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Exploring theologies that inspire and liberate. Formerly known as Religionless Church.

A People's Theology Mason Mennenga

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

Exploring theologies that inspire and liberate. Formerly known as Religionless Church.

    Jes Kast: Should Queer Christians Stay In Unaffirming Churches?

    Jes Kast: Should Queer Christians Stay In Unaffirming Churches?

    In this episode Mason chats with Jes Kast (and the occasional appearance of her puppy) about whether queer Christians should stay in conservative churches or not. We also talk about why I should become a Calvinist and much more.


    Guest Bio/Info:


    Jes Kast is a queer progressive minister and constructive theologian.


    Find Jes here:


    revjeskast.com


    Twitter: @revjeskast


    Instagram: revjeskast


    Special music by The Homeless Gospel Choir:


    Spotify: The Homeless Gospel Choir


    Instagram: thgchoir


    Get connected to Mason:


    masonmennenga.com


    Patreon: patreon.com/masonmennenga


    Twitter: @masonmennenga


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    • 42 min
    Dante Stewart: Why Jesus Is Black

    Dante Stewart: Why Jesus Is Black

    Mason chats with Dante Stewart about his new book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle. We chat about how infectious white supremacy is and why Jesus is Black, and much more.


    Guest Bio/Info:


    Dante Stewart is a writer and speaker and recent author of Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle.


    Find Dante here: 


    dantecstewart.com


    Twitter: @stewartdantec


    Instagram: stewartdantec


    Facebook: facebook.com/dstewart37


    Special music by Mayyadda:


    Spotify: Mayyadda


    Instagram: mayyadda


    Get connected to Mason:


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    Twitter: @masonmennenga


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    • 53 min
    Hillary McBride: How To Be More Embodied

    Hillary McBride: How To Be More Embodied

    Mason chat with Hillary McBride about her new book The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living. They chat about what science is learning about the body, why embodiment is important to justice, and how you can be more embodied.


    Guest Bio/Info:


    Hillary McBride is a therapist, researcher, podcaster, and author of the recent book The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living.


    Find Hillary here:


    hillarylmcbride.com


    Instagram: hillaryliannamcbride


    Twitter: @hillarylmcbride


    Special music by Thrice:


    Spotify: Thrice


    Instagram: thrice


    Get connected to Mason:


    masonmennenga.com


    Patreon: patreon.com/masonmennenga


    Twitter: @masonmennenga


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    Instagram: masonmennenga

    • 51 min
    Angela Parker: The Oppressive History of Biblical Inerrancy

    Angela Parker: The Oppressive History of Biblical Inerrancy

    Mason chats with Dr. Angela Parker about her new book, If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I?: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority. We chat about the oppressive history of biblical inerrancy, how the Bible ought to shape our faith, and much more.


    Guest Bio/Info:


    Dr. Angela Parker is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at McAfee School of Theology. She is also the recent author of If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I?: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority.


    Find Angela here:


    Instagram: anp22fab


    Twitter: @anp22fab


    Facebook: facebook.com/angela.parker.731


    Special music by Laura McElroy:


    Spotify: Laura McElroy


    Instagram: lauramcelroymusic


    Get connected to Mason:


    masonmennenga.com


    Patreon: patreon.com/masonmennenga


    Twitter: @masonmennenga


    Facebook: facebook.com/mason.mennenga


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    • 40 min
    Elle Dowd: How To Go From Being a White Moderate to Abolitionist

    Elle Dowd: How To Go From Being a White Moderate to Abolitionist

    Mason chats with Elle Dowd about her new book, Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist. We chat about how you can go from being a white moderate to an abolitionist and why people of faith should be committed to fighting white supremacy.


    Guest Bio/Info: 


    Elle Dowd is a Lutheran minister and recent author of Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist.


    Find Elle here:


    elledowd.com


    Facebook: facebook.com/ElleDowdMinistry


    Twitter: @hownowbrowndowd


    Instagram: hownowbrowndowd


    Special music by Hrada:


    Spotify: Hrada


    Instagram: hradamusic


    Get connected to Mason:


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    Twitter: @masonmennenga


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    • 41 min
    Brenda Davies: How Sex Can Shape Your Theology

    Brenda Davies: How Sex Can Shape Your Theology

    Mason chats live at the 2021 Wild Goose Festival with Brenda Davies about her book, On Her Knees: Memoir of a Prayerful Jezebel. We chat about her journey through purity culture, how sex can shape our theology, and much more.


    (Episode content warning: Throughout the episode Brenda shares vulnerably about being sexually assaulted. Also, towards the end of the episode she mentions that religious trauma syndrome is recognized by DSM-5. After recording we were corrected that it is not. However, religious trauma syndrome is recognized by many psychologists.)


    Guest Bio/Info:


    Brenda Marie Davies is a podcaster and YouTuber of the channel God is Grey, which has over 100,000 subscribers. She is also the author of the recent book, On Her Knees: Memoir of a Prayerful Jezebel.


     Find Brenda here:


    godisgrey.com


    Instagram: godisgrey


    Twitter: @GodisGreyxo


    YouTube: youtube.com/godisgrey


    Special music by Hudson Freeman:


    Spotify: Hudson Freeman


    Instagram: hudsonfreeman


    Get connected to Mason:


    masonmennenga.com


    Patreon: patreon.com/masonmennenga


    Twitter: @masonmennenga


    Facebook: facebook.com/mason.mennenga


    Instagram: masonmennenga

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

admailhot ,

Worthwhile

In my experience of this podcast, A People’s Theology is all about asking thoughtful, provocative questions and finding possible answers. In any particular topic Mason is asking about, all of the guests on the podcast share from both experience & research in an authentic and often hilarious way. Deeply informative, meaningful in subject, and always immediately applicable. I’ve recommended this podcast to many friends who are deconstructing and also to friends who are still gripping tradition, and I will continue to do so.

emes091099 ,

One of the best faith-based podcasts I’ve listened to 😊

Hi! I’ve been listening to A People’s Theology for about a couple of weeks now and I really appreciate the diverse perspectives that are brought to the table. Mason does a lovely job talking to the guests and he’s very welcoming and thought-provoking when he asks questions and makes comments. I currently attend an Episcopal church that’s not as affirming of the stances the national church has taken on LGBTQ equality and other socioeconomic issues. With that said, I’m happy to know there are people outside the tradition who can offer alternative perspectives. I do have a couple of suggestions: I always get a little annoyed when the musical guest is interviewed in the middle of the episode. I feel that it interrupts the continuity of the main guest. Personally, I would place the artist’s interview as the last segment of the show. Also, if I’m not already asking too much, I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to see more Gen Z guests talk about their spiritual journeys. I realize if right now may be too early to do that, but incorporating that in the near future would be an exciting thing. I’m a member of Gen Z myself and it can feel really lonely at times to not be exposed to people my own age who are also interested in this work. I look forward to seeing this podcast grow! Keep the faith! 🙏🏽

JamieMarie77 ,

Diverse and inspiring

Thank you for your thought-provoking content!

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