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.
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Rohadi interviews author and spiritual formation director Lisa ColÃ³n DeLay in this hour long episode. The two venture through a conversation on spirituality and where the church fits in a modern world in formation. They spend time unpacking some features in the first...
#28 – On Church Planting Multi-ethnic Churches and Raising Marginalized Voices with Rev Dr Dennis Edwards
On Centering Marginalized People: Might from the Margins with Rev Dr Dennis Edwards. Dr Edwards is Professor of NT at Northpark Theological Seminary. He’s also an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church. In this episode…we start with a talk about his early days church planting and in ministry in multi-ethnic spaces. We ask, can white evangelicalism become more inclusive and multi-ethnic? We then transition to talk about his book, Might from the Margins. Dr. Edwards shares how centering marginalized people as the primary readership, we draw near to the central story of the Gospels. Listen as we unpack his teaching around justice, diaspora people, and building new spaces of faith for tomorrow.
#27 – On The Great Belonging and How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other with Charlotte Donlon (Part 2)
Recorded days after the 2020 American inauguration, Rohadi welcomes author and spiritual formation director, Charlotte Donlon. In this part two, Charlotte unpacks her book and her story. "The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other" offers vignettes on...
Recorded days after the 2020 American inauguration, I chat with author and spiritual formation director, Charlotte Donlon. This two part series begins with Charlotte’s introduction, a bit about her people, and then what it’s like to live Birmingham, Alabama. The heart of white Christian evangelicalism and its cultural grip on the region comes with challenges. We discuss bearing witness in a time of disconnection and start to unpack the question of vulnerability in faith.
Recorded days after the 2020 American election, I chat with musician, author, activist and advocate Robert Monson. We share a conversation about decentering whiteness in faith and practice. What does radical revival in the church look like and what does that shift look like? What does decolonizing and faith look like individually and collectively? We discuss new metrics, new ways of gathering, and embracing the marginal voice at the centre.
Subversive Stillness is Robert Monson’s book, a devotional on decolonizing the Christian faith. We talk Christian ethics and a little about his work.
In this episode I introduce my friend Dr. Drew Hart who is a professor of theology at Messiah University in PA. He is the author of two books including, Trouble I’ve Seen, and the latest, Who Will be a Witness? In part two of a two-part series we discuss:
- Dive into his latest book, “Who Will be a Witness? Igniting Activism for Godâ€™s Justice, Love, and Deliverance”;
- Decolonizing white Christianity and white supremacy;
- Rejecting domesticated white Jesus;
- Unpack what the church of the future can look like for marginalized people and all.
From the Blog
We are now in the season of Epiphany, one of two feasts the early church celebrated along with Easter. Epiphany marks the Gospel revealed to the Gentiles through the story of the visiting wise men. I've always found it peculiar the story of the Magi. Something stoked...
2000 years of patriarchy have undoubtedly diminished the powerful words of the two women in our readings. Today we will centre one, a voice that comes to us in the form of a song. â€œMagnificat anima mea Dominum.â€ It sure sounds better in Latin. Mary's Song, or the...
I have, for a long time, advocating the de-centering of Sunday morning worship. It's the most cost intensive monument of the church, and one we need to re-think in a post-Christian context. I'm not saying throw it all away, but we should be able to re-think its...
This is the final post that concludes a series on racism in the church that can be downloaded as a pdf. The purpose of the series was to alert and inform primarily white Christians on ways to engage their own racism and racism in their communities. In this final...
In this post I narrow some focus to visible minorities and our role in fighting systemic racism. Â Some of you may be familiar with the term "model minority", particularly if you're of Asian descent. It's the idea that you sit in between white and Black. To over...
(Post updated October, 2019 and again in June 2020). This is part 4 of a series on racism and the church. For white folks, this post might make you uncomfortable, but I hope you read until the end. This is my attempt to outline the hope of reconciliation, restoration,...
This post was written in October 2017, and reposted with updates here. A podcast interview on the 'coming out' of rapper Lecrae, describes his loosening ties with white evangelicalism (where he spent his formative years). White evangelicals didn't appreciate his...
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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