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.
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.
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.
[update: on December 20, 2017 the Confederate statues discussed in this episode were removed from two parks in Memphis.] Join us as we talk to Tami Sawyer about 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.
Our guest for this episode is the Rev. Virzola Law, Senior Pastor of Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In this, Rev. Law's second appearance on the podcast, Meredith interviews her on the legacy of beloved community, a concept espoused by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which amplifies the work of non-violence and reconciliation during the Civil Rights era, with a vision toward a more peaceable future.
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".