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Episode 26: Season 3 - Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Release Date: 02/27/2019

Episode 47: Reflections on Season 4  show art Episode 47: Reflections on Season 4

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Listen to this short episode, as our host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews leans into the learnings from our Season 4 guests. He reflects on the wisdom of our ancestors and unpacks a season that was scheduled to be about the Census, elections, and voting but ended up being framed around our collective experience of living through police-sanctioned killings of unarmed Black people, uprisings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 46: Revolutionary Faith  show art Episode 46: Revolutionary Faith

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We are excited to share with you a new sibling series to the Prophetic Resistance podcast.  Revolutionary Faith is a Facebook Live series hosted by Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action. This bi-weekly show is centered on everyday people who are leaning on their faith and leaning into the love for their family and community in these treacherous times. As the chaos of this moment swirls around us and we are responding to crisis after crisis in our communities, in our country, and around the world, this series explores the question, what sustains you?  In this...

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Episode 45: Rev. Margaret Ernst  show art Episode 45: Rev. Margaret Ernst

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In this post-election episode, we talk with Margaret Ernst, program manager for When we planned this interview, we knew we would talk about post-election resilience and what it means to be a white clergy leader in movement spaces. We didn’t know that Walter Wallace, her neighbor in Philadelphia, would be killed by police just days before our conversation. So you may hear the anxiety and heartbreak in our voices.   In this conversation, Margaret lays out a timely call to action for white faith leaders. We talk about movement chaplaincy, the labor of spirit care work, and...

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Episode 44: What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness” show art Episode 44: What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness”

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This special episode is themed “ What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness” and features Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould and Bishop Dwayne Royster. In this election cycle, with so much at stake for our families and communities, the Prophetic Resistance podcast and Faith in Action is mobilizing people of faith and moral values across our nation to exercise their vote as a fundamental expression of our faith commitment. Listen to Dr. Gould and Bishop Royster connect the wisdom teachings of their mothers - who were activists and organizers in their own right - to our...

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Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates  show art Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates

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Our guest is Minister JaNaé Bates. A womanist theologian and Fulbright scholar. She is a journalist-and-organizer-turned-minister, specializing in the integration of grassroots faith-based organizing and narrative strategy.  She is also the director of communications for ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota, affiliates of Faith in Action and the Faith in Action Fund. In this episode, we covered some tough topics -  the global uprisings sparked by the police killing of George Floyd  - especially from her vantage point as a person who lives and works in Minnesota. We talked...

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Episode 42: Brittany White show art Episode 42: Brittany White

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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...

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Episode 41: Rev. Ben McBride show art Episode 41: Rev. Ben McBride

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In this episode, Rev. Ben McBride talks about defunding the police and outlines the vision of the HEAT, a program and strategy of PICO California, the statewide network of Faith in Action affiliate organizations.  Ben helps us see how the reconstruction of public safety is essential for the co-creation of communities of belonging. We also talk about how our current systems of policing are the descendants of slave patrols, how faith couldn’t save our ancestors from public lynchings and how defunding the police actually calls us to reimagine safe communities and develop deep relationships...

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Episode 40: See No Stranger with Valarie Kaur show art Episode 40: See No Stranger with Valarie Kaur

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Valarie Kaur returns to the Prophetic Resistance podcast to talk about her new book See No Stranger, which dropped June 16.  This extended conversation covers storytelling as an act of survival, how anti-Black racism contributes to racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and our thoughts on the wave of ancestral solidarity that has emerged out of the double crisis of COVID-19 and the police-killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  Valarie is a seasoned civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator. Inspired by her Sikh faith, she founded and leads the...

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Episode 39: Rev. Alvin Herring  show art Episode 39: Rev. Alvin Herring

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In this extended episode, we sit down with Rev. Alvin Herring, who is the executive director of Faith in Action. This conversation was recorded just days after the police-killing of George Floyd, just as our beloved kinfolk were beginning to organize uprisings across the country and around the globe. You may feel the weight of the moment in our voices.  You may also feel the beauty of a poetic faith.  This contemplative conversation explores how and why Alvin, as a young person, fell in love with organizing; how the Ferguson Uprising changed him and his faith,  and how - in...

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Episode 38: Calling on the ancestors with Phyllis Hill and Deth Im show art Episode 38: Calling on the ancestors with Phyllis Hill and Deth Im

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The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted our lives, amplified the disparities in our communities, and pushed folks who were already on the margins, closer to the edge. This crisis may have shifted how we organize, but it didn’t change who we are fighting for. We now organize to protect immigrants and communities of color online, using more technology than ever before. One way to get through times like this is by anchoring ourselves in the stories and witness those who came before us and leaning into their love and wisdom. In February,  Phyllis Hill, Faith in Action director of organizing and...

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This episode was recorded live in December 2018 in  Los Angeles, California, at a Deeper Roots cohort gathering.  Deeper Roots is a special project and cohort of clergy and faith leaders affiliated with LA Voice, a member of Faith in Action. Our guest and presenter for the day was the Reverend angel Kyodo williams.  We talked with Reverend angel about love and justice, the idea of prophetic resistance and the building of a new America.

Reverend angel is the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California. She builds presence-centered social justice movements and sparks national conversations about how transforming society is connected to transforming our inner lives. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. Learn more at www.angelkyodowilliams.com.

In our conversation, Rev. Angel described love as the spaces and places where we are enabled and empowered to be free. Dr. Martin Luther King describes power as love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

We are asking you - our listeners and  Beloved Community - where do you find love?  In the midst of deep pain and struggle, what does love look like your communities and your justice work?

Share your answers with us via social media. You can find us on Twitter @WeResistPodcast.  You can also find our Page on Facebook at Prophetic Resistance Project.

We will incorporate your responses in a future episode.