A podcast at the intersection of faith, race, and reconciliation. People of faith should be leaders of reconciliation however historically issues of race and culture seem to get in the way of rising above differences to find common ground through reconciliation. We discuss those challenges and sometimes we may also stray onto different topics but we'll always come back to reconciliation.
35. Dr. Joel Pearsall - Building Healthy Community, Pt.1
Dr. Joel Pearsall is the president of Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian, liberal arts university in Nampa, Idaho. As with any educational institution, Dr. Pearsall has to run a university and continue to maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning while at the same time navigating the need to maintain its founding Christian values. Despite being a community within a community, the university community has not been isolated from the challenges that our world and the United States have had to face over the last 3 years: political and social disruption; a global pandemic that, for a time, forced education into a fully virtual format; new testing protocols; social distancing; hybrid work and teaching spaces. All these together have had an effect on how we as a community redefine function in the new reality and for institutions of higher learning the effect has been complicated and challenging. Dr. Pearsall shares his leadership lessons while leading in these difficult times.
34: Kendrick Glover - An Advocate, Pt.2
The concluding segment of my inspiring conversation with Kendrick Glover founder of Glover Empowerment Mentoring (GEM), an organization that focuses on restoring the social and emotional well-being of young people and their families. We discuss the challenges of the American educational system and some needed reforms that will allow children to thrive. We discuss the detrimental impact of the criminal justice system on the lives of young people of color and the school-to-prison pipeline.
GEM is serving in critical areas of need and empowering children and families to reach their full potential and intervening when necessary to divert youth out of the criminal system.
33. Kendrick Glover: An Advocate, Pt.1
Kendrick Glover is the founder of Glover Empowerment Mentoring (GEM) based in Kent, WA. Kendrick was born in Natchez, Mississippi and after some wandering years moved to Seattle to get away from further trouble. In Seattle, he found his calling to teach young people to find their path to their full potential. At GEM he is doing just that. With strong faith and determination, he and his team are making a big difference in the lives of hundreds of young people of color every year.
This two-part episode is challenging and inspiring and you will find it one that you will come back to and share with others trying to navigate where they fit and how they can make a difference.
#faith; #race; #reconciliation; #kendrickglover; #strongchildren
Letter To My White Friends Struggling With Calls for Justice
This letter to my white friends who are still struggling with calls for racial and social justice and who, at times, feel that they are being called racist simply because they are white. It has taken me many versions to come to this recording and it is intended to help clarify some of the terminology and challenges that they may be struggling with while encouraging dialogue to try to better understand the historic and institutional foundations behind the movement.
All white people are not racist because simply they are white. The racism that is being referred to is the institutional and power structures that continue to benefit one group above the other and that need to be dismantled. The concept of individual responsibility versus community complicity is explained in this episode.
#race, #racism, #priviledge, #faith, #reconciliation, #bible
Ev Tustin - Voluntary Displacement Pt. 2
We are concluding our conversation with Pastor Ev Tustin of Hillside Church in Kent, WA. He speaks of voluntary displacement - making room for a broader diversity of voices, and coming to grips with difficult realizations that challenge one's version of the truth. He continues to point out ways that people of faith can engage the community in productive and mutually beneficial ways because in times of need people of faith need to collaborate to make a difference. All of God's purposes are not antithetical to the same purposes of the people who are serving in the community. Pastor Ev concludes with strategies for people of faith to become people of reconciliation.
Ev Tustin - Voluntary Displacement Pt. 1
Can the church truly become a valued community partner providing a place for people to serve and be ready when a crisis arises? Is it possible to break through tradition and make room for diverse voices to have a place at the table? Pastor Ev Tustin of Hillside Church in Kent, WA is leading his congregation in the transformation of becoming a community partner and an inter-cultural, inter-racial, and inter-generational body that is relevant to, and represents the community where they are located. Listen carefully for how he defines and applies the term, voluntary displacement.
This recent four episodes personalized the long term impact of hate. Thanks for your courage and showing the differences in all humans. Have you considered reclassifying your podcast as relationship?
Interview with Ryan
Very well spoken Ryan. In today’s very crazy time of our country there is always HOPE that we are once again united as Americans no matter your ethnic background
What a great podcast, fantastic host and question technique. Loved your interview with the Queen of Katwe. 👑