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"The Word Is Resistance" is a weekly podcast from SURJ-Faith by white anti-racist Christians based on the Christian lectionary, offering an anti-racist Word for other white anti-racist Christians -- though all are welcome to check it out!

What do our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, even thriving, in the context of empire, tyranny, violence, repression - the times in which we are living today? What do they have to teach us, as white folx, about our role in resistance, in showing up, in liberation? They teach us this:

Our traditions were made for these times. They come from these times. So we have resources in our texts, our practices, to help us right now. We can reclaim our stories and re-tell them to nourish our resistance against white supremacy and our work for collective liberation.

The Word Is Resistance The Word Is Resistance

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

"The Word Is Resistance" is a weekly podcast from SURJ-Faith by white anti-racist Christians based on the Christian lectionary, offering an anti-racist Word for other white anti-racist Christians -- though all are welcome to check it out!

What do our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, even thriving, in the context of empire, tyranny, violence, repression - the times in which we are living today? What do they have to teach us, as white folx, about our role in resistance, in showing up, in liberation? They teach us this:

Our traditions were made for these times. They come from these times. So we have resources in our texts, our practices, to help us right now. We can reclaim our stories and re-tell them to nourish our resistance against white supremacy and our work for collective liberation.

    TWIR 8.14.22 #Disability Justice: Not Keeping the Peace or Sometimes Justice is Divisive

    TWIR 8.14.22 #Disability Justice: Not Keeping the Peace or Sometimes Justice is Divisive

    In this episode, Sharon Fennema explores Jesus' divisive ministry in the context of a lineage of prophetic voices resisting false peace, including disability justice activist Imani Barbarin. What is the ableist status quo that we are tempted to keep peace with? Where do we want to hold on to a negative peace that is complicit with and upholds racialized ableist capitalism? Where might we be failing to perceive the ways that the peace we long for was really the comfort afforded by able-bodied privilege?

    Support Disability Visibility Project founder and disability justice activist Alice Wong: https://gofund.me/acc13f11
    Transcript available here: surj.org/our-work/surj-faith/twir/

    • 26 min
    TWIR 8.7.22 #Disability Justice: Reclaiming the Body

    TWIR 8.7.22 #Disability Justice: Reclaiming the Body

    How do you sense God in your body? This is just one of the questions Rev. Kelsey Beebe invites us into in this new episode in our #DisabilityJustice series.

    • 17 min
    TWIR 7.31.22 #DisabilityJustice: Take Care.

    TWIR 7.31.22 #DisabilityJustice: Take Care.

    On this episode, Rev. M Jade Kaiser (formerly Barclay) and Rev. Anna Blaedel talk through the scripture together, considering greed and riches in a multitude of forms. In their conversation, they weave in intimate reflections on sharing in life and chronic illness together and how forms of supremacy and collective possibility unfold in all of it.

    • 36 min
    TWIR 7.24.22 #DisabilityJustice: Lucky Fins & Disability's Construction Workers

    TWIR 7.24.22 #DisabilityJustice: Lucky Fins & Disability's Construction Workers

    As we continue our series on Disability Justice, Sarah Howell-Miller reflects on Luke 11:1-13 through an unexpected hermeneutical lens--the 2003 Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo--on disability as diversity, what it means to be disability's construction workers (per Amy Kenny), and how to build a world that can hold and meet all our needs.

    • 19 min
    TWIR 7.17.22 #DisabilityJustice: Mary's Spoons, Martha's Scarcity, and Jesus' Solidarity

    TWIR 7.17.22 #DisabilityJustice: Mary's Spoons, Martha's Scarcity, and Jesus' Solidarity

    What if sitting and listening is what Mary had spoons for?

    As we continue our series at the intersections of Racial Justice and Disability Justice, Sharon Fennema explores the connections between racialized capitalism and the ways of being in the world that are afforded value and acceptance in the story of Mary, Martha and Jesus in Luke 10.

    Check out "The Divine - dreams of disabled gods" online exhibit by Samir Knego as part of this week's call to action too: https://samirknego.wixsite.com/here/the-divine

    Transcript available here: surj.org/our-work/surj-faith/twir/

    • 20 min
    TWIR 7.3.22 #DisabilityJustice: Interdependence Day

    TWIR 7.3.22 #DisabilityJustice: Interdependence Day

    What if we celebrated, not Independence Day, but Interdependence Day this week?

    Join contributor Nichola Torbett as she explores some of the fears, taboos, and blessings of having and acknowledging needs--our own and others--and working together to get them met. This episode places in dialogue Luke 10: 1-11 and 16-20 with some of the writings of disability justice organizer Mia Mingus.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Bec07711 ,

Love and gratitude

I am not a Christian but this podcast is so useful as it takes stories that have too often been wielded to oppress the already marginalized and finds the dormant narratives of grassroots resistance. This is an incredibly useful balm.

CSK10 ,

Excellent!

I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. It’s a great podcast for thinking deeply about lectionary readings and liberation, and I appreciate the focus on action.

Ms.Vader ,

Profound and necessary

Different voices with uncomfortable truths, solid Scripture and important action steps at the end of each episode. Now is the time to address and dismantle white supremacy and honor the divine in each and all.

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