Category: Race

Unveiled and Unfettered

  I am seminary trained and have spent my entire adult life working with the biblical text in my preaching. And yet, life has also taught me that God’s image and God’s Word is bigger than the Bible (or any of our other ancient scriptures from other faith traditions) alone. Many of our ancient narratives …
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Interview: Austin Channing Brown, I’m Still Here

Austin Channing joins the podcast to be interviewed by Katelin Hansen about her new book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Some of the topics covered include:

Background for the book (1:38)
Stories from Austin’s experiences in primarily white Christian spaces (4:25)
The intersection of Christianity and white supremacy (20:00)
The readership of the book being broader than anticipated and the pervasiveness of racism across different evolving systems over time (36:35)

(This interview was much more of a back and forth conversation naturally flowing from one idea to the next than most, so separating them into distinct topics was not nearly as easy)

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BGWG 14: Farewell

Ebony and Steve return for one more episode of Black Gal, White Guy to say farewell to the show as they move on to focus on other things. Some of the topics include:

Steve’s recommendation: the podcast VS. (1:38)
Ebony’s recommendation: Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown (3:55)
Ebony and the Kinky Curly Theological Collective (8:20)
Steve and Village of Hope leaving Portland (14:45)
Ebony’s concerns (23:55)
Steve giving space for other voices (27:50)
Ebony’s parting words for listeners (31:25)
Steve’s parting words for listeners (35:15)

Note: they did actually record this a while ago and I (Ryan, the editor and distributor) did not realize it until recently – I had stopped regularly checking after they told me they were wrapping up, so I didn’t realize they had recorded one more episode a few weeks later. Oops.
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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 in KCTC? (27:08)
The technology behind KCTC: face-to-face meetings in Minnesota (34:34)

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BGWG 5: Reconciliation

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Ebony Adedayo and Steve Kimes discuss the topics of forgiveness and reconciliation, specifically in the context of racism. The discussion includes:

Ebony’s recommendation: the album The Transition of Mali by Mali Music (0:56)
Steve’s recommendation: Scene on Radio podcast, Seeing White series (2:42)
Does racism against people of color in America still exist? (4:28)
Affirmative action, which mostly helps white women (10:10)
Is it lacking in the quality of forgiveness to bring up racial inequality issues such as police brutality? (17:19)
The parable in Matthew 18 (20:04)
Forcing the oppressed to forgive (25:28)
How do we achieve true reconciliation? (29:14)
The economics of forgiveness (33:08)

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BGWG 4: Nonviolence

Black Gal, White Guy discusses the events of Charlottesville within a larger discussion of how to respond nonviolently to extreme hatred.

Listener question: How do we deal with the pendulum swinging too far the other way to leave boys and men behind? (0:35)
Steve’s recommendation: a meme “Racism scale: where do you fall” from the Medium article “How America Spreads the Disease that is Racism by not Confronting Racist Family Members and Friends” (image below). (11:01)
Ebony’s recommendation: A Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves by Christena Cleveland. (14:02)
Ebony responds to Accidental Courtesy, one of Steve’s previous recommendations. (17:00)
How Christians dedicated to peace and justice can best show up in times with so much explicit hatred including neo-Nazis and the KKK. (22:23)
Whether there are any exceptions to the Anabaptist non-violence ethic. (27:20)
Ebony’s feelings on the position of non-violence. (30:39)
How Steve responds to others who will use violence toward the same goals, such as anarchists and antifa groups. (37:44)

To email Ebony and Steve, send to bgwg@mennonerds.com.
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BGWG 2: The Decriminalization of Drugs

Ebony and Steve return for the second episode of Black Gal, White Guy. In this show, they discuss movements to decriminalize drug possession including new legislation in Steve’s state of Oregon. The episode includes further discussion on topics like the racial elements of the war on drugs and the need to treat addicts as somebody in need of help, not somebody to be excessively punished.
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BGWG 1: The Acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez

In the brand new MennoNerds show, Black Gal, White Guy (BGWG), hosts Ebony Adedayo and Steve Kimes discuss the recent acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who killed Philando Castile in his car last year. How can we participate in stopping these shootings? How would Jesus respond to the acquittal?
Resources
All Saints
The Body Keeps the Score
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
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Interview: Into Account (Part 2)

Katelin Hansen interviews Jennifer (Jay) Yoder and Stephanie Krehbiel about their work with Into Account, which supports abuse survivors seeking justice, accountability, and recovery within church settings.
In this part 2, they discuss:

Intersectionality of sexual violence and other justice issues
The Luke Hartman investigation
Last year’s MCUSA gathering and their lack of understanding intersectionality
Opportunities and assets of Anabaptist theology that could be better used
How Anabaptist church structures and charismatic leader model can allow for abuse
The extremes of strict sexual rules vs sexual permissiveness

Links
Into Account
Our Stories Untold
Pink Menno
SNAP Network – Mennonites
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Vlog 18: Children and Racial Reconciliation

In this sequence of the podcast, there are initially two different topics that eventually come together in the final vlog:

Raising children in the Church, including questions such as behaviour in worship gatherings and how to encourage healthy friendships
Racial reconciliation, including why it is so necessary and learning from examples in South Africa

Participants in this round included:

William Loewen
Steve Kimes
Micael Grenholm
Curtis Snell
Ebony Adedayo
Paul Walker

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Vlog 16: Police Shootings

In a special vlog, 5 MennoNerds respond to the recent shootings. The regular vlog rotation may continue this conversation, but these are the early responses.
Participants:

Osheta Moore, originally streamed on her Facebook Live
Katelin Hansen
Steve Kimes
Paul Walker, as part of the regular vlog rotation
Ebony Adedayo, as part of the regular vlog rotation

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Special Vlog: Osheta – Shalom Steps After the Shootings

Osheta shares her reaction to the most recent shootings in the United States. As a black woman in a diverse neighborhood and an interracial marriage, she expresses how she is in a unique position to be a peacemaker of both sides. She then provides some ideas of how white people can take some shalom steps in their daily lives (specifically addressing woman, but it could apply to men, too).

Note: the MennoNerds members have been invited to submit special vlogs on this topic, in light of the most recent shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and of police officers in Dallas.

Special Vlog: Katelin – Say Their Names

Katelin Hansen responds to recent shootings by reminding us of so many other names who have been lost to systemic racialized police violence in the United States. She challenges us to not grow complacent.

Note: the MennoNerds members have been invited to submit special vlogs on this topic, in light of the most recent shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and of police officers in Dallas.

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