November 25, 2019
Those who have gone through the process of spiritual deconstruction can attest to the shame and damage that come along with any system or authority that claims with absolute certainty that they speak the mind and will of God. Deconstruction often begins with an "uh oh" moment - a revelation, discovery, or even a simple conversation that leads one to question if everything they've been told is wrong. Pete Enns knows these moments all too well because he's had many of them throughout his decades as a teacher and theologian. He's come to encourage people to embrace uncertainty and imagination when it comes to reading the Bible, yet feeling its trajectory. "The gospel is primary," Pete claims. "The Bible goes along for the ride."
Interviewers: Jim Rohner and Jonathan Williams
ABOUT PETE ENNS
Pete Enns is an author, biblical scholar, and co-host of the podcast The Bible for Normal People. He's written numerous books about how to change our approach in reading and interpreting the Bible, including "The Sin of Certainty" and "How the Bible Actually Works." His 2005 book "Inspiration and Incarnation" ultimately led to his departure from Westminster Theological Seminary, which ultimately led him to Eastern University. He continues to instruct and inspire people going through faith deconstruction with his talks, blogs, and podcasts. He also has a rescue cat named Marmalade, who makes an appearance in this episode.
September 26, 2019
The Flint drinking water contamination began in April 2014 and almost six years later, the plaintiffs have not seen one cent of financial compensation from the city, the state, or the private contractors that contributed to the dire situation. For over three years, Corey Stern has been representing more than 2500 children who were poisoned by Flint drinking water and he joins us to discuss his role in the case, what drives and centers him during such long and taxing work, and how he responds to society's changing attitudes towards lawyers on both sides of litigation.
Interviewers: Jim Rohner and Jonathan Williams
ABOUT COREY STERN
Corey is currently a partner at Levy Konigsberg LLP and Lead Counsel in the Genesee County Circuit Court, and Liaison Counsel in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan for all plaintiffs in the Flint Water Litigation. He's had a lifelong passion for serving the least of these, especially children who have been injured due to negligence or abuse. In addition to his involvement in Flint, he's also filed action against Bill de Blasio and the NYC Housing Authority for failures around inspections of 178,000 public housing apartments for lead-based paint.
July 23, 2019
In this episode, Lenny Duncan talks about what drew him to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America despite it being the whitest denomination in the country. He also talks about how growth is impossible without discomfort, how he sees the fate of Christ reflected in the death of Trayvon Martin, and how, despite history, he is optimistic for the future of radically affirming church.
Interview: Jim Rohner and Jonathan Williams
ABOUT LENNY DUNCAN
Lenny is the pastor of Jehu's Table in East New York, where he was called as a mission developer after getting his Master's of Divinity from United Lutheran Seminary. He pays special attention to Black Liberation movements in his work and has directed the two-part documentary Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA? Unapologetic and outspoken in his beliefs, Lenny speaks truth to power when it comes to dismantling the white supremacy that has been a problem at the heart of the Lutheran Church. He believes in the radical love of Christ, the affirmation of LGBTQIA siblings, and the passionate grace of God.
To purchase Lenny's new book, "Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.," visit: https://lennyduncan.com/order-dear-church
June 29, 2019
In this first episode of the relaunch of Midrash NYC, George Mekhail and Jonathan Williams discuss their respective paths to arriving at the divisive decision to make their churches open and affirming of LGBTQIA members and about the consequences of a church's ambiguity around the topic of affirmation.
Interview: Jim Rohner
George Mekhail has been involved in church his entire life, from growing up in the Coptic Orthodox tradition to serving in pastor roles within Evangelical and Mainline churches. He is currently the Executive Director of Church Clarity, a crowdsourced organization that seeks to verify if a church's stated policy is open and clear on a number of issues from affirmation of LGBTQIA members to women in leadership positions.
April 7, 2017
In this episode we're discussing women, work, and faith as we hear from women in leadership at the OPEN Network conference 2016.
PODCAST GUESTS (in order):
Marlee Walters, Jen Fisher, Carla Ewert, Mira Joyner, Laura Truax, Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, Jenny Morgan, Rachael McClair, Laura Buffington, Katie Hays, Cameron Trimble
For more information on "She Is Called: OPEN Conversations for Women in Leadership" visit sheiscalledconversations.com
The conference will take place in New York City, at West End Collegiate Church, May 2-4, 2017. Space is limited, so register today!
November 23, 2016
In this episode Rabbi Or Rose talks about Hebrew words, the meaning of the high holy days and what we can all learn from the Sabbath
Interviewer: Jen Fisher
ABOUT RABBI ROSE
Rabbi Or N. Rose is the Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College. He also serves as Co-Director of CIRCLE: the Center for Inter-Religious & Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Rabbi Rose is the co-editor of Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections (Jewish Lights), and the forthcoming My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Inter-Religious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Orbis, Spring 2012).
To follow more of Rabbi Rose's work, visit www.huffingtonpost.com/author/rabbi-or-rose
November 15, 2016
In this episode Sarah E. Cannon, Brandan Robertson and Colby Martin talk about the "clobber" passages about homosexuality in the Bible and share their journeys to reading these Scriptures in a new light.
Interviewer: Ben Grace
ABOUT SARAH, BRANDAN & COLBY
Sarah E. Cannon studied Gender Studies at Indiana University, and Theology at Harvard University. She currently serves as Outreach Minister at Methodist Temple in Evansville, IN, where she pursues social justice in the community, with a particular focus on helping folks experiencing chronic homelessness. Her side projects include Still Loved, an organization seeking to bring together open and affirming faith communities in Evansville.
Rev. Brandan Robertson is a noted spiritual thought-leader, contemplative activist, and commentator, working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He is the author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light and writes regularly for Patheos, and The Huffington Post.
Colby Martin is a beloved child of God, husband, father, co-pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective, and author of UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality.
October 19, 2016
In this episode Lisa talks about how she fell in love with the idea of "Shalom", how it should inform how we live out our faith, and her new book "The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right".
Interviewer: Mira Joyner & Jen Fisher
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good as Sojourners Chief Church Engagement Officer. Through preaching, writing, training, network development, and public witness Ms. Harper engages the church in the work of justice and peacemaking.
To follow more of Lisa's work, visit lisasharonharper.com
October 12, 2016
In this episode David talks about his evangelical Christian faith fell apart and how he built his music career through intimate house shows.
Interviewer: Jonathan Williams
David Bazan has never had the answers. His first two solo records, 2009’s Curse Your Branches and 2011’s Strange Negotiations lived inside questions. Questions of politics, of relationships, of addiction, and of God. For anyone looking to art to remove doubt, Bazan is not that refuge. With a catalogue that orbits the darkest corners of the human experience, his songs are the tiny pinprick of light, the first breath coming up for air, the rest stop on a trip with no destination.
To follow more of David's work, visit davidbazan.com
September 23, 2016
In this episode Christine Moutier talks mental health, societal stigma, suicide prevention, and how to talk to people who we're worried about.
Interviewer: Jen Fisher
Dr. Christine Moutier knows the impact of suicide firsthand. After losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. As a leader in the field of suicide prevention, Dr. Moutier joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2013, and has revitalized AFSP’s Education team, re-launched its Loss & Healing department, and expanded AFSP’s support to include those with lived experience of suicide.
To follow more of AFSP's work, visit afsp.org