Anthony Hendricks

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ANTHONY HENDRICKS

BIO

Anthony Hendricks is the co-founder and director of The Public in Franklin, TN. Hendricks’ drive, passion, love for humanity, and analytical mind has helped him serve high-paced, innovative, strategically positioned ministries over the past 25 years. Following his career in the corporate space, he entered full-time ministry as the Assistant Pastor at a local Church in Franklin, TN where he helped build a thriving multi-ethnic body. He has helped other multi-ethnic ministries grow and thrive in other cities. The world of racial reconciliation became his calling, and he’s been engaging Christ-followers and non-Christ followers in honest conversation and action around the issue of biblical unity. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, where he graduated with honors, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership (summa cum laude), from Williamson College.

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“My hope is that they’ll be cut to the heart and convicted and moved to action, not just on behalf of African Americans, but on behalf of the gospel. I think by and large people are more connected to the culture than they are to the cross. And that’s an unfortunate thing, but it’s true. And so you have people who end up responding to the cultural norm rather than clinging to the cross and becoming the peculiar people that we have been called to be.”

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Gabrielle Beam

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BIO

Gabrielle Beam is the Pastor of Mary of Bethany Anglican Mission and works with many pastors and ministry leaders on the forefront of revival breaking out in Connecticut and the Northeast. In addition, she is the founder of Bridgeport Arise – a work focused on building unity in the body of Christ, Rise to Read – a work focused on eliminating early childhood illiteracy, and most recently RESPONSE, a global prayer movement that was launched as a local movement on May 14, 2020. Pastor Gabrielle is an ordained Pastor in both the Anglican Communion and the non-denominational Church. She brings over twenty years of effective intercessory and prophetic prayer, compassionate ministry, church leadership, and mentoring, and has ministered to thousands, including lay leaders and pastors, regionally and internationally, and is a member of the Board of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Bridgeport & Vicinity as its Chaplin. Gabrielle holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.  Beyond growing up in the church, being a former student-leader in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and working as a missionary in India, Gabrielle’s background includes corporate management, contract negotiation, membership in the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), and training at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C.

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“If you are unable to read, you live a life that is filled with shame. You are not able to fill out a job application, so you can’t get job. You have no hope of excelling in high school, let alone even thinking about going to college. Now you are a young teenager, and you have these aspirations because you’re alive, just like anyone else. You see just two miles down the road. children who are well taken care of. You go online, you go on TV, and you see what you don’t have, and you don’t even have the resources to get it. Gangs become your family and your home because that’s a place where you belong.”

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Justin Giboney

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Justin Giboney

BIO

Justin Giboney is an attorney, political strategist and ordained minister in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Co-Founder and President of the AND Campaign, which is a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure.

In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. He’s the co-author of Compassion (&) Conviction – The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement and has written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.

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“One thing I’ve said many times is that if you always are progressive, always are conservative, then you’re probably being intellectually lazy. One way to put it is, you’ve probably outsourced your opinions to someone else, maybe the custodians of the culture. We need to think through. No group, no ideological tribe has gotten everything right. If we can’t identify those places where they’ve gone wrong, then we may repeat them, but maybe more importantly, we’re just being unfaithful as Christians and our public witnessing needs to improve.”

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Sheila Wise Rowe

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Sheila Wise Rowe

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Sheila Wise Rowe is a truth-teller who writes passionately about matters of faith and emotional healing. She advocates for the dignity, rights, and healing of abuse survivors, those carrying racial trauma, and racial conciliation. Sheila holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and has lived in the USA, Paris, France and Johannesburg, South Africa.

For over twenty-five years Sheila has been a counselor, educator, writer, spiritual director, and speaker. She is a member of the Community Ethics Committee of Harvard Medical School, a policy-review resource for its teaching hospitals. 

She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and writes essays for several publications including; The Redbud Post, Mudroomblog.com, The Art of Taleh, and The Boston Sunday Globe.  Sheila’s book; Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience released by InterVarsity Press (IVP) in 2020 was awarded the 2021 best book in Christian Living/ Discipleship by Christianity Today. When Sheila is not writing or counseling she creates art, and crafts or searches for treasures in local antique and thrift shops.

Quotable

“If we all speak up and engage in small and large acts that pursue love, peace, and justice, we can dismantle the systemic structures that promote racism, xenophobia, White supremacy, and privilege.”

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Gregory Thompson

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BIO

Gregory Thompson is a scholar, writer, and artist of diverse creative background whose work focuses on race, religion, hospitality, and democracy in the United States. He serves as Executive Director of Voices Underground, an initiative to build a national memorial to the Underground Railroad outside of Philadelphia; Research Fellow in African American Heritage at Lincoln University (HBCU); and as Creative Director of Star & Lantern, a new Cocktail Bar in Kennett Square, PA whose story centers in the African American freedom struggle and the Underground Railroad (Opening June 2021). He is the Co-Creator of Union: The Musical, a soul and hip-hop based musical about the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike, Co-Author (with Reverend Duke Kwon) of Reparations: A Christian Call to Repentance and Repair and is currently writing a work that explores the role of love in the work of Martin Luther King. He holds an M.A. and PhD from the University of Virginia.
 

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“The idea is to do whatever it takes to restore those that have been harmed to wholeness. And that’s what we mean by reparations.”

Resources

Reparations: A Christian Call to Repentance and Repair by Gregory Thompson and Duke Kwon

Transcript

Vanessa: Greg, it’s so wonderful to be with you today. Thanks for being with us.

Greg: My pleasure and glad to see you.

Vanessa: Well, I would love for you to start with you sharing a little bit about the justice work that you’re involved in, and then some parts of your own personal story that led you to this work to begin with.

Greg: Sure. Thanks. So my vocation bears witness to a confused mind. I’m doing a lot of different things in terms of the race and equity space right now. Some of the listeners will know that I’ve written a book on reparations which came out last year and that’s a good theoretical framework to understand everything I’m doing, which is really an expressing of reparations. Particularly this category called reparations truth where right now my work really revolves around public storytelling around African American cultural history and trying to promote that history in places where it has been forgotten.

So I’m the executive director of an organization called Voices Underground which has really taken the language from God’s words to Cain in Genesis, where he said, “I heard your brother’s blood crying out from the ground.” The idea is that there are all these African American cultural history stories that are just buried around us and a lot of my work is to try to understand those stories and then work with communities to resurrect and tell them.

To that end, I’m building the national memorial to the underground railroad. That’s the largest scale project right now. But in general, trying to promote African American cultural heritage in this place called Chester County, Pennsylvania. So that includes, creating a new Juneteenth festival, opening a restaurant and cocktail bar based on the history of black cocktail, making things like that. My work is generally around public storytelling and race and I see it as an expression of reparations.

Dennae Pierre

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BIO

Dennae Pierre is co-Director for the Crete Collective and leads the Surge Network in Arizona. She also serves as one of the Co-Directors for City to City North America. She has her MA from Covenant Theological Seminary and DMin from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) and is the author of Healing Prayers to Resist a Violent World. Dennae is married to Vermon, the lead pastor at Roosevelt Community Church, a multi-ethnic church in downtown Phoenix and they have five children.

Quotable

“And so it is interesting that the very thing we’re resisting so much, which is confession of sin, whether it’s corporate or individual or systemic, is one of the key first steps towards greater healing with each other.”

Transcript

Vanessa: Dennea, it’s so good to be with you. Thanks for joining us.

Dennea: Yeah. Great to be with you guys as well.

Todd: Hey, Dennea.

Dennea: Hey, great to be with you guys.

Vanessa: So great to be with you today. I’m going to jump right in here if that’s all right. Dennea, if you wouldn’t mind just sharing with us a little bit about the specific type of justice work that you’re involved in and a little bit of how you came to this work in the first place.

Dennea: Yes. So I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. My mom’s family immigrated from Honduras and my dad’s family is from the East Coast. And I think throughout my journey being raised in the church both with a Spanish speaking grandma who was part of this bilingual Pentecostal church and then going to very different contexts with my dad and my family. I noticed early on the ways in which immigrants, especially in Phoenix, were viewed, looked down upon, talked to, and talked about. And really early on I noticed that there’s a lot of disconnect between Christians who believe this gospel of grace and their ability to then love people different from them. And so a lot of the divisions we were witnessing this past year, I remember noticing in elementary school as a kid.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

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BIO

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and the BBC, among other outlets. Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Quotable

“I think you could really see Jesus and John Wayne as a book about spiritual formation or spiritual malformation. One of the fights that I’m taking on in Jesus and John Wayne is kind of an academic fight. Right up front I’m contesting what it is to be an evangelical and how we define evangelicalism.”

Transcript

Todd: Hey, Kristin. Great to have you today.

Kristin: Hi. It’s great to be here.

Vanessa: Kristin, we’re going to go ahead and jump right in. I would love for you to share a little bit with our listeners about your primary focus of research. When we talk about The Center for Formation, Justice and Peace, it might not come intuitively the links between the work that you do and justice and peace. We would love for you to talk about the implications that you’ve come across in issues of power and gender and patriarchy. And then maybe a little bit of your own story, how it led you to this kind of work.

Kristin: Sure, Sure. So I’ll start with my own story actually. And I grew up in a Christian home in the reformed tradition. I went to Christian schools, went to Christian college and I had always been deeply interested in history, and then I went off to graduate school to study the history that I thought mattered most. And in my tradition, it was quite clear that was religious and intellectual history. So I went off to the University of Notre Dame to study Religious and Intellectual History and my first semester there, I was introduced to the study of gender and history. A professor shared a book on the history of women, and gender, and race and power (laughs) and my mind was blown.

Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD.

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MICHELLE AMI REYES

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Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is the Vice President of the AACC and Co-Executive Director of Pax. She is the Scholar in Residence at Hope Community Church and author of Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures and Becoming All Things Study Guide and Conversation Cards. Michelle lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two amazing kids.

Quotable

“We have to learn to say to tell ourselves, ‘I am not the standard,’ and to actually challenge ourselves to ask, ‘How much cultural discomfort am I willing to bear? How uncomfortable can I be for the sake of the gospel?'”

Transcript

Vanessa: Well, Michelle, we would love to start with the type of justice work that you are engaged in and specifically the parts of your own story that maybe brought you to this work in the first place.

Michelle: Sure. Yeah. You know, in my byline I call myself an activist — anyone that I know who believes in activism believes in the practical outworkings of justice on the streets of their community. Every person that I’ve talked to has experienced injustice in some deep and personal way that it just lit a fire under their bones. And the same is true for myself. From a very early age, I experienced racial bullying both verbally and physically. I just knew at age five, age six, that this was not the way the world should be…