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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.

Apr 13, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Gabriel Lopez and George Nunez, to discuss Homeboy Industries, how it helped them change their lives, and how they experience kinship. Gabriel Lopez is a Senior Navigator at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention program in the world and founded by Father Greg Boyle. George Nunez is a member of the Security staff at Homeboy Industries. Both are former clients. The Homeboy Industries website is here: http://www.homeboyindustries.org/ 

Apr 6, 2018

In this encore episode, Charles and Matt examine forgiveness and its challenges, its relationship to the criminal justice system and kinship, and the importance of seeking it.

Miroslav Volf's book "The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World" is discussed in this episode. It can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/End-Memory-Remembering-Rightly-Violent/dp/0802829899 

Mar 30, 2018

In this encore episode, Charles, Matt and, Gregg discuss the powerful meaning of Good Friday, the road to the cross, the suffering of God, and the emergence of light.

Mar 23, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined for another encore episode by Mustafa Tameez, Managing Director of Outreach Strategists, for an illuminating discussion about ISIL, ways to combat terrorism in the US, and how our faith communities provide the key to combating it.

Mustafa has had a distinguished career in public affairs and communications and has also advised successful candidates for mayor of Houston, state legislature, and Congress, as well as nonprofits. He has consulted on national security with the Department of Homeland Security. Mustafa is a regular contributor to Fox News, the Houston Chronicle, nd the Texas Tribune. More information about Mustafa is available here: http://www.outreachstrategists.com/who-we-are/leadership/ 

 

Mar 16, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Mustafa Tameez, Managing Director of Outreach Strategists, to discuss the American criminal justice system, how we got to the present era of mass incarceration, and where we go from here. Mustafa has had a distinguished career in public affairs and communications and has also advised successful candidates for mayor of Houston, state legislature, and Congress, as well as nonprofits. He has consulted on national security with the Department of Homeland Security. Mustafa is a regular contributor to Fox News, the Houston Chronicle, nd the Texas Tribune.  More information about Mustafa is available here: http://www.outreachstrategists.com/who-we-are/leadership/ 

 

Mar 9, 2018

Gregg and Charles are joined by Steve Klineberg to learn about the results from the 35th Houston Area Survey, the diversity it points to, and how the 21st Century city can thrive.

Dr. Stephen Klineberg is the Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, where he is also a Professor of Sociology. He has been conducting the Houston Area Survey since 1982.

The 35th Houston Area Survey can be read in its entirety here: https://kinder.rice.edu/has/ More information about Steve Klineberg can be seen here: https://kinder.rice.edu/people/leaders/    

Mar 2, 2018

Charles and Gregg are joined in this encore episode by reVision staff member Adriana Garcia, formerly a student at Rice University researching gangs and incarceration, along with the social factors contributing to both. Adriana has an inspirational personal journey that has led her from the barrio of Pacoima, California to academia. She shares her uniquely personal view of the issues facing families and kids on the edge. 

Feb 23, 2018

Charles Rotramel and Gregg Taylor talk about how people change their lives, with a focus on the Readiness for Change model, the five stages of change, and the ways forward to hope.

James Prochaska and colleagues developed the Readiness for Change model, officially known as the Transtheoretical Model (TTM). Details are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transtheoretical_model

James Prochaska's best known book is Changing for Good:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46680.Changing_for_Good

Dan Gilbert's TED Talk, The psychology of your future self

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_you_are_always_changing

 

Feb 16, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg speak in this encore episode about trauma, how it manifests itself in the lives of people, responses by those affected by it, and the redemption of everyone in the cycle of trauma.

Feb 9, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg talk in this encore episode about communities of redemption, focusing on Matt's research into trauma and recovery, how people who have experienced enormously difficulty move to change, and how we can respond.     

Feb 2, 2018

In an encore episode, Charles and Matt talk about El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the crucifixion as it is perpetrated today.

Jan 26, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at recent trends in adolescent substance abuse, how to prevent it, and what factors make a difference in the lives of teens.

The article referenced in this episode is here:  http://substanceuse.jjie.org/posts/substance-use-among-teens-can-be-prevented/

Additional resources can be found here: SAMHSA: http://www.samhsa.gov/

National Association of Christian Recovery: http://www.nacr.org/

The Council on Recovery: http://www.councilonrecovery.org/

The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/    

Jan 19, 2018

Charles, Matt, and Gregg mark Matt's departure from the podcast with a look back at the great discussions we have had and a look forward at Matt's crucial work. This podcast will continue and will take a brief hiatus while we retool and reorganize. We will be posting encore episodes for a few weeks and then we will be back with new episodes. Please stick with us.

Matt's ongoing projects are:

Project Curate

https://www.projectcurate.org/

Iconoclast Artists

http://iconoclastartists.org/

Jan 12, 2018

Charles and Matt, and Gregg are joined in an encore episode by Dr. Shadd Maruna for an inspiring discussion of how our society labels those in the criminal justice system and processes them out of the community. The group then envision rituals of reintegration that will heal and reconnect. Shadd is now Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester is one of the world's leading criminology researchers, particularly on re-entry. Shadd is the author of the book "Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives." He joins the podcast from Ireland.

More information about Shadd is available here: http://rscj.newark.rutgers.edu/faculty/member/dr-shadd-maruna/

The special issue on judicial rehabilitation can be found here: http://www.ejprob.ro/index.pl/january_2011

His Twitter is @Criminology 

Jan 4, 2018

Charles and Matt, and Gregg are joined in an encore episode by Dr. Shadd Maruna for an inspiring discussion of how our society labels those in the criminal justice system and processes them out of the community. The group then envision rituals of reintegration that will heal and reconnect. Shadd is now Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester is one of the world's leading criminology researchers, particularly on re-entry. Shadd is the author of the book "Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives." He joins the podcast from Ireland.

More information about Shadd is available here: http://rscj.newark.rutgers.edu/faculty/member/dr-shadd-maruna/

The special issue on judicial rehabilitation can be found here: http://www.ejprob.ro/index.pl/january_2011

His Twitter is @Criminology 

Dec 29, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Austin Rios in this encore episode for a timely and intense discussion about the refugee crisis facing Europe and the world, and how it calls the people of God into connectedness. Rev. Austin Rios is an Episcopal Priest who is Rector of St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy. He also serves as Director of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, which is located inside the church and serves between 175 and 250 refugees a day. St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church is situated in the old city of Rome, Italy and has a rich history. Learn more about the church here:

 http://www.stpaulsrome.it/

Dec 22, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Jamie Byrd to learn about how she overcame one of the most violent racial episodes in recent Texas history, and how she now lives without hate and helps others. Officer Jamie Byrd is a Police Officer with the Houston Police Department. Her father was James Byrd, Jr. of Jasper, Texas. His story is here:  http://www.biography.com/people/james-byrd-jr-092515

Dec 15, 2017

Charles and Gregg are joined by three young reVision soccer players to discuss their lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, their transition to America, the challenges they faced, and how they found hope. John Mlondoni, Joseph Kapayamba, and Iluta Shabani are soccer players for reVision Football Club and are high school students in Houston, Texas who emigrated here from Africa. They are featured in a video that has gone viral this week produced by DICK'S Sporting Goods. 

The video can be viewed here:

https://youtu.be/HP9oDd6gOn0

Dec 8, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at the year of 2017 and try to find hope in the dark places. What results is a crucial discussion about race, social justice, God, and where we locate ourselves.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy" is discussed in this episode and can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/We-Were-Eight-Years-Power-ebook/dp/B01MT734OD/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1512720467&sr=1-1

 

Dec 1, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg mark the beginning of the season of Advent with a discussion about the absence of God and how we wait for God to break in on our lives.

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.

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