For People is a conversation with Bishop Rob Wright, spiritual leader to the more than 50,000 people in the 117 worshipping communities of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. In this podcast, Bishop Wright meets listeners at the crossroads of faith and life to explore the challenges of an ever-changing world. Listen in to find out how he expands on For Faith, drawing inspiration from the life of Jesus to answer 21st-century questions.
In the words of The Rev. Raphael Warnock, "as Christians, our democratic vote is a prayer for a more just and loving world". Amen!
In this episode, Bishop Wright has a conversation with special guest US Senator Raphael Warnock. As two Black men that grew up in public housing, in families of faith, and first-generation college graduates, they share how they've been formed as spiritual and moral leaders. They discuss our American democracy, Jesus as a non-partisan spiritual leader, gun violence, and the power of love that organizes. Listen in for the full conversation.
The Honorable Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock serves as the Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the junior United States Senator from Georgia. The son of two Pentecostal pastors, Dr. Warnock responded to the call of ministry at a very early age, and at age 35, became the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist Church, founded in 1886.
Senator Warnock released his personal memoir, A Way out of No Way, in June of 2022. Senator Warnock is the proud father of one daughter, Chloé, and one son, Caleb.
Pride and Juneteenth
It delights God that we smell like love! That we smell like generosity. And knowing this we must stand before our loving God and explain our hatefulness!
In this episode, Melissa and Bishop Wright have a conversation about Pride Month and Juneteenth and how both of these holidays call us to know every beautiful human being as beloved. Every ism gets in the way of knowing that we are all made in God's image and are one human family. Listen in for the full conversation.
Before listening, read For Faith.
Revival, Diversity, and Loving People
"Holy Spirit break-in!", says Pentecost! The Spirit breaks through ethnic and language barriers and celebrates the beautiful diversity of God's beloved.
In this episode, Melissa and Bishop Wright have a conversation about Bishop's time with the ELCA Southeastern Synod as the preacher of their Revival. They discuss what can happen when we experience revival and a renewed closeness to God. That testimony leads us to share God's love in the world. Listen in for the full conversation.
Before listening, read For Faith.
Poverty with Luke Shaefer Ph.D.
How many people in America live on less than $2 a day? Something many of us don't think about but a reality for those living in poverty in the United States.
In this episode, Bishop Wright has a conversation with Luke Schaefer Ph.D. A University of Michigan Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement. They discuss the gaps in society and what we can do about them. Professor Schaefer also shares his own experience of poverty and what he's learned from his research on extreme poverty.
Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history, and his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau among other sources. He has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and has advised a number of the nation’s largest human service providers.
His work has been cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, and Los Angeles Times, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. His book with Kathryn Edin, “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism among other awards. He was recently named to an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.
Young People and Leadership
Arabella Brown, a young person from St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta GA, gave a powerful sermon to the graduating seniors of The Diocese of Atlanta on May 22. She speaks of leaving familiar places, that it will be hard along the way, and that God will always be with us.
In this episode, Melissa and Bishop Wright have a conversation about young people and their capacities, their offerings, and what adults must do to create spaces for them to lead. Listen in for the full conversation.
Read Arabella's full sermon: https://episcopalatlanta.org/news/2022-graduation-celebration/
Courage with Dr. Catherine Meeks
"...Dr. Catherine Meeks is the most courageous person I know...". That's from your producer, Easton Davis.
In this episode, Bishop Wright has a conversation with Dr. Meeks. She shares her own story of personal memoir, purpose, the work of racial healing, and her recent award: The President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award medal. Specifically to the work of racial healing, they talk of how The Gospel points us in the direction of this important work and beloved community.
Dr. Meeks will be preaching and teaching at the National Cathedral, this Sunday and Monday, May 22-23.
Watch her preach this Sunday at The National Cathedral: https://cathedral.org/
Read about her award: https://episcopalatlanta.org/news/presaward/
Learn more about the Center for Racial Healing: https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/
Number 96, Intimacy
Thank you for always sharing a different perspective that is always practical and purposeful! Thank you Melissa (hope I spelled it right) for always asking the thoughtful sometimes tough questions.
Number 40, meeting God
Wonderful podcast! This is helping me grow closer to God. Thanks Bishop Wright!
Engaging and encouraging
Bishop Wright’s podcasts are always engaging, thoughtful, and encouraging. He comes across as intelligent, clear-eyed, and strong in his faith. God is still God, and God is for everyone! Give this podcast a listen.