Theology Live

A contemporary theology series

Episode 10: #WhiteChurchQuiet

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. In the weeks and months to follow, a conversation about racism and white theology was sparked. Listen in as Dr. Johnson offers a detailed account of this powerful hashtag.

Listener Mail

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. Margaret Farley's "Just Love" is cited in the sexual ethics response and James Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" is cited in the second. Please pose your questions at the hashtag #TheologyLive or send them to Father Broderick at broderick@gracestlukes.org.

Episode 9: Art

"[W]hen Anglicanism is at its best, its liturgy, its poetry, its music and its life can create a world of wonder in which it is very easy to fall in love with God,” wrote Episcopal priest and theologian Urban T. Holmes III. This quote took Theology Live to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art where its executive director, 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.

Episode 4: Vulnerability

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it,” says scholar and storyteller, Dr. Brene Brown. “Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” Listen in as the Rev. Virzola Law, senior pastor of Lindenwood Christian Church, discusses a theology of human vulnerability and divine strength.

Episode 3: Literature

"We need all the stories we can get," says the Reverend Katherine Bush in this episode of Theology Live. Listen in as she explores how the intersection of literature and theology reveals the ways in which we are loved, cherished, and are in need of broader, deeper connection with one another.

Episode 2: #BlackLivesMatter

On July 13, 2013, in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrise Cullors proclaimed, "Black lives matter," launching a movement. Listen as the Rev. Dr. Andre Johnson discusses how that phrase has transformed how he theologizes in the public square.

Episode 1: Eschatology

With cultural challenges like climate change, gentrification, militarization of law enforcement, and multiple foreign conflicts, why should Christian people be concerned with eschatology? Join Pastor Jonathan McIntosh as he discusses what he sees as a trajectory of generative urbanism throughout Bible narratives.