#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.
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 God’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.