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The Be the Bridge Podcast is a resource from the non-profit organization Be the Bridge, which was founded in 2016 by best-selling author and leader in the fight for racial justice, Latasha Morrison. Be the Bridge responds to racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world and believes understanding can move us toward racial healing, racial equity, and racial unity. This podcast is an extension of our vision to make sure people are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but grounded in truth. This is a resource to help cultivate courageous conversations and equip all to flourish.

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The Be the Bridge Podcast is a resource from the non-profit organization Be the Bridge, which was founded in 2016 by best-selling author and leader in the fight for racial justice, Latasha Morrison. Be the Bridge responds to racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world and believes understanding can move us toward racial healing, racial equity, and racial unity. This podcast is an extension of our vision to make sure people are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but grounded in truth. This is a resource to help cultivate courageous conversations and equip all to flourish.

    281 - Ensuring No One Goes Unseen and Making Hope and Help Accessible to All with Hope Booth Visionary Gloria Umanah

    281 - Ensuring No One Goes Unseen and Making Hope and Help Accessible to All with Hope Booth Visionary Gloria Umanah

    Gloria Umanah, the visionary behind Hope Booth, uses her own lived experiences to passionately fight for those who feel invisible. In this episode, Gloria generously shares her story with the Be the Bridge community and the story behind Hope Booth. She and Latasha connect over their Yoruba names and over being Black women who lead non profits. They discuss mental health, the power of making someone feel seen and that they belong, and making hope and help accessible to all.Gloria's story, words, and work will empower listeners to choose to keep living, to see hope all around, and to see themselves as worthy of being cared for. This conversation is full of reminders that God is at work and that no one is alone. The episode ends with Gloria sharing a powerful spoken word piece you do not want to miss.

    *(We do want to offer a listener warning that suicide is mentioned in this episode.)



    Join in the conversation on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn to let us know your thoughts on this episode!



    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts with Integrated Entertainment Studios

    Assistant Producer & Transcriber - Sarah Connatser



    Quotes:

    “My scars are roadmaps to redemption for other people.” -Gloria Umanah

    “There's a way of showing people their dignity and their worth when you acknowledge their existence.” -Latasha Morrison

    Links:

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    Resources Mentioned:Until All Are Seen documentary by Hope BoothEqual Justice Initiative Legacy Sites“See Me” spoken word video by Gloria Umanah



    Connect with Gloria Umanah:

    Her Website

    Instagram

    Facebook



    Connect with Hope Booth:

    Website

    Facebook 

    Instagram



    Connect with Be the Bridge:

    Our Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Connect with Latasha Morrison:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter





    Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    280 - Shifting the Narrative Around Adoption and Centering Adoptees Voices with Counselor Cam Lee Small

    280 - Shifting the Narrative Around Adoption and Centering Adoptees Voices with Counselor Cam Lee Small

    Counselor, Author, and Speaker Cam Lee Small joins Latasha Morrison on the Be the Bridge Podcast during National Adoption Month to help shift the culture and church’s narrative surrounding adoption. As a transracial adoptee himself, Cam brings his lived experience and his professional work to this conversation.



    They discuss the tension of being connected to two places, the necessity of centering adoptees’ voices and stories, and ways to honor heritages and birth families. They also dive into the importance of celebrating and submitting to leadership that is not centered on whiteness, as well as the need to reframe the language around adoption so that it is not compared to the gospel.



    Cam generously shares some of his own journey of self discovery with the Be the Bridge community. And he encourages adoptees to have a community to be able to express their feelings. Everyone will leave this episode with more empathy, understanding, and language.



    Join in the conversation on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn to let us know your thoughts on this episode! 



    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts with Integrated Entertainment Studios

    Assistant Producer & Transcriber - Sarah Connatser



    Quotes:

    “I was a son before I was adopted”. -Cam Lee Small

    “This work can't start when you adopt. The work has to start prior to that.” -Latasha Morrison

    “Let's not have the adoptive parent be the first one to jump on stage and teach us about the adoptee journey. Let's ask adoptees about that.” -Cam Lee Small



    Links:

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    Resources Mentioned:

    Be the Bridge TRA Academy Course

    Bellis

    The Inclusive Family Support Model



    Connect with Cam Lee Small:

    His Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads



    Connect with Be the Bridge:

    Our Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Connect with Latasha Morrison:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    279 - Holding the Tension of Hope and Lament through Liturgies with Author and Podcaster Kayla Craig

    279 - Holding the Tension of Hope and Lament through Liturgies with Author and Podcaster Kayla Craig

    Kayla Craig is a former journalist who brings deep curiosity and a prophetic voice to her writing in her books Every Season Sacred and To Light Their Way and on her popular Instagram account, Liturgies for Parents.

    In this episode, Latasha and Kayla share hope and lament. They talk about the beauty and accessibility of liturgies in our faith journeys and the need to engage curiosity in our relationship with God and others. They discuss the importance of being honest about our history and being honest with God. And Kayla blesses the Be the Bridge community with readings from her book.



    (Note: This conversation was recorded on September 14th, for context for listeners as to why some of the current global conflicts and recent national gun violence tragedies are not named in the laments.)



    Join in the conversation on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn to let us know your thoughts on this episode! 



    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts with Integrated Entertainment Studios

    Assistant Producer & Transcriber - Sarah Connatser



    Quotes:

    “I embrace history because it makes us who we are.” -Latasha Morrison

    “Kids invite us into curiosity, because we start to unlearn that. When we embrace a posture of curiosity instead of having all the answers, we are drawing nearer to Christ.” -Kayla Craig

    “Liturgy is prayers of the people.” -Kayla Craig

    "When was Jesus ever comfortable? Why do we yearn for comfort?” -Latasha Morrison



    Links:

    If you’d like to partner with the Be the Bridge Podcast, please fill out our Advertise with Us form. 

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    Shop the Be the Bridge Online Shop



    Resources Mentioned:

    Every Season Sacred book by Kayla Craig

    To Light Their Way book by Kayla Craig

    Liturgies for Parents Podcast

    prayer for Dr. Martin Luther King Day

    Ruby Bridges

    A Prayer for Gun Violence in Schools

    With book by Skye Jethani

    A Prayer for Talking about Racism with Children



    Connect with Kayla Craig:

    Her Website

    Instagram

    Liturgies for Parents Instagram

    Facebook

    Threads



    Connect with Be the Bridge:

    Our Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Connect with Latasha Morrison:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

    • 55 min
    278 - Sharing Creator’s Good Story and Honoring Indigenous Peoples through the First Nations Version with Terry Wildman and featuring Mariah Humphries

    278 - Sharing Creator’s Good Story and Honoring Indigenous Peoples through the First Nations Version with Terry Wildman and featuring Mariah Humphries

    Terry Wildman, whose ancestry includes Ojibwe from Ontario, Canada and Yaqui from Sonora, Mexico, is the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the First Nations Version. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity. And in this episode, he shares the story behind how this beautiful translation came to be. 



    Mariah Humphries, a citizen of Mvskoke Nation and on the team of Be the Bridge as the Director of Marketing and Innovation, adds insight, joy, and depth to this conversation. Terry, Mariah, and Latasha remind listeners Jesus is always on the side of the oppressed and that giving up culture, language, traditions is not a necessity in following Jesus.



    In fact, Creator hears you, sees you, understands you, and delights in you as he created you. You can follow Jesus in the context of your culture.



    We hope you’ll pick up a copy of the First Nations Version and learn from Indigenous brothers and sisters, not just around Indigenous Peoples’ Day or Native American Heritage Month but throughout the year. 



    Join in the conversation on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn to let us know your thoughts on this episode! 



    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts with Integrated Entertainment Studios

    Assistant Producer & Transcriber - Sarah Connatser



    Quotes:

    “There's so much beauty and there's so much good that Creator has put into our Native cultures that to see that disappear would be a terrible loss.” -Terry Wildman

    “Being a Native Christian doesn't mean you have to compromise and assimilate into this other mindset. You can be truly who you were created to be and follow Creator in this beautiful way.” -Mariah Humphries

    “A lot of people don't understand the influence of Western culture on the Bible, on tradition, on theology in what we have now.” -Latasha Morrison



    Links:

    If you’d like to partner with the Be the Bridge Podcast, please fill out our Advertise with Us form. 

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    Shop the Be the Bridge Online Shop



    Resources Mentioned:

    Be the Bridge ICWA announcement Instagram video

    Be the Bridge ICWA YouTube videoNative InterVarsityRain MinistriesThe Culture Is: Indigenous Women

    OneBook Bible translationWould Jesus Eat Frybread?

    Animated Video - Retelling the Good Story: A Day and a Night with Creator Sets Free

    Animated Video - Water and Sand



    Connect with Terry Wildman:

    First Nations Version Website 

    Twitter

    FNV Instagram

    FNV Facebook



    Connect with Be the Bridge:

    Our Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Connect with Latasha Morrison:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Threads

    Twitter



    Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    277 - Creating Sustainable Change through Decolonized Restorative Justice & Transformative Justice Work with Life Coach and Human Rights Advocate Dr. Eloise Sepeda

    277 - Creating Sustainable Change through Decolonized Restorative Justice & Transformative Justice Work with Life Coach and Human Rights Advocate Dr. Eloise Sepeda

    Public Speaker, Life Coach, and Human Rights Advocate, Dr. Eloise Sepeda joins Latasha Morrison to talk about how we can prevent cycles of oppression and marginalization. Her lived experience and research informs her work in Restorative-Transformative Justice. Dr. Eloise and Latasha talk about discipline in schools, developing empathy, and appreciating different perspectives.

    Dr. Eloise was one of the members of Latasha’s first Be the Bridge group in Austin! You'll hear the years of friendship and co-laboring in the work of racial justice between them in this episode that celebrates reimagining, thinking critically, and embracing curiosity. They also remind us that this work is not hopeless. We can break systemic cycles with intervention. Healing has a ripple effect!

    Dr. Eloise Sepeda will be joining us at our Leadership Summit in January 2024! 



    Join in the conversation on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn to let us know your thoughts on this episode! 



    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts with Integrated Entertainment Studios

    Assistant Producer & Transcriber - Sarah Connatser



    Quotes:

    “Peacemaking involves disruption.” -Eloise Sepeda

    “Justice is about being. It's not just about doing. We want to do justice, but we also want to be just.” -Latasha Morrison

    “Let's not shove people into these boxes that systems have developed for them.” -Eloise Sepeda



    Links:

    If you’d like to partner with the Be the Bridge Podcast, please fill out our Advertise with Us form. 

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    Resources Mentioned:

    Be the Bridge Guides and Training Material - Be the Bridge Academy

    Be the Bridge Leadership Summit

    Be the Bridge Groups

    Harmony One Solutions

    L.E.A.D. Center for Youth

    Restorative Discipline Practices: A Journey in Implementation by a Community of Texas Educators book co-authored by Dr. Eloise Sepeda

    Love Beyond Walls



    Connect with Dr. Eloise Sepeda:

    Her Website

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Twitter

    Facebook



    Connect with Be the Bridge:

    Our Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter



    Connect with Latasha Morrison:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter



    Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Special Announcement - The Be the Bridge Academy!

    Special Announcement - The Be the Bridge Academy!

    The Be the Bridge Academy is the online learning platform that inspires, equips, and partners with people and organizations through training, programs, webinars, and courses using Be the Bridge content and resources from reputable thought leaders and institutions.There will be some free resources available in the BTB Academy as well as paid resources, with new racial literacy material added quarterly!It will include courses on:


    history
    the Bible and diversity
    culture (both white and BIPOC)
    healing from racial trauma
    Be the Bridge values
    racial reconciliation panels
    transracial adoption
    student leadership
    and more!

    Be sure you're following us on social media so you can celebrate and share the launch with us! We hope you'll consider investing in your racial literacy through the Academy.



    bethebridge.com/academy

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
755 Ratings

755 Ratings

@mountainbadger ,

God bless you

& all you do
Just what I needed on my walk with Yeshua, the Way, the truth & the life

KristaRidgefieldMom ,

Informative and Beautiful

LaTasha is a joy to listen to. She is obviously following the call that God has put on her life. She has so much experience and wisdom to share and I’ve learned so much from the Be the Bridge organization and this podcast specifically.

krstg ,

Valuable learning

I learn a great deal, culturally, spiritually, and intellectually, whenever I listen to Be the Bridge. As a white woman on a continuing journey of learning to work toward racial equity and reconciliation, I still have much to learn and am so grateful for the wise voices I can sit under through this podcast. May the Lord bless you all.

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