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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.

Mar 24, 2017

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:

http://thefoodpantry.org/

Sara's book, "Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion: is here:

https://www.amazon.com/Take-This-Bread-Radical-Conversion/dp/0345495799

Her other books are available here:

https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Miles/e/B001I9OQ02/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Mar 17, 2017

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: 

http://www.epicenter.org/missional-communities/

Mar 10, 2017

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:

http://www.loveinabigworld.com/

Mar 3, 2017

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:

http://www.figtreerevolution.com/

United We Dream is mentioned in this episode:

http://unitedwedream.org/ 

Feb 24, 2017

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:

http://www.leadership-lab.org/

Feb 17, 2017

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:

http://houston.teenandfamilyservices.org/  

Feb 10, 2017

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:

https://www.ministrymatters.com/

Feb 3, 2017

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: 

https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Forgiving-Victim-Listening-Unheard/dp/0981812317/ref=la_B000APJULK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485413609&sr=1-1

James Alison's website is here:

http://jamesalison.co.uk/

Jan 27, 2017

Charles and Gregg are joined 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: 

https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Forgiving-Victim-Listening-Unheard/dp/0981812317/ref=la_B000APJULK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485413609&sr=1-1

James Alison's website is here:

http://jamesalison.co.uk/

Jan 20, 2017

Charles is joined by Elizabeth Henneke to discuss the movement to keep Texas 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system, and why it is of critical importance to our kids. Elizabeth Henneke is Policy Attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and is based in Austin.

The Raise the Age Facebook Page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/RaiseTheAgeTX/?fref=ts

 

Jan 13, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley to discuss the role art can play in healing and the power of expressing ourselves without words. Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a professional artist and teacher who is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence for Holy Family HTX. Her website is here: 

http://www.larartphotography.com/

Jan 6, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley to discuss her journey to art, the healing place that art has in her life, and how we can express ourselves in new and meaningful ways. Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a professional artist and teacher who is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence for Holy Family HTX. Her website is here: 

http://www.larartphotography.com/

Dec 23, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at the Christmas story and how people living through pain and disconnectedness can find joy in it.

Dec 16, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Simon Gatenby to look at the divisions pushing people apart and how to push back against them. Rev. Simon Gatenby is Rector of Brunswick Church in Manchester, UK in the Church of England. Simon has brought hope to the diverse Manchester community for 23 years. The website is here:

http://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/

Dec 9, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Simon Gatenby to learn about creating a diverse community and living with uncertainty and fear in our tumultuous times. Rev. Simon Gatenby is Rector of Brunswick Church in Manchester, UK in the Church of England. Simon has brought hope to the disparate Manchester community for 23 years. The website is here:

http://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/

Dec 2, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg have a spirited discussion about living in an age of fear, working through anxiety, turning toward love and action, and moving toward the Beloved Community.

"Why We're Living in the Age of Fear" by Neil Strauss is the article mentioned in this episode. It is here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-were-living-in-the-age-of-fear-w443554

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The podcast will return with a new episode next week.

Nov 18, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look for a way forward facing a divided America and an uncertain future in the wake of the tumultuous 2016 election, seeking ever-widening circles of kinship.

The Vox article mentioned in this episode is How Politics Makes Us Stupid:

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/6/5556462/brain-dead-how-politics-makes-us-stupid

Nov 10, 2016

Charles and Gregg are joined by Jay Jenkins to discuss the historic victories for criminal justice reform in Harris County, Texas on Election Night 2016, and the reasons for hope that they bring. Jay Jenkins is Harris County Project Attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan organization advocating for meaningful improvements in the Texas criminal justice system. 

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition website is here: 

http://www.texascjc.org/

Nov 4, 2016

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 

Oct 28, 2016

Charles, Gregg, and Matt are joined by Eric Moen to learn about drilling water wells in Honduras and how water brings hope and builds community in remote places. Eric Moen is the Director of Urban Ministry and Mission for St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Texas Water Mission's website is here: 

http://texaswatermission.org/

Oct 21, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg examine the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in correctional facilities, the long-term consequences of this practice, and what we can do to stop it. 

Stop Solitary for Kids is the national campaign discussed in this episode. Connect with them here:

http://www.stopsolitaryforkids.org/

The New Yorker article about Kalief Browder is here:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/kalief-browder-1993-2015

13th, the film mentioned in this episode, is streaming on Netflix:

https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

 

Oct 14, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Chris Chase to discuss the life of foster youth, what foster youth need to move into adulthood, and how connections with adults can make a difference. Rev. Christopher Chase is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of California and is Co-Director of Braid Mission, an innovative ministry providing support to foster youth. Braid Mission's website is here: https://braidmission.org/ Removed, the film mentioned in this episode, can be found here: http://removedfilm.com/ 
Oct 7, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Chris Chase to discuss the challenges facing foster youth, Braid Mission in the San Francisco area, and how connections with adults can make a difference. Rev. Christopher Chase is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of California and is Co-Director of Braid Mission, an innovative ministry providing support to foster youth. Braid Mission's website is here: https://braidmission.org/
Sep 30, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Robert Werth to look the role parole plays in the criminal justice system, how parole affects those who are under supervision, and how to help folks on parole. Dr. Robert Werth is a Lecturer in Sociology at Rice University. He has conducted research with individuals on parole in California. He is collaborating with Dr. Ruth Armstrong at the University of Cambridge in the UK. More information about Robert is available here:  https://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483726  "The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built America," by Naomi Murakawa is a book mentioned in this podcast.    
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