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The Prophetic Resistance Podcast travels the country to talk to our beloved community of freedom-fighters, justice-seekers and faith leaders. We are asking how - in this moment - leaders of faith and moral courage can cultivate prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

Today - five years after the killing of Michael Brown Jr - we are re-releasing our conversation with the Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould of Missouri Faith Voices, an affiliate of Faith in Action. She was one of the first pastors to issue a clarion call to clergy and faith leaders to go to Ferguson, Missouri. This episode was part of our beta launch into this conversation about prophetic resistance. It was recorded in the fall of 2016, just two years after the Ferguson Uprising.The conversation with Dr. Gould was contexted by our struggle to change the way that Black people experienced life in communities like Ferguson. And it was contexted by the then-upcoming 2016 presidential election. We are still struggling with the consequences of that election, particularly the racist policies and rhetoric of this administration. And as Faith in Action, along with many justice organizations, prepares for another electoral and census season, we invite you to listen to this episode and remember Michael Brown, Jr and the power of a movement born out of tragedy.

49 MINAUG 10
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Episode 32: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

Episode 31: Season 3 - Reverend Traci Blackmon

Our guest is the Reverend Traci Blackmon. She is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO, which borders the city of Ferguson.In this episode, we examine and reflect on the theme that has shaped this podcast - Prophetic Resistance. This is fitting as Pastor Traci was a central figure in the Ferguson Uprising - the movement moment that gave birth to this podcast project. In this unfiltered conversation, Traci speaks her truth about confronting Empire within ourselves, how standing in one’s truth is an act of resistance and how to make space for grace.This is the fourth and final installment in a series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project and draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. Thanks again, to Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Middle Church. Show Notes: Listen to Pastor Traci’s full speech from the Revolutionary Love Conference: https://youtu.be/GWs0tJj3HdM

40 MINJUL 11
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Episode 31: Season 3 - Reverend Traci Blackmon

Episode 30: Season 3 - Disrupting White Supremacy Panel

This episode is the third in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project. A special thank you to Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Middle Church for providing time and space to produce this four-part series. In this episode, before a live audience, Kaitlin Curtice, Rob Stephens, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Michael-Ray Mathews have a faith-rooted conversation about Disrupting White Supremacy. Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian mystic who portrays the sacredness of the human condition in everyday language. She is a storyteller, a poet and the author of Glory Happening. Rev. Rob Stephens is the minister for organizing at Middle Collegiate Church and a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Lisa Sharon Harper is the author of The Very Good Gospe...

58 MINJUN 22
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Episode 30: Season 3 - Disrupting White Supremacy Panel

Episode 29: Season 3 - Wajahat Ali

This episode is the second in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project.In this episode, the Prophetic Resistance podcast talks with Wajahat Ali, a journalist, political commentator and senior fellow at Auburn Seminary. We explored how he became an accidental activist and the impact of both Islamic and Jesuit teachings on his public voice. We also talked about being the only black or brown person in the room and why we have to build what he calls “a multicultural coalition of the willing.”A special note: This episode was recorded just days before Waj delivered a powerful TED talk entitled, The Case for Having Kids. During the talk, he revealed his daughter’s very recent cancer diagnosis. Our prayers are with Waj, his daughter Nusayba, and the entire family. Show notes: Watch Wajahat Ali’s TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/wajahat_ali_the_case_for_having_kids Watch Wajahat Ali’s talk during the Revolutionary Love Conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAMkKXV5gfc&list=PLVXiuonIksBIwgP0garXJqEBfdOdgv9Ip&index=31&t=0s

46 MINJUN 5
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Episode 29: Season 3 - Wajahat Ali

Episode 28: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Content Warning: This episode contains mild adult language. This episode, featuring Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, is the first in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project.Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre is the author of many books, including Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity and Liberating Jonah: Forming an Ethics of Reconciliation. Miguel is a professor of ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver, CO. In this conversation, we talk about his take on the notions of hope and hopelessness; the myth of a Christian America; and his personal faith journey that includes Santería, Catholicism and Southern Baptist traditions. Show Notes: Learn more about Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre http://drmigueldelatorre.com/ Watch Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s Revolutionary Love talk:SOCIAL ANALYSIS: THE MYTH OF CHRISTIAN AMERICA https://youtu.be/1uSPVtgY6Mg

29 MINMAY 11
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Episode 28: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Episode 27: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial and economic justice, and LGBTQ equality.She is the Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1000-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. Middle Church is also the host of the annual Revolutionary Love Conference which was held in early April 2019. In March - before the conference - we talked with Jacqui about finding her space of belonging as a Black woman clergy person; her personal journey to the pulpit and about our universal and collective journey to love. Show Notes: Visit www.middlechurch.org and www.revolutionaryloveconference.com to learn more about Middle Collegiate Church and the Revolutionary Love Conference. The Prophetic Resistance podcast recorded four episodes during the conference, so stay tuned for our upcoming Revolutionary Love series.

34 MINAPR 11
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Episode 27: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Episode 26: Season 3 - Reverend angel Kyodo williams

This episode was recorded live in December 2018 in Los Angeles, California, at a Deeper Roots cohort gathering. Deeper Roots is a special project and cohort of clergy and faith leaders affiliated with LA Voice, a member of Faith in Action. Our guest and presenter for the day was the Reverend angel Kyodo williams. We talked with Reverend angel about love and justice, the idea of prophetic resistance and the building of a new America. Reverend angel is the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California. She builds presence-centered social justice movements and sparks national conversations about how transforming society is connected to transforming our inner lives. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. Learn more at www.angelkyodowilliams.com. In our conversation, Rev. Angel described love as the spaces and places where we are enabled and empowered to be free. Dr. Martin Luther King describes power as love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. We are asking you - our listeners and Beloved Community - where do you find love?In the midst of deep pain and struggle, what does love look like your communities and your justice work? Share your answers with us via social media. You can find us on Twitter @WeResistPodcast. You can also find our Page on Facebook at Prophetic Resistance Project. We will incorporate your responses in a future episode.

34 MINFEB 28
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Episode 26: Season 3 - Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Episode 25: Season 2 - Valarie Kaur

Happy Valentine’s Day. Faithful listeners of the Prophetic Resistance podcast will recognize this episode’s guest - Valarie Kaur. We are re-releasing this episode this week in recognition of Valarie’s Revolutionary Love Project. A justice leader of the Sikh faith, Valarie is a civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and media commentator. Valarie is a warrior who calls on us to reclaim love even as we fight for justice. Listen to our conversation about faith, legacy and facing the fires of the world with revolutionary love. This year, Valarie asked me and many other colleagues in the movement to participate in boldly taking the Declaration of Revolutionary Love - which reminds us all to love those who sit on the margins, to love those who oppose our values and beliefs and to love ourselves. You can take the pledge at https://revolutionarylove.net.

33 MINFEB 14
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Episode 25: Season 2 - Valarie Kaur

Episode 24: Season 2 - Rev. Jose Humphreys

Faithful listeners of this podcast will recognize the voice of Rev. Jose Humphreys. He is a faith organizer, pastor of Metro Hope Covenant Church in East Harlem and an early contributor to and architect of the Prophetic Resistance Project. We talked with him about his new book “Seeing Jesus in East Harlem” and the role people of faith need to play the upcoming midterm elections. This episode includes a remix of our original conversation with Pastor Jose. Released in 2016 as a two-part series during the beta launch of this podcast, this rich, energizing and still timely exchange varied - from defining whiteness and Afro-Latinidad to engaging in resistance and the role of the Evangelical church in the movement for justice. Show Notes: Learn more about Metro Hope Covenant Church http://www.metrohopenyc.org/ Purchase “Seeing Jesus in East Harlem” https://www.josehumphreys.com/

65 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Episode 24: Season 2 - Rev. Jose Humphreys

Episode 23: Season 2 - Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Hajj Reza Nekumanesh is the Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno and an active faith leader with Faith in Action. We sat down to talk about multifaith leadership and what it means when we say “no one stands alone.” We also talked about his experience as a member the first cohort of the Public Theology Certificate program, a joint project of Faith in Action and the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley.Show Notes: Learn more about the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, by visiting www.icfresno.org. Learn more about the Public Theology Certificate program by visiting http://www.absw.edu/publictheology. Learn more about the Prophetic Resistance Project by visiting www.theologyofresistance.org.

47 MIN2018 JUL 26
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Episode 23: Season 2 - Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

Today - five years after the killing of Michael Brown Jr - we are re-releasing our conversation with the Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould of Missouri Faith Voices, an affiliate of Faith in Action. She was one of the first pastors to issue a clarion call to clergy and faith leaders to go to Ferguson, Missouri. This episode was part of our beta launch into this conversation about prophetic resistance. It was recorded in the fall of 2016, just two years after the Ferguson Uprising.The conversation with Dr. Gould was contexted by our struggle to change the way that Black people experienced life in communities like Ferguson. And it was contexted by the then-upcoming 2016 presidential election. We are still struggling with the consequences of that election, particularly the racist policies and rhetoric of this administration. And as Faith in Action, along with many justice organizations, prepares for another electoral and census season, we invite you to listen to this episode and remember Michael Brown, Jr and the power of a movement born out of tragedy.

49 MINAUG 10
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Episode 32: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

Episode 31: Season 3 - Reverend Traci Blackmon

Our guest is the Reverend Traci Blackmon. She is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO, which borders the city of Ferguson.In this episode, we examine and reflect on the theme that has shaped this podcast - Prophetic Resistance. This is fitting as Pastor Traci was a central figure in the Ferguson Uprising - the movement moment that gave birth to this podcast project. In this unfiltered conversation, Traci speaks her truth about confronting Empire within ourselves, how standing in one’s truth is an act of resistance and how to make space for grace.This is the fourth and final installment in a series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project and draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. Thanks again, to Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Middle Church. Show Notes: Listen to Pastor Traci’s full speech from the Revolutionary Love Conference: https://youtu.be/GWs0tJj3HdM

40 MINJUL 11
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Episode 31: Season 3 - Reverend Traci Blackmon

Episode 30: Season 3 - Disrupting White Supremacy Panel

This episode is the third in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project. A special thank you to Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Middle Church for providing time and space to produce this four-part series. In this episode, before a live audience, Kaitlin Curtice, Rob Stephens, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Michael-Ray Mathews have a faith-rooted conversation about Disrupting White Supremacy. Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian mystic who portrays the sacredness of the human condition in everyday language. She is a storyteller, a poet and the author of Glory Happening. Rev. Rob Stephens is the minister for organizing at Middle Collegiate Church and a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Lisa Sharon Harper is the author of The Very Good Gospe...

58 MINJUN 22
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Episode 30: Season 3 - Disrupting White Supremacy Panel

Episode 29: Season 3 - Wajahat Ali

This episode is the second in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project.In this episode, the Prophetic Resistance podcast talks with Wajahat Ali, a journalist, political commentator and senior fellow at Auburn Seminary. We explored how he became an accidental activist and the impact of both Islamic and Jesuit teachings on his public voice. We also talked about being the only black or brown person in the room and why we have to build what he calls “a multicultural coalition of the willing.”A special note: This episode was recorded just days before Waj delivered a powerful TED talk entitled, The Case for Having Kids. During the talk, he revealed his daughter’s very recent cancer diagnosis. Our prayers are with Waj, his daughter Nusayba, and the entire family. Show notes: Watch Wajahat Ali’s TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/wajahat_ali_the_case_for_having_kids Watch Wajahat Ali’s talk during the Revolutionary Love Conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAMkKXV5gfc&list=PLVXiuonIksBIwgP0garXJqEBfdOdgv9Ip&index=31&t=0s

46 MINJUN 5
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Episode 29: Season 3 - Wajahat Ali

Episode 28: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Content Warning: This episode contains mild adult language. This episode, featuring Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, is the first in a four-part series recorded in New York City in April 2019 during the Revolutionary Love Conference. This annual justice conference draws faith leaders and activists across various movements for justice and healing. The conference is hosted by Middle Collegiate Church and The Middle Project.Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre is the author of many books, including Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity and Liberating Jonah: Forming an Ethics of Reconciliation. Miguel is a professor of ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver, CO. In this conversation, we talk about his take on the notions of hope and hopelessness; the myth of a Christian America; and his personal faith journey that includes Santería, Catholicism and Southern Baptist traditions. Show Notes: Learn more about Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre http://drmigueldelatorre.com/ Watch Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s Revolutionary Love talk:SOCIAL ANALYSIS: THE MYTH OF CHRISTIAN AMERICA https://youtu.be/1uSPVtgY6Mg

29 MINMAY 11
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Episode 28: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Episode 27: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial and economic justice, and LGBTQ equality.She is the Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1000-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. Middle Church is also the host of the annual Revolutionary Love Conference which was held in early April 2019. In March - before the conference - we talked with Jacqui about finding her space of belonging as a Black woman clergy person; her personal journey to the pulpit and about our universal and collective journey to love. Show Notes: Visit www.middlechurch.org and www.revolutionaryloveconference.com to learn more about Middle Collegiate Church and the Revolutionary Love Conference. The Prophetic Resistance podcast recorded four episodes during the conference, so stay tuned for our upcoming Revolutionary Love series.

34 MINAPR 11
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Episode 27: Season 3 - Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Episode 26: Season 3 - Reverend angel Kyodo williams

This episode was recorded live in December 2018 in Los Angeles, California, at a Deeper Roots cohort gathering. Deeper Roots is a special project and cohort of clergy and faith leaders affiliated with LA Voice, a member of Faith in Action. Our guest and presenter for the day was the Reverend angel Kyodo williams. We talked with Reverend angel about love and justice, the idea of prophetic resistance and the building of a new America. Reverend angel is the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California. She builds presence-centered social justice movements and sparks national conversations about how transforming society is connected to transforming our inner lives. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. Learn more at www.angelkyodowilliams.com. In our conversation, Rev. Angel described love as the spaces and places where we are enabled and empowered to be free. Dr. Martin Luther King describes power as love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. We are asking you - our listeners and Beloved Community - where do you find love?In the midst of deep pain and struggle, what does love look like your communities and your justice work? Share your answers with us via social media. You can find us on Twitter @WeResistPodcast. You can also find our Page on Facebook at Prophetic Resistance Project. We will incorporate your responses in a future episode.

34 MINFEB 28
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Episode 26: Season 3 - Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Episode 25: Season 2 - Valarie Kaur

Happy Valentine’s Day. Faithful listeners of the Prophetic Resistance podcast will recognize this episode’s guest - Valarie Kaur. We are re-releasing this episode this week in recognition of Valarie’s Revolutionary Love Project. A justice leader of the Sikh faith, Valarie is a civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and media commentator. Valarie is a warrior who calls on us to reclaim love even as we fight for justice. Listen to our conversation about faith, legacy and facing the fires of the world with revolutionary love. This year, Valarie asked me and many other colleagues in the movement to participate in boldly taking the Declaration of Revolutionary Love - which reminds us all to love those who sit on the margins, to love those who oppose our values and beliefs and to love ourselves. You can take the pledge at https://revolutionarylove.net.

33 MINFEB 14
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Episode 25: Season 2 - Valarie Kaur

Episode 24: Season 2 - Rev. Jose Humphreys

Faithful listeners of this podcast will recognize the voice of Rev. Jose Humphreys. He is a faith organizer, pastor of Metro Hope Covenant Church in East Harlem and an early contributor to and architect of the Prophetic Resistance Project. We talked with him about his new book “Seeing Jesus in East Harlem” and the role people of faith need to play the upcoming midterm elections. This episode includes a remix of our original conversation with Pastor Jose. Released in 2016 as a two-part series during the beta launch of this podcast, this rich, energizing and still timely exchange varied - from defining whiteness and Afro-Latinidad to engaging in resistance and the role of the Evangelical church in the movement for justice. Show Notes: Learn more about Metro Hope Covenant Church http://www.metrohopenyc.org/ Purchase “Seeing Jesus in East Harlem” https://www.josehumphreys.com/

65 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Episode 24: Season 2 - Rev. Jose Humphreys

Episode 23: Season 2 - Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Hajj Reza Nekumanesh is the Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno and an active faith leader with Faith in Action. We sat down to talk about multifaith leadership and what it means when we say “no one stands alone.” We also talked about his experience as a member the first cohort of the Public Theology Certificate program, a joint project of Faith in Action and the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley.Show Notes: Learn more about the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, by visiting www.icfresno.org. Learn more about the Public Theology Certificate program by visiting http://www.absw.edu/publictheology. Learn more about the Prophetic Resistance Project by visiting www.theologyofresistance.org.

47 MIN2018 JUL 26
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Episode 23: Season 2 - Hajj Reza Nekumanesh