi who refused to sit for 30 years.

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Jun 21, 2019
Episode 34: Vacation Bible School
43:21

This week we are going on vacation! Specifically, we are going to Vacation Bible School! Bryan tells us all about the history of using summer breaks for christian education and also crafts! Our saint is Saint Julian whose life story reads like a play.

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Jun 14, 2019
Episode 33: The Book of Judith
35:38

It’s story time this week on Sunday School. Bryan is telling us all about the Book of Judith, a story full of war, gore, and a super badass lady. Our saint is another awesome lady, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

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Jun 07, 2019
Episode 32: The Rosary part 2
37:35

This is the second half of our two-part series on the rosary. This week Bryan teaches us how to pray a rosary and tells us about all sorts of different kinds of rosaries and prayer beads. Our saint this week is Saint Romedio of Nonsberg, another saint who lived in a cave.  

 

Check out Bryan on Different Drummers at https://youtu.be/uYP43_FROKw

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May 31, 2019
Episode 31: The Rosary part 1
51:13

This is the first part of a two-parter all about the rosary. This week we cover the history of the rosary and its prayers. Our saints are Saints Francisco and Jacinta (plus their cousin Lucia) whose visions made them serious and austere.

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May 24, 2019
Episode 30: Stylites
47:59

This week were are talking about Stylites! It all starts with a guy named Simeon who wanted to get further from people and closer to god, until eventually he ended up living on a pillar for the rest of his life. Our saint is Saint Frances of Rome, who dedicated her life to service with a some help from her friends.

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May 17, 2019
Episode 29: The Sign of Peace
43:58

This week we are talking about the Sign of Peace. This part of the service has different names and shows up in different places but it’s your chance to connect with your fellow church-goers and say “peace be with you.” Our saint is Saint Gummarus, who had a wife so mean she broke a tree.

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May 10, 2019
Episode 28: Snake Handling
44:48

If you are afraid of snakes, this is NOT the episode for you because we are talking all about snake handling! Bryan tells us where in the Bible this idea comes from and highlights some of the key players in the history of this practice in America. Shannon meanwhile, brainstorms her dream pentecostal reality tv show. Our saint is Saint Phocus the Gardener, whose story takes a weird turn. 

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May 03, 2019
Episode 27: The Seven Deadly Sins
40:37

This week we are talking all about the seven deadly sins. Bryan traces the history of lists of sins from before Christianity through Dante and beyond as we narrow down the list to these seven that we know so well. Our saint is Saint Dunston, who might have had an artistic streak.

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Apr 26, 2019
Episode 26: Maundy Thurday
38:13

Today we are talking about Maundy Thursday and the practice of foot washing. We trace this practice from Jesus all the way to churches today and help solve the mystery of why everyone sat at the same side of the table at the Last Supper. Our saint is Blessed Andrew of Segni, a tall man in a small cave.

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Apr 19, 2019
Episode 25: Bryan is the Heathen
48:13

We are turning the tables this week and Bryan gets to be the heathen! Our good friend (and actual bible scholar) Megan comes on the show to give her notes on fruit, God’s attitude, guys named John, and more! Our saint is Saint Brigid, who loved cows almost as much as Bryan.

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Apr 12, 2019
Episode 24: Labyrinth Walking
42:14

This week, Bryan takes Shannon on a field trip to experience praying with a labyrinth. We go over the history and practice of labyrinths before chatting about the experience each of them had trying this out in person. Our saint is Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, our first flying saint!  

For more info on labyrinths in your area, check out https://labyrinthlocator.com/locate-a-labyrinth

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Apr 05, 2019
Episode 23: The Sign of the Cross
43:19

You know what makes a great podcast episode? Talking about physical gestures! This week, Bryan covers the Sign of the Cross while Shannon stares at her hands. Our saint is Saint Gertrude, who came from a whole family of saints.

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Mar 29, 2019
Episode 22: Lenten Fasting
31:28

We are back with the bible stories this week, talking about Lenten fasting. We hear about why the rule of three works great in bible stories, figure out how to count to 40, and try and guess what counts as fish. Our saint is Saint Dominic of Silos, who stayed at the bedside of Spanish queens long after he was dead.

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Mar 22, 2019
Episode 21: Communion part 2
29:49

It’s the second of our two “Spot the Differences” episodes on Communion. This time we look at mainline Protestants and Evangelicals. Our saint (who isn’t actually a saint) is Blessed Columba, who once got kidnapped because she was so cool.

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Mar 15, 2019
Episode 20: Communion part 1
41:04

20- It’s time for another “Spot the Differences” episode! This time it’s all about Communion. In this episode we cover the Communion practices of Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Eastern Catholics, and Mormons. Our saint is Saint Martin de Porres, a really great guy we’re glad exists.

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Mar 08, 2019
Episode 19: The Ark of the Covenant
45:57

This week on Sunday School, we laugh through the stories of the Ark of the Covenant! In those stories we find flamethrowers, germ theory, and a really wild guy named Ron. Our saint is Saint Norbert who is probably missing some toes.

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Mar 01, 2019
Episode 18: The Ten Commandments
41:11

This week on Sunday School: Moses goes up and down a mountain over and over again, God plays interior designer, and the Israelites learn to be very afraid of clouds. Also Shannon counts a lot. Our saint is Saint Hildegard, a lady saint who did NOT die tragically young. 

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Feb 22, 2019
Episode 17: The Good Samaritan
26:01

It's story time on Sunday School as Bryan recounts the Parable of The Good Samaritan. As always, Shannon wants more detail. Our saint is Saint Sebaldus, a weather-appropriate saint. 

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Feb 15, 2019
Episode 16: Lectionary
41:18

This episode answers one of Shannon's biggest questions: how do people know what bible passages are being read in church? Does it line up with holidays? Do you read in order? Is it the same everywhere? Find out this week! Our saint was Saint Lucy of Syracuse who was even more stubborn than an ox. 

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Feb 08, 2019
Episode 15: Relics
38:16

Relics are the subject of the week! Find out about different degrees of relics, how relics have been used to start new churches, and the workaround to selling pieces of dead saints! Our saint is Saint Catherine of Siena, who had a really weird wedding ring. 

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Feb 01, 2019
Episode 14: Creationism part 2
36:02

We are back with Part 2 of Creationism! This time we cover the different types of contemporary creationist beliefs. Our saint is Saint Dominic de Guzman, who was best buds with Saint Francis of Assisi. 

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Jan 25, 2019
Episode 13: Creationism part 1
36:18

It's the first of another two parter. This time we are diving deep into creationism! In Part 1, we talk about the creation story (or rather stories, because there are two of them). Our saint is Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, who could be a real sass master if he thought you were too worldly. 

Take Shannon's advice and follow Bryan on Twitter! @BryanJMatias

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Jan 18, 2019
Episode 12: The Letter to the Hebrews
45:26

It's a new year and you could probably use a pep talk. So here is a biblical pep talk! The Letter to the Hebrews is full of brags about the Christian covenant but also mystery about its origin. Our saint is Saint Lawrence, who made a great BBQ dish (but not in the way you think). 

This episode was a listener request! If you have one, tweet at us @school4heathens or email us at sundayschoolforheathens@gmail.com

Theme song: Adam Griffin https://alteringgravity.wordpress.com/

Check out his show on January 16th!

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Jan 11, 2019
Episode 11: Tithing
33:20

It's a new year and the pledge drives are over. But that hasn't stopped us from talking about people asking for your money. This week we dive into the practice of Tithing, or giving 10%. Our saint is Saint Barbara, who had very strong opinions on window placement. 

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Jan 04, 2019
Episode 10: Saints
53:17

It's our 10th Episode and we are talking all about Saints! Wrap up 2018 with talk of martyrs, believers, and patrons of all kinds. Our saint is Saint Philomena, who everyone pretty much forgot about, but we love her anyway. 

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Dec 28, 2018
Episode 9: Wise Men
35:15

Are we going to do a Christmas episode? Of course we are going to do a Christmas episode! This week Bryan brings us the story of the Three Wise Men at Jesus' birth. Were there actually three of them? Where did they come from? What were their names? Listen in to find out! Our saint is Saint Helena of Constantinople, who found so many relics. 

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Dec 21, 2018
Episode 8: Prosperity Gospel
38:25

What do Mesmerism, Christian Science, and Donald Trump all have in common? They all come up in this week's episode of Sunday School for Heathens! Our saint is Saint Thomas More, who got a little too mixed up in the English reformation. 

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Dec 14, 2018
Episode 7: The Nicene Creed
35:38

This week on Sunday School, Bryan gives us the cliffs notes to Christianity as we cover the Nicene Creed! See how you can wrap up all these beliefs in just a few short phrases. Our saint is Saint Eulalia of Merida, who was a really precocious pre-teen. 

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Dec 07, 2018
Episode 6: Confirmation
29:03

After last week's discussion of initiations, we are zooming in and focusing just on the sacrament of Confirmation. Our saint is Saint Anthony of Padua, who was so good at speaking that his tongue outlasted him.  

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Nov 30, 2018
Episode 5: Initiation pt 2
27:37

We are back with Part 2 of our Initiation series! This week we look protestant faiths: Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Evangelicals, and Mormons. We see lots of similarities and some key differences through all of these. Our saint is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American saint. 

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Nov 23, 2018
Episode 4: Initiation pt 1
24:54

This week it's time for a couple of firsts! 

Bryan brings us our first "Spot the Differences" episode, where we compare one idea across a whole bunch of denominations. The idea this week is the Rites of Initiation! We had such a good conversation we are splitting it up across two episodes, so this week we talk about Catholics and The Orthodox Church and next week we'll get everyone else! Our saint is Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who converted people with the power of debate. 

 

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Nov 16, 2018
Episode 3: Cana
35:19

This week we are keeping it light with some very important stories from Jesus' days as a party boy! We learn just how cool Mary was and ponder some historical geography. Our saint is Saint Francis de Sales, a friend to the deaf community. 

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Nov 09, 2018
Episode 2: Onanism
37:05

This week on Sunday School: Shannon tells Bryan all about the Papal Ninja and Bryan tells Shannon all about Onanism, or masturbation! Our saint is Saint Walter of Pontoise, who really just wanted some alone time. 

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Nov 02, 2018
Episode 1: Original Sin
29:58

It's our first episode! So we are starting with the sin that started it all. Our saint is Saint Augustine, who went through a serious party-boy phase. 

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Oct 21, 2018