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What do our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, even thriving, in the context of empire, tyranny, violence, repression - the times in which we are living today? What do they have to teach us, as white folx, about our role in resistance, in showing up, in liberation? They teach us this: Our traditions were made for these times. They come from these times. So we have resources in our texts, our practices, to help us right now. We can reclaim our stories and re-tell them to nourish our resistance against white supremacy and our work for collective liberation.

What do our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, even thriving, in the context of empire, tyranny, violence, repression - the times in which we are living today? What do they have to teach us, as white folx, about our role in resistance, in showing up, in liberation? They teach us this: Our traditions were made for these times. They come from these times. So we have resources in our texts, our practices, to help us right now. We can reclaim our stories and re-tell them to nourish our resistance against white supremacy and our work for collective liberation.
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What do our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, even thriving, in the context of empire, tyranny, violence, repression - the times in which we are living today? What do they have to teach us, as white folx, about our role in resistance, in showing up, in liberation? They teach us this: Our traditions were made for these times. They come from these times. So we have resources in our texts, our practices, to help us right now. We can reclaim our stories and re-tell them to nourish our resistance against white supremacy and our work for collective liberation.

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Episodes

TWIR 5.19.19 We Did Not Replace Anyone

5/16/2019
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Why is imperial mainstream Christianity so anxious about replacing and being replaced? How might actually be going on in Acts 11 besides a replacement? John Bergen goes on a rant and then explores some alternatives.

Duration:00:29:45

TWIR05.12.19 What Wondrous Love Is This?

5/8/2019
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In this week's episode, Nichola Torbett shocks herself with a revelation about Revelation 7: 9-17 that leads her into an extended meditation on love, "ugliness," and surviving apocalypse. Transcripts of every episode, with action links and more resources, can be found here: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word-is-resistance.html

Duration:00:35:51

TWIR 5.5.19 Do You Love Me?

5/3/2019
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At the end of John's gospel, Jesus makes breakfast for some of his community by the lakeshore. What can we learn from the grace he offers to Simon Peter in their exchange, which tradition says "undoes" Peter's triple denial of knowing Jesus during his mockery of a trial? Rev. Anne Dunlap offers her reflections. Action links and other resources can always be found in the transcript: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word-is-resistance.html

Duration:00:31:49

The Week After: Trust, Doubt, and Whiteness as Bad Faith

4/25/2019
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For the second Sunday of Easter, Margaret Ernst explores the role of trusting God as a practice of resisting white supremacy, and the difference between healthy doubt that keeps us vigilant and toxic doubt that leads us to obsess over proof of outcomes while missing signs of resurrection. Check out the call to action for people of faith to participate in this year's Black Mamas Bailout: https://medium.com/@BlackLivesUU/black-mamas-bailout-a-call-to-action-to-all-people-of-faith-92d3b3ad308d...

Duration:00:33:44

TWIR 4.21.19 Easter: Our Work Is Not Done

4/21/2019
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How do we preach resurrection in Good Friday times? How do we embody resurrection when crucifixion still happens daily, multiple times a day? How do we live a resurrection that does not glorify a white, imperial, supercessionist, death-dealing victory? These are the questions our podcast contributors are reflecting on in this episode. Will Green, Anne Dunlap, and Margaret Ernst each have a resistance Word to bring you this Easter. The links to calls to action and other resources can always...

Duration:00:39:01

TWIR 4.19.19 It's Good Friday In America

4/17/2019
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We are in Holy Week, and the story of Jesus’s last days are full of anguish, betrayal, denial, Pilate’s cynical manipulation of the situation to extinguish a threat to Rome...and, love and solidarity and women who refuse to abandon Jesus. The story is full of humanity, at its best and its worst. For Good Friday, three of our podcast contributors -- John Bergen, Nichola Torbett, and new contributor Sarah Jordan -- will be reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus and of brown and Black people...

Duration:00:38:06

TWIR 04.14.19 Grief and Praise

4/10/2019
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If the procession we read about on Palm Sunday was a direct action aimed at collective liberation, what was it meant to achieve, and where are we who are white positioned in relationship to it? What is the spiritual work we need to do in order to be more faithful participants? The transcript for this and every episode may be found here: www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word…nce.html

Duration:00:31:12

TWIR 4.07.19 Judas the Executive Director

4/6/2019
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While white supremacy and capitalism trap us in scarcity, God offers us a new (and very old) world already in the making.

Duration:00:17:26

TWIR 3.31.2019 Paul and Reparations

3/26/2019
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Paul’s call for Christians to be reconciled with God implies structural change, not just interpersonal healing of division. In this episode, contributor Margaret Ernst claims that reparations are an essential part of the ministry of reconciliation called for by Paul in 2nd Corinthians.

Duration:00:34:04

TWIR 3.24.2019 The Axe or The Pitchfork?

3/22/2019
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A reflection on Luke 13: 1-9 from an anti-racist perspective. What is at stake when in our preaching and theological reflection we decide to engage current events, or not? When do we just need to take swift, clear action? When do we need to temper our passion with patience? The transcript for this and every episode may be found here: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word-is-resistance.html

Duration:00:29:04

Abraham, #AdmissionsGate, and Redeeming Our Ancestors

3/15/2019
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What happens when we look honestly at our problematic ancestors? How do we think and talk about Abraham, recognizing that he founded a people who would colonize Canaanite land? Is there a way that we can redeem our ancestors and become the ancestors our descendants need us to be? And what does any of this have to do with the college admissions scandal that broke this week?

Duration:00:30:41

TWIR 3.10.19 The Pillars of Imperialism

3/8/2019
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John Bergen looks at how we must shed our theology of imperialism this Lenten season. Transcript and resources for action can be found here: www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word…nce.html

Duration:00:19:16

TWIR 3.6.19 Ash Wednesday Special: On Stardust and Muck

3/6/2019
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Rev. Anne Dunlap offers an Ash Wednesday reflection and call to action that remind that we are made of the stuff of the earth, and that Ash Wednesday is the call to return to wholeness. Transcript and resources for action can be found here: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word-is-resistance.html

Duration:00:18:41

TWIR 3.3.19 Transfiguration Not Disfiguration

3/1/2019
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"White supremacy, is a violent distortion of memory. It is why I did not understand the connection between a whitewashed Jesus and the occupation of Palestine." Blyth Barnow takes on Luke 9:28-36 and tells a story about Mt Tabor, Transfiguration, and the occupation of Palestine. Check out the transcript here: www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word…nce.html

Duration:00:13:13

TWIR 2.24.19 Creative Nonviolence and Turning the Other Cheek

2/21/2019
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"Creativity is key...abusers, bosses, and colonizers are disturbingly creative, and so resistance must be creative, too." John Bergen takes on the challenging Luke 6 teaching, "Turn the Other Cheek," as a practice of defiance for asserting humanity and dignity in the face of violence and occupation. Check out the transcript here: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/the-word-is-resistance.html

Duration:00:19:47

TWIR 02.17.19 Of Courage and Curses

2/13/2019
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Podcaster Nichola Torbett recently discovered, much to her dismay, that she actually "trusts in the flesh" more than in God, and that white supremacy nearly guarantees that. What does this have to do with blessings, curses, beatitudes, and collective liberation? Listen in to find out!

Duration:00:29:43

TWIR 2.10.19 Catching Our People

2/9/2019
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The dominant history of what it has meant to be “fishers of men” has been laced with Christian Supremacy and colonialism. But what if instead we brought a fervor of evangelism to bringing white people into racial justice movement? In this episode, Margaret Ernst looks at how Luke 5:1-11 asks us to cast our nets deep and wide to catch our people for the work of liberation. Transcript with credits, copyright information, and links to more resources available on our website:...

Duration:00:36:28

TWIR 2.3.19 Psalm 71 and calling 9-1-1

2/1/2019
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A critique of Psalm 71 and making "emergency calls to God". Also, turning to the gospel reading from Luke 4, don't worry about being a badass. Organize instead.

Duration:00:36:43

TWIR 1.27.19 Imagine, ALL the People

1/25/2019
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"All the people means ALL the people." Rev. Anne Dunlap reflects on Nehemiah 8 (no really!)and Luke 4 as invitations to keep expanding our imaginations about what it means to be human, what it means to be free, and what "all the people" can really mean. Action link to support folks impacted by the government shutdown: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N7vhcF7syIOv7vR4EZ5w1G7NzdRm9SVRJ8pplu_x3qc/edit?usp=sharing Transcript here:...

Duration:00:26:55

TWIR 1.20.19 Inviting In Our Gifts

1/16/2019
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John Bergen explores strategies for building movements that welcome in differing gifts and strategies. Transcript with credits, copyright information, and links to more resources available on our website: www.showingupforracialjustice.org.

Duration:00:19:00