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.
#16 – Deconstructing White Church Experience from Black and Brown Bodies with Drew Brown (Part 2 of 3)
Part 2 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.
Part 1 of 3. Episode 15 begins with the first of THREE parts with 12-time Dove Award winner, Drew Brown. In this episode we talk about living a Christian faith in the local parish context. Neighbourhoods rule and you need to listen to discover why. We then pivot to talk about defunding white churches (also LOL), and more importantly we start a conversation on re-imagining the lacklustre world of contemporary Christian music. Get on in!
#14 – Dismantling White Supremacy in the Church and anti-Racism Movements with Bernadette Arthur – Part 2
Part 2 with Bernadette Arthur (she/her). We discuss her recent work in a predominantly white denomination, justice, the work of anti-racism in white institutions, and whether or not the institution can be saved. We also discuss the recent calls for justice surrounding anti-Blackness, and pave a sense of hope for BIPOC folk moving forward.
This season is the BIPOC edition with voices from across Canada. To launch things off I welcome Bernadette Arthur for a two part series. In this first edition, Bernadette shares about her journey of faith, what it looked to deconstruct her experience in both Black Caribbean and Seventh Day Adventist traditions, and putting together the pieces into a new way forward.
We cap off Season 2 with this episode where Dr. Monetta Bailey, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, and I share our thoughts on racialized trauma and protest. We also ask, is there hope for change in the face of anti-racist protests? Is justice available to all? We drill down on the issue of cultural and corporate prejudice and share a candid conversation about our experience with racism, why we’re hopeful (or not), and where that leaves us going forward.