If you want to experience more of our complex, diverse world, lean in to these stories. If you've ever found yourself on the fringe of culture, this is for you.
Lamenting during this Pandemic with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
If you’re having a hard time during this pandemic, this episode is for you and everyone you know! We are experiencing a national and global loss like we’ve never experienced before. And yet most of us don’t have the tools or experience to navigate such a profound corporate loss. Additionally, this pandemic is challenging our triumphant and exceptional beliefs, both in our culture and churches. In this episode, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, author of the remarkable book, Prophetic Lament, gives us a common language, a theological framework, and specific tools to help us move through this pandemic with greater soul and skill.
Buy Prophetic Lament and Unsettling Truths here.
Social Media: @profrah
Why COVID Disproportionately Affects People of Color with Dr. Efrem Smith
Crisis reveals what’s already been going on and is a catalyst for change. One of the realities that this pandemic has revealed is that it’s disproportionately affecting black and brown people and their communities at horrific rate. Dr. Efrem Smith pulls back the curtain of what has always been true about America and what’s required of us, especially faith leaders and communities, to move forward with a more equitable, just, and compassionate country on the other side this COVID mess.
Buy The Politics of Jesus by Dr. Obery Hendriks
Buy Roadmap to Reconciliation by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Facebook: Efrem Smith @revefremsmith (Public Figure Page)
Twitter: @efremsmith (Dr. Efrem Smith)
Build Bridges Not Walls with Jon Huckins
There’s a big difference between peacemaking and peacekeeping. Peacekeeping starts with relationship and is a proactive movement toward conflict that disrupts pseudo-peace. It’s an opportunity for transformation that requires that we say hard things within shared life together. In a country that’s incredibly divided and where Christians are some of the most divisive voices, Jon Huckins, co-founder of The Global Immersion Project, believes that there’s a better way forward by building bridges, not walls. With compelling vision, he invites us to lead with curiosity more than criticism so we can be more connected. Jon shares how he’s confronting patriarchy and white male privilege with compassionate courage. He offers three practical steps for when/how/if to engage the divisive communities and people who have hurt us through marginalizing the “other”.
Website: http://jonhuckins.net and http:/globalimmerse.org
Social media: @jonhuckins
Author, Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World
Give Yourself Space with Manda Carpenter
“Impressing is exhausting.” Manda knows firsthand what a life of trying to impress others will do for your body, soul, and spirit. When you get to the end of yourself and you don’t want to continue living like that, what’s next? Manda believes that giving yourself space isn’t selfish, no matter your life-stage. It’s possible to create sustainable rhythms of work, play, and rest so you can live fully. It will cost you something to create space, but if you don’t, you’ll pay an even greater cost.
Social Media: @mandacarpenter
Surviving a Spiritual Crisis with Pete Enns
When your faith doesn’t fit into the boxes you grew up with or what’s been taught to you, now what? Dr. Pete Enns is a leading theologian, author, and guide to those of us who still have faith, but not like it used to be. This raw conversation goes after how we can deconstruct our faith without abandoning it, how to recover from a faith that’s been weaponized against the marginalized and gives you permission to hurt in the wilderness. We also dig into what an “ezer” is in Scripture and how men can partner better together with women. This episode will make you chuckle from the sass yet make you feel seen in your faith journey.
Instagram and Twitter: @peteenns
Facebook: Pete Enns Author
Buy Pete’s books HERE
How to Make the Most out of Exile with Nicole Zasowski
In seasons of change, when you feel like you’re on the outside or when your security is pulled out from under you, how can you make the most of it? Therapist Nicole Zasowski helps us move through unwanted periods of exile by offering three ways to stabilize ourselves so we don’t waste what exile can give us. If you’ve ever been in the wilderness, her personal experience alongside her professional expertise will help you not feel crazy or unseen.
Social Media: @nicolezasowksi
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Living in warm truthful breeze
Do you know how your house feels and smells when you don’t get to have the windows open, all because its cold. It’s stale dark depressing and stinky.
Then, I heard the whisper of fresh truth coming my way so I cracked the window and now the door is wide open. The freshness, wholeness and truth has cleared the air, in the form of April Diaz and Global Fringe.
I have been in a coaching group with her for a few weeks now and listening to whatever my ears and mind can soak up. I can’t believe I stayed in the damp stale space because I didn’t know where the heat was or how to turn it on.
April has challenged me to stand up and get warm, feel the fresh breeze of truth as it encompasses me. I am ready to say yes to my whole self.
Breath of fresh air.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts. I am grateful for the intentionality of of the podcast to share stories of people "on the fringe," but I especially appreciate the authenticity and relational manner in which the stories are shared. Not only can I learn something from someone different from me in each episode, but it gives me hope that these kinds of conversations on possible. On a side note, my husband is generally not a fan of podcasts, but this is one of the very few he always wants to listen to when we get in the car together for longer drives!
Friends in ministry, especially my POC friends, female friends, LGBTQIA+ friends, and anyone else who knows the pain of not being fully seen, fully supported, or fully welcomed to lead, I can’t recommend April’s podcast enough.
It’s life giving. And after you listen, let’s meet up for a drink to talk about it.