Charles and guest co-host Eric Moen are joined by Constance and Dain Perry for a compelling look at slavery in America, one family's story, and dealing with the racism and violence that make up its aftermath. Constance and Dain Perry are a married couple who travel the country showing the film Traces of the Trade and leading congregations and groups to look at racism in new and transforming ways.
The website for Traces of the Trade is available here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg speak with Paul Fromberg about transformation within a community and how churches can change the world around them. Rev. Paul Fromberg, D. Min. is the Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California. He holds a D.Min. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He is the author most recently of "The Art of Transformation: Three Things Churches Do That Change Everything." It is available here:
Charles, Matt and Gregg talk with Jonathan Russell, Chaplain at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, about life on Skid Row, isolation and alienation, and life in community. Jonathan Russell is the former lead guitarist and songwriter for the huge and amazing band Cold War Kids, and is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminiary and a current Ph.D. student and professor. Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles is the largest homeless mission in North America, and a leader in homeless intervention throughout the world. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions, by Gabor Mate' is a book mentioned by Jonathan. It is written by a medical doctor who is an addiction specialist, and provides a new vision for causes and solutions for substance abuse.
Charles and Matt have an extended discussion with Tom Kimball about collegiate recovery programs, the new brain science explaining addiction, and the critical need for connectedness. Dr. Tom Kimball is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities in Lubbock, Texas. He is an expert in addiction and recovery and has helped lead the growth of collegiate recovery communities to include more than 60 colleges and universities.
The website for the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg discuss vulnerability, the importance of acknowledging one's own brokenness, and how God is present in the wounds and in the wounded. This podcast is an expansion of our discussion in the episode two weeks ago with Father Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries on Welcoming Our Wound.
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral in the UK, to learn about the Community of the Cross of Nails, places in the world where the moving work of reconciliation is taking place, and how we can connect to it. The Very Rev. John Witcombe is an Anglican Priest and Dean of Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England. He leads worship there and travels the world with its message of hope and resurrection. Coventry Cathedral's website is here: http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/ The Community of the Cross of Nails' website is here: http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/ccn2/ "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen is a song mentioned by John in this episode and can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDTph7mer3I "My Little Town" by Paul Simon is another song mentioned and it can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Ro3eGuznI
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral in the UK, to learn the moving story behind the Cathedral, the amazing work of reconciliation that began there, and how that reconciliation calls all of us to the hurting places of the world. The Very Rev. John Witcombe is an Anglican Priest and Dean of Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England. He leads worship there and travels the world with its message of hope and resurrection. Coventry Cathedral's website is here: http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/ The Community of the Cross of Nails' website is here: http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/ccn2/ Ghost Town by The Specials is a song mentioned in this episode and can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZ8428GSrI
In this encore episode, Charles and Gregg are joined by Father Greg Boyle to discuss working with gang members, brokenness and vulnerability, and how God meets us in our wounds. Father Greg Boyle is the Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which is the largest gang intervention program in the world. He is Jesuit Priest and is the former pastor of Delores Mission in Los Angeles. He is the author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Father Greg is the inspiration for this podcast, a world leader in working with marginalized people, and a personal hero of Charles, Matt and Gregg. Matt was lecturing and teaching in England, and will rejoin the podcast next week.
Charles, Matt, and Gregg discuss the new book. They Say 2, which features poetry written by young Iconoclast Sessions poets, look at the power of arts and poetry in creating self-expression and hear some of the poems.
They Say 2 can be purchased here:
Iconoclast's website is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Jarvis Taylor to consider displaced people living on the streets and how they find dignity and worth. TK joins the discussion to provide a powerful first-hand view.
Jarvis Taylor is the Executive Director of Crossroads in Houston and is also involved in numerous other projects connected to community empowerment. TK is a volunteer at Crossroads and is currently writing a book.
The website for Crossroads at Park Place is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Jarvis Taylor to learn how he became involved in helping communities, how black oppression is tied to the oppression of all people, and create ways he is working to uplift people. Jarvis Taylor is the Executive Director of Project College Counseling in Houston and is also involved in numerous other projects connected to community empowerment.
Charles and Gregg are joined by Jake McGlothin to learn about church and school partnerships, how they can transform faith communities, and how they can connect communities in new and exciting ways. Jake McGlothin is the Director of Serve Ministries at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
Jake's new book, The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships, is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Rudy Rasmus to discuss the future of the church, how people gather, and how we can connect with meaning and God. Rev. Rudy Rasmus is Senior Pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston and is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is "Love. Period."
His website is here:
St. John's UMC website is here:
Rudy's new coffee shop, Through Good Coffee, is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Rudy Rasmus to hear his incredible story, how he moved from marginal lifestyle to beloved pastor and community leader, and how he has gotten closer to God. Rev. Rudy Rasmus is Senior Pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston and is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is "Love. Period."
His website is here:
St. John's UMC website is here:
Rudy's new coffee shop, Through Good Coffee, is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Blanca Puma to discuss solidarity, the amazing power of community, and "minga"--working together for the betterment of all. Blanca Puma is Executive Director of Fedice, a non-profit working with indigenous and marginalized communities in Ecuador.
The Fedice website is here:
Blanca Puma can be reached here:
Charles and Gregg have a spirited discussion about the social construct that is juvenile delinquency, the attitudes and policies that led to the rise of incarceration, and how to change this narrative and make a difference.
Materials mentioned in the episode:
"From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America," by Elizabeth Hinton:
"The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," by Ta-Nehisi Coates:
"The $3.4 Trillion Mistake: The Cost of Mass Incarceration and Criminalization, and How Justice Reinvestment Can Build a Better Future for All":
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Rozella White to learn how to change the course of our lives, and about how Mission Year is helping young people to add meaning to their lives by connecting with others. Rozella White is Houston City Director for Mission Year, which connects young adults with a year of meaningful service. Rozella also serves as a coach, creator, and consultant in Houston.
Mission Year's website is here: http://missionyear.org/our-cities/#houston
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Sara Miles to discuss using food to build solidarity, how the simple act of eating and praying with people can be transformative, and the powerful link between suffering and joy. Sara Miles directs The Food Pantry, which operates at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California. She has been on staff at the church as well.
The Food Pantry's website is here:
Sara's book, "Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion: is here:
Her other books are available here:
Charles and Eric Moen are joined by Beth Magill to discuss missional communities and how they are transforming churches throughout Texas and engaging meaningful work in neighborhoods. Rev. Beth Magill is Associate Missioner for Congregational Initiatives at the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
The Missional Communities website of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Tamara Fyke to discuss ways to build positive character traits in adolescence, and how to encourage resiliency. Tamara Fyke is the Creator and Brand Manager of Love in a Big World, an innovative social and emotional learning curriculum that fosters the development of caring learning communities.
Love in a Big World is available here:
Charles and Gregg are joined by Bill Mefford to learn how churches can connect with meaningful work in their communities and how they can embrace vulnerable populations. Bill Mefford is the Faith Organizer for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has worked in United Methodist churches for many years and has a Doctorate in Missiology from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Bill also writes for Figtree Revolution, which can be found here:
United We Dream is mentioned in this episode:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Dave Fleischer to learn about how deep conversation and sharing stories can break down prejudice, persuade people with different opinions, and change minds. David Fleischer is Project Director for the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and has worked in electoral politics for 30 years.
The Leadership LAB's website is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by George Youngblood to learn about alternative peer groups, their role in adolescent substance abuse recovery, and the components of an effective program. George Youngblood is the CEO of Teen and Family Services, a peer-based substance abuse recovery program in Houston and Austin. Their website is here:
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Justin Coleman to look at the importance of the written word in our current environment, and the vacuity of the idea of colorblindness. Rev. Justin Coleman is Senior Ministry Officer at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee, where he helps publish a wide variety of materials including the website "Ministry Matters:
Charles and Gregg are joined again by James Alison for a discussion about reclaiming the concepts of truth and reconciliation in our world's divisive moment. James Alison is a world-renowned theologian and writer who has lived and worked in the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States. He joins the pod from Madrid, Spain. His latest book is Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice, found here:
James Alison's website is here: