Activist Theology Podcast
Equity In the Church During Times ThatTest Community - A Conversation of Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Equity In the Church During Times ThatTest Community - A Conversation of Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

September 18, 2020

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is a fellow with the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress. His work focuses on a wide range of issues related to the role of religion in American public life, including promoting a progressive vision of religious liberty that champions LGBTQ rights and amplifying how faith communities empower social and economic justice.

Prior to joining American Progress, Graves-Fitzsimmons worked with national faith leaders on two high-profile issue advocacy campaigns: opposing the Muslim ban and passing comprehensive immigration reform. He served as the associate director of the Rights and Inclusion Collaborative at ReThink Media, where he worked to promote Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian rights. He was previously the faith coordinator at the National Immigration Forum, where he helped start the Evangelical Immigration Table.

He is the author of the forthcoming book Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive ChristianityHis writing on religion and politics regularly appears in national media outlets, including CNN and The Washington Post. He’s also the founder of The Resistance Prays, a daily devotional aimed at spiritually and politically defeating Trumpism.

Graves-Fitzsimmons received his undergraduate degree from American University and his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, where he was the William Sloane Coffin Scholar. He and his husband, both native Texans, now live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Can the Religious Left Impact In the Election? A Conversation With Jack Jenkins

Can the Religious Left Impact In the Election? A Conversation With Jack Jenkins

September 14, 2020

Jack is an award-winning journalist and national reporter for the Religion News Service. He covers religion. Also politics. Usually both.

He's also the author of the book American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country, published by HarperOne (and you can order it here!)

In addition to ThinkProgress — where he served as Senior Religion Reporter for more than 3 years before starting at RNS — his stories and analysis from all over the globe have been published in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Associated Press, National Catholic Reporter, and others. His work has also been cited or featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, and a Netflix docu-series, among others.

He earned his B.A. from Presbyterian College and his Master of Divinity from Harvard University. He plays harmonica and ukulele.

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Muslim & Running For Office – The  Urgency of the Now / A Conversation with Qasim Rashid

Muslim & Running For Office – The Urgency of the Now / A Conversation with Qasim Rashid

September 3, 2020

Dr. Robyn and Anna invite candidate for the 1st District House Seat in Virginia, Qasim Rashid, to join their conversation this week around policy, voting suppression, and supremacy culture in today's context. A devout Muslim, Qasim brings a perspective on faith and action to this important episode.

About Qasim

Qasim believes in service, leadership, and compassion. He is an immigrant, a proud American Muslim, and above all a devoted father and husband. His wife, Ayesha, is a small business owner and volunteers with interfaith outreach in the community. Together, they have three beautiful children and live in Stafford. Qasim is running as a Democrat to transform his advocacy into policy for the working families of Virginia’s 1st District.

Qasim earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and has a long track record of serving diverse communities in Virginia. This includes his work to combat domestic and sexual violence against women, uplift the incarcerated through prison chaplaincy, serve his neighbors through blood drives and highway cleanups, and advocate for children’s education.

Qasim channels his passion to serve the marginalized by working with national and international non-profit organizations that advance women’s rights, improve water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education access for children living in poverty, and fight to protect the religious freedom for all people. To that end, Qasim has written numerous books, given hundreds of interviews, and testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to protect the rights of persecuted religious minorities around the world. Likewise, Qasim has worked with the US Government to improve national security here at home, while upholding the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

Qasim aspires for a campaign built on transparency and trust and invites you to reach out to him directly.

 

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An Honest Conversation on Policing & Protesting

An Honest Conversation on Policing & Protesting

August 27, 2020

This week, Robyn and Anna dive into the violence that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin and how their understanding of the police state must be reimagined. Is it possible to work through defunding in stages? Or is full abolition necessary? 

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How the Streets Provide a New Political Imagination - A Conversation with Dan Hodge

How the Streets Provide a New Political Imagination - A Conversation with Dan Hodge

August 20, 2020

Dr. Robyn and Anna dig deep into the politics of today with Dan Hodge, noted theologian and author. 

With 20 years of academic work experience, Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is a recognized Hip Hop culture expert & cultural literacy communications scholar. Dr. Hodge is Professor of Intercultural Communications, department chair of the Communication Arts Department, and research lead on the Catalyst_ _606 program at North Park University in Chicago. His research interests are at the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations. Dr. Hodge has worked in the young adult and Hip Hop context for over 25 years and continues to focus on justice & disparity issues as it concerns ethnic-minority populations.

His five books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009), The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010), Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post Soul Theological Exploration (Brill Academic 2017) Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context (IVP Academic 2018) and Baptized In Dirty Water: Reimagining the Gospel According to Tupac Amaru Shakur (Cascade Books Popology Series 2019). Dr. Hodge is currently working on a textbook on Intercultural Communication (Kendall Hunt Publishing 2020) & two edited volumes scheduled for publication, Marveling Religion (Lexington Academic Press) & Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Peter Lang Publishing).Dr. Hodge and his wife, Emily, reside in Chicago with their daughter, Mahalia. 

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From the Streets to the Pulpit & Back Again - A Conversation with Brittany Packnett

From the Streets to the Pulpit & Back Again - A Conversation with Brittany Packnett

August 13, 2020

Dr. Robyn and Rev. Anna share this conversation with the remarkable Brittany Packnett. Brittany joins us from the intersection of activism and faith – and this episode takes us to the streets and the church all in the same hour.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come," Brittany is an award-winning educator, organizer, writer, and leader. Brittany has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment. Brittany plays many roles, all focused on freedom.

Brittany is an NBC News and MSNBC Contributor and former two-time Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics exploring social change and intersectional activism. A lifelong activist and proud member of the Ferguson Uprising, Brittany was co-host of the 2019 iHeart Radio Best Political Podcast, Pod Save The People, for three years.

Her 2019 TED Talk on the revolution of confidence has garnered nearly 4 million views worldwide, making it one of the top ten most popular TED Talks of 2019. Brittany is the author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, with One World, due to hit shelves in 2021.

Brittany is the Founder and Principal Love & Power Works a full-service social impact firm focused on creating justice and equity in every sector. This agency is a sister to Love & Power: The Brand, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society.

Follow Brittany at @https://twitter.com/mspackyetti
Her website is: https://brittanypacknett.com/

Grasping Racism In Today’s Context - A Conversation with Tim Wise

Grasping Racism In Today’s Context - A Conversation with Tim Wise

August 6, 2020

Robyn and Anna invite Tim Wise to today's episode and break down racism in today's context. If race is the background noise to everything, we have to understand our role in the work. Are we educator or student? Tim Wise suggests we must be both.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

Wise is the author of eight books, including his forthcoming, Dispatches from the Race War (December 2020 from City Lights Books)Other books include Under the Affluence, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and Colorblind (all from City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; and Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.

You can follow Tim Wise on Twitter at @timjacobwise and on Medium at https://medium.com/@timjwise

Activism, Science, and the Church - A Conversation with Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera

Activism, Science, and the Church - A Conversation with Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera

August 3, 2020

Robyn and Anna chat about the pandemic, the church, and social justice with Latinx visionary Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera. Her perspective is formed by her Puerto Rican roots, her background in the medical field, and the unashamed presence in queer liberation.

 

Lisbeth is the Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives for the Religion and Faith Program. . She envisioned and directed Before God: We Are All Family, a powerful short documentary that she has shared with Latino/a communities across the country. In addition to being a powerful training tool, Before God has been recognized at the Reel it OUT Queer Film Festival in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.

As the Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives, Lisbeth works to deepen the already impressive reach of her work with Latino/a communities and will to develop and implement Catholic engagement work across the organization.

 

As a testament to Lisbeth’s longtime work at the intersection of Latino/a and LGBT communities, Lisbeth was recognized with The Legacy Award, presented by the Women of the Latino GLBT History Project in partnership with the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country, training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. Lisbeth has served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Pride @ Work & the National Organizer Alliance. She has also been a volunteer with Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), Haymarket People’s Fund, ASTRAEA Lesbian Foundation for Justice as well as many other organizations.

A biologist and sociologist by education, is it her calling to social justice that makes her passions flare and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Washington, DC alongside her life-partner, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, her godson, and their animal farm!

Abuela Theology in the Movement - A Conversation with Kat Armas

Abuela Theology in the Movement - A Conversation with Kat Armas

July 27, 2020

Robyn and Anna are joined this week by Kat Armas, Cuban theologian and practitioner on the concept of "Abuela theology." Her understanding of the role our ancestors play in our understanding of past, present and Divine has led to her upcoming first book, appropriately titled, Abuela Theology.

She is currently living in Los Angeles, California, and pursuing a Master of Divinity at Fuller Seminary with a focus on New Testament studies. You can listen to her podcast, The Protagonistas and follow her work at www.katarmas.com. Find her on Twitter @kat_armas.

The Trouble We’re Seeing in These Days - A Conversation with Drew Hart

The Trouble We’re Seeing in These Days - A Conversation with Drew Hart

July 16, 2020

This week Robyn and Anna welcome author, theology professor, church anti-racism leader, and social change practitioner, Drew G.I. Hart. Drew has a Christian Century hosted blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’ while also writing occasionally for The Mennonite as well. His own personal site is http://www.drewgihart.com. He regularly sneaks in tweets with the handle @DruHart and can be found on Facebook. He is the author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. His newest book, Who Will Be a Witness? Igniting Activism For God's Justice, Love and Deliverance will be out later this year.

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