Activist Theology Podcast
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.

From Evangelicalism to Fullness of Self - A Conversation with Matt Nightingale

From Evangelicalism to Fullness of Self - A Conversation with Matt Nightingale

July 10, 2020

Matt Nightingale is a teacher, pastor, musician and spiritual director who left the evangelical church in 2016 when he moved into authenticity and chose to live as an out, gay man. Join us this week as he shares his story of faith, his journey with God throughout his life, and his experience of the patriarchial/misogynistic undergirding in the Christian church. You can learn more about Matt on his website: https://mattnightingale.com/

Understanding Woundedness, Belonging and Oneness with God – A Conversation with Kevin Garcia

Understanding Woundedness, Belonging and Oneness with God – A Conversation with Kevin Garcia

July 7, 2020

Kevin Garcia is a digital pastor, creative mystic, public theologian and intuitive soul coach based in Atlanta, GA. After coming out in the fall of 2015 as a queer Christian, Kevin has reached thousands of individuals across the globe with messages of God’s unending love for all people. regardless of who they are, what they profess, or what they actually believe. Kevin’s the author of Bad Theology Kills: undoing toxic beliefs and reclaiming your spiritual authority, published Janurary 2020. Kevin’s work also appears in several anthologies by queer people of faith. You can learn more about Kevin at @thekevingarcia.com

The Church, Queer Liberation & PRIDE - A Conversation with Myles Markham

The Church, Queer Liberation & PRIDE - A Conversation with Myles Markham

June 26, 2020

We are thrilled to engage in a conversation this week with Myles Markham (him/their). Myles is a community organizer and advocate who understands how to navigate and interpret the conservative American religious landscape, especially as it pertains to LGBTQ, racial, and reproductive justice. During PRIDE month, we welcome Myles' voice. You can connect with Myles on Instagram at a_million_myles.

White Performativity Versus True Allyship During the Movement

White Performativity Versus True Allyship During the Movement

June 18, 2020

As more white people show up in the streets in a search for justice for black and brown bodies, their presence is oftentimes both welcomed and problematic.

Stacey Patton reminds us that "while there is a long history of white participation in black freedom struggles, efforts to achieve substantive interracial solidarity are still plagued today by white activists centering themselves and levering movements for their own purposes." How do we move away from performative action and enter true allyship in the work?

It's not an easy conversation, but Dr. Robyn and Rev. Anna dive into the deep end during this episode.

Black Movements & Civil Resistance - A Conversation with Andre Henry

Black Movements & Civil Resistance - A Conversation with Andre Henry

June 11, 2020

This week Dr. Robyn and Anna dig deep into the work of the movement with activist Andre Henry. Andre is the program manager for the Racial Justice Institute at Evangelicals for Social Action and holds a B.A. in Practical Theology and an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. He's passionate about music, faith, racial justice, and social change. Follow him on Twitter @andrehenry or learn more about his work at www.andrehenry.co

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