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
September 16, 2016
In this episode Amy Butler talks politics, social justice, gun violence, and what it is like to be the "first" woman leading an influential organization.
Interviewer: Ryan Phipps and Ben Grace
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, "Pastor Amy," is the 7th Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. She is the first woman to hold the position of Senior Minister since the church opened 84 years ago. Pastor Amy wonders aloud all the time about: faith, church, living in community, the deep meaning of life, and, everything else, too.
To follow more of Amy's work, visit www.patheos.com/blogs/talkwiththepreacher/
To find out more about "God and Guns" and register visit www.godandguns2016.com
September 9, 2016
This episode is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Nancy Carbone, founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters, joins us to talk about the continuing impact of the terror attacks on the city, the firefighting force, and the healing art of listening.
Interviewer: Ben Grace
ABOUT FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to addressing the physical, mental health, and wellness needs of New York City’s firefighters and their families. Their ongoing mission is to provide long-term support and services through confidential counseling, wellness services, and other assistance required by firefighters and their families.
To follow more of their work, visit friendsoffirefighters.org
Click here to buy tickets to their 9th Annual Friends of Firefighters Fall Gala on Oct 20.