Go With Grace
Healing through Political Consciousness & Community

Healing through Political Consciousness & Community

October 2, 2022

This week I’m in conversation with Cassandra Calin and Megan Sharkey. Cassandra, who also goes by CC, is Soulforce’s Board Chair and Megan is the Director of Ruckus. They are partners, trained social workers and long-time supporters and friends of Soulforce. Our conversation illuminates the ways that white Christian Supremacy shapes systems of oppression and impacts our perception of self and self-worth. CC makes some incredible points about how Biblical messaging is taken out of context to create oppressive and unrealistic societal standards, and Megan offers some really lovely guidance on empowering oneself through political consciousness and community connections.

 

As a heads up, we are bringing the Go With Grace podcast to a close. I’ve truly enjoyed being on this learning journey with y’all. Despite the increasingly chaotic moment we find ourselves in, I am hopeful for the future.  I’m inspired by all of us who are willing to continue forward with honesty, grit, rest, creativity and joy in the face of our hardships.

I know that if we continue to deepen our understanding of our world, each other and spirit, we’ll never be wrong.

This is a really wonderful episode to end on. I hope you enjoy my conversation with CC Calin and Megan Sharkey.

 

Transcript available here.

 

Notes:

Soulforce’s Spirit Resource Library: 
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Soulforce Mailing List and Social Media Links:
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Soulforce History:
https://soulforce.org/about/our-history/


Soulforce current programming:
https://soulforce.org/what-we-do/our-approach-to-liberation/

Donate to Soulforce:
https://soulforce.org/donate/

 

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Highlander Homecoming with Je Naé Taylor

Highlander Homecoming with Je Naé Taylor

September 30, 2022

This week I’m in conversation with Je Naé Taylor, a storyteller, play director, Black Joy Experience album song writer and cultural organizer at The Highlander Education and Research Center. Please enjoy our conversation about Highlander homecoming and cultural organizing!

Transcript available here.

Notes:

Highlander Methodologies - https://highlandercenter.org/cultural-organizing/

Homecoming registration link -https://highlander.swoogo.com/90th/2311618

Black Joy Experience: https://www.liberationhouse.org/black-joy-experience/

Born Like Me - Jake Clemons Single (feat. Allison Russell & The Highlander Center)
https://music.apple.com/us/album/born-like-me-single-feat-allison-russell-the/1634362175

Podcasts featuring co-executive directors, Ash-Lee Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfienld Steele:

(Soulforce is mentioned in this one!)
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5m5Ho7TmMiX0HDrTZ8Onjr?si=7932729bffda4121

 

https://open.spotify.com/episode/24PAAfjqc75Hw0HYHx3bQT?si=1dc8251a659f402d


Highlander legacy:
https://www.npr.org/2007/09/02/14106495/highlander-celebrates-75-years-of-social-activism

 

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/community/we-are-survivors-one-year-after-the-highlander-center-fire/51-7fdf920b-929f-4ee4-b8e5-da0dba4f308f

Agusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed:

 

https://imaginaction.org/media/our-methods/theatre-of-the-oppressed-2#:~:text=Theatre%20of%20the%20Oppressed%20(TO)%20is%20an%20aesthetic%20method%20created,of%20consciousness%20and%20concrete%20actions.

 

https://www.democracynow.org/2005/6/3/famed_brazilian_artist_augusto_boal_on

 

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Babies in Baskets: Changing the Adoption Narrative

Babies in Baskets: Changing the Adoption Narrative

August 7, 2022

This week I’m in conversation with two of my dear friends and fellow adoptees, Juliana Finch and Imee Dalton. 

All of us share our personal experiences and the impact of adoption on our lives. 

Juliana is a musician, writer and Religious Studies student at UNC Greensboro. Imee is a spiritual practitioner and Kali practitioner, Kali is a Filipino martial art that I am also learning. We have a great conversation about Jesus and Moses as adoptees and how the Bible has also been wielded to support the adoption industry. Imee and Juliana were also voice actors in an audio fiction piece I wrote about my adoption experience called Crocodile Twins. I’ll include a link in the show notes so you can have a listen, along with a few other adoptee resources.

 

We start our conversation discussing ‘coming out of the fog,’ an expression used in adoptee communities to describe an individual’s journey of meaning making and processing their adoption. This generally occurs when adoptees reach adulthood and are given the space and tools to be honest about their experiences.

While difficult and triggering, side note, please take care of yourself as you listen. This offering is rich with examples of transformation, possibility and grace.

We end our conversation with what has felt healing and supportive for us, and how we envision better systems of care for adoptees. 

 

Thank you so much for tuning in. You can follow Imee at THE MAYARI MOON on Instagram. Juliana is Juliana Finch on Instagram and Patreon. Links in show notes below.

Transcript available here.

Go with Grace is written and produced by me. I also wrote the theme song. Additional music by Blue Sky Moon, Ketsa and Audiorezout.

 

Show Notes:

Imee Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/themayarimoon/

Juliana Patreon and Instagram:
https://www.patreon.com/julianafinch

https://www.instagram.com/writeplayrepeat/?hl=en

Audio Fiction - Crocodile Twins
https://artistsoapbox.org/asbx-episodes/crocodile-twins/

Adoptee Resources:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30297153-all-you-can-ever-know

https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/about-2/

https://www.laniseantoineshelley.com/

https://www.adoptionmosaic.com/

http://adopteereading.com/already-enough-a-path-to-self-acceptance/

 

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Breaking Up With Jesus with Joey Richards

Breaking Up With Jesus with Joey Richards

June 4, 2022

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Joey Richards, a musician, stand-up comedian and PhD student at UNC, Chapel Hill. Last year, I had the opportunity to see their one-person show called Breaking Up With Jesus about their Christian upbringing and the feelings of being judged and manipulated, yet stuck in a dynamic that was harmful…and their journey to disentangle themself from all of that. 

In this interview, Joey and I talk about their show and comedy as a strategy to facilitate healing and transformation.

If you’d like to keep up with Joey or invite the show, Breaking Up With Jesus to your community, you can email josephpatrickrichards@gmail.com or josephri@ live.unc.edu. Here is the article with another interview with Joey about their show: https://indyweek.com/topics/joseph-richards/

Go with Grace is written and produced by me. Hideo Tokui at A Chili Bowl Production is our editorial advisor and sound designer. The theme song is by me. Clips of Breaking Up With Jesus provided by Joey Richards. Additional music by Blue Sky Moon, Danail Draganov, Sondé, and Simon Sharp.

 

Transcript available here.

 

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Christian Privilege and the Media with Chrissy Stroop

Christian Privilege and the Media with Chrissy Stroop

April 30, 2022

So much gratitude to Chrissy Stroop for taking the time to speak with me. Chrissy is also the coeditor of the essay anthology Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church.

Please support her work by ordering the anthology, following her on social media or visiting her website . Here are a few of the articles mentioned in the episode:

ONE YEAR AFTER 1/6, MEDIA STILL REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE AUTHORITARIAN CHRISTIANITY

 

SECULARISM IN THE US IS LARGER, MORE DIVERSE AND MORE DYNAMIC THAN EVER, BUT YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT FROM THE MEDIA

 

BEHIND THE INCLUSIVE-SOUNDING ADS OF THIS $100 MILLION PR-BLITZ-FOR-JESUS IT’S THE SAME OLD CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN FANTASY

RUSSIA AND THE US HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

 

TEXAS PARENTS WITH TRANS KIDS SPEAK OUT ON SHOCKING 'CHILD ABUSE' POLICY

Transcript available here.

Thanks for tuning in,
Grace

 

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Healing Spiritual Violence with Karina Vargas

Healing Spiritual Violence with Karina Vargas

April 2, 2022

In this episode, I talk with educator and feminist theologian Karina Vargas. Karina is currently working with Soulforce to create content for addressing and healing spiritual violence. She was also featured on Soulforce’s other media project, Teología Sin Vergüenza (which loosely translates to shameless theology), where theologians and activists from around the world discuss queer feminist theology in Spanish. You can view old and new episodes of Teología Sin Vergüenza here: https://www.facebook.com/TeoSinVerguenza/ . Please subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebeook @SoulforceOrg for our latest programmatic updates.

Deep gratitude to Karina for her time and insight.

Transcript available here.

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Take care,
Grace

Reproductive Justice with Tara Romano

Reproductive Justice with Tara Romano

March 4, 2022

This month I talk with Pro-Choice NC Executive Director Tara Romano about reproductive justice and the many nuances that get left out of the 'pro-life' vs 'pro-choice' argument. Big thanks for her time and incredible work in service of reproductive justice in North Carolina. Be sure to stay updated with Pro Choice NC’s work at prochoicenc.org or follow them on facebook, instagramtwitter .

Here are the two Soulforce resources I mentioned:

 

Breaking Open: Myths of the “Pro-Life” Movement

Mary’s Choice: A New Model for Biblical Motherhood

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Transcript available here.

Thanks so much for listening! Look out for new episodes every first Sunday of the month.

Take care,
Grace
Kinship Minister for Soulforce.

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Christianity vs. white Christian Supremacy - An Introduction to Season Two

Christianity vs. white Christian Supremacy - An Introduction to Season Two

February 4, 2022

In this introductory episode for season two of Go With Grace, I have  brief conversation with Co-Executive Director Rev. Alba Onofrio about the difference between Christianity and white Christian Supremacy, and why that distinction is important for our movement. 

Transcript available here.

Thanks so much for listening! Look out for new episodes every first Sunday of the month.

Take care,
Grace

Kinship Minister for Soulforce.

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Dandelions and Reflections

Dandelions and Reflections

December 5, 2021

In this final episode of 2021, we hear from herbalist Sumi Dutta about the healing properties of dandelions. Soulforce looks to their magic for inspiration and guidance as we move into the new year. You can learn more about Sumi and her healing offerings on her website: https://sumistreet.com/.

We also hear an array of voices reflecting how Soulforce has uplifted and inspired them. 

This is the book I mentioned: Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die: Death Stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen Masters and here is the death doula website I mentioned as well: Going With Grace .

You can contribute to our giving campaign here.

Transcript for this episode can be viewed here.

Happy hibernation season. Sending you lots of rest and rejuvenation. This podcast will resume in February of 2022. Feel free to be in touch at grace@soulforce.org or reference our theological resources at anytime. 

 

Thanks so much for listening!

Take care,
Grace

 

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Equality Rides, Seeds and Change with Crystal Cheatham

Equality Rides, Seeds and Change with Crystal Cheatham

November 7, 2021

In this episode I am in conversation with Our Bible App founder Crystal Cheatham.

We talk about her experience with coming out, the equality ride of 2012, purity culture, The Deconstructionist playbook, and a Soulforce foe for many years, the Falwells.  

 

Here are the links to several of things I mention in the episode:

The abridged audio version of Mel White's book Stranger at the Gate

 

The podcast In God We Lust

 

The Deconstructionist Playbook is now available in audio book! Hard copies can still be purchased here.

Learn more about Soulforce's fiscally sponsored project, the Religious Exemption Accountability Project here.

And you can find more info about Mattias Roberts's book Beyond Shame here.

Here is the episode of Crystal's podcast Lord Have Mercy with Jo Luehman Decolonizing Christianity.

The transcript can be viewed here .

Thanks so much for listening!

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