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.
Special Episode: Juneteenth
Happy Juneteenth! In honor of this special weekend, we are sharing a reflection that Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews presented last year. In this presentation, he reflects on the power of Akan teaching of Sankofa and cultural aesthetics of Afrofuturism to inform the ancestral wisdom that shapes our visions of a future where Black Lives Matter. As we reflect on themes of emancipation, freedom, and liberation this weekend, may these words inspire our commitment to prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.
Episode 52: Rev. Nancy Frausto and Dr. Miguel De La Torre
Joining us on this episode are Reverend Nancy Frausto and Dr. Miguel de la Torre. Nancy is an Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, CA. She is a founding member of the Sanctuary Task Force for the Diocese of Los Angeles, and a clergy leader with LA Voice (a Faith in Action affiliate). A previous guest of this podcast, Miguel, is an author, scholar-activist, and Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff Seminary in Denver, CO.
In this episode, we examined how immigration justice is connected to just about every other organizing issue. We asked the question of “who is my neighbor?” and explored the root causes of pain in our communities.
We have waited a few months to share this conversation with you. This episode was recorded in early April during our Keeping Faith Week of Prophetic Action. We are intentionally releasing this episode on the week of the 9th anniversary of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Rev. Nancy is among a host of DACA recipients who are organizers and faith leaders with our immigrant rights program, LA RED.
Also timely is the fact that this is the second week of the Fast for Freedom. LA RED and our partners with the We Are Home campaign have organized this monthlong fast to call on lawmakers to create a pathway to citizenship for essential workers and undocumented immigrants in any reconciliation package going to Congress.
Episode 51: Umar Hakim and Dominique DuBois Gilliard.
Joining us on this episode are Umar Hakim and Dominique DuBois Gilliard.
Umar is a native of Compton, CA, and serves as Executive Director of ILM (Intellect Love Mercy) Foundation. He is the chair of the board of LA Voice, a Faith in Action affiliate. As an active alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (or AMCLI), Umar is a facilitator and trainer for its national program housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
Dominique is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won the 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press. His forthcoming book is Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege, and it will drop on August 24th. An ordained minister, Rev. Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland.
This episode is part of a series recorded in early April during Faith in Action’s Keeping Faith Week of Prophetic Action. Umar, Dominique, and I have all lived in communities known for escalations of gun violence. In this episode, we shared some of our personal stories, unpacked root causes, and reflected on how addressing the issue of gun violence is a way to live out our collective faith.
Episode 50: Stephanie Strong
The Prophetic Resistance Podcast has reached an important milestone - our 50th episode!
And it is fitting that our guest for this 50th episode is Stephanie Strong. Stephanie is the Lead Organizer for Faith in Action Alabama (a Faith in Action affiliate). She has been an enthusiastic supporter of this podcast since our beta launch in 2016, and we affectionately call her our Number 1 fan.
In this episode, we talked about Stephanie’s success in leading Faith in Action Alabama’s Freedom Vote 2020 campaign. We talked about the emerging voting power of the Black electorate, how to be true to your purpose, and the many, many connections between God, faith, the earth, and gardening. Stephanie is also the host and creator of the Thre Things on Monday podcast. Check it out here.
Episode 49: Rev. Adam Taylor
Rev. Adam Taylor is the newly appointed president of Sojourners and author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation. His forthcoming book, A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community, is out on September 14. Adam is ordained through the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention and he serves in ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. In this episode, Adam and Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews talked about how he defines the Beloved Community, the myth of America being a Christian nation, and how we inherited the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement.
Episode 48: Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
Today’s guest is Rabbi Mordechai Liebling. Mordechai is a lifelong co-laborer in the multi-faith movement for justice. He founded and directed the social justice organizing program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College just outside Philadelphia. Currently, he co-labors with POWER, the Faith in Action affiliate in Pennsylvania, directing their reflection and renewal process. Recently, he joined the national board of directors of Faith in Action. Rabbi Liebling is a mentor and teacher to many and he was part of the community of leaders who helped develop the Theology of Resistance, which became the basis for this podcast. In this episode, we talk about his upbringing as the child of Holocaust survivors and the values of faith-based organizing. And in the face of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism, and Christian cultural privilege, Mordechai offers hope for those who wish to cultivate our multi-faith solidarity and deepen the practice of Beloved Community.
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.