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:
Walter Bruggermann book:
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:
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.
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:
The website for Episcopal Relief and Development is here:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Writers and books Biko mentioned on the podcast include:
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:
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:
The internet site for their second campus, Mosaic Church, is:
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:
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: