Awaken, confront, transform: that’s what we’re talking about when we say “ACT to End Racism.” Awakening to racism means listening to the difficult truths and confronting the racism in ourselves and our institutions.
My guest this week is Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker. David has spent most of his career transforming conflicts in some of the most difficult spaces on the planet. He’s not only the guest of this podcast, he’s also our keynote speaker for the Christian Unity Gathering, October 14-17. David is full of practical ways for churches to be part of God’s transforming work. He’s also one of the more enthusiastic and inspiring guests I’ve had on this podcast.
What’s the most important thing you can do between now and November 6th?
My guest today is LaKesha Womack, founder of the Womack Consulting Group, and leader of a series of webinars hosted by the National Council of Churches this fall. What’s the most important thing you can do between now and November 6th? You can make sure you’re registered to vote, get educated, join with others to make sure your congregation is educated, and most of all, VOTE. Oh, and you should join the webinars LaKesha is leading.
Last weekend marked the first anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that took the life of Heather Heyer along with two police officers as well. In Washington, DC, where a rally was being planned by those who carried out the “Unite the Right” rally last year, tensions were high. But Charlottesville was prepared for the worst.
This week we will debrief with Rev. Phil Woodson, a United Methodist pastor in Charlottesville who was an eyewitness to the events that have been unfolding over the entirety of the past year. Phil will reflect on what’s taken place over the past year, what’s different from last year, and where white supremacy is showing up today.
When it became clear that the families crossing into the United States from Mexico were being separated as part of a “zero-tolerance” policy, an outcry ensued that forced President Trump to backtrack. Did he really shut down this inhuman policy, or did it just get worse?
Today we will hear from Rev. Aundreia Alexander about her trip to McAllen, Texas, to see for herself what is going on there, and to offer a prophetic witness with other leaders in the faith community. We will also talk with Matt Hawthorne of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and we’ll discuss this country’s use of indefinite detention and how that connects with the crisis at the border today.
It’s going to be a long time before we stop talking about the ACT to End Racism rally that took place in April, the launch of a multi-year initiative to end racism in our selves, our churches, and our institutions.
On today’s podcast we begin sharing some of the powerful speeches that made up the program on April 4th. If you were there, you’ll remember the amazing spirit that overwhelmed us all. If you weren’t able to be there, get ready to hear some of what was said from the podium that day. It will be long remembered as a great day in the life of our nation and our churches, but get ready, it’s only the beginning.
Quick: when you are out in the city or on an airplane and notice someone wearing a turban and a beard, what is your first thought? How much do you know about the fifth largest monotheistic religion?
My guest today is Gurwin Ahuja, founder of the “We Are Sikhs” campaign, a national campaign to help build awareness around a faith community most of us don’t know much about. Gurwin has been a guest on this podcast before, and he’s one of my favorite people: an energetic activist working to help us all understand each other better. If you find yourself wanting to know more about the neighbors around you, please stay with me and listen in.
When justice-seeking is at the center of one’s spirituality, community can sometimes be hard to find. That’s why a group of people set out to build that community, or at least give it a good, encouraging boost, by holding a festival in the mountains of North Carolina called “Wild Goose.”
In today’s podcast, I speak with Brian McLaren, speaker and author of several books. Brian is also one of the founders of the Wild Goose Festival, which the National Council of Churches is a proud sponsor of. If you’re looking for a place where spirituality, justice, music, and art are the focus, listen in to this conversation.