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Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. His current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. Smith is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.In 2009, Smith received the Phillips School of Theology “Bishops Thomas Hoyt and Paul Stewart Institutional Ministry Award for Outstanding Service to the Ministry of Academics.” In 2010, he was the recipient of Emory University’s “2010 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award,” which is given “in recognition of the important role of classroom teaching in classroom teaching in collegiate and graduate education.”Luther’s books include “Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet”, “Intimacy and Mission: Intentional Community as Crucible for Radical Discipleship”, and “Pan-Methodist Social Witness Resource Book”.Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
AnneMarie Mingo works as an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. As a Social Ethicist her research and writing centers on the lived experiences of Black Churchwomen involved in Black Freedom Struggles including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, and Global Movement for Black Lives. She is the founder of the Cultivating Courageous Resisters Project which works collaboratively with intergenerational religious activists to help meet critical contemporary needs for social justice. She is also the founder and CEO of Sister Scholars, an organization for women of African descent who have or are pursuing doctorate degrees in various fields. Dr. Mingo seeks to join theory and praxis in the Academy, the Church, and broader society in ways that transforms lives and transforms the world.Twitter: @annemariemingoInstagram: @annemariemingoWeb:  https://courageousresisters.com & https://sisterscholars.org/Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Mirrors

Mirrors

2022-06-1035:03

Sandy Ovalle Martínez is a native of Mexico City. As a table setter, Sandy values curating spaces for people to join together at the intersection of healing, identity, and belonging. Currently, she serves as the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing for Sojourners in Washington, DC. where she leads the strategy behind SojoAction, the mobilizing arm for Sojourners. Before this, Sandy worked with immigrant and refugee communities, providing direct legal and resettlement services as well as mobilizing faith groups for advocacy around issues that impacted these communities. Sandy has also worked in campus ministry with college students in Texas and California.She holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.Instagram: @itovalleTwitter: @itsovalleMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Sarah Raquel Gautier is a 2nd-generation Latina who has devoted her life to building people up to live in wholeness with purpose. Sarah serves as the lead Pastor of Living Stones in East Boston, MA. She is also a CrossFit coach, attorney, and the author of Color Me Yellow - Finding Your Voice in the Tension Between God's Promises and their Fulfillment. Sarah co-created the Collab Convo Cards - a conversation starter deck to equip Latinx young people in discerning their identity, calling, and purpose. Sarah believes that through intentional conversation and mentorship, Latinx young people can live their greater stories.Instagram: @sarahrgautierPodcast: Alive LivingMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Reverend Matthew Wesley Williams is the 11th President of the Interdenominational Theological Center, a historically Black ecumenical graduate theological school in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Williams, an expert in the field of theological education, has built national programs and partnerships to advance opportunities for institutional change, faculty development, doctoral education, leadership formation, young adult vocational discernment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.Reverend Williams was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Forum for TheologicalExploration (known as FTE), a national leadership incubator. During the 15 years Rev. Williams was with FTE, he designed and led initiatives that built the capacity of academic institutions and faith-rooted organizations to inspire, form, and equip emerging leaders.This is the second of a two part Sound of the Genuine with Rev. Williams.Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Reverend Matthew Wesley Williams is the 11th President of the Interdenominational Theological Center, a historically Black ecumenical graduate theological school in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Williams, an expert in the field of theological education, has built national programs and partnerships to advance opportunities for institutional change, faculty development, doctoral education, leadership formation, young adult vocational discernment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.Reverend Williams was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Forum for TheologicalExploration (known as FTE), a national leadership incubator. During the 15 years Rev. Williams was with FTE, he designed and led initiatives that built the capacity of academic institutions and faith-rooted organizations to inspire, form, and equip emerging leaders.This is the first of a two part Sound of the Genuine with Rev. Williams.Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Christina Repoley serves as the Senior Director of Experience Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration. Her team works to make spaces for discernment, connection, resourcing and community building amongst various FTE constituencies including young adults, campus ministries, high school youth theology institutes, denominational organizations, intentional communities and faith-rooted volunteer service organizations. Prior to joining FTE, Christina founded the national organization Quaker Voluntary Service and served as its Executive Director for nearly a decade. She serves on the board of directors of Friends Fiduciary Corporation and on the National Advisory Council to the North Carolina Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. Christina holds an MDiv from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and a BA from Guilford College.Follow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Dreams and Hauntings

Dreams and Hauntings

2022-04-2959:02

James Howard Hill, Jr. is a scholar of religion and Black studies, photographer, and documentarian. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Oklahoma where his research and teaching examines 20th and 21st century US. Religious History (emphasis on Black Religious Experiences throughout the Americas) and the Politics of Black Popular Culture. In 2020, Hill, Jr. was awarded the Rubem Alves Award for Theopoetics in recognition for his contributions as an artist and scholar whose work reflects a commitment to the role of imagination, art, and embodiment in faith and reflection on religion. His scholarship has been recognized and supported by The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (Heidelberg, Germany), The Henry Luce Foundation (Sacred Writes), the Forum for Theological Exploration, and The Louisville Institute among others.Twitter: @james_hhilljrDr. Jorge Juan Rodríguez V is the son of Puerto Rican migrants who came to the United States a year before he was born. Jorge grew up with his parents, grandmother, and uncle in an affordable housing community in urban Connecticut. His story has propelled his academic journey, leading to degrees in biblical studies, social theory, liberation theology, and a Ph.D. in History from Union Theological Seminary.Dr. Rodríguez’ experience in higher education and academic work in religion and social movements has led him to write for multiple publications including Truthout, speak at organizations across the country including the National Head Start Association, and consult with multiple universities to improve policies and systems including Texas A&M University's Cantu Endowment.Dr. Rodríguez is the Associate Director for Strategic Programming at the Hispanic Summer Program.Instagram: @jjrodriguezvTwitter: @jjrodvMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Jon Ivan Gill is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College and Cross-Community Coordinator at the Center for Process Studies. He also co-owns Serious Cartoons Records and Tapes in San Bernardino, Ca. with Michael Adame. His 2019 hardcover monograph, Underground Rap as Religion: A Theopoetic Examination of a Process Aesthetic Religion, releases in paperback June 30, 2021 through Routledge. He edited a Claremont Colleges student volume on Afrofuturism and philosophy of religion entitled Toward Afro-diasporic and Afrofuturist Philosophies of Religion  which released in April 2022. Under the alias "Gilead7," Gill raps in the collectives Tomorrow Kings, Echoes of Oratory Muzik, and Crystal Radio.Instagram: @gilead7Twitter: @gilead7Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Erica Littlewolf is Northern Cheyenne from southeastern Montana. She is knowledgeable in restorative justice, critical race theory, Indigenous issues, and decolonization. Erica enjoys conceptualizing new, old Indigenous ways of doing things outside of white supremacy culture.Instagram:@reclaimingourstoriesMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Sandra Soto (she/her) is a teacher at heart and believes in the power of education to empower communities and transform society. She loves to build bridges, smash silos, and bring people together. Sandra also loves to learn; she has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and a master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the summer of 2020, she co-founded a nonprofit called Libraries for Liberation, which provides opportunities and resources for individuals and their communities to awaken to the reality of systemic racism and the myth of white supremacy. Sandra is currently living in an intentional community as part of Life Together, an Episcopal Service Corps program in Boston, Massachusetts. She is exploring education outside of a traditional K-12 setting this year as a Youth Development Program Coordinator through her site placement with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.Twitter: @smsoto7Instagram: @sandra.soto7Alisa De Los Santos (she/her) is a facilitator, connector, and educator focused on racial justice in multiple spaces, including the public education system and the Catholic Church. She believes in reflection, dialogue, and action as mechanisms to heal ourselves and our communities. Alisa had the privilege to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2020, she joined the newly-imagined non-profit Libraries for Liberation, which provides opportunities for people to awaken to the reality of systemic racism and the myth of white supremacy. Alisa is currently working with several public school districts, focusing on racial equity and power sharing in decision-making with families. She is also partnering with the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to develop strategies for addressing racism in institutions and systems.Instagram: @alisadelossantosWebsite: librariesforliberation.comInstagram: @librariesforliberationTwitter: @librariesforlibMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Rooted in Faith

Rooted in Faith

2022-03-2428:13

Erika Sanchez a skilled community development practitioner currently serving as College & Career Manager at KidWorks. Equipped with a bachelor's in Sociology and Biblical studies from Biola University and a Masters in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) from Azusa Pacific University, Erika spent three formative years in the Philippines living in slum communities and launching faith rooted programs that equip and empower urban poor youth to critically address issues of urban poverty, environmental justice, land rights, health, and education in their community. Experienced in the faith community, grass-root movements and community organizing. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Tagalog.Instagram: @Ms.ErikaSanchezYou can find Dr. Jonathan Calvillo's book The Saints of Santa Ana: Faith and Ethnicity in a Mexican Majority City  wherever books are sold. Music by @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia Lim
This is a special episode of the Sound of the Genuine where the co-founders of Do Good X, Stephen Lewis and Kimberly Daniel, share from their book, A Way Out of No Way, with Do Good X Fellow Dr. Kit Evans Ford. Dr. Evans-Ford talks to our hosts about building a business to do good in the world, Argrow’s House of Hope and Healing. Dr. Kit Evans-Ford is the founder of Argrow's House, a bath and body business that employs female survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. She is a trainer and activist working in the areas of nonviolence education and healing from abuse. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at St. Ambrose University. Dr. Kit is the author of 101 Testimonies of Hope: Life Stories to Encourage Your Faith In God and A Children's Book on Bishop Richard Allen: A Nonviolence Journey.Instagram: @ArgrowsHouseWebsite: www.argrowshouse.orgLearn more about Dr. Kit at https://www.kitevansford.com/Do you have an idea for a social good? Become a DO GOOD X Fellow like Dr. Evans-Ford. Apply to the accelerator. Music by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
This is a special episode of the Sound of the Genuine. Today we are going to look back at FTE’s signature event, the Christian Leadership Forum. FTE’s senior director of experience design, Christina Repoley, will be joining Dr. Reyes to talk about several speakers from the previous Forums: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Rev. Gail Song Bantum, and Dr. Bayo Akomolafe. These theologians, preachers, and teachers help the next generation of Christian leaders discern their next most faithful step. The episode previews what participants can expect at the upcoming Christian Leadership Forum to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1-4, 2022. Sign up for the Christian Leadership Forum at fteleaders.org/events. Remember to follow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Lightsey served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at the Boston University School of Theology.Dr. Lightsey brings a special mix of life experience and professional proficiency to the position. Following service in the US Army and work as a civil servant, she received her academic and theological training at Columbus State University (BS), Gammon Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological School (PhD). After ordination, she served first as a United Methodist congregational pastor and then as a theological school educator, scholar and administrator. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights.Her publications include the book, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock), "He Is Black and We are Queer" in Albert Cleage Jr and the Black Madonna and Child (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), “Reconciliation” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), and "If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press).Follow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Kimberly R. Daniel is senior director of communications at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). She also co-founded and directs DO GOOD X, an accelerator for diverse Christian social entrepreneurs and an innovation of FTE. Kimberly has over a decade of experience developing and leading communications strategies and efforts at non-profit organizations, is a certified life coach, and has helped to catalyze entrepreneurs to do good. She is driven to inspire people to align with their purpose and to make magic happen with their gifts. In 2021, Kimberly co-authored A Way Out of No Way: An Approach to Christian Innovation.Follow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Kim Jackson serves as Senator for Georgia State Senate District 41, representing portions of Dekalb and Gwinnett counties. Kim works every day to build a safer, fairer, and more prosperous Georgia, and bring the diverse voices of her district to the Capitol.An Episcopal priest from the rural South, Kim made Georgia home over a decade ago. After graduating from Furman University, Kim volunteered as an EMT and advocated for Criminal Justice Reform. Upon receiving her M.Div from Candler, Kim commenced her vocation as a priest. Over the past 10 years of ministry, she has served as a college chaplain, nationally renowned consultant and preacher, and parish priest. As Vicar of Church of the Common Ground, Kim co-creates Church with people experiencing homelessness in downtown Atlanta.She and her spouse live on a small urban farm with goats, ducks, honeybees, and chickens.Instagram: @KimforGeorgiaTwitter: @KimforGeorgiaMusic by: @siryalibeatsPortrait Illustration by: Olivia LimFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.Hear more stories and work with leaders like Rev. Jackson by signing up for one of our cohort experiences. 
A Way Out of No Way

A Way Out of No Way

2022-02-1158:30

Stephen Lewis is an organizational change strategist and facilitator, and a leadership development specialist, focused on helping leaders to discover their purpose, passion and calling in life.He is the President of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), a national leadership incubator that cultivates wise, faithful and courageous leaders who make a difference in the world through the church and academy. In 2017, he founded DO GOOD X, a start-up accelerator for diverse, faith-rooted entrepreneurs creating social good ventures. Stephen has earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Duke University.You can learn more about him and his work at www.leadanotherway.org, www.fteleaders.org and www.dogoodx.org.Buy A Way Out of No Way: An Approach to Christian Innovation today. Follow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes.
Betsy Lay is the co-founder and owner of Lady Justice Brewing in Aurora, CO. She began her career working in education-based non-profits, including serving two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she met Kate Power and Jen Cuesta. Together in 2014, the three friends founded the philanthropic Lady Justice Brewing Company. She holds a certificate from the Siebel Institute of Technology's Concise Course in Brewing Technology and also earned a Master in Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In her time off from the brewery, Betsy can be found with a good whiskey, a good book, and a good dog.Instagram: @LadyJusticeBrewingTwitter: @BetsyLayWebsite: ladyjusticebrewing.comFollow FTE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for alerts on new episodes. Ready to build your business like Lady J? Register for DO GOOD X's course Built for This. https://dogoodx.org/built-for-this
BONUS EPISODE!Dr. Erica M. Ramirez is Auburn’s Director of Applied Research. Before joining Auburn, she was the Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Thought and Heritage at Portland Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A rising star in the field of U.S. Latinx religion, and a scholar of Pentecostalism, she brings to the Auburn team a vital sociological imagination and a deep commitment to research and writing that troubles the waters and heals the world. Ramirez holds the Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion, having studied at Drew University under the late Otto Maduro, a leading sociologist of his generation. Her dissertation revisited the Azusa Street mission revival through the frame of the maternal divine, working with themes of revolution, disruption, and the carnivalesque. She holds the M.A. in the History of Christianity from Wheaton College and the B.A. in Counseling and Psychology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. With broad interests in religion, contemporary politics, and culture, Ramirez is particularly interested in “how radical religious traditions present as a challenge to and resource against social oppression.” She is a fifth-generation Texan, with deep roots in San Antonio. Ramirez enjoys music, hiking, and all things pop culture. With her husband Chris, she has three children: Judah, Julia, and Camilla.Music by: @siryalibeatsVector Portrait by: Rafli
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