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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.

Oct 16, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Bishop C. Andrew "Andy" Doyle, the IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, for a pivotal discussion on the difficult places into which God leads us, and on the role of Christians in our 21st century world.   Bishop Andy Doyle received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and has served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas since 2008. Prior to his election, he served the Diocese and as a parish priest. Bishop Andy is currently president of the Compass Rose Society, a global group of patrons and leaders making a difference in the Anglican Communion.  His two recent books are: Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future. A Generous Community: Being the Church in a New Missionary Age Bishop Andy's website through the Diocese is: http://www.epicenter.org/diocese/about-the-diocese/bishop-andy-doyle/ Bishop Andy's sermons, talks, and writings are available at his personal website: http://texasbishop.blogspot.com/
Oct 9, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Bishop C. Andrew "Andy" Doyle, the IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, for a challenging discussion about the changing role of the church, and how missional communities are leading Christians into the future.    Bishop Andy Doyle received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and has served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas since 2008. Prior to his election, he served the Diocese and as a parish priest. Bishop Andy is currently president of the Compass Rose Society, a global group of patrons and leaders making a difference in the Anglican Communion.  His most recent book is Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future.  Bishop Andy's website through the Diocese is: http://www.epicenter.org/diocese/about-the-diocese/bishop-andy-doyle/ Bishop Andy's sermons, talks, and writings are available at his personal website: http://texasbishop.blogspot.com/  
Oct 2, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow to discuss how communities relate to individuals in prison, the difficulty of building trust inside the walls of a prison, and how change really happens for folks leaving prison.  Dr. Ruth Armstrong is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology. Ruth's research focuses on prisons, particularly volunteers working in prisons, and the role of faith communities. Ruth has worked in prisons in Texas as well as in the UK. More information about Ruth is available here: http://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/people/academic_research/ruth_armstrong/ Dr. Amy Ludlow is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge College of Law. Amy has conducted research on prisons and rehabilitation, particularly in the UK. Amy worked with Ruth to create the Learning Together program. More information about Amy is available here: http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/a-ludlow/2016 Information on Learning Together is here: http://blog.britac.ac.uk/what-happens-when-students-from-universities-and-prisons-learn-together/
Sep 25, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow for a discussion about curating kinship between prisoners and college students, rehabilitation, the role of the volunteer, and life after prison. Dr. Ruth Armstrong is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology. Ruth's research focuses on prisons, particularly volunteers working in prisons, and the role of faith communities. Ruth has worked in prisons in Texas as well as in the UK. More information about Ruth is available here:  http://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/people/academic_research/ruth_armstrong/ Dr. Amy Ludlow is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge College of Law. Amy has conducted research on prisons and rehabilitation, particularly in the UK. Amy worked with Ruth to create the Learning Together program. More information about Amy is available here: http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/a-ludlow/2016 Information on Learning Together is here: http://blog.britac.ac.uk/what-happens-when-students-from-universities-and-prisons-learn-together/
Sep 18, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined for a timely and intense discussion by Austin Rios, Rector of St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy, and Director of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, for a discussion of the refugee crisis facing Europe and the world, and how it calls the people of God into connection.  Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is located in Rome and serves between 175 and 250 refugees a day.  St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church is located within the old city of Rome, Italy and has a deep and rich history.  Austin Rios' sermon called "Be Opened" is here. Contact Austin here: rector@stpaulsrome.it
Sep 11, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg talk about working with young adolescents who are serving time in adult prisons. By building kinship with the most isolated and aliented youth in our society, we discover transformation that transcends all boundaries.  Charles is quoted in a series of articles in the Dallas Morning News called Kids or Criminals: Growing Up and Getting Out: http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2015/kids-or-criminals/ Get involved with Houston: reVision at: houstonrevision.org
Sep 4, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by Eric Moen, Director of Urban Ministry and Missions for St. Martin's Episcopal Church, to discuss Amistad Mission and La Villa, a village for abandoned and abused children in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The relationships taking place at Amistad are transforming visitors and supporters from around the world, and helping us find a new definition of family. More information is available here: http://www.amistadmission.org/index.htm  
Aug 28, 2015
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Jonathan Russell, Chaplain at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, to talk about finding God on the margins of society, the role of Christians in ending isolation, and creating kinship with the voiceless. 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.   Reading the Bible with the Damned, by Bob Ekblad is a book mentioned on this podcast that casts a vision for how reading the Bible can connect the unchurched and the new church, and transform lives.
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.
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