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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.

Aug 21, 2015
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.
Aug 14, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg have an essential and emotional conversation about love and the power of tenderness, Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the Global Homeboy Network conference, and transformation in the here and now. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the world: http://www.homeboyindustries.org/ Father Greg Boyle has written the seminal book on unconditional love, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. If you have not read it, we strongly recommend that you do so immediately: http://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153159 "We believe in a space where people are returned to themselves. Paradise is not around the corner. Paradise is the corner." - Father Greg Boyle at the Global Homeboy Network conference on August 10, 2015
Aug 7, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg discuss the thorny issue of justice, our moral bunkers, and how collaboration with unlikely allies can lead to deep systems change. 
Jul 31, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg contend with forgiveness in light of the statements from survivors of the Charleston massacre and the cross that calls us to forgive.  Books mentioned on the podcast include: The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living, by Ira Byock The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross, by Jon Sobrino    
Jul 24, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Randall Butler for an emotional discussion about overcoming hatred and achieving reconciliation. Randy is CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Peace, a Houston-based nonprofit that has done peacebuilding in the Balkans, Sudan, Palestine and Israel, and in the neighborhoods of Houston.  Information about the Institute for Sustainable Peace is here: http://www.sustainablepeace.org/index.php/home/c/home/  The Institute for Sustainable Peace is hosting a Dialogue Worshop in September to introduce practices and skills for building peace. To register or for more information, click here: http://www.sustainablepeace.org/index.php/events/e/art-of-hosting-workshop/2015-09-18/
Jul 17, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Randall Bulter to discuss techniques for building peace, and how to achieve reconciliation in the face of conflict. Randy is CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Peace, a Houston-based nonprofit that has done peacebuilding in the Balkans, Sudan, Palestine and Israel, and in the neighborhoods of Houston.  Information about the Institute for Sustainable Peace is here: http://www.sustainablepeace.org/index.php/home/c/home/  The Institute for Sustainable Peace is hosting a Dialogue Worshop in September to introduce practices and skills for building peace. To register or for more information, click here: http://www.sustainablepeace.org/index.php/events/e/art-of-hosting-workshop/2015-09-18/ A recommended if difficult book on the Balkans conflict is Peter Maass' Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War:  http://www.petermaass.com/books/love_thy_neighbor/
Jul 10, 2015
Charles and Gregg are joined by Dr. Terrence Allen for a discussion about the mistrust that residents of urban communities have for the police and the society around them, and ways to transform urban communities by caring about them and creating kinship relationships across racial and geographic baoundaries. Terrence is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin who has conducted extensive research into children and families residing in urban communities.  More information about Terrence is available here: https://socialwork.utexas.edu/directory/allen_terrence/ The Boston Model for urban policing: https://whatiscriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/thebostonmodel/ Information about Houston: reVison is available here: http://houstonrevision.org
Jul 3, 2015
Charles and Gregg are joined by Dr. Terrence Allen for a discussion of the relatonship between urban communities and law enforcement, and the flashpoints of violence that have occurred in places like Ferguson, Cleveland, and Madison. Terrence is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin who has conducted extensive research into children and families residing in urban communities.  More information about Terrence is available here: https://socialwork.utexas.edu/directory/allen_terrence/   Matt Russell is traveling and will be back in two weeks.
Jun 26, 2015
Charles Matt and Gregg discuss how to deal with impossible events, highlighting Charleston and El Salvador, and moving to hope through the idea of holding and containing the events, and bearing witness to them.  The incredible photo essay of current day El Salvador, with photos by Manu Brabo: http://blog.apimages.com/2015/06/22/salvador-violence/ An interview about the elderly survivor from the church in Charleston: https://youtu.be/WFaHa9jxtlo The moving poem called: Every Day I Bear Witness: Did You Write This Poem by Phillip Carr-Gomm http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/every-day-i-bear-witness-did-you-write-this-poem/    
Jun 19, 2015
Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell and Gregg Taylor talk 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.     
Jun 12, 2015
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 collegues 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 Dan Gilbert is professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His best known book is Stumbling on Happiness:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56627.Stumbling_on_Happiness    
Jun 5, 2015
Charles and Matt and Gregg are joined by Dr. Shadd Maruna for the second part of our discussion of how our society labels those in the criminal justice system and processes them out of society. The group then envision rituals of reintegration that will heal and reconnect. Shadd is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and is one of the world's leading criminology researchers, particularly on re-entry. Shadd is 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 Some of Shadd's papers can be found on this website: http://rutgers.academia.edu/ShaddMaruna His Twitter is @Criminology And is on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rutgers-School-of-Criminal-Justice/817859181614106?fref=nf We continue to work on audio quality as we include important guests on our podcasts, and we appreciate your continued patience. We continue to work on audio quality as we include important guests on our podcasts, and we appreciate your continued patience.
May 29, 2015
Charles and Matt and Gregg are joined by Dr. Shadd Maruna for an inspiring discussion of how our society labels those in the criminal justice system and processes them out of society. The group then envision rituals of reintegration that will heal and reconnect. Shadd is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and is one of the world's leading criminology researchers, particularly on re-entry. Shadd is 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 Some of Shadd's papers can be found on this website: http://rutgers.academia.edu/ShaddMaruna His Twitter is @Criminology And is on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rutgers-School-of-Criminal-Justice/817859181614106?fref=nf We continue to work on audio quality as we include important guests on our podcasts, and we appreciate your continued patience.
May 22, 2015
Charles and Matt and Gregg are joined by Rev. Dr. Paul Fromberg for a heady discussion of transformation as it occurs in individuals, communities, and the church. Paul is Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The discussion also moves into the new Pew study of America's changing religous landscape and the future of the church. Links discussed in the podcast: St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco:  http://www.saintgregorys.org Pew 2015 study of American religion: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/   Last week's episode did not occur because Charles had a significant medical issue. We appreicate your continued prayers for his recovery.  We are working on audio quality as we include guests on our podcasts, so we appreciate your patience.  
May 8, 2015
Charles and Matt and Gregg are joined by Dr. Steve Klineberg from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston Texas. The discussion covers a wide swath including the changing demographics of the American city, employment and unemployment in the global economy, the new economic divide, diversity and incarceration, and how to build the city of the future.  The 34th Annual Kinder Houston Area Survery is available for download here:  http://kinder.rice.edu
May 1, 2015
Charles and Matt are joined by Gregg Taylor to discuss trauma, how it manifests itself in the lives of people, responses to trauma by those affected by it, and the redemption of everyone in the cycle of trauma.
Apr 24, 2015
Charles and Matt are joined by Gregg Taylor to discuss the effects of incarceration on juveniles, the difference between rehabilitation and punishment, ways to rehumanize young people, and how the church is called to respond. The second of two parts.
Apr 17, 2015
Charles and Matt are joined by Gregg Taylor to discuss the myth of the superpredator, school discipline policies, the juvenile justice system, and kids on the brink. The first of two parts.
Apr 10, 2015
Charles and Matt are joined by Gregg Taylor, Pastor of Mercy Street, to discuss recovery, addiction, communities of hope, family, and the leap of faith that is required of us all. The second of two parts.
Apr 3, 2015
Charles and Matt are joined by Gregg Taylor, Pastor of Mercy Street, to discuss recovery, addiction, communities of hope, family, and the leap of faith that is required of us all. The first of two parts.
Mar 27, 2015
Charles and Matt talk about El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the crucifixion as it is perpetrated today.
Mar 20, 2015
Charles and Matt discuss mass incarceration, what prison is like, how God shows up in prison, and the descent of Jesus into the god-forsaken places of our world.
Mar 12, 2015
Charles and Matt continue to define kinship by discussing the status of the church, the role of the city, and how God is calling us to abandon our silos.
Feb 27, 2015
Charles Rotramel and Matt Russell tell stories of kinship and how it is transforming their lives.
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