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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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.
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 one of a two-part series we discuss:
- His work at a predominantly white institution;
- Decentering whiteness in institutions;
- Power analysis and ushering in change for white institutions;
- The white blessing
- Chasing justice and upsetting systems and economies;
- Organizing and activism in our present age.
This is a must listen to learn new formation on Christian ethics and spirituality. Don’t miss it!
Welcome to Season 4 of the Faith in a Fresh Vibe podcast! This is the AUTHOR’S EDITION, where I invite my friends to come and share the books they have authored in the past year. To open the season I invite fellow Canadian Jonathan Puddle to chat about his book, “You Are Enough”. In this episode we take a dive into spiritual formation, why contemporary Christianity has struggled to deal with emotions, and practices of contemplative spirituality.
We close Season 3 with this final episode centering the voices of BIPOC Christians and other marginalized people too. Assimilation to dominant culture is typically the way marginalized people can belong in contemporary churches. Is there a better path? There is, and I outline part of that journey in this episode. It follows a book project coming out in 2021 by the same title. Life out the fulness of your humanity by embodying your gifts and abilities in your own skin. Finding your liberation is tied to belonging to community that sees you for you. Don’t give up on Jesus, belonging is out there.
We close Season 3 with a final two part series. Part 1 discusses the work behind justice and becoming (more) anti-racist. Rohadi shares two pathways to consider in the lifelong journey of reconciliation. Building off of the free 6 chapter e-book, “Change the Story, A Small Resource on Dismantling Racism in Canada and the Church”, available on www.rohadi.com. 2020 is a year of profound change and movements towards justice. What do we need to sustain the efforts? This intro episode will help white people and those just starting the work of anti-racism.
In this episode we talk about slavery in Canada. Chad Lucas is an 8th generation Nova Scotian and provides a rich look at Black history. We talk the past, current white supremacy activity, and then switch gears into what it takes to belong. Chad left his church of 20 years after the denomination (same one I left) made a final statement to preserve the traditional definition of marriage.
#17 – On Justice, Anti-Racism, and the Effects of White Churches on Black and Brown Bodies with Drew Brown (Part 3 of 3)
Part 3 of 3. Drew and I continue our conversation deconstructing white evangelicalism and contemporary worship by describing our own experiences and when we determined white churches have no space for BIPOC folks.
From the Blog
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...
Â One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.' - Dr. Ibram Kendi Dr. Kendi's contemporary quote, also used by Civil Rights activists in the '60s,...
Welcome to my series on racism and the church. This blog series, now being turned into a downloadable .pdf, was initially posted after the violence in Charlottesville in 2017. Although I've updated most of the content, the framework hasn't changed. Only names and...
5 years ago I posted this article as a reflection. I've revamped it and now ask, what will church membership look like post-COVID? I have a hunch. Purely a guess, but 25-50% membership decline. Not everyone, but as a whole. We're noticing how little we need the...
My friends Jacqui and Zaak, over at The Road Church, have put together a podcast called, "the Podcast Made Flesh". I'm one of their guests, the episode is now up. You can listen to it here! I have a set of podcasts coming at you very soon so stick around for that...
This is a story on belonging. Some of you know that in February 2020, Vineyard Canada (VC) made their final decision pertaining to human sexuality. That's a fancy way of saying the denomination is now fully NON-affirming. Clergy cannot perform same-sex weddings. It...
If I asked you to give me a number of how much your church should grow every year what would you say? 1%? 5%? 10%? Ever since church leaders noticed they were losing more people than gaining, we have been on the prowl for the next solution to aid in church growth....
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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