Our guest for this episode is the Rev. Dr. Andre Johnson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Memphis, Lecturer at Memphis Theological Seminary, Senior Pastor of Gifts of Life Ministries, and the founder and managing editor of the Rhetoric, Race, and Religion Blog. Join us as we discuss the intersection of theology and race, focusing on the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the work he and others are doing here in Memphis with Take Em Down 901.
On this special episode of Theology Live, incoming host Meredith Day takes an opportunity to turn interviewer into interviewee. Listen as the Rev. Broderick Greer speaks to us about his religious upbringing, his movement towards the priesthood, and the stories that shape and sustain his spiritual quest.
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".
On this special edition of Theology Live, Father Broderick invites listeners to enter the mystery and glory of the Triduum, beginning with Maundy Thursday. In that liturgy, worshipers wash each others' feet and recall Jesus' final meal with his friends. In it, he models for the world how God's countercultural reign draws us toward self-donation, not domination. Join us tomorrow for a reflection on Good Friday and Saturday for a meditation on the Great Vigil of Easter.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was martyred in Memphis on April 4, 1968, while in town to support the contentious sanitation workers' strike. Throughout the strike, Clayborn Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church served as a nerve center for demonstrators and other activists. On February 8, 2017, Theology Live was held at Clayborn Temple. That evening, Mrs. Ephie Johnson graced the gathering with her rendition of "May the Work I've Done", a standard song of the Black Church. The TL saw fit to share Ephie's rendition with our listening audience as a tribute to Dr. King's legacy on the 49th anniversary of his martyrdom and as a reminder that our work toward inhabiting God's just future begins now.
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.