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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.

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.

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/

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