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Freedom from the Burden of Judging - A Conversation with Michael Wilcox (Part 1)
Freedom from the Burden of Judging - A Conversation with Michael Wilcox (Part 1)

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This week, we’re thrilled to welcome back Dr. Michael Wilcox to the podcast. Michael is an esteemed author and longtime Institute teacher, and his previous episodes, which we released in two parts as “God’s Many Voices” in episodes 85 and 86, have been some of the most listened to in Faith Matters’ history. It’s been three years since we last had him on, and we’re excited to dive into another meaningful conversation.

In this episode, Michael shares his profound insights on the topic of the marginalized, particularly focusing on the experience of the LGBTQ community. Michael’s wisdom draws from his own life experiences, wisdom traditions he deeply loves, and great literature. 

Michael also addresses the challenge of navigating differing beliefs and values, urging us to avoid calling down “fire from heaven” on those who worship on different mountaintops. He speaks about the importance of forgiveness, and what he calls the “Lazarus Law,” reminding us that every individual has a name and a story, deserving of respect and compassion.

Throughout the conversation, Michael’s anecdotes and reflections encouraged us to approach the marginalized with love, humility, and a genuine desire for understanding. We found Michael, as always, to be filled with transformative insights that we thought could really help us build more inclusive and compassionate communities.

We’re also releasing an additional conversation as a companion to this episode. In it, Brother Wilcox shares a really personal story that highlights some of these principles, and if you’d like to hear more from Brother Wilcox, it’s on the feed right now. 

Thanks so much as always for listening, and with that, we’ll jump right in.

 

 

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