Activist Theology Podcast
A Conversation on SCOTUS and the Urgency of Your Vote

A Conversation on SCOTUS and the Urgency of Your Vote

October 15, 2020

Dr. Robyn and Anna explore the hearings of SCOTUS nominee, Amy Coney Barrett and help us all understand why even your down-ballot vote is as critical now as it ever was.

 

 

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One of Us Is Coming Out - National Coming Out Day 2020

One of Us Is Coming Out - National Coming Out Day 2020

October 11, 2020

In this special Sunday edition of the Activist Theology Podcast, Anna and Robyn highlight National Coming Out Day and share some important life updates.

 

 

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Activism & Solidarity Work in the South - A Conversation with Angela Henderson

Activism & Solidarity Work in the South - A Conversation with Angela Henderson

October 8, 2020

Angela Henderson is an abolitionist-minded, saxophone-playing socialist, and lifelong student of Black radical traditions hoping to live the life she plays about. Growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, TN, classism, miseducation, and isolation characterized her experience as a young Black person. In the spring of 2018, SONG welcomed her into a new political home, where she has worked as a member, Lorde’s Werq participant, and Base-Building Fellow for the Nashville chapter. Now, she strongly believes that the only way to restore our humanity, our intellectual and imaginative rigor, and a dignified future is to commit to struggle. For this reason, Angela is compelled to seek truth through honest, anti-imperialist political education and to apply this knowledge towards the ongoing liberation and healing efforts of her communities. 

When it comes to her people–Black people, Queer and Trans folks, caregivers, nerds, children brought up in movement, organizers by name and organizers by practice, artists, formerly and currently incarcerated loved ones, and elementary school teachers — Angela is a commitment to recognition of the brilliance, of the joy, of the sacred, and of the collective capacity to transform.

Learn more about SONG.

 

 

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As If Words Could Heal the Wounds - A Conversation with Ben Grace

As If Words Could Heal the Wounds - A Conversation with Ben Grace

October 5, 2020

Australian born singer-songwriter Ben Grace’s debut album “As If Words Could Heal the Wounds” is a hopeful cross-country Americana road trip for the end of a quarantined summer. Recorded in five different states, with production by Sheryl Crow guitarist Joshua Grange and cameos from drum legend Fred Eltringham and folk singer Molly Parden, it’s a profoundly intimate look at the wounds and systemic injustices that plague Americans, artfully woven through the perspective and personal religious deconstruction of a single immigrant.

With over 100k streams, the first full length album of Ben Grace’s two decade musical career is landing in an unprecedented time. 2020’s pandemic has been the catalyst for global self-reflection and reinvention, and Grace’s deftly written telling of his own trajectory through divorce, failure, and new love provides an essential soundtrack for our collective transformation.

In an era where anxiety, police brutality, and division populate our news feeds, “As If Words Could Heal the Wounds” comes with eyes wide open to our failings as part lament, part opus, and part hope for our rebuilding. It’s a preposterous idea, that the right words might heal the deep wounds around us. How lucky we are to have artists who continue to try.

Listen to "If Words Could Heal the Wounds" here. Follow Ben Grace at @bengracemusic on all social media channels.

 

 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Future of the Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Future of the Supreme Court

September 29, 2020

Robyn and Anna take some time this week to honor the life of the incomparable Ruther Bader Ginsburg.

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

Equity In the Church During Times That Test 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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