Welcome back the Ingredients Podcast!
In Episode 008, I had the privilege of speaking to Atlanta, GA native Garrison Hayes. We recorded this discussion on February 27, 2017.
Garrison received his Bachelors Degree in Film Production from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN and is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at the Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI. Garrison is passionate about ministering to young adults, and building social consciousness through open and honest dialogue.
In Part One of my discussion with Garrison, we talk about his journey from Southern to Andrews and the similarities/differences between the two institutions. Garrison talks about how his journey at Southern, as well as some of the conversations around racial tensions on that campus last February, helped inform his participation in the #ItIsTimeAU project. Garrison opens up about the conversations he has been trying to create both individually and on the campus at-large that reach across racial and political lines.
Garrison is open about the impetus behind the video's creation, and why he, along with Chaplain Michael Polite & AU Student's Angie Powels, Warren Gillin, Esther Battle, Leah Wooten, Ben Lee, Jannel Monroe, Joy Chikwekwe and Danny Francis decided to make the video before attempting to have a meeting with AU's administration. Garrison also talks about the leadership of Chaplain Polite as well as the bravery of all of the students involved in the video. To close out Part One, Garrison gives us a look into his Facebook comments/inbox, and the text messages & e-mails he received in the wake of #ItIsTimeAU's release.
Part 2 will be coming your way very soon! For more background and context regarding #ItIsTimeAU, check out this article from Spectrum Magazine: http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2017/02/22/sermon-apology-and-rallying-cry-andrews-university.
Our Podcast logo creator Jonathan Jacobs wrote a great blog about the comments section: https://www.johnyjacobs.com/blog/itistimeau.
The #ItIsTimeAU video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpskBk0fp4o
The University's subsequent chapel & video response can be found here:
For more on the University's response and the steps they will be taking moving forward, feel free to go here: https://www.andrews.edu/agenda/44898/.