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.Read More
Dr. Andre Johnson discusses the intersection of theology and race, focusing on the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the work he and others are doing here in Memphis with Take Em Down 901.Read More
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.Read More
In this first episode of Theology Live's third season, Father Broderick is joined by Mike McHargue, author and host of The Liturgists Podcast and Ask Science Mike. Mike helps us probe the complex dimensions of Mystery, Science, and Christian faith.Read More
Listen in as Dr. Keith Ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity at the University Oxford, discusses the Trinity in the context of the cosmos, closing out season two of Theology Live.Read More
Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, joins us to help unpack the "1967 King".Read More
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.Read More
Good Friday is singular in its ability to gather humanity's desperations and hopes into one day. Listen in as we explore both on history's darkest day.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In this episode, the Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph. D., discusses the black body as a "theological problem", the future of the Black Church, and her current womanist theological scholarship.Read More
Join Dr. Emily Holmes, theologian and professor at Christian Brothers University, as she walks us through what these possibilities meant for medieval Christian women.Read More
On November 8, 2016, that tradition continued with the election of Donald John Trump, Sr. of New York. Listen in as ethnographer and professor Dr. Zandria Robinson describes what she heard - culturally, racially, socially - in the election season and results.Read More
After pondering about the relative silence of White Christians in the latest spate of high-profile police killings of black Americans, the Rev. André Johnson, Ph. D. took to Twitter and began #whitechurchquiet.Read More
In this first installment of "Listener Mail", Father Broderick addresses two questions posed by a Theology Live listener; one about sexual ethics and another about the role of racism in theology.Read More
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.Read More
"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.
“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.
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.