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Exploring the absurd in faith, culture, and society, seeking to navigate what it means to be a Christian.
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A listener called in recently wanting to share her stories of experiencing some of the negative parts of body shaming and modesty culture, but she didn't feel comfortable being on the podcast. Tony and Ryan do our best to retell her stories and provide our reactions along the way while protecting her anonymity. These stories help add weight and perspective to some of the very things we discussed the first time we dove into this topic for A98. We hope you enjoy this episode and are compelled to get rid of whatever harmful parts of this culture exist in your sphere of influence.Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org To support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
A113 Good Grief! (and Loss)

A113 Good Grief! (and Loss)

2019-11-1101:08:28

We can't believe we've gone this long without actually talking about this subject, but there's no time like the present. Tony and Ryan dive into grief and loss as Ryan returns from his grandfather's funeral. What is grief and how does it work? How can churches and individuals handle grief and loss in their communities better? These are the questions we try to answer, and more.Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org To support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
Remember our Relevant episode, 107? Well, we are back to tackle the next level of that conversation with Andre Henry, the former Managing Editor at Relevant Magazine who wrote the Medium article exposing the toxic culture at Relevant. Andre talks with Ryan about how traditionally white institutions can pragmatically take action to value people of color and their voices and what true antiracism really looks like in normal, everyday life.Resources:Equal Justice Initiative A Google Search for Books About Racism Andre's Website Hope & Hard Pills Podcast Andre's Twitter Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org To support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
Matthew Lucio, host of Adventist History Podcast and the upcoming Adventists are Weird podcast, sits down with Ryan to talk Annual Council and the practical steps Adventists from all walks of life can engage with the system in order to create the changes they want to see.Check out the Adventist History Podcast here!Find Matt on Twitter: @LordLucio7Music and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobile Email: ryan180becker@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcast www.theabsurdity.org
This week we have a two-parter! For part 1, Tony and Ryan recap Annual Council and give their reactions and analysis of the major conversations and votes that took place. We talk Gossip Juice, the abortion statement, the discipline votes, and more. Disclaimer: this is an Adventist-centric episode.Here are the links for this episode:For a brief overview of Annual Council votes: https://thescratchnews.com/briefs/2019/10/11/e0bso4ienygnjcg5qi1k1y7pgzffi0-3b5msHere are the tweets we reference:Gossip JuiceAbortion StatementQuestion on Statement becoming PolicyCompliance ActionDan Jackson Tweet #1Dan Jackson Tweet #2Administrator:Pastor Ratio ChartTo support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
We catch you up to speed on the Hong Kong protests, just how serious the situation there is, and how that compares to our experience as Americans regarding protests and rallies that happen around the country. When protesting seems optional to us, how should we respond to those for whom protesting is necessary? And don't worry, our SDA Annual Council reactions are coming next week!Links:About the Hong Kong ProtestsElderly Helping ProtestersTo support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
In this episode, we talk about Shane Gillis' recent hiring and immediate firing from SNL. Does a like or a retweet on Twitter pose an actual danger in the real world?Links:Shane GillisShane's Racist CommentsThe Case of the Harmless TorturerTo support the podcast financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.orgRYAN BECKEROCTOBER 14, 2019 
Aaron Mumu joins Ryan for a conversation on the more secretive realities of outreach schools like SOULS-West, sharing from his personal experience with a school similar to it, SOULS-Northwest. They discuss the good and bad that exists within the culture as well as how they think it could be made better. We also want to thank Sasha Mejia for being courageous in sharing her story and experience so transparently so that a bright light could be shown on such an important topic.Here is a link to Sasha Mejia' Witness Statement.Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org To support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
We jump into the recent viral news regarding the internal culture at RELEVANT Magazine and the toxic behavior and racist attitudes that have existed within it that were perpetuated by the founder and CEO, Cameron Strang. We discuss Former editors' Andre Henry and Rebecca Marie Jo's articles exposing the culture, the backlash that resulted, and how this entire situation impacts Absurdity. We get incredibly personal with you and we explore what RELEVANT's situation means for us going forward.We are also donating 25% of all proceeds given to Absurdity through October 31 to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. endsexualviolence.org and the Info Brochure.Episode Links:Andre Henry's Article Rebecca Marie Jo's Article Cameron Strang's Response Relevant's Response Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org To support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/Absurditypodcastwww.theabsurdity.org
A106 #OUMeToo

A106 #OUMeToo

2019-09-2301:05:59

Tony and Ryan address the recent sexual assault controversy at Oakwood University, address their own personal feelings about the topic, and also discuss their own failures and inappropriate behavior.We are also donating 25% of all proceeds given to Absurdity through October 31 to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. endsexualviolence.org and the Info Brochure.Episode Links:https://www.al.com/news/2019/09/students-alumni-share-stories-of-sexual-assault-at-oakwood-university-school-responds.htmlPastor Byrd's SermonPastor Byrd's StatementTitle IX InformationCheck out our sponsors for this episode:www.thehaystack.orgTo support financially: www.theabsurdity.org/donateMusic and editing by Kendall Foote. To contact him about your own production, you can email him at kfoote1221@gmail.comTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite:www.theabsurdity.org
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