Bart Campolo, Why I Left, February 23 – March 1

Tony Campolo has been a fixture in the evangelical Christian scene for decades. For the past 30 years his son, Bart has followed in his footsteps. Their brand of Christianity is evangelical (personal salvation through Jesus) but with an emphasis on social justice and care for least of these.

Just over two years ago, Bart decided to tell his parents that he no longer could believe in God. Out of this painful and liberating revelation is their story, the film, Far From the Tree, and the book,  Why I Left: Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son.

Bart is still in ministry. It isn’t Christianity, however. He is the University of Southern California’s first Humanist Chaplain.   He speaks with me about what happens in many families when religion divides.  Many families stop talking.  The Campolos keep the conversation going.

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Via podcast Sunday, February 26th.

John Teton, International Food Security Treaty, Feb. 9-22

In this episode we discuss a condition that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. It is a condition that is completely preventable. Hunger.

Why are so many people in the world…why is anyone in the world malnourished? What can we do about it? The answer according to today’s guest is simple. We can end hunger by the force of law.

John Teton is the director of the International Food Security Treaty.  The International Food Security Treaty or IFST aims to establish enforceable international law guaranteeing the right to be free from hunger, and to oblige countries to establish their own related national laws.

John Teton lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is a writer. He has written three science fiction novels. The novels are Upsurge, Appearing Live at the Final Test, and Elevation: The Cave Logs of New Hale, Tibet.

John’s work with the International Food Security Treaty is not science fiction. Instead, it is a shift to recognize in our consciences that hunger is a crime like slavery. It is a crime that like slavery can be ended by force of law.

John has written two articles about the International Food Security Treaty. In 2010 he published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, an article entitled “The Armless Hand: The Call for Anti-Hunger Law and the International Food Security Treaty.”

This was followed in 2016 by an article in the Harvard International Review, “On the Origin of a Hunger-Free Species By Means of Enforceable Natural Law.”

John Teton is a graduate from Harvard and studied film-making at NYU.  He released a short film in 2016 about the IFST called Thunderhead Clearing.

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A special 60 minute episode will air Friday, February 10th at 9 am on KBOO 90.7.

56 Minute Syndicated Version for Pacifica
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Via podcast Sunday, February 19th. (27 minute)
Via podcast Sunday, February 19th (52 minute)

Maggie Rowe, Sin Bravely, Feb 2-15

This is the funniest book about the fear of hell I have read.  Actress and comedian, Maggie Rowe, producer and performer of Comedy Central’s stage show sitnspin writes about her three month experience in an evangelical psychiatric institution.    Diagnosed with a form of OCD known as scrupulosity she couldn’t shake the fear that she might not avoid hell.

Maggie is not alone with this fear.  She took her heaven and hell religion more seriously than many.  Her book is Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience.  Because she writes with honesty and deadpan humor she has found a way to reframe her own experience of spiritual abuse and offer a path to others as well.

She has written for “Arrested Development” and “Flaked” for Netflix. She co-wrote the screenplay for and directed the New Age religious mockumentary “Bright Day” and is the creator of the theatrical satires “Hollywood Hellhouse” and “Hollywood Purity Ball.”

This is the third of my three-part series on Holy, Healing, Spiritually Disobedient, Creative, and Awakened Women, women authors changing religion for the better.

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Via podcast Sunday, February 12th.

The Dream Under Siege: A Panel Discussion on Racism, January 17

On Tuesday, January 17th two Portland activists, Jo Ann Hardesty and Ibrahim Mubarak, spoke to five Beaverton congregations about racism.  The presentation was entitled, “The Dream Under Siege:  A Community Forum On Racism.” It was held at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.

Five Beaverton congregations: Murray Hills Christian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Spirit of Grace, and Southminster Presbyterian hosted this event as an opportunity for suburban residents to interact with leading activists in Portland to talk about critical issues facing the Portland metro in regards to diversity, race, privilege, housing, policing, gentrification and economic justice.

The Honorable JoAnn Hardesty is president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP. She is a community organizer and activist who advocates for those on the downside of power. She campaigns for police accountability and racial and economic justice.   She hosts Voices from the Edge Thursday mornings at 8 on KBOO.

Ibrahim Mubarak is an advocate for the rights of unhoused people, and has been involved in the houseless community, in Portland, Oregon for over 15 years. Ibrahim is a co-founder of Dignity Village (2000), Right to Survive (2009), and Right 2 Dream Too (2011).

This is the audio of that presentation (edited for time).   The event received newspaper coverage from the Beaverton Valley Times.

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Carol Howard Merritt, Healing Spiritual Wounds, January 26 – February 8

Carol Howard Merritt is an author, speaker, and minister who grew up in a white evangelical church and with an unpredictable and sometimes violent father.  These experiences shaped her view of a punitive, judgmental God.  She writes from personal experience and as professional minister about spiritual wounds inflicted by the church and how people can heal from them in her latest book.

In Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church, she discusses her experience and that of others who have been spiritually abused by authoritarianism, patriarchy, and negative self-image propagated by a fundamentalist religion. She devotes each chapter to specific wounds with exercises as to how healing can happen.

She has written several books on the church with a special focus on the needs of younger generations.  She was previously on Progressive Spirit when we discussed Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation.

Carol hosts God Complex Radio and is a regular contributor to the Christian Century, the Huffington Post and she blogs at Tribal Church.   Carol and I are both Presbyterian Church (USA) ministers and it is a pleasure to introduce her compassionate and honest work to my listeners.

This is the second in my series of interviews with holy, healing, spiritually disobedient, creative, and awakened women.

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Via podcast Sunday, February 5th.

Holy, Healing, Spiritually Disobedient, Creative, and Awakened Women

I am hosting a three-part series that includes interviews with three women authors who are helping to reshape religion for the better.   Two are clergywomen and one is an actress.  Two have come out of situations of spiritual abuse and tell their stories.   Another found a way to tell the stories of unheard women in our spiritual traditions.

Angela Yarber is the creator of the Holy Women Icons Project and the author of Holy Women Icons and its accompanying Holy Women Icons Contemplative Coloring Book.     She is a clergyperson with a Ph. D. in religion and uses her art to present the voices of women who have not been celebrated or in some cases even heard in our spiritual traditions.

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Carol Howard Merritt is also a clergyperson who has written several books on the church with a special focus on the needs of younger generations.  She writes from personal experience and from her professional career about spiritual wounds inflicted by the church and how people can heal from them in her book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting With a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church.

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Maggie Rowe is an actress and writer.  For the past 15 years she has produced and performed in the Comedy Central stage show sitnspin.   Her background of spiritual abuse was so acute that she spent three months in an evangelical psychiatric hospital because of her obsession with the uncertainty over the fate of her soul.  She writes about it all in  Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience .  It is the funniest book about the fear of hell you will ever read.

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Angela Yarber, Holy Women Icons, Jan 19-Feb 1

Not many congregations have two out lesbians as a clergy team.   They do that kind of thing in North Carolina.    Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber is a trailblazer.  She is author of several books that address the intersections among religion, the arts, gender and sexuality. She holds a Ph.D. in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. Yarber has been a clergywoman and professional artist since 1999.   Her books include:

We spend most of our time talking about The Holy Women Icons Project.  According to her website, this project…

seeks to empower women by telling the stories of revolutionary holy women through art, writing, and special events.

Holy Women Icons art gives traditional iconography a folk-feminist twist. Books focus on the intersections among gender/sexuality, religion/spirituality, and the arts.

You will enjoy this conversation with this creative and thoughtful justice seeker.

This is part one of a three-part series on holy, healing, spiritually disobedient, creative, and awakened women.

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Via podcast Sunday, January 29th.