Our objective is to speak a word of support, encouragement, and healing to Professional Men of Color, as well as to those who love and support them. We also seek to provide a means for others to understand them -- their hopes, dreams, and challenges – in order to bridge the gaps and create a dialogue.
Our guiding principles in these discussions are the Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ. Our bedrock scripture and the one that underpins all of our work here can be found in Matthew 11:28-29 where it is written:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Networking as a Blessing to Another Brother
How often do you get an unsolicited connection request on LinkedIn? Maybe an email where you're introduced to someone by a mutual acquaintance. Do you answer them, put them aside, or blow them off? In this episode we explore how those connections can be "God moments" where we can let the love of Christ shine through us to bless others.
The Importance of Physical Wellness
Taking care of yourself physically is important any time but especially in this current season. Unfortunately, our cultural attitudes about food can sometimes conflict with what we’ve come to know about how to stay healthy. Other times, we simply don’t have the opportunity or the bandwidth to make healthy choices. In today’s episode, we spend time unpacking some biblical perspectives on taking care of our physical selves.
Scriptural Reference: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Guest: Rev. Dr. Marcus Davidson, Senior Pastor - New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS): www.chaamps.com (http://www.chaamps.com)
Balm In Gilead: www.balmingilead.org (http://www.balmingilead.org)
Book - Spiritual Nutrition by Christine Prescott ( https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Nutrition-Christine-Prescott/dp/1632693216 (https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Nutrition-Christine-Prescott/dp/1632693216) )
Dealing With the Pressures of the Work World
"You can’t be as good as, you have to be better than” or “You have to work twice as hard to get half as much.” Sound familiar? Those are the expectations that many of us were raised with. Unfortunately, those are super-human expectations and you are only human. Where do you go when the burdens of superhuman expectations become too heavy? In today's episode, we deal with healthy ways to lighten that load.
Scriptural reference: Matthew 11:28-30 - “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Guest: Rev. Dr. Curlee Adams, Senior Pastor - St. Paul CME Church, Chicago IL
Resources mentioned this episode:
Galilean Ministries: www.galileanministries.com (https://www.galileanministries.com/)
Book - Unmasking the Lone Ranger by Frank Wilson ( https://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Lone-Ranger-Frank-Wilson/dp/1565078527 (https://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Lone-Ranger-Frank-Wilson/dp/1565078527) )
Leading Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities in Such a Time as This
These are worrisome and uncertain times. As we deal with the Coronavirus, social distancing, uncertainty, and flat-out fear, the need for us to step forward as leaders is very important. In this episode, we deal with the necessity of, and the ways for, Men of Color to step forward and serve as leaders. These times call for us to lead in our communities, our places of business, and our homes. Additionally, we need to make sure to take care of ourselves -- physically and mentally.
Connections and Connectivity Between Black Men
In this episode, we explore the need and value of Black Men supporting one another through connections and connectivity. Sometimes its through Fraternities, sometimes its through long-term relationships, sometimes its through new friendships. Regardless of the length or conduit, these relationships are necessary for validation and support.
Scriptural reference: Psalm 133 - “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Guest: Rev. Brian Murray, Pastor - New Covenant Community United Church of Christ, Baltimore MD