End Slavery Tennessee

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End Slavery Tennessee’s (ESTN) mission is to promote healing of survivors and strategically combat human trafficking in Tennessee. ESTN began as a grassroots nonprofit but was quickly elevated to a state expert on local human trafficking and survivor aftercare.

ESTN provides specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addresses the problem through advocacy, prevention and training of front-line professionals.

Opening in 2022, ESTN is creating a Survivor Restoration Campus that will offer a 2-year Residential Program that begins and ends with safe and stable housing; an oasis where survivors will build community for healing, housing and hope. Research and experience indicate that survivors require two years of stabilization, resources and care to truly address their trafficking-related trauma.

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“I encourage people, especially in churches, to consider that we are all affected by [human trafficking] and all of us are culpable.”

Curtis Zackery

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Curtis Zackery (CZ) joins PEACE TALKS to discuss what it means to truly rest, how Jesus embodied rest, and how the need for rest is deeply embedded in our human DNA.

In this interview, he reveals how our misaligned view of rest has its roots in an identity that is out of rhythm with God, and how practicing Sabbath guides us toward a purposeful and sustainable life with Jesus.

CZ is a pastor and author of Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath. CZ also helms an organization called Find Rest that seeks to help spiritually depleted Christian leaders find rest.

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“The rhythm of Sabbath has been built into the creation of all things from the very beginning.”

Soong-Chan Rah

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Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of The Next Evangelicalism (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors (Moody, 2010); Prophetic Lament (IVP Books, 2015); co-author of Forgive Us (Zondervan, 2014); Return to Justice (Brazos, 2016); and Unsettling Truths (IVP Books, 2019).

Soong-Chan received his B.A. from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University.

Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He has previously served on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association.

He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching as well as on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan has been a main stage speaker at the Urbana Student Missions Conference, the Congress on Urban Ministry, the Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, the CCDA National Conference, the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary National Preaching Conference, the Fuller Missiology Conference, the Justice Conference, and Verge, Catalyst, and Calvin Worship Conferences.

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“Who are the overlooked theologians who might be poor or marginalized or who might not have formal theological education or any education at all? And what sort of wisdom can we learn from them? I’m always seeking wisdom that I have never heard or wrestled with or learned one of my neighbors.”

Kat Armas

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Kat Armas is a Cuban American writer and podcaster from Miami, FL. She holds a dual MDiv and MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary where she was awarded the Frederick Buechner Award for Excellence in Writing, and is currently pursuing a ThM at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Her first book, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, Persistence and Strength, sits at the intersection of women, decolonialism, the Bible, and Cuban identity. She also explores these topics and more on her podcast, The Protagonistas, which centers the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other women of color in theological spaces.

Kat is currently living in Nashville with her spouse and new baby while working on her second book, Sacred Belonging: A 40-day Devotional on the Liberating Heart of Scripture.

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“Who are the overlooked theologians who might be poor or marginalized or who might not have formal theological education or any education at all? And what sort of wisdom can we learn from them? I’m always seeking wisdom that I have never heard or wrestled with or learned one of my neighbors.”

Russell Moore

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Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.

Russell was President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2013 to 2021. Prior to that role, Moore served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics.

Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your SoulOnward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

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“You have things that are being done that on their own terms are unspeakably horrific, and then made even worse because what’s usually happening is someone is hiding behind the authority of Jesus Christ, communicating that this is who Jesus is to the person that they are preying upon, or even using Christian doctrines that are precious and twisting them into something horrific.”

Anthony Hendricks

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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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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 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 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.

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“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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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.”

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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.