For too long we have avoided talking about religion and politics. But the truth is, religion and politics are about daily life. When we avoid the hard topics connected to religion and politics, we become stuck in the status quo. On Complexified we dive into the places where religion and politics collide with real-life, so we can get unstuck- so we can make real change. We dive into our most entrenched problems to better understand the hidden histories and experiences of real people on the front lines. We look at the ways religion has shaped our systems - and the ways we see ourselves and others– from there, we work together to imagine new paths forward.
Answering Those Lingering Questions on Christian Nationalism
What is Christian Nationalism? Why is everyone talking about it? In this episode, we wrap up our past few episodes by answering those lingering questions to dig into what is - and is not- Christian Nationalism. We share the bad news on the embrace of Christian Nationalism by mainstream Republican politicians and come back to the wisdom we gleaned in earlier episodes to fight to build communities that reject xenophobia and embrace radical love.
Just keep the kids off TikTok
Ian Silverii: political strategist, Jewish dad, and Senator spouse. Ian is a wisecracking fast-talking political genius who has led the progressive fight in Colorado for 15 years. Ian speaks with clarity, passion, and always humor. Even his political foes will tell you that while his words are sharp, he's a softy at heart. I invited Ian on to talk about how we can confront the rise in Christian nationalism because he's one of the smartest and most savvy people I know. And because he is behind the scenes, guiding political strategy and communication to bring the seismic shifts that he made in the political landscape and Colorado to the rest of the country. His family story reminds us, that this is the fight that we were made for!
Let White Jesus, Go!
Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis is one of those people who transcends all of the categories we like to create - the first female and the first black senior pastor at a historic church in New York City that was founded in 1628. She speaks with pathetic truth. She doesn't shy away from what she calls fake Christianity and holds nothing back when fighting harmful theologies. At this moment, Christian nationalism, which has always been present in US history, is being unveiled. We need people who know the ways this ideology has taken shape and built power. And people who embody and live an alternative story. Reverend Dr. Lewis has the knowledge and clarity we have been and where we are. She has the vision to guide and give us hope. And most notably, she has a contagious joy. If anyone can help us find love and connection in this time, it's her.
Rob Schenck on our Greatest Threat: Christian Nationalism
Lex & Amanda talk Gender, Sexuality & Marriage
With the first two episodes under our belt, Host Amanda Henderson and Iliff graduate student Lex Dunbar dig into the key takeaways they hope our listeners come away with after the first two episodes: 1) The idea that there are clear god-ordained, universal religious teachings about gender, sexuality, and marriage as we know them today is a myth. 2) Regulation of bodies, sexuality, and marriage relationships has been a part of the business of the State since the founding of the U.S. and before. With these two realities in mind, how are we to understand and navigate the deeper questions tied to gender, sexuality, and marriage?
Rep. Sam Park, Leading with a Broken Heart
It’s never been easy, politically or religiously, to be queer or trans in this country – but this year, politics has made it harder than it’s been in decades- state lawmakers introduced 240 anti-gay bills across the US- and some seem to think homophobia is socially acceptable again.
That makes Sam Park’s job both more important and more difficult. Sam is the first openly gay state rep ever elected in Georgia…in 2016.
I found him to be so thoughtful about how he looks at the conflicts he faces as a gay Korean-American Democrat serving in Georgia – how he deals with adversity, how his own faith informs his work, and where he finds hope.