Every week, pastors and leaders from First Methodist Houston gather to answer questions from church members and listeners, with a promise that there is no topic we won't tackle. Featuring a rotating collection of pastors and experts, led by head pastor Andy Nixon.
Ask Me Anything: “It’s Been A Year Since George Floyd’s Death. Has Anything Changed?” – Andy Nixon, Donyale Fraylon, Ken Coneby, and Ben Wyman
It is Donyale’s last podcast, and the group talks about the year of ministry that followed George Floyd’s death – the way their approach to ministry changed, and the need to be a church calling for justice. It’s a reconsideration of faith in politics, and call for faith in politics.
The Ask Me Anything Podcast will be on a brief hiatus, but will return with new co-hosts later this summer! In the meantime, send us new questions at fmhouston.com/ama.
"I Feel Like My Faith Has Atrophied Since The Pandemic, What Do I Do?" - Andy Nixon, Donyale Fraylon, Ken Coneby, & Ben Wyman
On a very loose podcast, the group tries to answer what to do when you feel you need your faith back, and how you're doing better than you think you are.
This podcast sounds undedited, but trust me, it is very edited.
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Ask Me Anything: “Are We Ignoring All Incarcerated People By Only Talking About Black Imprisonment?” – Andy Nixon, Donyale Fraylon, Ken Coneby, and Ben Wyman
A follow-up question about the New Jim Crow podcast series asks if the conversation about black imprisonment is perhaps too one-sided. The group… does not agree!
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Ask Me Anything: “The New Jim Crow, Pt. 3 – ‘We Aren’t All Free To Not Be Tired’” – Ken Coneby, Kenneth Jackson & Ben Wyman
As we wrap up our discussion on Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” with Trinity United Methodist Church, Kenneth Jackson returns to the conversation to address the problems of trying to address a system built to consistently, repetitively keep people down. It leads to a discussion about what the church – and what we, as individuals – are required to do by our love of Jesus and willingness to follow his direction.
The discussion will continue in the coming weeks, depending on what you ask us about! Reach out to us with a question: fmhouston.com/ama.
Ask Me Anything: “The New Jim Crow, Pt. 2 – ‘There’s More Than One America’” – Donyale Fraylon, Anthony Rogers, Kenneth Jackson, & Ben Wyman
In the middle chapters of “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander breaks down racism baked into the justice system, and the group talks about being raised with different expectations, and passing those lessons along to their children. Plus, the exhaustion that comes with constantly being teachers, but the responsibilities we have to educate the people that we talk to.
Got a question or a response? Reach us at fmhouston.com/ama!
Ask Me Anything: “The New Jim Crow, Pt 1 – Colorblindness Is The Problem” – Andy Nixon, Donyale Fraylon, & Deirdre Barrett
On our first podcast discussing “The New Jim Crow,” Andy and Donyale are joined by Trinity United Methodist’s Deirdre Barrett. The group discusses what stands out in the early chapters of Michelle Alexander’s book, including her statement that “colorblindness is not the answer, it’s the problem.”
The discussion fans out into the call each member felt like the book put on them, including learning to find beauty in diversity without being threatened by it, and trying to find an equal amount of justice and forgiveness.
The discussion will continue for two more weeks! Got a question? Visit us at fmhouston.com/ama.