Fabric Podcast
Fabric Groups

Fabric Groups

June 13, 2019

Melissa Lock, Greg Meyer, and Chris Tripolino talk about the culture of groups among the Fabric community; the essential and powerful way it's expressed in our community. 

To learn more about groups, how you can make the most of your own group, email info@fabricmpls.com with your questions!

An Introduction to Futurescaping

An Introduction to Futurescaping

April 24, 2019

If Easter is announcing anything, it is that the world is wide open. Possibilities belong to those who have eyes to see them and the will to work toward them. There are many things today that may make you cynical, resigned and hopeless, but that’s not all that is happening. There are movements, ideas and inventions that will not be ignored pointing to a future big enough for our dreams. It's time to do some futurescaping.

 

Living Room conversations with Sara Joy Proppe

Living Room conversations with Sara Joy Proppe

April 10, 2019

Melissa, Greg, and Chris got the pleasure of spending some time with Sara Joy Proppe after our gathering to continue conversations about what it looks like to make Living Room in the physical spaces we inhabit. 

Practices to Make Living Room

Practices to Make Living Room

March 12, 2019

"Lent" has been used as a tool for beating up on ourselves, but is there something helpful to glean from practices of self-denial, discipline, and space-making? Greg, Chris, and Melissa dig in to the ways that they're using this season to build practices, capacity and focus. 

Small “t” truth: Experience

Small “t” truth: Experience

February 20, 2019

It’s one thing to talk about the different worlds of Big “T” Truth and small “t” truth, but the real challenge is becoming fluent and comfortable in the small “t” world.  In this episode, we take a little time to cultivate space for truth. 

The text from the original poem that Chris Tripolino shares in this episode can be found here:

 
Today I had the courage to come to your house
I would have been mostly content to stand upon the threshold
But something within me reached out
And rang the bell
 
You came and welcomed me in
as a friend
Without a thought of the arrogant things I’ve said
about you
And right away I could see 
I was wrong anyway
 
These weren’t the sterile halls
Glass and polished ivory
There is life here; wisdom, and magic
 
Your house is full of children
Their songs and laughter echoing sweetly through the corridors
Elders sit at your table
and sometimes speak
But break the silence reverently, reluctantly interrupting a friend
 
The poets play in your fields
The scientists know to stay nearby
The theologians sit on the fences beyond
An interesting view, an uncomfortable seat
An unprompted vow to abstain
from experiencing these lands firsthand
 
Yes, there are many who live far beyond
The politicians in their perches knowing when to speak your name
The pundits, editorializing, obscuring
selling tickets as if the view was the main event
 
The rest, perhaps content to live on the borderlands
In the shadow of your gates
A s I was 
For a time

 

A Petrified God…

A Petrified God…

February 12, 2019

Chris Tripolino and Greg Meyer talk about some of the ways that society (especially Western Christianity) has gotten good at petrifying some of the profound parts of life. It's worth noticing where it happens to make it easier to avoid and keep focusing on the places full of life! 

What’s Important or What’s Happening

What’s Important or What’s Happening

January 24, 2019

It's so easy to confuse what's important with what's simply happening. Greg Meyer, Melissa Lock, and Chris Tripolino share some conversation about how to get to those important things...those big decisions.

Thanksgiving Stress and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

Thanksgiving Stress and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

November 20, 2018

Yes, we want to vomit when we hear that...and yet, there's something true in the triteness. Thanksgiving is about gratitude after all. But if you're asking, "But how am I actually going to make it through the holidays?" then this one's for you.  Melissa, Greg, and Chris talk about building a cycle of gratitude that doesn't fix anything, but does start to transform us. 

Scraps: the Beautiful Challenge of Sharing Your Mission

Scraps: the Beautiful Challenge of Sharing Your Mission

November 13, 2018

The things that doggedly call to us, that we can't get over, that we have vast energy for; our missions can challenge us in lots of ways, but another challenge comes when we share it with people who hold us to the vision that we've been given. Listen as Melissa Lock and Scott Schluter talk with Chris Tripolino about how this got really real for them over the summer. 

Scott is a part of the Fabric community and he and Melissa mention an organization that they've gotten involved with called Better Angels. Learn more about how they are working to bridge the gaps in our political discourse here.

Stretch!

Stretch!

November 6, 2018

Election day 2018 gives us a moment to consider what it means to contribute and to have community. Voting is important, and just the start of our civic engagement...and definitely not the only place we feel the tension of what it means to see our lives as a contribution and ourselves as part of a community.

Wisdom in the Bible?

Wisdom in the Bible?

October 23, 2018

Melissa, Greg, and Chris talk about why we've been so blatantly using the Bible as a resource in the context of our conversations we've been calling Speaking From Experience.

Wisdom? Where to Start?

Wisdom? Where to Start?

October 17, 2018

Chris Lillehei and Maia Dalager join Chris Tripolino to talk about the mysterious and elusive nature of wisdom as part of our Speaking From Experience conversations.

The Long Haul: Scraps

The Long Haul: Scraps

October 3, 2018

Chris, Melissa, and Greg talk about some of the themes brought up in our September conversations about The Long Haul, like these personal commitments we've been claiming together:

  1. I will not lie to myself
  2. I will not avoid vulnerability
  3. I will not let my influencers be chosen by someone else
  4. I will not tie my hands with what's not important to me

Let's keep talking about how to stay in it for the long haul together! 

Influence

Influence

September 25, 2018

Melissa Lock, Greg Meyer, and Chris Tripolino take a quick look at what it looks like to take note of the people who influence you and whom you have the opportunity to influence.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. AND keep up with our transition from Jacob's Well to Fabric here! Thank you!

Groups

Groups

September 18, 2018

In this episode, Melissa, Chris, and Greg talk about groups and why Fabric has invested like we have in creating and supporting an active infrastructure of groups. 

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. AND keep up with our transition from Jacob's Well to Fabric here! Thank you!

Fabric Scraps: Long Haul

Fabric Scraps: Long Haul

September 13, 2018

Melissa, Chris, & Greg talk about the confusion and struggles of living for the Long Haul and what self-leadership can look like.

Leftovers: Fabric

Leftovers: Fabric

September 9, 2018

We've smiled at the idea of calling these leftovers podcasts "scraps" as the next iteration in line with our new identity as Fabric. 

In this episode, Greg, Melissa, and Chris discuss vision and creativity and the ways that Fabric is already part of who we are as a community. 

Stay tuned for more of these "scraps!"

Leftovers: Play

Leftovers: Play

May 29, 2018

Play? Really? There's got to be more to it than that! Check out this conversation from Melissa, Greg, & Paul about their experiences and perceptions of play and how that all played out (yuk yuk) this past week! 

 

Leftovers: Third Way & Traffic Circles

Leftovers: Third Way & Traffic Circles

April 17, 2018

There is no doubt that the Third Way is more important and more complicated than most of us think. After the message on April 8 we got some great feedback from folks that got us talking. So Melissa and Greg decided to dig in deeper to this Third Way thinking. 

Leftovers: Make A Dent…Fill-in?

Leftovers: Make A Dent…Fill-in?

March 1, 2018

Chris and Melissa have some questions about Greg's recent fill-in of "fill-in" as they share thoughts about leadership, delegation, synergy, and how that can be seen in Jacob's Well.