Author: Ryan Robinson

BGWG 13: Kinky Curly Theological Collective

Ebony and Steve return for an episode of Black Gal, White Guy where they talk about Ebony’s recent work with the Kinky Curly Theological Collective. Topics today include: Ebony’s recommendations: Black Panther (2018) and A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer (0:54) Steve’s recommendations: I Am Not Your Negro (2016) and A Time for Burning (1967) (3:21) An update from Steve on the Village of Hope (6:27) Introducing the Kinky Curly Theological Collective and why it is necessary (9:19) Creating a context where women and people of color can safely speak up (18:51) What about unity when only some voices are speaking...

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Interview: Benjamin Corey, Unafraid

Fellow MennoNerd Benjamin Corey comes on the podcast to talk with Steve about his life, his work, and his newest book Unafraid. A description of the book via HarperCollins says this: The creator of the popular Formerly Fundie blog on Patheos explains how the “American Christianity” we are currently taught is actually a fear-saturated distortion of biblical faith. Benjamin L. Corey thought he was suffering a crisis of faith, but it turned out to be a spiritual awakening. Corey became aware that the constant fear of hell and judgment that defined his Christian faith was out of sync with the idea that...

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Interview: Dominique Gilliard, Rethinking Incarceration

MennoNerds member Dominique Gilliard joins the podcast to discuss his new book, Rethinking Incarceration. The book description says this (via Publishers Weekly): In his debut, Gilliard, an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor, builds on the work of Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy), and Christopher D. Marshall (Compassionate Justice) to create a readable narrative history of racialized incarceration in the U.S. Gilliard depicts the modern incarceration culture as being so painful and brutal that “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory/ When is it gonna get me?” He opens with the horrific...

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BGWG 12: Villages

Ebony and Steve return to discuss the houseless crisis in Portland, Oregon. Topics include: Steve’s recommendation: Faith in the Face of Empire by Mitri Raheb (1:10) Ebony’s recommendation: Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique Gilliard, a fellow MennoNerd (3:56) Introducing the Portland houseless crisis (5:37) Next step for Steve’s ministry and for Portland: establishing villages (12:02) The idea of a village and how it helps (17:21) How to keep these villages from being torn down by government officials or residents who are antagonistic to the houseless population (19:44) What else can do for this cause (23:43) If you want to connect...

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BGWG 11: Political Parties

Ebony and Steve return with a new episode of Black Gal, White Guy in which they discuss political parties. Sub-topics covered in this episode include: Ebony’s recommendation: Kindred by Octavia Butler (0:59) Steve’s recommendation: Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell (3:39) Doug Jones winning the Alabama Senate seat (9:50) Black women carrying Jones to victory (12:30) Steve is still cynical about American politics (15:57) The flaws of a two-party system (24:59) Churches promoting political partisanship is a problem, but Christians still need to be politically active (29:54) Questions or comments for Ebony and Steve? Email bgwg@mennonerds.com....

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