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reClaimed: Dialogues on Justice and Kinship

Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor carry on a wide ranging discussion each week on restorative justice, current events, and faith.
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Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor lead a discussion on restorative justice, current events, and faith. New episodes post each Friday.

Nov 17, 2017

Charles and Gregg are joined by Elizabeth Henneke to discuss the enormous number of youth serving time in adult prisons, how they get there, and how she is leading efforts to help them. Elizabeth Henneke is an attorney and founder of the newly-formed non-profit Lone Star Justice Alliance which is dedicated to assisting youth in the criminal justice system.

The website for Lone Star Justice Alliance is here:

http://www.lonestarjusticealliance.org/

Nov 10, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Amy Bezecny to look at the need for foster parents, ways churches can connect and make a meaningful impact, and how each of us can get involved. Rev. Amy Bezecny is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Cultivating Families. The website is here:

https://cultivatingfamilies.org/

Nov 3, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis to look at how foster youth enter the criminal justice system and how the two systems often overlap to the detriment of us all. 

Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis is Associate Rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in the Heights, Houston, and is the parent of two adopted children.

St. Andrews' website is here:

http://www.saecheights.org/

Cultivating Families, a foster care nonprofit mentioned in this episode, is here:

https://cultivatingfamilies.org/

 

Oct 27, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis to talk about the experience of being a foster parent, how trauma affects the family and how to find kinship in a divided 21st-century society. Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis is Associate Rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in the Heights, Houston, and is the parent of two adopted children.

St. Andrews' website is here:

http://www.saecheights.org/

Cultivating Families, a foster care nonprofit mentioned in this episode, is here:

https://cultivatingfamilies.org/

Oct 20, 2017

Charles, Matt and Gregg look at a soccer team in Houston that is building community for youth who have never experienced it, and the ways it is forever changing all the lives who are part of it.

Oct 13, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at our divided American society, how we can work together instead of against one another, and what God tells us about overcoming conflict and division.

The Upshot charts on dividedness:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/upshot/gun-ownership-partisan-divide.html

Walter Bruggermann book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ASOYA0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Oct 6, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Michelle Hansford to hear her amazing story, to learn about the issues surrounding women who are incarcerated and their children of these women, and how we can get involved. Michelle Hansford is a returning citizen who is now working with OneVoice Texas. Their website is here:

http://onevoicetexas.org/

Sep 29, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Kathryn Griffin to learn her earthy and inspiring story of addiction and recovery, how women who have been incarcerated can regain their self-worth, and how we are all connected in brokenness. Kathryn Griffin directs We've Been There Done That, an intervention program for women who are victims of human trafficking. For more information, please reach out to our podcast on Facebook or Twitter.

Sep 22, 2017

Charles, Gregg, and Guest Host Eric Moen are joined by Russ Oeschel to discuss effective disaster relief and recovery approaches, the role that communities play in restoring themselves, and what the church can do to help. The Ven. Russ Oeschel is the Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and also coordinates disaster response for the Diocese. He is also a works with Episcopal Relief and Development. 

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas' website is here:

http://www.epicenter.org/

The website for Episcopal Relief and Development is here:

http://www.episcopalrelief.org/

Sep 15, 2017

Charles, Gregg and guest host Eric Moen discuss the experience of Hurricane Harvey for Houston, the amazing outpouring of volunteerism and connectedness it spawned, and how we move forward.

Sep 8, 2017

Charles and Guest Host Eric Moen are joined by Jimmy Abbott and Joy Alonzo to learn about how one church has responded to the needs of its community by broadening how it thinks about outreach, and the implications this will have for everyone involved. Rev. Jimmy Abbott is Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Spring, Texas. Dr. Joy Alonzo is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. 

The website for Holy Comforter in Spring is:

https://www.holycomforterspring.org/

Sep 1, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are reunited and talk with Marcos Gonzales about the link between violence and hopelessness, how we can work against white supremacy in our systems and the urgency of locating ourselves with the oppressed. Marcos Gonzales, SJ is a Jesuit candidate for the priesthood and has a Master's in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. He is currently serving as a Case Worker at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles California.

Aug 25, 2017

Gregg and Guest Host Eric Moen are joined at Homeboy Industries by Marcos Gonzales to discuss the lessons of Ignatian spirituality and how to find God all around us--even among the despised and the dispossessed. Marcos Gonzales, SJ is a Jesuit candidate for the priesthood and has a Master's in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. He is currently serving as a Case Worker at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles California.     

Aug 18, 2017

Charles and Gregg are joined by Biko Gray for an essential conversation about the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, the Confederate monuments that are the focal point for this violence around the United States, and where we as people of faith go from here. Dr. Biko Gray is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University.

Biko can be found on Twitter @BikoMandelaGray.

Biko is on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/BikoMandelaGray.

His blog is on Medium here:

https://medium.com/@bikomandelagray

Writers and books Biko mentioned on the podcast include:

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nahisi Coates

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

The works of Toni Morrison

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Dr. Cornel West

Aug 11, 2017

Gregg and Guest Host Eric Moen are joined at Homeboy Industries by Alison Lass to discuss building the Global Homeboy Network and how forging connections across lines transforms everyone involved. Alison Lass is Global Homeboy Network and Media Relations Director for Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. 

Information about the Global Homeboy Network is here:

http://www.homeboyindustries.org/ghn

 

 

Aug 4, 2017

Charles and guest host Eric Moen are joined by Jim Liberatore and Debbie Allensworth to learn how one forward-thinking church has turned its focus outward toward its community and the impact that this change has had on everyone involved. Rev. Jim Liberatore is Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pearland, Texas. Debbie Allensworth is Associate Pastor at St. Andrew's, and Campus Pastor of Mosaic Church. 

The website for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pearland is:

http://www.pumpkinchurch.com/index.html

The internet site for their second campus, Mosaic Church, is:

http://notyourmotherschurch.com/index.html

 

Jul 28, 2017

Charles and guest co-host Eric Moen are joined again by Constance and Dain Perry to look at slavery and its aftermath, the reality of racism in America, and ways to connect with African American communities through kinship. 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:

 http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/

Jul 21, 2017

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:

 http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/

Jul 14, 2017

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Transformation-Things-Churches-Everything/dp/0819233749

Jul 7, 2017

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.

Jun 30, 2017

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:

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/faculty-staff.php

 

Jun 23, 2017

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.

Jun 16, 2017

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

Jun 9, 2017

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

Jun 2, 2017

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.  

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