Theology Live

A contemporary theology series

Episode 18: Broderick's Exit Interview

On this special episode of Theology Live, incoming host Meredith Day takes an opportunity to turn interviewer into interviewee. Listen as the Rev. Broderick Greer speaks to us about his religious upbringing, his movement towards the priesthood, and the stories that shape and sustain his spiritual quest.

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Holy Week: Easter Vigil

Called the "Queen of All Feasts" by theologians and liturgists alike, the Great Vigil of Easter gathers the whole sweep of the Church Year into one liturgy, highlighting the long record of God's saving deeds throughout history.

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Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

On this special edition of Theology Live, Father Broderick invites listeners to enter the mystery and glory of the Triduum, beginning with Maundy Thursday. In that liturgy, worshipers wash each others' feet and recall Jesus' final meal with his friends.

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Bonus: Music at Clayborn Temple

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was martyred in Memphis on April 4, 1968, while in town to support the contentious sanitation workers' strike. Throughout the strike, Clayborn Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church served as a nerve center for demonstrators and other activists. On February 8, 2017, Theology Live was held at Clayborn Temple. That evening, Mrs. Ephie Johnson graced the gathering with her rendition of "May the Work I've Done", a standard song of the Black Church.

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Episode 14: Reproductive Justice

As an advocate for Black women, the Rev. Faye London seeks to foster an understanding of Black women’s bodies as fully participating in God’s sacred, beloved and good creation and of women’s God-granted competence and wisdom to exercise full authority over them.

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Episode 9: Art

Dr. Emily Ballew Neff, discusses the intersection of art and theology, specifically how Yinka Shonibare MBE’s four sculptures, "Rage of the Ballet Gods," touches on pagan mythology, globalization, dance, migration, violence and climate change.

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Episode 8: Revivalism

"What makes us Protestant should also make us anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-heteronormative," says the Rev. Dr. Courtney Pace, a statement that stands over and against many of the ways Christians use racism, sexism, and heterosexism to oppress others. In this final episode of Season 1 of Theology Live, listen in as Dr. Pace links the ways in which revivalism, race, and gender have played out in the Church's histories and how the impacts Christians today.

Episode 7: HERmeneutics

“African-American women are not newcomers to biblical interpretation,” says Dr. Nyasha Junior in her book An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation. For centuries, black women have read, improvised, preached, and riffed off of biblical texts; texts which have often been used to silence, erase, and oppress them. Listen in as the Rev. Janae Pitts-Murdock discusses black women in/and the Bible.

Episode 6: Extremism

Religious extremism doesn't happen over night. Almost no one notices it's happening when it's happening. Join Rabbi Katie Bauman as she discusses how people of faith and conscience might resist the lure of extremism.

Episode 5: Lent

A holy Lent is not necessarily a burdensome Lent. For those who observe the forty day ritual fast leading up to the Great Vigil of Easter, it is a time of self-examination, penitence, and grace. Join Father Auggie DeArmond as he explores the potential this holy season holds to bear fruit in the lives of the baptized.