Theology Live

A contemporary theology series

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

05 | 13 | 18
Poetry with Rev. Katherine Bush

Our guest this episode is writer, teacher, and Episcopal priest, the Rev. Katherine Bush. Katherine is a lifelong Memphian, as well as a graduate of Rhodes College and Virginia Theological Seminary. She has served parishes in the Diocese of West Tennessee, and currently works as the Chaplain at St. Mary's Episcopal School. This evening we will reflect on the role of poetry as it relates to our current political, social, and theological moment. In particular we will discuss poems related to the themes highlighted by Wendell Berry's Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, and his plea to practice resurrection.

04 | 12 | 18

This episode was recorded on April 12, 2018 which marked Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We welcomed guest Micah Greenstein, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Memphis. Micah has served Temple Israel for 26 years, 16 of those years as its Senior Rabbi. We reflect on the importance of Yom HaShoa, particularly as it relates to our current political and social climate, as well as the presence of rising antisemitism in Europe and America.

03 | 13 | 18
Thistle Farms

Our Guest this episode is the Rev. Becca Stevens. Becca is the founder and president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the United States run by survivors of human trafficking and the commercial sex trade. She is also the author of 13 books and works as an Episcopal priest and chaplain at St. Augustine's Chapel in Nashville.

02 | 28 | 18
Justice and Reconciliation

Our guest this episode is the Rev. Winnie Varghese. Winnie currently serves as the Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. Winnie is the author of Church Meets World, Editor of What We Shall Become, a regular contributor for the Huffington Post, and is a leading voice in The Episcopal Church, particularly around issues of social justice.

12 | 07 | 17

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.

11 | 16 | 17

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. View photos from the event below:

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On October 12, 2017, Theology Live's new host, Meredith Day, sat down with public theologian and University of Memphis professor Dr. Andre Johnson to dialogue about theology, what happened in Charlottesville, VA., and #TakeEmDown901. A special thanks to Church Health for opening up their space for the evening, and Mama Gaia for providing the refreshments. 

09 | 12 | 17
Mystery, Science, and Faith

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.

06 | 07 | 17
The Trinity

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.

05 | 03 | 17
MLK and Memphis

Tied to Memphis forever is the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 39 year old black Baptist minister and civil rights activist on April 4, 1968. Less present in many of our memories, though, is the Dr. King of April 4, 1967, the MLK who preached against the triplet realities of racism, militarism, and impoverishment at New York City’s Riverside Church. Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, joins us to help unpack the "1967 King".

03 | 08 | 17
Reproductive Justice

This month's guest is the Rev. Faye London, Interfaith Outreach Coordinator for SisterReach, a Memphis-based grassroots Reproductive Justice Organization. As an advocate for Black women, Faye 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.

Open your Bible to Exodus 1 where she begins her illuminating reproductive justice Bible study.

02 | 08 | 17

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. The only womanist theological ethicist on the Yale University Divinity School faculty, Dr. Turman authored Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church and the Council of Chalcedon, the first book-length womanist treatment of the conciliar tradition.

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“This world is pregnant with God,” said Blessed Angela of Foligno. This quote comes to us in rich and new ways as we journey through Advent, the days leading up to the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas. Days in which we hear prophets warn, coax, and encourage. Days in which - at least in the northern hemisphere - hours of darkness outweigh hours of light. And yet, we gather on nights like this one because somewhere deep in our bones we’ve been convinced that new possibilities lurk just beneath the surface. Join Dr. Emily Holmes, theologian and professor at Christian Brothers University, as she walks us through what these possibilities meant for medieval Christian women.

11 | 9 | 16
Presidential election

Every four years, the United States of America holds a presidential election, putting a number of ideas, ideals, personalities, and historical trajectories on a given ballot. 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.

10 | 19 | 16

After pondering about the relative silence of White Christians in the latest spate of high-profile police killings of black Americans, the Rev. Dr. André Johnson 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.

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Art and theology

Joined by Dr. Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, this session of Theology Live looked at how art, specifically that of Yinka Shonibare MBE and his four sculptures, "Rage of the Ballet Gods", playfully touches on pagan mythology, globalization, dance, violence and climate change.