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38 - Inner Calling with Carla Godwin Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - First, we honor the lives of Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and countless others who have died in the past months as a direct result of police brutality.  For resources on anti-racism from past episodes, visit anniemesaros.com/resources. Here are my top recs right here: So You Want to Talk about Race White Fragility The New Jim Crow Austin Channing Brown Brittany Packnett Cunningham Rachel Cargle No White Saviors Today’s episode with Carla Godwin is about listening for and listening to your inner howl of passion and following it to the work you are uniquely meant to offer this world. Carla is a writer, speaker, and leader who lives with her two kids in Minneapolis.  RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: W/ Collective She is Called Podcast Women Who Run with the Wolves Dance of the Dissonant Daughter Christina Cleveland Tina Schermer Sellers Paula Williams Women After All FIND CARLA: Instagram Holy Writ podcast
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38 - Inner Calling with Carla Godwin Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - First, we honor the lives of Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and countless others who have died in the past months as a direct result of police brutality.  For resources on anti-racism from past episodes, visit anniemesaros.com/resources. Here are my top recs right here: So You Want to Talk about Race White Fragility The New Jim Crow Austin Channing Brown Brittany Packnett Cunningham Rachel Cargle No White Saviors Today’s episode with Carla Godwin is about listening for and listening to your inner howl of passion and following it to the work you are uniquely meant to offer this world. Carla is a writer, speaker, and leader who lives with her two kids in Minneapolis.  RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: W/ Collective She is Called Podcast Women Who Run with the Wolves Dance of the Dissonant Daughter Christina Cleveland Tina Schermer Sellers Paula Williams Women After All FIND CARLA: Instagram Holy Writ podcast
37 - Resisting Absolutism with Crystal Cheatham Crystal Cheatham and I share a desire to end the extreme pendulum swings in our political culture and to find a way forward that is inclusive of traditionally marginalized groups and doesn’t ostracize and isolate conservatives in a way that makes them more isolated and more extreme. To that end, Crystal and I talk about running her member-funded app during the COVID pandemic, the need for responsible capitalism, resisting cancel culture, and practicing nonviolent communication.  Crystal has an MFA from Antioch University and is an LGBTQ rights activist with a focus on religious liberty. She is the founder of Our Bible App and The IDentity Kit, both of which provide resources for marginalized communities of faith. And she is the host of Lord Have Mercy, a podcast about God, sex and the Bible. Recommended Resources: Our Bible App Find Crystal: Crystalcheatham.com Crystal@ourbibleapp.com Instagram Facebook Twitter Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  Contact me at anniemesaros.com or on Instagram @GodHelpPod.
36 - Creating Sacred Spaces under Quarantine with Michele Ward Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  Since the global outbreak of COVID-19 over the past many weeks, our lives have been thrown into chaos, which looks different for everyone - even in our shared experience of pandemic. It’s all very disorienting and isolating.  In this episode, I talk with Michele Ward, associate pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Church in Baltimore, Maryland. We discuss what it’s been like for Michele’s congregation to shift to virtual meeting spaces. And we offer some ideas for creating spaces that feel sacred and grounding - whether you’re observing the Easter holiday, or just wanting some breathing room to mark the many joys and griefs of everyday life that feel extra heightened right now. If you are in need of soul care during this time, please contact me at godhelp.podcast@gmail.com. I’m happy to listen if you need someone to talk to over the phone. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Sacred Seasons Calendar Celtic Daily Prayer Series Soul Feast Women in Praise of the Sacred FIND MICHELE: Sermons Instagram Facebook - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
COVID-19 Announcement: Soul Care Available During COVID-19 and a great deal of social isolation, I want to let you know that I'm thinking about you and am available to offer soul care over the phone. If you need someone to talk to, I'm here to listen. Shoot me an email at godhelp.podcast@gmail.com and we'll set up a time to chat. Take care, everyone.
35 - Healing-Centered Politics with Lyvonne Proverbs Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  Lyvonne Proverbs is a black woman, a pastor, and a body- and sex-positive writer who is dedicated to tending to the mental, physical, sexual, and spiritual health of black women, for their own sake, and as an act of community justice in the US and in the world and invites white listeners to examine their own role in white supremecist, misogynistic power structures.  In this episode, Lyvonne and I talk about how trauma crops up and impacts our everyday lives and relationships and how that plays into politics, specifically public response to (former) Democratic primary candidates Mike Bloomberg, Liz Warren, and Pete Buttigieg. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: TED Talk by Kimberle Crenshaw on intersectionality TED Talk by Jackson Katz on male sexual violence Shawn Ginwright’s work on healing-centered engagement Alice Walker’s definition of “womanist” Sexuality and the Black Church: a Womanist Perspective Ebony Janice Moore FIND LYVONNE: Lyvonnep.com Instagram Twitter Online Learning Community - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
34 - Spiritual Abuse with Ashley Easter Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - Wherever it occurs and in whatever form it takes, abuse is about power and control and - whether in a church or the highest office of government - abuse results from a lack of accountability for our leaders. In this conversation with Rev. Ashley Easter, we discuss her theology of safety - that by understanding that all people are made in the image of God, we learn that we are all each other’s keepers. Acts of abuse as well as the mistreatment of survivors are not possible if we take seriously the value of each beloved human being, particularly the most vulnerable. Ashley is a Christian feminist, writer, speaker, television producer, news pundit, ordained reverend, and abuse-victim advocate who educates churches and secular communities on abuse. She is the founder of The Courage Conference for survivors of abuse and those who love them. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Spotlight the movie Pastor Lyvonne Proverbs Nonprofit organization GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment FIND ASHLEY: Ashleyeaster.com Twitter Facebook Instagram Emerge Retreat - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
33 - LGBTQ+Christian with Jun Young Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - For the past several decades of American Evangelical culture, the Bible has been used as a weapon against queer people, banning or restricting their participation in many faith communities and denying their place in the world God created. Dr. Jun Young, communications expert, speaker, teacher, and consultant, to talk about a new ministry he’s founded: Beloved Arise supports LGTBQ+ youth of faith with resources, encouragement, and biblical teaching that affirms their identity. As a reference, there are six places in the bible where same-sex activity is mentioned: Genesis 19:5, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9, and I Timothy 1:10. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Matthew Vines’s case for biblical inclusion Seattle Times article on Jun and Crista Ministries Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality The Reformation Project Churchclarity.org FIND BELOVED ARISE: Belovedarise.org Facebook Instagram - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
32 - Rewilding Our Politics with Mary DeJong Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - In anticipation of the upcoming winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, I’m here with ecotheologian and spiritual guide Mary DeJong. Mary is the founder of Waymarkers, which offers guidance and support for those who are ready to respond to the call to wander into the sacred wild, seeking wisdom from our interrelated web of life through retreats, pilgrimages, one-on-one and group rewilding guidance, writing, and speaking. Mary has a master’s in theology and culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology as well as post-graduate certificates in Religion and Ecology, EcoPsychology, and applied mythology. She and her family live in Seattle’s Rainier Valley in Columbia City. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Article by Mary on practicing biomimicry Seattle Times Hostile Waters series Praying with the Earth FIND MARY: Waymarkers.net Facebook Instagram - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
31 - Origin Stories with Brian Bantum Enjoying God Help Us? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts.  - On this very special Thanksgiving episode, I invited Dr. Brian Bantum to help me identify and unpack our origin stories - from Adam and Eve to Thanksgiving. These are the narratives we all construct to help us understand the world around us as we experience it.  Brian is the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago (though he lives in Seattle with his wife Gail Song, a Korean-American pastor, and their three sons.) Brian has his PhD from Duke University and considers how Christians encounter and speak about God as they make sense of their world. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Keri Day Wil Gafney Angela Parker Anne Joh Seattle Peoples Party Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery FIND BRIAN: Redeeming Mulatto The Death of Race Instagram - I’m Annie Mesaros: a theologian, writer, spiritual guide, and host of this podcast. I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals and groups that are working to transform the world for good.  Learn more and contact me at anniemesaros.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram @godhelppod.
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