The Prophetic Resistance Podcast travels the country to talk to our beloved community of freedom-fighters, justice-seekers and faith leaders. We are asking how - in this moment - leaders of faith and moral courage can cultivate prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.
Episode 47: Reflections on Season 4
Listen to this short episode, as our host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews leans into the learnings from our Season 4 guests. He reflects on the wisdom of our ancestors and unpacks a season that was scheduled to be about the Census, elections, and voting but ended up being framed around our collective experience of living through police-sanctioned killings of unarmed Black people, uprisings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 46: Revolutionary Faith
We are excited to share with you a new sibling series to the Prophetic Resistance podcast. Revolutionary Faith is a Facebook Live series hosted by Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action. This bi-weekly show is centered on everyday people who are leaning on their faith and leaning into the love for their family and community in these treacherous times. As the chaos of this moment swirls around us and we are responding to crisis after crisis in our communities, in our country, and around the world, this series explores the question, what sustains you? In this inaugural episode, Rev. Herring introduces himself and reflects the vision of this project and the conversations he will cultivate with his guests.
Episode 45: Rev. Margaret Ernst
In this post-election episode, we talk with Margaret Ernst, program manager for Faith Matters Network. When we planned this interview, we knew we would talk about post-election resilience and what it means to be a white clergy leader in movement spaces. We didn’t know that Walter Wallace, her neighbor in Philadelphia, would be killed by police just days before our conversation. So you may hear the anxiety and heartbreak in our voices.
In this conversation, Margaret lays out a timely call to action for white faith leaders. We talk about movement chaplaincy, the labor of spirit care work, and Margaret’s parent Carla - and Carla’s wisdom always to imagine themself forward. Margaret, who began her career in faith-rooted organizing with Faith in Action affiliate POWER Interfaith, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a program manager with Faith Matters Network. Show Notes:
The Role of Movement Chaplaincy in Social Change, by Micky ScottBey Jones and Hilary Allen a 30-Day Wellbeing and Survival Plan https://bit.ly/2JnoaoB "Kyle Rittenhouse, Whiteness, and The Responsibility of White Faith Leaders: Notes from Conversations with Ruby Sales" from Radical Discipleship
Episode 44: What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness”
This special episode is themed “ What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness” and features Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould and Bishop Dwayne Royster. In this election cycle, with so much at stake for our families and communities, the Prophetic Resistance podcast and Faith in Action is mobilizing people of faith and moral values across our nation to exercise their vote as a fundamental expression of our faith commitment. Listen to Dr. Gould and Bishop Royster connect the wisdom teachings of their mothers - who were activists and organizers in their own right - to our current clarion call to leverage our voting power and lean into our prophetic witness on Election Day and beyond. Dr. Gould is the executive director of Missouri Faith Voices. Bishop Dwayne Royster is the interim executive director of POWER Interfaith and the northeast regional director for Faith in Action. Show Notes: Learn More about Missouri Faith Voices here. Learn more about POWER here. Connect to the Rise + Vote toolkit here. Learn more about the film Rigged here.
Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates
Our guest is Minister JaNaé Bates. A womanist theologian and Fulbright scholar. She is a journalist-and-organizer-turned-minister, specializing in the integration of grassroots faith-based organizing and narrative strategy. She is also the director of communications for ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota, affiliates of Faith in Action and the Faith in Action Fund.
In this episode, we covered some tough topics - the global uprisings sparked by the police killing of George Floyd - especially from her vantage point as a person who lives and works in Minnesota. We talked COVID-19, it’s personal impact on her family and the at-large impact that the pandemic is having on Black bodies. Through it all, JaNaéexpands our imagination around resistance to include hope and abundance, reminding us that in this moment of turmoil and struggle we are on the right side of justice and that we are actually winning the narrative fight.
Episode 42: Brittany White
Brittany White is a brilliant organizer and strategist for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE program. Brittany- who is herself a formerly incarcerated person - leads the decarceration campaign, where she uses her voice and experiences to activate imaginations and cultivate lives of dignity for formerly and currently incarcerated people. In this episode, we talk about how Brittany is working to shift stories of incarceration from narratives of shame to narratives of liberation. We reflect on the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on our incarcerated kindred, and how faith leaders can meaningfully show up during moments of uprising. And we learn how her leadership is rooted in her faith and grounded in resistance. Show Notes: You will hear Brittany address Rev. Mathews as "Merm." The nickname is derived from his initials MRM and is frequently used by his colleagues. Visit http://www.livefreeusa.org to learn how you can support Brittany's work.
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Some of the most important discussions for religious communities today are being held on this podcast. If you need inspiration, information, or just a reminder that the vital work of redemption is still being done in this chaotic and dreary world, this is the podcast for you.