20 episodes

Welcome to Jesus, Justice + Mercy! A place where we discuss race, grace, faith, & healing for the 21st-century church. If you don’t know where to start & are curious about social justice & the church, join me, Kristen, as I talk about my journey from evangelical upbringing to a place of listening, learning, and action.

Tune in, if you struggle to reconcile Jesus with what you see in the church, want to understand justice & trauma, serve with authenticity, pursue justice as an imperative of the body of believers, and begin the process of repenting & reconciling with our brothers & sisters.

Jesus, Justice + Mercy Kristen A. Brock

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to Jesus, Justice + Mercy! A place where we discuss race, grace, faith, & healing for the 21st-century church. If you don’t know where to start & are curious about social justice & the church, join me, Kristen, as I talk about my journey from evangelical upbringing to a place of listening, learning, and action.

Tune in, if you struggle to reconcile Jesus with what you see in the church, want to understand justice & trauma, serve with authenticity, pursue justice as an imperative of the body of believers, and begin the process of repenting & reconciling with our brothers & sisters.

    The Other Side of Adoption: Systems, Families, Trauma, and Hope

    The Other Side of Adoption: Systems, Families, Trauma, and Hope

    Welcome to the first episode of Summer Snippets! In this episode, we look at the complex topic of adoption, focusing on the unplanned removal of children from their families and the systemic issues within the foster care system. We'll discuss these children's challenges, the importance of family reunification, and potential solutions for creating a more supportive system.

    Info from this episode:

    US Dept of Health and Human Services Adoption and Foster Care statistics

    Family First State Plans and Enacted Legislation 

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    • 11 min
    Generational Shadows: Youth Incarceration's Legacy on Trauma and Poverty

    Generational Shadows: Youth Incarceration's Legacy on Trauma and Poverty

    As we finish Season 1, Episode 17 is a short episode exploring the "School to Prison Pipeline," a critical issue pushing at-risk children from classrooms into the justice system, highlighting its devastating impact on marginalized communities. We'll explore the alarming incarceration rates in the U.S., particularly among Black Americans, and the systemic factors contributing to these disparities. Referencing the documentary "13th," Kristen illustrates how policies have inflated prison populations and perpetuated racial biases.

     

    We’ll also examine juvenile incarceration's long-term effects, its role in perpetuating poverty, and the disparities in school discipline that feed into this cycle. Despite some reforms, much work remains. Join Kristen as we challenge our biases, seek understanding, and strive to embody the love and compassion Jesus taught us. 

     

    ACLU report on unjust Crack Cocaine laws.

    Sentencing Project Report on Youth Justice

    Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Report

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    How to connect with Kristen:

    ⁠Website⁠

    ⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

    email: kristen@kristenannette.com


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    • 18 min
    Bearing Witness: Navigating Mental Health and Miracles

    Bearing Witness: Navigating Mental Health and Miracles

    In Episode 16 Kristen opens up about a deeply personal experience involving her 18-year-old son's mental health crisis. The episode, marked by vulnerability and raw emotion, explores the challenges of parenting a child with mental health struggles stemming from childhood trauma. She recounts the harrowing events of her son's crisis, from an early morning discovery of his distress to seeking emergency help and navigating the complexities of mental health, faith, and the relentless pursuit of hope in the face of adversity. 

    Throughout the episode, she reflects on the intersection of faith, prayer, and the pain of unanswered prayers, grappling with the tension between believing in miracles and confronting the harsh realities of ongoing suffering. Sharing a poignant exploration of biblical promises of restoration and healing, finding solace and hope in the midst of despair, Kristen calls on listeners to support those in their communities who are silently battling similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of empathy, prayer, and solidarity.

     

    How to connect with Kristen:

    ⁠Website⁠

    ⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

    email: kristen@kristenannette.com


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    • 19 min
    Unraveling Inequities: Poverty, Race and the Foster System

    Unraveling Inequities: Poverty, Race and the Foster System

    This week, we look at the intricate intersections of poverty, race, and the foster care system, offering a deep exploration rather than mere observation. With a compassionate yet critical lens, this episode seeks to unravel the complexities surrounding these issues. In this installment, Kristen delves into real-life stories with authenticity, seamlessly weaving them with insightful data to prompt listeners to confront their biases and preconceptions. Through thought-provoking narratives and compelling statistics, the podcast challenges its audience to grapple with uncomfortable truths, leaving listeners with a sense of urgency and a call to faith-based engagement about systemic injustices.

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    Foster Care Data

    Foster The City

    Help One Child

    SF Chronicle article on racial profiling

    Disparities in black healthcare article

    Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

     

    How to connect with Kristen:

    ⁠Website⁠

    ⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

    email: kristen@kristenannette.com


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    • 26 min
    Beyond the System: A Journey of Love, Loss, Healing and Faith

    Beyond the System: A Journey of Love, Loss, Healing and Faith

    In this heartfelt episode of Jesus, Justice, and Mercy, we embark on a deeply personal journey with our host, Kristen, as she shares her experiences with foster care, adoption, and childhood trauma. As May highlights National Foster Care Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, she delves into the complexities of these intersecting issues, offering poignant insights and reflections.

    From navigating the foster care system as a single parent to advocating for trauma-informed care, listeners are invited to join a conversation that seeks to understand, empathize, and inspire action. Tune in as we explore the intersections of faith, resilience, and social justice, contemplating the church's vital role in supporting vulnerable populations and fostering a community of compassion and healing.

     

    Foster Care Data

     

    How to connect with Kristen:

    ⁠Website⁠

    ⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

    email: kristen@kristenannette.com

     


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    • 28 min
    Threads of Inequality: Exploring Poverty Through a Christian Lens

    Threads of Inequality: Exploring Poverty Through a Christian Lens

    In episode thirteen, we look at the intricate dynamics of poverty in the United States, unraveling its multifaceted nature and shedding light on its far-reaching impacts. Through exploring data, personal anecdotes, and historical insights, Kristen helps us navigate the layers of systemic barriers perpetuating inequity.  

    Drawing upon Christian principles and teachings, we examine past and present responses to poverty within the church, inviting listeners to reflect on their roles in fostering social justice and equity. Ultimately, this episode serves as a call to action, urging us to confront biases, advocate for systemic change, and embody compassion in our pursuit of a more just society.



    The U.S. is the top country for millionaires and billionaires

    Huff Post Article on EBT funds 

    Report on Orphanages by the MN Dept of Health and Human Service 

    Keller: Generous Justice, How Gods Grace makes us Just

    Hughes, Power and Poverty

    Center for American Progress data

    Reach out to me if you are specifically curious about places in Scripture that I mentioned in this episode! 

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    How to connect with Kristen:

    ⁠Website⁠

    ⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

    email: kristen@kristenannette.com

     


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Juliaelise8 ,

Thought provoking

Kristen is so thoughtful, biblical, and loving in everything she says and does! Her podcast is so thought provoking, informative, and easy to follow. I love the way she brings up hard topics. You never feel judged or cast out. I always look forward to the next episode!

Kelly: Podcast Genius In You ,

Great find!

This is such an informative podcast. Kristen shares things from a biblical pet that really make you think about oppression and justice in our world and how it relates to scripture. Listen and learn!

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