When We Belong.
Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins
If you’ve been searching for language to describe a faith and community where you can live out your whole being…I’ve got a couple ideas. Step into a journey toward liberation, belonging, and a faith that makes you whole again.
We need belonging to survive and thrive. For Christians who know the pain, isolation, and loss of identity that comes with the ongoing struggle to be seen in churches and institutions full of barriers to belonging, you are not alone. Sometimes it can feel easier to walk away from faith completely. But there is another way. When it feels as though there’s no place left to belong, Jesus invites us into a love that knows no bounds and a community that truly liberates.
Coming Summer 2022
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In the final episode of the Summer Season 5 edition of Faith in a Fresh Vibe, we welcome pastor Melissa. This insightful episode offers a number of interesting and pragmatic ways to re-think Christian formation. Ranging from leadership formation for predominantly white congregations seeking racialized justice, to to tangible ways to access and unlock scripture in new and exciting ways.
It’s often challenging to picture a world that could be beyond the formation of institutional Christianity. In this episode, Starlette paints a picture of what is to come. An idea, a vision, the possibilities, of rooting our faith in the Kingdom coming.
Starlette Thomas is an author, activist, visual artist and race abolitionist. She is the founder and director ofÂ The Raceless Gospel, LLC, a non-profit para-church teaching ministry dedicated to leading didactic dialogues on race and its progeny, which empower Christian believers, leaders and thinkers to passionately, pastorally and prophetically speak about the sociopolitical construct of race and the myriad injustices that intersect in their churches, communities and country.
Part 2 of this 2 part series. We dig into Chandra Crane’s book, Mixed Blessing. Embracing the Fullness of Your Multi-Ethnic Identity. To the multi-ethnic listeners out there you’re up, you’re not a mistake!, your time is now.
â€œSo what are you?â€ Ya, that’s a question I’ve grown up fielding. Chandra Crane has a thing or two to say about that. Two fantastic episodes you don’t want to miss? Devoted to multi-ethnic people, we dig into identity and the superpowers we have. Most often overlooked, multi-ethnic/multi-racialized people are finally coming to the forefront. As we learn to live and own our bodies and beliefs, great things can happen. Everyone can enjoy this episode, but we keep that focus on folks like us. Check out the show notes for details about this episode.
In this edition, deconstruction at its finest. A story about coming out of fundamentalism, and into a journey of deconstruction. We mark pathways out of white supremacy and white evangelicalism. My guest, the_decolonized_Christian from Instagram
Learn more about Terence’s work and his books that engage readers to think about poverty differently. The first half of our conversation engages the work of public policy as a mechanism to enact systemic change.
How about a quick intro into the latest season of the Faith in a Fresh Vibe podcast? Guests include Terence Lester, Starlette Thomas, the_decolonized_christian, Melissa Florer-Bixler, and Chandra Crane. I open this season, however, with an inside look at my forthcoming book, When We Belong. Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins. You get an exclusive preview inside as I share direction and the heart of why I am writing a story on deconstruction and decolonizing Christianity.
From the Blog
Check it out, it's here, the awesome cover for my upcoming book coming Summer 2022! I was honestly apprehensive about this part, because book covers and design are up to the publishing house. I did mention I wanted to have a say, but ultimately decision rests with...
It's BACK! Rohadi's "let's review Christian Music Charts to see how white it is" fun time. I mean, I think it's fun.... In this edition I take a look at the latest Billboard Top 50, followed by the top 50 on CCLI. The results may surprise you. Just kidding, they...
BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT! I'm thrilled to finally announce that my next book is coming next year in Spring/Summer! I recently signed a deal with Herald Press to produce: "Liberating Belonging. Deconstructing and Reclaiming Christianity for People on the Margins" (tentative...
Written in June, 2019. Updated. While finishing my book (e-book only $2.99!) Thrive, the bibliography reminded me of overwhelming lack of representation in the movement. At one point there were ZERO authors of color in the list. There was one woman. In fact, despite...
Originally posted in 2015 and updated. The church in North America has lost profound influence over the past 50 years. That's no longer a surprise to leaders. Despite watching the slow decline unfold leaders have either ignored the shift, or at best made attempt small...
I've been thinking.... The rise in anti-Asian racism is a reminder that we must adhere to the terms and conditions too. You can put your head down, work hard, try to assimilate, but the arms of white supremacy will randomly lunge to pull you back into a place. It's...
2021 started off with the proverbial "bang" as the world watched in horror as the riots at the US Capitol Building unfolded. We all had a sense of both dread and awe as we watched the unthinkable happen. For racialized minority, it was also a visceral in your face...
Thrive. Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom.
â€œThriveâ€, is a guide to help unlock features in you, and your church, to emerge as leaders and co-creators in our cities, neighborhoods, and beyond. With the increasing number of people claiming no religious affiliation, it may be surprising to learn core values like purpose, justice, spirituality, and love remain important. The stage is set. Our culture presents a great opportunity for the church that seeks to live out the Gospel in a post-Christian world.
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