12 episodes

Can I get a Witness? The Podcast is an audio companion to the book, Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. In each episode of this podcast, we’ll talk with one of our authors about the person they profiled for the book and about their writing process.



Can I Get a Witness? The Podcast is a production of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, a research initiative whose mission is to study the social consequences of theological ideas for the sake of a more just and compassionate world. To learn more about Lived Theology, visit livedtheology.org or find us on social media.

Can I Get a Witness? The Podcast Can I Get a Witness? The Podcast

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Can I get a Witness? The Podcast is an audio companion to the book, Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. In each episode of this podcast, we’ll talk with one of our authors about the person they profiled for the book and about their writing process.



Can I Get a Witness? The Podcast is a production of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, a research initiative whose mission is to study the social consequences of theological ideas for the sake of a more just and compassionate world. To learn more about Lived Theology, visit livedtheology.org or find us on social media.

    In the Union of the Spirit: Cesar Chavez and the Quest for Farmworker Justice

    In the Union of the Spirit: Cesar Chavez and the Quest for Farmworker Justice

    Daniel P. Rhodes discusses Cesar Chavez, who organized farmworkers through strikes, boycotts, and pickets—and through less common organizing practices such as Eucharist, fasting, and pilgrimage. Dan reflects on how Chavez’s experience of dislocation and deracination in childhood formed him into … Read More

    • 38 min
    Solomon’s Son: The Wise Tenderness of Howard Thurman

    Solomon’s Son: The Wise Tenderness of Howard Thurman

    Donyelle McCray discusses Howard Thurman, civil rights leader, preacher, writer, mystic and thinker who was a mentor to Dr. King and the founder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. Donyelle focuses on Thurman’s tenderness: how his mother and grandmother contributed to … Read More

    • 41 min
    Setting the Captives Free: Yuri Kochiyama and Her Lifelong Fight Against Unjust Imprisonment

    Setting the Captives Free: Yuri Kochiyama and Her Lifelong Fight Against Unjust Imprisonment

    Grace Y. Kao reflects on Yuri Kochiyama, an activist known for her cross-racial solidarity work on causes such as reparations, Puerto Rican independence, and black nationalism. Grace emphasizes two areas that Kochiyama’s biographers have often overlooked: her central passion for fighting against unjust imprisonment, … Read More

    • 42 min
    Dreaming and Doing: Howard Kester and His Search for Prophetic Christianity

    Dreaming and Doing: Howard Kester and His Search for Prophetic Christianity

    Peter Slade discusses Howard Kester, an activist and organizer known for his work with the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union and for the reports he wrote on his investigations of lynchings, which helped to put an end to festival lynching in the American South. … Read More

    • 42 min
    We Who Believe in Freedom: Ella Baker’s Creed

    We Who Believe in Freedom: Ella Baker’s Creed

    Nichole M. Flores shares her research and reflections on Ella Baker, a civil rights activist and organizer whose work in the civil rights movement focused on empowering the poor and the young. Nichole discusses how Baker’s work paved the way for Black Lives Matter … Read More

    • 35 min
    The Conflict of Flesh and Spirit: A Reading of Dorothy Day

    The Conflict of Flesh and Spirit: A Reading of Dorothy Day

    Carlene Bauer discusses Dorothy Day, a writer, editor, journalist, and activist best known for being one of the founders of the Catholic Worker movement. Carlene reflects on Day’s life leading up to the work she’s most known for, considering how her childhood and … Read More

    • 34 min

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