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Author: Mariah Martin

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What if the scandalous is spiritual, deviant is divine, and bad is beautiful? Welcome to Called to be Bad, a podcast where guests reveal a "bad" topic they are passionate about.
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"While I was processing my gender, my biggest fear was that I would come out as trans and then be like, 'oh wait, actually no...'"In this episode of Called to be Bad Podcast I talk with Jenna Reyanne Martin (she, her) a trans woman who is active in her Mennonite Church (the same church where I am pastor). We get to hear her story of understanding her gender and coming out as trans. We dig into how "trans-ness" disrupts social scripts and colonial society. Jenna gives advice to churches ...
"Sadly some of my colleagues thought I was evil, the administration thought I was evil, a small percentage of my students thought I was evil...." In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk with Scott Okamoto who is a writer, musician, and podcaster. Scott writes about his experiences as a Japanese American who leaves religion while teaching English at a conservative evangelical university in his book, Asian American Apostate.This episode is hilarious–well Scott is hilarious, and we get to hea...
"White people act as if racism doesn't hurt them, but it does." In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk with Darryl Heller and Ben Bouwman about reparations. Darryl is professor of women and gender studies at Indiana University South Bend and is the director of the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. Ben pastors at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. Darryl and Ben provide definitions for reparations and Darryl talks about how reparations is a process, not a one-time-even...
"So my sexuality was like, 'here's how you're supposed to be: you're supposed to be heterosexual, you're supposed to be submissive, you're supposed to be excited any time he is excited. You're not really allowed to say no, or if you say no...say yes next time.'" In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk with Jo Lloyd Johnson, a woman who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian commune in California. She shares her story of how her understanding of sex changed from one of shame to one of h...
"And the fact that 80 or 85% of the mineral needed to power the green economy, needed to build our electric cars, our solar panels, etc., are located on or near Indigenous lands..." In this episode of CTBB I talk with Sarah Augustine and Sheri Hostetler about what it would look like to participate in "holistic decolonization" work. Can we re-imagine how we relate to one another and creation outside the frameworks of capitalism, white supremacy, and "extractive practices". How would it change ...
“I could spend hours and days looking for a particular book, and not infrequently I discover I have more than one copy, I’ve discovered not only doubles, but triples, and in the worst case four copies of the same book on my shelf.”In this episode of CTBB I talk with professor, polyglot, and book/word-lover, Paul Keim. We hear Paul’s opinions on the name of the podcast, stories of how he fell in love with language and books, why he loves memes, why reading/collecting books is elitist, and how ...
In this episode I talk with chaplain and author Joon Park about his journey into chaplaincy, how he maintains a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence when faced with all types of people and all types of suffering, and how he carries the stories of his patients with him as a way to honor them. Resources: J.S. Park's Blog: https://jsparkblog.com/An article by CNN on his work: https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/18/health/hospital-chaplain-lessons-wellness-cec/index.htmlJ.S. Park's Facebook:...
In this episode of Called to be Bad, scholar Jessie Knippel takes us through the history of colonial witch trials, why certain people groups were targeted as “witches", and the role Christianity played in these hunts. Then we move to the modern day and how cycles of religious, political, and economic control continue to police women and other marginalized peoples. *Also I apologize for the mis-matched and bad audio--I couldn't figure out how to fix it.*Jessie’s Full Bio: Jessi...
"I feel like black women have been, and always will be, the closest approximation of Jesus Christ's salvific work, in our lives." Shantell Hinton Hill is an engineer, pastor, and poet that centers her justice work around Black Feminism(s) and Womanism. She tells stories of finding her voice and the way black women in her life have uplifted, empowered, and resurrected her. Now it is her goal to live out this empowering work and way of life. Shantell connects this work with the women of th...
“In a sense, partisan politics, uncompromising politics are seen as, ‘Well that’s the real problem,’ and I think that moderate politics often does take a side, I just don’t think it has the courage to say it.”In this episode of Called to be Bad–Jonny Rashid, pastor, and author of the book, “Jesus Takes A Side: Embracing the Political Demands of the Gospel,” shares his experience of living as an Arab-American during political upheaval in the United States, and his realization that politics are...
“Transitioning gave me back my body, which is what I expected, right, I expected to have this new relationship with my body and that will be great. What I didn’t also expect, was that transitioning gave me back my faith.” In this episode of CTBB I talk with ordained priest, playwright/screenwriter, and theologian Shannon TL Kearns about body theology through a trans lens. Shannon is a transgender man who believes in the transformative power of stories. We begin by hearing Shannon’s stor...
Help pray and fight for Oak Flat--resources below: Donate:https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=jLHKYeKU88QrB0G_Sf2m36ZvsJY9rbGLStNtoXQv1LwUhMqBSunn9JZP_bR2KpVBh-Zs9BGFuPWXiWUxOr if you want to support the coalition, that is always welcome. Various ways to donate are described on their website: dismantlediscovery.org/donateVideos to learn more about Oak Flat and Apache Stronghold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OeHDgL6tlM&ab_channel=TheGuardian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z...
Wondering where the podcast has been? Check out this mini-episode where I catch you all up on life and ALL the exciting episodes and guests to come in Season 3!!!Link to sign up on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/calledtobebad/membership(The tiers are Basic Baddie, Boss Baddie, and Boujee Baddie 😂)Email me to inquire about sponsorship: calledtobebad@gmail.com The kind of tumors my mom has: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor or IMT with an ALK Marker (a rare sarcoma)Support the Show.Foll...
"In 2020, with all the civil unrest, we reached a tipping point of there being more guns than people." In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk all things guns with Mennonite pastor, adrenaline junkie, and "aspiring pacifist" Matthew Yoder. We discuss how the stories we tell ourselves about power, privilege, and politics all affect gun sales. This is a lengthy episode that is only part one of a two-part series. In part two, we dive deeper into the gun problem in America. Ho...
"Part of the gun problem in America--the proliferation of guns--has as much to do with policy making approches by Democratic officials as it does pro-gun Republicans..."In part two of this two-part series on guns, I talk with Matt Yoder further about gun ownership and the spiritual issues behind the gun problem in America. We talk about "protecting" vs. "connecting" and SO MUCH MORE. Enjoy this long, chatty, Resources: "Unlocking Us" episode: Brene Brown with Beto O'Rourke on guns ...
Hey baddies, we are back! After a bit of a break, we are diving in the deep end with an episode on Liberation Theology, Jesus as a protester, Marxism, and more! It was a delight to have Damon Garcia on to talk about his book, "The God Who Riots: Taking Back the Radical Jesus." Enjoy!Resources:Books: Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo GutίerrezCapitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark FisherThe War of Gods: Religion and Politics in ...
In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk with pastor Melissa Spolar about being part of a "bad church" a.k.a. breaking down what traditional church looks like. Do we need a sermon? Do we need lots of children's programming? Let's re-imagine church together. Resources: Books mentioned: Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianityhttps://www.thriftbooks.com/w/reconsiderando-el-odre_frank-viola/297673/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=us_ds...
"I just found it so fascinating that the campaigns that were put out saying that porn is a public health issue were not public health people...they were put out by religious organizations."In this episode of Called to be Bad I talk with sex educator Erica Smith about the ways religion has influenced the public's opinion on porn. How does purity culture affect the way we view porn? Is a "porn addiction" a helpful term? Is there a way we can hold nuance and include sex workers in our discussion...
"Like the idea of god, and who, and what, and where, and when god might be is actually plastic, it actually takes different forms."In this episode of the Called to be Bad Podcast I talk with author and radical theologian Maria Francesca French about what it means for your faith if you no longer believe in the "god" of traditional Christianity, yet you can't quite call yourself Atheist. We use her books, Safer than the Known Way: A Post Christian Journey and Reconfigure: A Collection of ...
"In some ways it is just a reminder that Western Christians don't have a copywrite on Christianity, a copywrite on Jesus, a copywrite on the Bible..." In this episode I talk with theologian, author, professor, and podcaster, Drew G. I. Hart, PhD about the ways white supremacy has shaped, formed, and corrupted Christianity. We touch on the particular ways Anabaptist Mennonites interact with white supremacy and discuss how Hart's, "Jesus shaped imagination", can help counter the negative effect...
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