As cofounders of project_SANCTUS, Rev. Kelly Isola and Rev. Ogun Holder are committed to creating a safe, brave, online space to be our holiest selves together. This includes addressing the one thing that affects all of us, that has been responsible for much of the pain, inequality, and injustice in our country: systemic racism. Join them in this challenging spiritual work of healing and transformation as we create a world of equanimity, love, and justice for all.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the entire nation pauses in remembrance of a civil rights hero. At least that’s the point of the federal holiday, a day off for many, that takes place on the third Monday of each January. MLK Day was designed to honor the activist and minister, who was assassinated in 1968 and whose accomplishments have continued to inspire generations of Americans. Listen as Rev. Kelly and Rev. Ogun share a little history about MLK Day, which is now Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, some unknown facts about the man, and ways this day can be a day on rather than a day off.
Finding the Dark: Decolonizing Darkness, Decolonizing Ourselves
The anti-racism work of decolonizing ourselves is about reclaiming our imaginaries, our hopes, and our collective playgrounds of life. Think about the territories we inhabit, specifically unceded, never-surrendered, and occupied land. In ironic ways, decolonizing ourselves is about recognizing the wounds of the conquerer, identifying what we have known as the unbridgeable categories of violence, distrust, and fear placed on humanity and nature. Decolonization is not about trying to erase those lasting marks of colonization; instead, it is about finding the ties that bind us all together, restoring our faith that we can know a world of equanimity, justice, and love for all.
Feedback from Friends and Frenemies
We receive a lot of feedback from classes, conferences, workshops, articles, and pretty much any of our anti-racism work out in the world. Some of it inspiring and some of it … well, not so much. We’d love to hear from anyone and everyone because your thoughts, perspectives, and feedback help us in clarifying, educating, and dismantling racism and creating a culture of caretaking.
Race and the Military
Because it is Pearl Harbor Day, our conversation is focused on race and the military. Even though the armed services were integrated more than 70 years ago, it is still a fact that Black people are more likely to be disciplined and less likely to be promoted than whites.
So many of us think we are progressive allies, but we might actually be making things worse. Plus, headlines, recommendations, and listener feedback.
Let’s Talk About Food
Special guest Derrick Weston is a food justice activist. He is committed not just to securing better meals for everyone but to dismantling structures that have exploited workers and consumers. Derrick has spent the last two decades serving churches and faith-based nonprofits in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He currently manages a community garden on Baltimore’s east side and was recently awarded a Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Project grant to develop a food and faith network.