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The Invitation podcast is a 'little retreat' to help you hear and respond to the God's invitation to a deeper relationship with him. Each episode is a guided prayer and meditation led by Josh Banner, a certified spiritual director.

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The Invitation podcast is a 'little retreat' to help you hear and respond to the God's invitation to a deeper relationship with him. Each episode is a guided prayer and meditation led by Josh Banner, a certified spiritual director.

    Reparations Chapter 3 w/ Rev Julie Van Til - Part VII No. 74

    Reparations Chapter 3 w/ Rev Julie Van Til - Part VII No. 74

    This is part seven of our series, "White People Talking to White People About Racism," a reading of Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance & Repair by Duke Kwon and Greg Thompson. In this episode the Rev Julie Van Til helps Josh unpack chapter three.

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    About our summer podcast series: theinvitationcenter.org/reparations-b…ok-discussion

    Reparations Group Discussion Guide: theinvitationcenter.org/s/Reparations…ion-Guide.pdf

    To learn more about our formation schools...
    The School of Prayer: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-prayer
    The School of Contemplative Listening: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-con…e-listening-1

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Reparations, Learning to Care: A Celebration of Latorious Willis' Prison Release! - Part VI No. 73

    Reparations, Learning to Care: A Celebration of Latorious Willis' Prison Release! - Part VI No. 73

    Before we can actively be a part of healing the ravages of white supremacy, we have to learn to care, to be invested. This whole series, "White People Talking to White People About Racism, A Reading of Reparations: A Christian Call to Repentance and Repair by Duke Kwon and Greg Thompson," this is our chance to slow down, listen, pray, and grow in our capacity to care for the work of healing before us. In this episode Josh shares his conversation with Latorious Willis who recently was recently released from prison. Here we celebrate Latorious' release, his spiritual friendship with Josh, and to celebrate all the other brothers who are still behind bars. We hope this episode offers you a glimpse into the goodness of learning to love the disinherited, the marginalized who are often ignored--or in Howard Thurman's vocabulary: the person who back is against the wall.

    A short video of this reunion between Josh and Latorious can be found on our website: https://tinyurl.com/fd454bw2

    Subscribe to the Invitation: theinvitationcenter.org/subscribe
    About our summer podcast series: theinvitationcenter.org/reparations-b…ok-discussion

    Reparations Group Discussion Guide: theinvitationcenter.org/s/Reparations…ion-Guide.pdf

    To learn more about our formation schools...
    The School of Prayer: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-prayer
    The School of Contemplative Listening: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-con…e-listening-1

    • 45 min
    Reparations Chapter 2 w/ Rev Bryan Berghoef - Part V No. 72

    Reparations Chapter 2 w/ Rev Bryan Berghoef - Part V No. 72

    The Rev Bryan Berghoef helps Josh unpack "Seeing the Reality of White Supremacy," chapter 3 of Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance & Repair. We are releasing this especially on the occasion of the 4th of July weekend because chapter two begins with Fredrick Douglas' speech on the 4th of July, 1852.

    Bryan Berghoef is someone Josh has been excited to get to know for some time. He is an American politician, pastor and author who was the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan for the Second District.[1] He is also a pastor of the Holland United Church of Christ, a UCC church in Holland, Michigan, which he founded in 2016.

    The gift of this conversation with Bryan is a hope-filled demonstration of ecumenical breadth of the body of Christ that is bears witness to the love of God that will heal the ravages of white supremacy.

    Subscribe to the Invitation: theinvitationcenter.org/subscribe
    About our summer podcast series: theinvitationcenter.org/reparations-b…ok-discussion

    Reparations Group Discussion Guide: theinvitationcenter.org/s/Reparations…ion-Guide.pdf

    To learn more about our formation schools...
    The School of Prayer: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-prayer
    The School of Contemplative Listening: theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-con…e-listening-1

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Reparations Chapter 1 w/ Kate Kooyman - Part IV No. 71

    Reparations Chapter 1 w/ Kate Kooyman - Part IV No. 71

    The Rev Kate Kooyman helps Josh unpack “The Call to See,” chapter one of Reparations.

    This call, this invitation to reparations is a discipline of seeing. Chapters one and two of our book this summer are intensive opportunities for us to see the white supremacy that pervades America, the church, and even our own families, homes, and careers. With the honesty and clarity of a spiritual director, Kwon and Thompson describe the difficulty of seeing: “seeing racism in this was has been an ongoing struggle. In truth, seeing clearly almost always is a struggle.”

    Subscribe to the Invitation: https://theinvitationcenter.org/subscribe
    About our summer podcast series: https://theinvitationcenter.org/reparations-book-discussion

    Reparations Group Discussion Guide: https://theinvitationcenter.org/s/Reparations-Discussion-Guide.pdf

    To learn more about our formation schools...
    The School of Prayer:https://theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-prayer
    The School of Contemplative Listening: https://theinvitationcenter.org/school-of-contemplative-listening-1

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Reparations Introduction w/ Dr Susanna Childress - Part III No. 70

    Reparations Introduction w/ Dr Susanna Childress - Part III No. 70

    My wife, Susanna Childress, helps me respond to the introduction of Reparations. The idea is to let each chapter breathe a bit, to find ways to open ourselves to God in the reading and in the discussion. Susanna is especially able to help us think about how immersing ourselves in the writings of people of color can help us grow into people who will want to attend to the work of reparations. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Hope College here in Holland, MI., and is author of two books of poetry, the 2006, Brittingham Prize in Poetry winning, Jagged With Love, as well as Entering the House of Awe. In 2015 her poem, “Careful, I Just Won A Prize at the Fair” was included in The Best of American Poetry.

    • 36 min
    Reparations Introduction w/ Dr Jesse N Curtis - Part II No. 69

    Reparations Introduction w/ Dr Jesse N Curtis - Part II No. 69

    Josh and Dr Jesse Curtis touch on some of the big ideas in the introduction to Reparations, but mainly they admire the careful yet bold while also pastoral tone of the book we’ve chosen for our summer read and discussion. Jesse Curts begins his contribution by sharing from his own journey, how he learned from his early mistakes and learned the goodness of experiencing God in and through his steep learning curve on racial injustice.

    To go directly to the conversation with Jesse Curtis, skip to 18:40.

    Here is a link for more information about this summer series, “White People Talking to White People About Racism” : https://theinvitationcenter.org/reparations-book-discussion

    Please visit Jesse’s website: The Myth of Colorblind Christians
    https://colorblindchristians.com/

    We are asking participants to buy the book from a black owned bookstore. In West Michigan, consider the store, We Are Lit! For a list of more black owned stores visit Literary Hub.
    https://lithub.com/you-can-order-today-from-these-black-owned-independent-bookstores/

    Our call to worship prayer for this summer from Howard Thurman:

    Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me

    Open unto me, light for my darkness
    
Open unto me, courage for my fear

    Open unto me, hope for my despair
    
Open unto me, peace for my turmoil

    Open unto me, joy for my sorrow

    Open unto me, strength for my weakness

    Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion

    Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins
    
Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness

    Open unto me, love for my hates
    
Open unto me, Thy Self for myself

    
Lord, Lord, open unto me!

    • 1 hr 20 min

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