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LIVE FRIDAYS 3 PM ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT Today we are facing some of the greatest challenges of our lives, from our health, to political unrest, the environment, financial uncertainty and the nation’s racial divide. Every Friday at 3pm EST, join teacher, minister and life coach Bill Myers as he and his guests take a deep dive into the issues that impact our world and with an eye to exploring solutions!  Bill Myers Inspires encourages listeners to look within themselves and take decisive action to make a positive difference. https://www.billmyersinspires.com/  

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LIVE FRIDAYS 3 PM ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT Today we are facing some of the greatest challenges of our lives, from our health, to political unrest, the environment, financial uncertainty and the nation’s racial divide. Every Friday at 3pm EST, join teacher, minister and life coach Bill Myers as he and his guests take a deep dive into the issues that impact our world and with an eye to exploring solutions!  Bill Myers Inspires encourages listeners to look within themselves and take decisive action to make a positive difference. https://www.billmyersinspires.com/  

    Chaos & Kairos ~ with Rev. Dr. Winterbourne Harrison Jones

    Chaos & Kairos ~ with Rev. Dr. Winterbourne Harrison Jones

    Bill Myers Inspires  Chaos and Kairos: Where Do We Go from Here? What is America's history on voting? By examining the significance of this moment in America, we will explore the chaos and the "kairos" with scholar and Pastor Dr. Harrison-Jones to discover the real opportunity America faces. The Reverend Dr. Winterbourne LaPucelle Harrison-Jones is a scholar, author, ecclesial leader, and distinguished Churchman out of the linage of Dr. William Augustus Jones, Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, The Reverend Marvin Chandler, and Dr. Howard Thurman. A fifth-generation minister, Dr. Harrison-Jones is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Reverend Harrison-Jones is a 2006 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C. and a 2010 graduate of the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious and Philosophical Studies. While at Fisk University, Reverend Harrison-Jones had the distinct opportunity of being mentored by Fisk University President and former United States Secretary of Energy, The Honorable Hazel R. O’Leary, and Dean of the historic Fisk Memorial Chapel, the Reverend Dr. Jason Richard Curry, PhD. In addition to Fisk University and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Reverend Harrison-Jones holds degrees and professional certifications from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin Germany, and the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Reverend Harrison-Jones simultaneously matriculated in two national doctoral programs, earning the Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and is currently pursuing the PhD in Urban Education from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). As a scholar, Reverend Harrison-Jones investigates how theological and homiletic resources within Christian traditions are valuable for interpreting and responding to such pressing public issues as economic deprivation, religious bigotry, racism, class inequity, and structural inequality. His credo is shaped by words of noted scholar, theologian and 1926 graduate of Rochester Theological Seminary, now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Dr. Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” Reverend Harrison-Jones is the esteemed Pastor of the historic Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.   https://wpcindy.org ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/  , or via email billmye

    Killed By Cops ~ with Macy Gray, Grammy Award Winning Artist

    Killed By Cops ~ with Macy Gray, Grammy Award Winning Artist

    Bill Myers Inspires  What is the impact when someone is killed by cops? How does it impact families of the victim and the community. Macy Gray occupies a rare space in the canon of modern music. That unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul, and funky spirit ensured her status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million total albums globally, winning a GRAMMY® Award and two BRIT Awards, collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and enchanting fans all over the world. Macy Gray has consistently resounded throughout pop culture, transcending all genres and building a devout, diverse fan base that spans generations of people who celebrate her work -- album after album and tour after tour. As an actress, Macy has starred in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls and would grace the screen everywhere from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House. Moreover, her legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy® Award winner Denzel Washington—one of many on-screen hallmarks. Macy continues to create new content and bring a view that is reflective of where she has been, where she is and where she wants to go. At the same time, she remains a force of nature on tour, selling out venues in nearly every corner of the globe. On another scale, Macy is committed to using her platform as an artist for those who are unheard and has taken a stand for mental health through founding the nonprofit organization, My Good. Through My Good, she is working closely with the families of individuals who have been affected by police and unjust brutality to ensure their voices are heard and to support their wellbeing. You can keep up with Macy through social media on FB and IG @macygray. https://www.mygood.org.   ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/  , or via email billmyersinspires@gmail.com. To get more of Bill Myers Inspires, be sure to visit the podcast page for replays of all her shows here: https://www.inspiredchoicesnetwork.com/podcast/bill-myers-inspires/  

    Racism & The Asian American Community ~ Guest, Christine Toy Johnson

    Racism & The Asian American Community ~ Guest, Christine Toy Johnson

    Bill Myers Inspires  Asian American citizens face unique challenges today as COVID 19 ravages the world which originated in China, Black Lives Matter, and a divisive political climate. How has the Asian American community been affected by racism in America? Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning actor, writer, director, filmmaker, and advocate for inclusion based in New York City. As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier for over 30 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. An avid advocate for inclusion, Christine is a member of the elected leadership of the Dramatists Guild of America and serves as Chair of the Guild’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as well as host of their podcast “Talkback” distributed on the Broadway Podcast Network. She is a founding member of the Obie-Award winning AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition), founder of the Asian American Musical Theater Writers Project, served for 28 years as part of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association (and as Chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee for 22 years), and served on the Board of the Tony honored Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts for over 15 years. Christine was honored by the JACL (the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for “exemplary leadership and dedication”, the “Wai Look Award for Service in the Arts” from the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2012, and the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association, in 2013. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU. https://www.christinetoyjohnson.com/.    ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/  , or via email billmyersinspires@gmail.com. To get more of Bill Myers Inspires, be sure to visit the podcast page for replays of all her shows here: https://www.inspiredchoicesnetwork.com/podcast/bill-myers-inspires/

    “Racism & Faith Leaders” ~ With Dr. John Dorhauer

    “Racism & Faith Leaders” ~ With Dr. John Dorhauer

    Bill Myers Inspires  In America today, what is the role of faith leaders in addressing the divisive political climate, racism, and white privilege? What does manifesting white privilege look like and how must faith leaders and others work to dismantle it? The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. John began his ministry serving First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ in rural Missouri. He then served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and then Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC prior to his election as General Minister and President. Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year John was ordained in the United Church of Christ. John received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004); his area of focus -- white privilege and its effects on the church. With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God is just, John has embodied the United Church of Christ’s vision of “A Just World for All” throughout his ministry. On October 17, 2014, Dorhauer conducted the first legal same sex wedding in the state of Arizona when he performed the wedding service of David Laurence and Kevin Patterson. In his first term as General Minister and President, recognizing increasing sensitivities in this country around race, John initiated the collaborative creation of a curriculum, “White Privilege: Let’s Talk – A Resource for Transformational Dialogue”. Designed to invite UCC members and others to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race, the curriculum and accompanying facilitator’s guide have been used by both UCC and non-UCC audiences. https://www.ucc.org. copeland@ucc.org   ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/  , or via email billmyersinspires@gmail.com. To get more of Bill Myers Inspires, be sure to visit the podcast page for replays of all her shows here: https://www.inspiredchoicesnetwork.com/podcast/bill-myers-inspires/    

    Systemic Racism, Philanthropy And Social Services ~ With Jennifer Jones Austin

    Systemic Racism, Philanthropy And Social Services ~ With Jennifer Jones Austin

    Bill Myers Inspires  Is there systemic racism in America? What is systemic racism and how does it manifest itself? Join us as we take a closer look at this topic by examining the institutions of justice, philanthropy and government social services with our guest, New York Attorney, author, and social justice advocate, Ms. Jennifer Jones Austin. Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq. Jennifer Jones Austin has more than 20 years of leadership, management and advocacy experience working for the advancement of underserved children, individuals and families. Ms. Jones Austin is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a prominent social policy and advocacy organization with 200 member human services agencies operating throughout New York City. Prior to joining FPWA, Ms. Jones Austin served as Senior Vice President of United Way of New York City, the City of New York’s first Family Services Coordinator appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Commissioner for the City’s Administration for Children’s Services, Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc. Throughout her career, Jennifer Jones Austin has chaired and served on several influential boards, commissions and task forces. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her as Co-Chair of his mayoral transition in 2013, a leader of his UPK Workgroup that designed the full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten Initiative, and a leader of his Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. She was the Co-Chair of the NYC Department of Education Capacity Framework Advisory, and a member of the PlaNYC Advisory Board. She served as Chair of the City of New York Procurement Policy Board and Co-Chair of the New York State Supermarket Commission. Presently, Ms. Jones Austin serves as Board Member and Spokesperson for The National Marrow Donor Program, and Board Member of the NYC Board of Correction, the New York Blood Center, and the Fund for Public Housing. She also serves on the Human Services Council. Previous Board service includes the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Children for Children, Citizens’ Committee for Children, the Icla da Silva Foundation, and the Bethany Baptist Church Child Development Center. Ms. Jones Austin earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, a Master’s degree in Management and Policy from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. https://www.jenniferjonesaustin.com ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/  , or via email billmyersinspires@gmai

    I Owe My Life To Black People ~ With Richard Propes

    I Owe My Life To Black People ~ With Richard Propes

    Bill Myers Inspires  Imagine being a white person born with a life threatening illness and the only people who did not given up on you were black people. Then later finding yourself homeless and black people once again providing guidance, shelter and a pathway forward in your life. Richard Propes shares his powerful story of how black people encouraged, influenced and inspired his life. Since 1989, Indianapolis activist/writer Richard Propes has traveled over 6,000 miles by wheelchair on a one-man mission he calls "The Tenderness Tour," an effort to end violence in the lives of children he began in 1989 with a 41-day, 1000+ mile wheelchair ride around the state of Indiana. While Richard's childhood story is dramatic, from his birth and unexpected survival with spina bifida to his early experiences with childhood sexual abuse, even more dramatic is the story of Richard's survival and creation of a life far beyond anyone's expectations including his own. Now in his early 50's and still far surpassing medical expectations, Richard continues to be an award-winning activist and writer who has been nominated two years in a row for Indy's "Best Human" in the Indy Star's annual community choice awards. In addition to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children's organizations worldwide, Propes is the founder of the Race Away From Domestic Violence, an annual 5k event benefiting the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence that is now in its 17th year. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, Richard is the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com, a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association, and his reviews are carried on Rotten Tomatoes. He's the author of "The Hallelujah Life" and has produced two short films, an IndyFringe show, a comedy DVD, and a number of poetry readings, concerts, and special events. He's been the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Order of Kentucky Colonels, Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor the Donna J. Stone Award, Indiana Minority Business Magazine's Champions of Diversity Award, and just this year received the Jefferson Award. Heartland International Film Festival presents the Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award annually in his honor. A 1994 graduate of Martin University and a graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary, he's long worked to empower diverse voices and currently serves as the Project Director for the Money Follows the Person Program with the State of Indiana working to create opportunities for other individuals with disabilities to live in the community and chase their dreams. https://tendernesstour.com/.  tendernesstour@ameritech.net   ~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~  Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change. In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.” Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice. You can find him at his website Billmyersinspires.com, Bill Myers Inspires on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billmyersinspires/, Twitter https://twitter.com/bmyersinspires1, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billmyersinspires/ 

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