What if conversations had the power to transform society? Justice Rising, a new podcast created by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, is setting out to do just that! In each episode, we will highlight people and organizations doing justice work by exploring a central question: How can we bring about healing, liberation, and transformation in our church, our world, ourselves, and our communities?
A Sense of Wholeness with Rudy Dehaney
We close out November reflecting on Black Catholic History Month with Rudy Dehaney. Rudy is a Baltimore native who has held many ministerial roles working with youth and young adults. In his current work, he serves as the Director of the Faith Formation Center for the Northeast Catholic Community and a part-time Campus Minister for Notre Dame Maryland University. Rudy and Cecilia recently had the opportunity to address the entire United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the topic of cultural diversity, representation, and walking with young Catholics. During this episode, Rudy shares his reflections on being Black and Catholic and why representation in the Church is so important. Open your hearts for this conversation: it was honest, joyful, challenging, and soul-filling all at the same time.
Native Joy as Resistance with Kirby Hoberg
We kick off November celebrating Native American Heritage Month, and Cecilia spends time in conversation with Kirby Hoberg, a working film and theater actor, singer, dancer, and playwright who is white, Native (Ponca of Oklahoma), and Catholic. She acknowledges the importance of educating oneself on the ever-evolving language related to Native Peoples and issues, and evaluating where your story may overlap the history of Indigenous Peoples as a starting point for healing injustice. Native joy found in the arts is where Kirby identifies hope in her community and cultural identity!
Kirby Hoberg is a working film and theater actor, singer, dancer and playwright. She is a mother of four kids. Kirby currently lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, but was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She identifies as white and Native (Ponca of Oklahoma). Find Kirby on Instagram at @underthyroof and @kirbyhoberg, and on Twitter at @kirbyhoberg.
A Filipina’s Vision for an Authentic Church with Lauralyn Solano
In celebration of Filipino American History Month, Cecilia holds space for her Ate, or big sister, Lauralyn Solano, to share her story of growing up as the daughter of Filipino immigrants. Immersed at the intersection of faith and justice as a lay ecclesial minister, Lauralyn shares how she navigates working within the institutional side of the church while advocating for representation and celebration of diversity within the realm of faith formation. In this episode, Lauralyn offers a reflection on intergenerational trauma and how young people can lead the way to healing. She also encourages listeners to imagine how Filipino collective identity can help inform celebration of diversity in the Church.
I Am Community with Giselle Cárcamo
What does it mean to be community? In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, Cecilia spends time with Giselle Cárcamo, proud peruana and community leader. Giselle is a social justice advocator who coordinates the Justice for Women program at IPJC, she is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and the Master Trainer for the BASTA Coalition of Washington. In this episode, she shares stories from her life in Peru and how these moments influence the way she lives into her calling as an agent of change. Giselle will inspire you to choose vulnerability over comfort and redefine previous understandings of community!
Meet Justice Rising’s New Host & Producer Cecilia Flores!
Meet Justice Rising’s new Host and Producer, Cecilia Flores! In this episode, The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center’s (IPJC) Executive Director, Will Rutt interviews Cecilia. Cecilia shares about her experience working at the intersection between faith and justice, her cultural background as a Filipina American, and gives a sneak peek of what’s to come in season three of Justice Rising!
Catholic Climate Advocacy with Anna Robertson, Anna Johnson, Emily Burke & Teresa Tsosie (Season 2 with Samantha Yanity)
How can the Catholic Church fight for climate justice and embrace the voice of young people in this work? On this week’s episode, host Samantha Yanity sits down with four young women working for environmental justice. Samantha, Anna R., Emily, Teresa and Anna J.* discuss the impacts of environmental degradation, the ways that each of their communities are impacted, especially young people and indigenous communities, and how, grounded in their faith, they feel called to respond to this crisis. Over the last year, the four of them, along with over 30 young adults have been developing a forthcoming curriculum oriented towards young Catholic climate advocates. This work seeks to provide training, tools, and formation for youth and young adults to ground themselves in spirituality rooted in creation, personal transformation and education, and social action and structural advocacy to take action to create a more sustainable and healthier climate. *Episode Note - Speakers enter the conversation in the following order: Anna Robertson, Emily Burke, Teresa Tsosie, Anna Johnson.