16 episodes

CONTEMPLATING NOW is a podcast exploring the Intersection of Contemplation and Social Justice with host Cassidy Hall. This podcast explores contemplative spirituality's direct relationship with issues of social justice through interviews with scholars, mystics, and activists.

Contemplating Now Cassidy Hall

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

CONTEMPLATING NOW is a podcast exploring the Intersection of Contemplation and Social Justice with host Cassidy Hall. This podcast explores contemplative spirituality's direct relationship with issues of social justice through interviews with scholars, mystics, and activists.

    Sacred Attention: A Conversation with Cole Arthur Riley

    Sacred Attention: A Conversation with Cole Arthur Riley

    In this episode with the founder of Black Liturgies, Cole Arthur Riley, we discuss the power of sacred attention, the importance of resting in the stories, and what it means to let the true self live in expanse. She defines contemplation as “a certain commitment to paying attention,” and mysticism as “a fidelity to magic,” and shares more about her contemplative writing process for her newly released book, This Here Flesh.

    • 39 min
    The Unnamed Mystics: A conversation with Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw

    The Unnamed Mystics: A conversation with Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw

    In this episode, Cassidy interviews her former professor of Hebrew Bible and African American Biblical Hermeneutics and Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw, who is now professor of Hebrew Bible at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In this episode they discuss contemplation and mysticism in the Hebrew Bible, the ways in which contemplation can clear us, and new ways to think about mysticism and contemplation: “One way to think about it is a person is in the subject position when it comes to contemplation but in the object position when it comes to mysticism.”

    Dr. Russaw talks about her work as a Womanist scholar, expressing how part of her work as a professor and scholar is to “engage others in life we may have read over, may have missed or misread all along.” As Dr. Russaw mentioned in her essay “Wisdom in the Garden,”: "Womanist ways of reading the biblical text are subversive in that, by and large, they disrupt tightly held images of God and God's relationship to humanity.”

    • 32 min
    The Sacred Black Feminine: A Conversation with Dr. Christena Cleveland

    The Sacred Black Feminine: A Conversation with Dr. Christena Cleveland

    Christena Cleveland, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the Center for Justice + Renewal as well as its sister organization, Sacred Folk, which creates resources to stimulate people’s spiritual imaginations and support their journeys toward liberation. An award-winning researcher and former professor at Duke University’s Divinity School, Christena lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Her newly released book, "God is a Black Woman," weaves personal pilgrimage and societal reckoning to dismantle the cultural “whitemalegod” and uncover the sacred black feminine—and ultimately hope, healing, and liberation.

    • 39 min
    Opening Unto Mystery: A Conversation with Dr. Elyse Ambrose

    Opening Unto Mystery: A Conversation with Dr. Elyse Ambrose

    Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D. (they/them) is a blackqueer ethicist, creative, and educator, whose research, art and community praxis lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. Ambrose’s forthcoming book, A Living Archive: Embodying a Black Queer Ethics (T&T Clark, Enquiries in Embodiment, Sexuality, and Social Ethics series) centers blackqueerness in constructing communal-based sexual ethics.  Ambrose currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethical Leadership and Society at Meadville Lombard Theological School as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. 

    You can find out more about them at elyseambrose.com

    • 36 min
    The Fierce Call of Love: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

    The Fierce Call of Love: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

    The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis—Author, Activist, and Public Theologian—is the first female and first Black Senior Minister to serve in the progressive Collegiate Church, which dates to 1628. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Lewis and her activism work have been featured by the TODAY Show, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among many others.

    In this conversation, Cassidy and Dr. Lewis talk about the role of contemplation in everyday life, the ways mysticism shows up in unexpected places, and the power of story.

    • 34 min
    Breaking Barriers: A Conversation with Davelyn Hill

    Breaking Barriers: A Conversation with Davelyn Hill

    In this episode, poet activist Davelyn Hill and I talk about the ways in which mysticism is intertwined with community and communal care, "I don't think I can say that I am a mystic without being connected to community." She also talked about contemplation's connectivity to mysticism and the ways in which “each person gives us another picture of who God is," therefore “when I devalue you I lose myself." She also reads two wonderful poems in this episode, one about a tree outside her window she lovingly named "Deloris."

    Davelyn Hill is the Executive Director for Speaking Down Barriers. SDB is an organization whose mission is Equity for all. SDB seeks to build community across all that seeks to divide us by ending oppression and valuing everyone. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College. Davelyn is working on a Masters in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. Alongside providing counseling services, she has led support groups, presented research, and conducted university presentations around racial trauma and oppression. She enjoys facilitating groups and retreats around grief and wholeness. Davelyn Hill, also known as Davelyn Athena is an author, poet, and intuitive painter. Davelyn’s poem “Deloris” was published by the Plant and Poetry journal. Her poem “Questions” was been featured online through Spark and Echo.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Jasmine Malloy ,

Essential listening for activists

Love the focus on women of color who are working for justice through prayer and action. Cassidy is a great interviewer and we learn alongside her.

Bleego ,

Loving it

Cassidy is a thoughtful host who delves deep with guests. They discuss, in unhurried ways, some of the most important facing us. I don’t want to miss an episode.

Shaleen - Desert Voices ,

You need this podcast in your life

This is one of my favorite podcasts. It speaks to the intersection of my mind and heart and inspires to to silence and action! - Shaleen from Desert Voices

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