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Racial Heresy is the show where two Episcopal priests, one black, one white, challenge you to make racial reconciliation as much a part of your spiritual practice as prayer, bible study, and communion. With every episode we bring a Christian lens to the racial issues of American Society and provoke you to do the same, in order to lead the Church in a deeper commitment to the Baptismal Covenant. Join us and become a racial heretic for this age!

Racial Heresy | Making Racial Reconciliation a Spiritual Practice Fr. Jabriel Ballentine & Fr. Cayce Ramey

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Racial Heresy is the show where two Episcopal priests, one black, one white, challenge you to make racial reconciliation as much a part of your spiritual practice as prayer, bible study, and communion. With every episode we bring a Christian lens to the racial issues of American Society and provoke you to do the same, in order to lead the Church in a deeper commitment to the Baptismal Covenant. Join us and become a racial heretic for this age!

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 4 – History

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 4 – History

    Our history is messy and broken. It is painful and traumatic. How do we learn, confront, remember, deal-with, integrate, and overcome our history? How can our history inform our faith and help keep us in communion as we all journey towards becoming Beloved Community?









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA8VkLZb4Dg









    "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1: 1-3







    Too many times in my life I've known where I'm supposed to go, I just don't want to go there. Like Jonah, God's call at those moments is clear, and, like Jonah, my response is resounding, "Hell, no, I ain't doing that!" I run the other way. I stay silent. I sit on my butt and wait for others to do the work. I tremble in my fears and succumb to the rationalizations and lies I tell myself about how everything will be alright...especially when racism, White Supremacy, and all their associated violence are concerned.







    What is keeping me in the belly of a whale when I should be marching to Nineveh? What is keeping us, the Church, silent when we should be speaking God's truth?







    The Lord has told the church, especially us White members of the Church, to speak God’s truth in Love to those in the grip of the systemic sin of White Supremacy. But, like Jonah, we don’t want to go there. We “struggle” with upsetting White Comfort. We “struggle” submitting to Black Power. Over and over again, we center whiteness in our church, our communities, our stories. We ignore or rewrite our history and we succumb to our fears. 







    The Lord has told us where to go and what to say. It’s time for us to step out onto the Road to Nineveh. 







    This season on Racial Heresy, we confront the barriers, excuses, and reasons, both mine and the church's, unpacking what is keeping us out of Nineveh and how we all might transform our inner Jonah into a Racial Heretic.

    • 38 min
    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 5 – Fear

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 5 – Fear

    I'm afraid. I'm afraid of failing my Black sisters and brothers. I still want to do the "right thing" but I keep living my life out of the socialized White Supremacy I've been taught. How do we move, grow, change, and transform? How do we live a Gospel life of repentance and reconciliation despite our fear?









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPvMOlXL0YM









    "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1: 1-3







    Too many times in my life I've known where I'm supposed to go, I just don't want to go there. Like Jonah, God's call at those moments is clear, and, like Jonah, my response is resounding, "Hell, no, I ain't doing that!" I run the other way. I stay silent. I sit on my butt and wait for others to do the work. I tremble in my fears and succumb to the rationalizations and lies I tell myself about how everything will be alright...especially when racism, White Supremacy, and all their associated violence are concerned.







    What is keeping me in the belly of a whale when I should be marching to Nineveh? What is keeping us, the Church, silent when we should be speaking God's truth?







    The Lord has told the church, especially us White members of the Church, to speak God’s truth in Love to those in the grip of the systemic sin of White Supremacy. But, like Jonah, we don’t want to go there. We “struggle” with upsetting White Comfort. We “struggle” submitting to Black Power. Over and over again, we center whiteness in our church, our communities, our stories. We ignore or rewrite our history and we succumb to our fears. 







    The Lord has told us where to go and what to say. It’s time for us to step out onto the Road to Nineveh. 







    This season on Racial Heresy, we confront the barriers, excuses, and reasons, both mine and the church's, unpacking what is keeping us out of Nineveh and how we all might transform our inner Jonah into a Racial Heretic.

    • 24 min
    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 3 – Centering Whiteness

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 3 – Centering Whiteness

    How do we maintain and retain power in whiteness in the Church? How do we dethrone the standards of whiteness as the measure by which all other experiences are judged? What will it take to bring Black voices to the center of our Faith?

















    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNuJsKlOFAo









    "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1: 1-3







    Too many times in my life I've known where I'm supposed to go, I just don't want to go there. Like Jonah, God's call at those moments is clear, and, like Jonah, my response is resounding, "Hell, no, I ain't doing that!" I run the other way. I stay silent. I sit on my butt and wait for others to do the work. I tremble in my fears and succumb to the rationalizations and lies I tell myself about how everything will be alright...especially when racism, White Supremacy, and all their associated violence are concerned.







    What is keeping me in the belly of a whale when I should be marching to Nineveh? What is keeping us, the Church, silent when we should be speaking God's truth?







    The Lord has told the church, especially us White members of the Church, to speak God’s truth in Love to those in the grip of the systemic sin of White Supremacy. But, like Jonah, we don’t want to go there. We “struggle” with upsetting White Comfort. We “struggle” submitting to Black Power. Over and over again, we center whiteness in our church, our communities, our stories. We ignore or rewrite our history and we succumb to our fears. 







    The Lord has told us where to go and what to say. It’s time for us to step out onto the Road to Nineveh. 







    This season on Racial Heresy, we confront the barriers, excuses, and reasons, both mine and the church's, unpacking what is keeping us out of Nineveh and how we all might transform our inner Jonah into a Racial Heretic.

    • 26 min
    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 2 – Black Power

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 2 – Black Power

    Can a Black man tell the White Church anything that we'll hear? What scares the the White Church about Black Power? How do our socialized "progressive" views of power, neediness, charity, and race interfere with honest, mutually supportive relationships accross racial lines?









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ph-H-blp4I









    "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1: 1-3







    Too many times in my life I've known where I'm supposed to go, I just don't want to go there. Like Jonah, God's call at those moments is clear, and, like Jonah, my response is resounding, "Hell, no, I ain't doing that!" I run the other way. I stay silent. I sit on my butt and wait for others to do the work. I tremble in my fears and succumb to the rationalizations and lies I tell myself about how everything will be alright...especially when racism, White Supremacy, and all their associated violence are concerned.







    What is keeping me in the belly of a whale when I should be marching to Nineveh? What is keeping us, the Church, silent when we should be speaking God's truth?







    The Lord has told the church, especially us White members of the Church, to speak God’s truth in Love to those in the grip of the systemic sin of White Supremacy. But, like Jonah, we don’t want to go there. We “struggle” with upsetting White Comfort. We “struggle” submitting to Black Power. Over and over again, we center whiteness in our church, our communities, our stories. We ignore or rewrite our history and we succumb to our fears. 







    The Lord has told us where to go and what to say. It’s time for us to step out onto the Road to Nineveh. 







    This season on Racial Heresy, we confront the barriers, excuses, and reasons, both mine and the church's, unpacking what is keeping us out of Nineveh and how we all might transform our inner Jonah into a Racial Heretic.

    • 38 min
    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 1 – White Comfort

    The Road to Nineveh: Episode 1 – White Comfort

    How do we make the shift from a calculus of White Comfort? If comfort means "with strength," then how do we send people forth in the strength of the Gospel to become Beloved Community? How do we fill people with courage instead of leaving them in the brokenness of White fragility?









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dajfzXr6xN0









    "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord." - Jonah 1: 1-3







    Too many times in my life I've known where I'm supposed to go, I just don't want to go there. Like Jonah, God's call at those moments is clear, and, like Jonah, my response is resounding, "Hell, no, I ain't doing that!" I run the other way. I stay silent. I sit on my butt and wait for others to do the work. I tremble in my fears and succumb to the rationalizations and lies I tell myself about how everything will be alright...especially when racism, White Supremacy, and all their associated violence are concerned.







    What is keeping me in the belly of a whale when I should be marching to Nineveh? What is keeping us, the Church, silent when we should be speaking God's truth?







    The Lord has told the church, especially us White members of the Church, to speak God’s truth in Love to those in the grip of the systemic sin of White Supremacy. But, like Jonah, we don’t want to go there. We “struggle” with upsetting White Comfort. We “struggle” submitting to Black Power. Over and over again, we center whiteness in our church, our communities, our stories. We ignore or rewrite our history and we succumb to our fears. 







    The Lord has told us where to go and what to say. It’s time for us to step out onto the Road to Nineveh.







    This season on Racial Heresy, we confront the barriers, excuses, and reasons, both mine and the church's, unpacking what is keeping us out of Nineveh and how we all might transform our inner Jonah into a Racial Heretic.

    • 42 min
    White Fragility: Robin DiAngelo on White Liberals Protecting Racism

    White Fragility: Robin DiAngelo on White Liberals Protecting Racism

    White fragility...



    The knee-jerk reaction Whites get in momentary racially stressful situations.



    Some people might want to deny the existence of White fragility, but if you take time to hear it - you'll begin to recognize it for yourself. If you want to test your fragility to see if you can read some of the systemic moves of Western Christianity to institutionalize racism & supremacy, read this.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGM6SVwcvm0







    I (Fr. Jabriel) really do think the problem is this binary good vs. evil dichotomy we have for racism. Where Whites don't engage racial issues because of the perspective that if they find racism among them, then they are bad people...



    Since they don't want to be condemned, they simply bury their heads in "good deeds" that ignore the gushing wound.



    We're worried about whether or not this or that thought makes us good or bad people...



    When there really is nuance...



    And that nuance is even more challenging.



     



    You see, the nuance is where we meet the unintended consequences...the toxic charity. It's where we find the paternalism and cravings for power. It's where the systemic injustice and terror are normalized and given Christian sanction.



    The nuance is where we find the collusion...



    Where White liberals and progressives are really challenged to admit and struggle against their inherited racism...



    Where they realize the costs of their silence...their apathy...the convenience of their choices...



    And how those choices really function in society.



     



    Robin DiAngelo is a profound intellectual who unpacks some very challenging social theory on the behavior of White people. Any person in antiracism and racial reconciliation work, that is engaging White audiences - or themselves as White persons, should really get to understand White fragility and become familiar with Robin's work.



    Any Black person engaged in this work of reconciliation would also benefit from some insight on why White folk react as they do. Not to feed that behavior. But to point out that behavior, when it occurs, so we can hold one another accountable to become Beloved Community.



    Her book releases on June 26, 2018. You should preorder your copy! Click here...



    In this episode, we discuss how White fragility works to protect racism. We examine how silence functions and Robin challenges you to confront your own silence, as White people...



    After you spend some time considering that silence we discuss, hop over to the Facebook group and chime in on the discussion. If you aren't a member of the group yet, click the banner...







    And if you want to test your fragility to see if you can read some of the systemic moves of Western Christianity to institutionalize racism & supremacy, read this.



    Resources for this Episode:



    * White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Customer Reviews

trying2dobetter ,

Kudos to Fr. Ballentine, Fr. Ramey, & Dr. DiAngelo

Each of the Racial Heresy podcasts that I’ve listened to so far has been helpful, and this interview with the author of “White Fragility” is especially valuable — covering a lot of ground and giving practical pointers to ways of recognizing and then overcoming the racism / white supremacy that is as much a part of US history and culture as the Constitution.

I❤BCP ,

Amen!

Powerful conversation and ministry!! These are the kind of conversations that we need to be having in our lives!

Ipod RN ,

Intelligent Discussion

This podcast has made me look at race in a way I never have before.

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