Episode #66 James Alison Coming Out, Scapegoating & Undoing Sacred Violence

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James Alison (b. 1959) is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and the United States as well as his native England. James earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1994 and is a systematic theologian by training.

His principal claim to fame is as one of those who has done most to bring the work of the great French thinker René Girard to a wider public. In addition he is known for his firm but patient insistence on truthfulness in matters gay as an ordinary part of basic Christianity, and for his pastoral outreach in the same sphere.

He has authored many books including Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay, The Joy of Being Wrong, Undergoing God and Jesus the Forgiving Victim.  He resides currently in Madrid, Spain and has a speaking schedule that has him in many different corners of the world.

 

Episode #65 Una Mulale Re-release Race & The 7 Billion Expressions of God

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Una Mulale is a pediatric doctor in Botswana, working in life and death scenarios each day. She was formerly the Director of Pediatric Critical Care at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Pediatric Global Health.  She is the co-founder of Barona, an organization promoting the value of all human beings and aims to create Botswana’s first Children’s Hospital. 

Twitter: @unamulale

Episode #64 John Richmond & Victor Boutros Modern Day Super Heroes

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John Richmond and Victor Boutros are co-founding directors of The Human Trafficking Institute, an organization set on decimating slavery worldwide by getting at the root, traffickers. Both are former prosecutors of the U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Unit. Their impressive pedigree is only outmatched by their massive hearts, friendship and desire for justice as a means to peace. 

www.traffickinginstitute.org

twitter:  @JohnRichmond1       @boutrosvictor

 

 

Episode #63 Sleeping At Last Re-release

 

Sleeping At Last is the moniker of Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and composer, Ryan O’Neal.

You may know Sleeping At Last from various Films and TV Shows such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1, The Fault in Our Stars, Grey's Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, Criminal Minds, Bones, Believe, Vampire Diaries and many more.  

He has collaborated or sang with many artists including Jon Foreman, Billy Corgan, Van Dyke Parks, Paul Von Merens, John Goodmanson, Alanis Morissette and many more.  

Ryan recently scored the upcoming feature documentary film, “Many Beautiful Things” which will release in 2015, along with an official motion picture soundtrack.

Web:  www.sleepingatlast.com            Twitter: @sleepingatlast              Instagram: sleepingatlast

Episode #62 Doug Pagitt The Wild Goose & Running Slower

Doug Pagitt is the pastor of a faith community in Minneapolis, MN called Solomon's Porch. He is also an author of several books, most recently Flipped, The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God.  He is also the host of the podcast, Tick, Talk, Take. He is a novice ultra-runner and lives in Edina, MN with his wife. He has 4 young adult children and one grandchild.  

Twitter: @Pagitt

Instagram: @DougPagitt

Website: www.dougpagitt.com

Episode #61 Jonathan & Sharifa Stevens Interracial Marriage & Believing People's Pain

Two first generation Americans from vastly different backgrounds found love and have done (and are doing) the difficult work of allowing their love to change each other and now, us.  Sharifa Stevens is a communicator (writer, speaker and singer) and emphasizes the intersection of culture and theology.  Jonathan started a coffee business off of a Ural Motorcycle with a built in espresso machine.  He is a natural connector, teacher and builder.  Together the two live in Dallas, Texas with their two children.  

Episode #60 Re-release of Brian McLaren Episode

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" - just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. 

Brian has served on a number of boards, including Emergent Villiage, Sojourners, International Teams and, The Seattle School, and his a founding member of Red Letter Christians. He has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline and On Being.  Brian's work has been covered by other news outlets such as Time, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Christianity Today.

Brian resides in Florida with his wife Grace. He has four grown children and five grandchildren.  

Episode #59 Kristen Regan Exploring Racial Identity

Kristen is a friend of the podcast, on a journey of articulating her identity, and doing so through the medium of her hair. Up until 2 years ago, she had always chemically straightened her hair, and has recently gone through the (long) process of growing out her natural curls. This inefficient process has allowed her to connect w her self and feel a greater sense of connection to her roots! (No pun intended although Kristen loves bad puns.) She lives in Austin, TX w her husband who has cheered her on, inspired her, and held her up in this rough period of hair growth and personal growth. If you see her around town, do not use the word "cool" to describe her hair.