Episode #36 Featuring Pastor and Author, Melissa Florer-Bixler

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. Find Melissa online at her website: https://www.melissaflorerbixler.com/. Also her social media links on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s a bio:

Melissa is the pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church, and a graduate of Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She spent times studying in Israel/Palestine, Kenya, and England. Much of her formation took place in the L’Arche community of Portland, OR. Now she prefers the Eno River and her garden in Raleigh, NC. She is the chair of L’Arche North Carolina and a steering committee member in broad-based organizing in her county. Melissa’s writing has appeared in Christian Century, Sojourners, Geez, Anabaptist Witness, The Bias, Faith&Leadership, and Anabaptist Vision. From time to time she publishes academic writing. She and her spouse parent three children.

Show Notes

  • Intro (4 mins)
  • A bit about Melissa’s vocation in the Mennonite church (7 mins)
  • Building communities of argument (10 mins)
  • Forms of narrative justice (8 mins)
  • How majority white congregations do work of racialized justice (12 mins)
  • Formative practices to dismantle whiteness in congregations (15 mins)
  • How to embody practices of appreciation vs. appropriation (19 mins)
  • On ‘Fire by Night’, what do we do with violence in the OT? (23 mins)
  • Ways to read scripture in new ways (32 mins)
  • On ‘How to have an Enemy’ (37 mins)
  • Imagining pathways to healing and justice in the here and now (48 mins)


Faith in a Fresh Vibe
Faith in a Fresh Vibe
#36 - Anger, Enemies, and Dismantling Congregational Whiteness with Melissa Florer-Bixler

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