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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.

Jul 29, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Cleve Tinsley to discuss the detachment facing black communities, the movement to connect, and how our tumultuous times create opportunities for us to coalesce. Cleve V. Tinsley IV is Theologian in Residence at St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston, and is also a Graduate Research Fellow and Ph..D. candidate in Religion at Rice University. He is a founding member of BTMHTX.  BLMTX can be found on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/blmhtx/    
Jul 22, 2016
Charles and Adriana are joined by Kim Little-Brooks to learn about the recent devastating events in Baton Rouge, how the community is responding, and what we can do in our own communities. Rev. Kim Little-Brooks is Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Baton Rouge, a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denomination. She has been active in the Baton Rouge community for nine years.  The website for the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Baton Rouge is here:  http://oursaviourlutheran-brla.org/ The website for Together Baton Rogue is here: http://www.togetherbr.org/  
Jul 15, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Jaime 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 Jaime 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
Jul 8, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Tommie Dorsett to discuss how to change the culture of prisons and how incarcerated individuals can avoid returning to prison. Tommie is the Relations Director for C.H.A.R.M. Prison Ministry. He previously served as the Director of InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) for 17 years, and also served as Regional Director for Prison Fellowship. He is a leading expert in the re-entry field. The C.H.A.R.M. website is here: http://www.charmprisonministry.org/ More God, Less Crime: Why Faith Matters and How it Could Matter More by Byron R. Johnson is mentioned in this episode. More information about it is here: http://www.baylorisr.org/about-isr/distinguished-professors/byron-r-johnson/more-god-less-crime/  
Jul 1, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Tommie Dorsett to discuss the challenges of life in prison and how incarcerated individuals can effectively return to society by changing their hearts. Tommie is the Relations Director for C.H.A.R.M. Prison Ministry. He previously served as the Director of InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) for 17 years, and also served as Regional Director for Prison Fellowship. He is a leading expert in the re-entry field. The C.H.A.R.M. website is here: http://www.charmprisonministry.org/ The Marshall Project is a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization focused on criminal justice issues. It is here: https://www.themarshallproject.org/ The Return is a film mentioned in this episode. More information about it is here:  http://www.pbs.org/pov/thereturn/  
Jun 24, 2016
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/    
Jun 16, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg lament the tragedy of the mass shooting in Orlando, grapple with its implications, and determine some meaningful responses. 
Jun 10, 2016
Gregg and Charles are joined by Eric Moen to discuss ways we can connect effectively with our neighborhoods, and how faith communities can use their relationships to create change. Eric Moen is the Director of Urban Ministry and Missions at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.  Eric Moen's email address is: emoen@stmartinsepiscopal.org
Jun 3, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined by Paul Fromberg to discuss the changing city of San Francisco and how transformation can occur within and because of the church. Rev. Dr. Paul Fromberg is the Rector of St. Gregory's of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Paul is a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church. More information about St. Gregory's of Nyssa is available here:  http://www.saintgregorys.org/      
May 27, 2016
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/    
May 20, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by John Summers to hear about how he took a leap of faith to dramatically change his life, and where that is leading him. John Summers previously practiced law in London and is now about to complete seminary at Cambridge after which he will become an Anglican Priest. 
May 13, 2016
Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor talk about the difficulties faced by people returning from incarceration, the opportunities for connection created, and how we can become involved. Project Curate is hosting a conference called Reimagining Incarceration and Re-Entry at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston on July 28 and 29, 2016. Details are here: http://curateconference.org/ The article Gregg mentioned in this episode is: "I spent 11 years in prison. Here's what I wish I'd known before I got out"
May 6, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined by Bert Smith to learn about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program that goes into prisons and helps people nearing release  start businesses and envision new futures for themselves. Bert shares how much he has learned from the men in prison. Bert Smith is the CEO of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Houston and had a successful career in business before joining the organization.  More information about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program is available here:  http://www.pep.org/
Apr 29, 2016
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
Apr 22, 2016
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
Apr 15, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Jonathan Russell, Chaplain at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, to discuss the challenges of ending homelessness, the difficulty of finding transformation on Skid Row, and how he has learned to hope in the face of hopelessness. Jonathan Russell is the former lead guitarist and songwriter for the popular band Cold War Kids. He left the band in 2011 and currently serves as Chaplain at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, which is the largest homeless program in the United States, having been founded 125 years ago. It's website is here:  http://urm.org/ More information about Skid Row in Los Angeles is here: http://urm.org/about/faqs/about-skid-row/  
Apr 8, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Rick Torres to hear more of his story of life as a teen gang member, his descent into drugs and despair, and his transformation into a role model and intervention specialist. Rick Torres is an Outreach Worker for Houston: reVision, and has previously worked as a youth worker for Youth Advocates and Neighborhood Centers.  More information about Houston: reVision is available here:  https://houstonrevision.org/
Apr 1, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Rick Torres to learn his story of life as a teen gang member, his descent into drugs and despair, and his transformation into a role model and intervention specialist. Rick Torres is an Outreach Worker for Houston: reVision, and has previously worked as a youth worker for Youth Advocates and Neighborhood Centers.  More information about Houston: reVision is available here:  https://houstonrevision.org/
Mar 25, 2016
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 18, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined again by Adriana Garcia to discuss mass incarceration, its consequences for families and neighborhoods, and specific ways we can help. Adriana Garcia, M.A. is a sociologist and researcher with expertise in gangs and street culture.  Resources mentioned in this episode: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michele Alexander The Superpredator Scare:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/us/politics/killing-on-bus-recalls-superpredator-threat-of-90s.html?_r=0  
Mar 11, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined by Adriana Garcia to discuss the Code of the Street,  stereotypes of people living in poverty, and signs of hope in the Hood. Adriana Garcia, M.A. is a sociologist and researcher with expertise in gangs and street culture.  Resources mentioned on this episode: The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, by Elijah Anderson. Hail Mary, song by Tupac Shakur Love Yourz, song by J Cole
Mar 4, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg talk about grief and how we connect to others, and how we can cross boundaries and find kinship through our deepest emotions. 
Feb 26, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Shariq Ghani for a fascinating discussion about growing up Muslim in America, overcoming obstacles, and ways Christians and Muslims can connect. Shariq is active in the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, preaches in mosques throughout the region, and leads an innovative youth leadership group. He is an activist and helps to lead the Minaret Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the image of Islam in the West. Their website is here: http://www.minaretfoundation.com/  
Feb 19, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Canon John Newton, Chief of Staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to discuss how he and his colleagues have worked to keep the focus on mission while working through difficult conflict, and how God helps guide us toward kinship. John is an Episcopal priest who has degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of New Clothes: Putting on Christ and Finding Ourselves, and of the upcoming book Falling into Grace: Exploring Our Inner Life with God, available in April. John's great blog is here: http://www.cruci-formation.com/
Feb 12, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Ron Williams, MSW, Outreach Worker for Houston: reVision, for the conclusion of his inspiring story of moving from the street life to helping kids leave the streets. Ron has worked in correctional facilities in Detroit, worked as a street intervention worker with some of the most hard to reach individuals, and is now working with youth in the juvenile justice system on the streets of Houston. His one of a kind story of transformation is astonishing and full of hope. Ron is writing a book about his life which will be released in the coming months.  More information about Houston: reVision is available here: http://houstonrevision.org
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