Theology Live

A contemporary theology series

Theology Live is a podcast and public event that wrestles with life's most compelling and unsettling questions. 

Episode 21: Take 'em Down

On December 7, we sat down with Tami Sawyer to talk about her involvement with Take 'em Down 901, the movement for the removal of two Confederate statues from public parks in Memphis. Tami is a writer, speaker, activist, and the Director of Diversity and Cultural Competence with Teach For America Memphis. She is currently running for Shelby County Commissioner in District 7.

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Episode 20: Beloved Community

Almost 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated just a few miles away from the site of Theology Live's recording. Throughout his life, Dr. King advocated for the birth of a "Beloved Community," a vision that Rev. Virzola Law enacts daily in her role as Senior Minster at Lindenwood Christian Church.

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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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