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Episode 42: Brittany White

Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Release Date: 08/26/2020

Episode 58: Rev. Jen Bailey show art Episode 58: Rev. Jen Bailey

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Today’s guest is Rev. Jen Bailey, an ordained minister, public theologian, and national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is also the founder and executive director of the Faith Matters Network,  a Womanist-led organization equipping community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment. This episode explored the life cycles of justice work, the need for seasons of rest,  the lost art of letter writing and Jen’s new book titled To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical...

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Episode 57: Valarie Kaur show art Episode 57: Valarie Kaur

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As we mark 20 years since 9/11, we are releasing an episode that we first recorded with Valarie Kaur in 2020, after the launch of her book, See No Stranger. The book is both a practical guide to changing the world and a very personal and communal chronicle of our lives since 9/11.  . This week, our host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews joined Valarie, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Sr. Simone Campbell and many others in honoring Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh-American who was murdered in a hate crime in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was a businessman, a family man and a beloved friend to Valarie. ...

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Episode 56: Dr Leah Gunning Francis  show art Episode 56: Dr Leah Gunning Francis

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This August - and every August - Michael Brown, Jr. and Ferguson, Missouri are heavy on my mind. August 9th was the anniversary of Mike’s death to police-sanctioned violence. My flesh recalls the uprising that followed and the demands of young activists that those of us in faith leadership positions show up in the streets of Ferguson, and stand up for all Black Lives. As we navigate through a global pandemic; and as the weight of police-sanctioned murder of Black people still presses on us - Ferguson is still teaching us. This podcast was born out of our experiences in Ferguson and one of...

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Episode 55: Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes show art Episode 55: Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

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Our guest today is , author of , and , and contributor to the book Dr. Barnes, is a clinical psychologist, public theologian, ecumenical minister, and university and seminary professor.  In this episode, she talks with Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews about her call to ministry and centering the stories and experiences of Black women. She challenges “good Christians” to wrestle with their complicity in racism.  And she reminds us that racial reconciliation starts with actually doing the hard work of healing and justice. We invite you to listen to this conversation with Dr. Barnes and to...

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Episode 54: Robert P. Jones  show art Episode 54: Robert P. Jones

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Our guest is Robert P. Jones, the CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute, and the author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” as well as,  “The End of White Christian America. Robby's research, analysis and storytelling unpacks the history of the institutional white church in the production of white supremacy in our culture.  Robby and Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews I talked about Fredrick Douglass, James Baldwin, and their respective Georgian roots. And they talked about the specific responsibility that our white kindred have to...

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Episode 53: Breathe Again show art Episode 53: Breathe Again

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Breathe Again is a mid-season reflection by Prophetic Resistance host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews. As the weight of the pandemic causes our collective pendulum to swing from chaos to calm and we search for sure footing in a world colored by so many “new normals,” this short recording encourages us to meditate, reflect and feel all the feelings. It a reminder to breathe.   

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Special Episode: Juneteenth show art Special Episode: Juneteenth

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Happy Juneteenth! In honor of this special weekend, we are sharing a reflection that Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews presented last year.  In this presentation, he reflects on the power of Akan teaching of Sankofa and cultural aesthetics of Afrofuturism to inform the ancestral wisdom that shapes our visions of a future where Black Lives Matter.  As we reflect on themes of emancipation, freedom, and liberation this weekend, may these words inspire our commitment to prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.

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Episode 52: Rev. Nancy Frausto and Dr. Miguel De La Torre show art Episode 52: Rev. Nancy Frausto and Dr. Miguel De La Torre

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Joining us on this episode are Reverend Nancy Frausto and Dr. Miguel de la Torre. Nancy is an Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, CA.  She is a founding member of the Sanctuary Task Force for the Diocese of Los Angeles, and a clergy leader with LA Voice (a Faith in Action affiliate).  A previous guest of this podcast, Miguel, is an author, scholar-activist, and Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff Seminary in Denver, CO. In this episode, we examined how immigration justice is connected to just about every other organizing issue. We asked...

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Episode 51: Umar Hakim and Dominique DuBois Gilliard. show art Episode 51: Umar Hakim and Dominique DuBois Gilliard.

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Joining us on this episode are Umar Hakim and Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Umar is a native of Compton, CA, and serves as Executive Director of ILM (Intellect Love Mercy) Foundation. He is the chair of the board of LA Voice, a Faith in Action affiliate. As an active alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (or AMCLI), Umar is a facilitator and trainer for its national program housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.  Dominique is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is...

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Episode 50: Stephanie Strong  show art Episode 50: Stephanie Strong

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The Prophetic Resistance Podcast has reached an important milestone - our 50th episode!  And it is fitting that our guest for this 50th episode is Stephanie Strong.  Stephanie is the Lead Organizer for (a Faith in Action affiliate).  She has been an enthusiastic supporter of this podcast since our beta launch in 2016, and we affectionately call her our Number 1 fan.    In this episode, we talked about Stephanie’s success in leading Faith in Action Alabama’s Freedom Vote 2020 campaign.  We talked about the emerging voting power of the Black electorate, how to...

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Brittany White is a brilliant organizer and strategist for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE program. Brittany- who is herself a formerly incarcerated person -  leads the decarceration campaign, where she uses her voice and experiences to activate imaginations and cultivate lives of dignity for formerly and currently incarcerated people. In this episode, we talk about how Brittany is working to shift stories of incarceration from narratives of shame to narratives of liberation. We reflect on the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on our incarcerated kindred, and how faith leaders can meaningfully show up during moments of uprising.  And we learn how her leadership is rooted in her faith and grounded in resistance. Show Notes: You will hear Brittany address Rev. Mathews as "Merm." The nickname is derived from his initials MRM and is frequently used by his colleagues.  Visit http://www.livefreeusa.org to learn how you can support Brittany's work.