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The Open Table KC
50 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
What if utopia isn't about a place of absolute perfection but is about what queer theorist Jose Munoz calls "an insistence on something else, something better, something dawning"? Listen as Rev. Tyler Heston leads a discussion exploring how queer thinkers and theologians say we can can insist on and practice "utopia" in our day-to-day lives in a way and how liberation theology is about more about orthopraxy (right practice) than it is orthodoxy (right belief).
53 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
HOW INSTITUTIONS KILL US
The media often focuses on individual acts of violence, but seldom focus on the institutions that cause the vast majority of violence in our society. We recently welcomed Trinidad Raj Molina, board member of AIRR, and Samantha M. for a discussion about the liberation theology principle of calling out and addressing institutional violence.
57 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
PUTTING AMERICA’S HOUSE IN ORDER
Both religious and political structures are quick to blame the poor for their poverty, but the systems that produce poverty are seldom held accountable for wreaking havoc on millions. Listen in as Deth Im facilitates a discussion on structural sin, one of the core tenets of liberation theology.
40 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Across the Americas in the 20th century, priests and theologians looked at Scripture through the eyes of the oppressed, and they rediscovered a gospel of liberation throughout the pages. Listen as Rev Letiah Fraser and Nick Pickrell lead a conversation about the tenets of liberation theology.
16 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
HEALING AND LIBERATION
Healing and liberation are what social movements have been fighting for both in the past and the present. Listen in as we welcome Rev Dr Delesslyn Kennebrew, JD MDiv for a conversation about the intersection of healing, liberation, and spiritual communities.
63 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Disabled people come from a rich history of people who have had to be innovators, language curators and activists in an ableist world that pushes us to the margins. Disability theology is also part of our story. Join us on an accessible journey through our history and explore how hope for a more inclusive and accessible world can be realized in the present as we become acquainted with The God who became Disabled. Listen in as Rev. Hank Jenkins, Co-chair of the Association of Ministers with Disabilities shared with us on June 27th.
58 minutes | May 23, 2021
IF YOU SQUINT, YOU CAN SEE IT
What does authentic hope look like in the midst of all the angst and fear that marks our current social dynamics? Is hope even a possibility now? What's the responsibility of people of faith and moral courage? Perhaps the prophet Ezekiel offers a perspective. Listen in from our conversation on May 23rd as Rev. Deth Im shares in conversation with us- If you squint, you can see it.
60 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
TURNING STRANGERS INTO NEIGHBORS
Is it possible to make a stranger into a neighbor? The journey toward kinship with someone who looks, thinks, votes, believes differently than you begins with the mutual sharing of our stories, and interacting and working together in community — putting our faith in action. Listen now to our conversation from 4/25 as we continue our series Hope Here and Now with Rev. David Fraccaro, Executive Director of FaithAction International House, and Chi Nguyen, a member of the Leadership Team at The Open Table and Board Member from FaithAction International House.
45 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
DEATH, LIFE, RESURRECTION: HERE AND NOW
We began the Lenten season grounding ourselves in the reality that we are dust and are a part of the ecosystem of mother earth to which we will return. Listen in as we reflect on Palm Sunday through to Easter. The events from this sacred week remind us that political theatre and uprisings, caring for the earth as a project of survival, and planting seeds that will sustain the movement for justice began with Jesus, was carried forward by our ancestors, and will be carried forward by us until our ancestors' dreams of a resurrection city comes to life on earth.
60 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
A RITUAL FOR BREAKING OPEN
As winter recedes, we explore the life and work of Assata Shakur and Fannie Lou Hamer as saints guiding us toward a new world. Listen as we welcome Kimmothy Cole as they facilitate an embodied ritual experience for leaving behind the season of waiting and moving into the rooting and opening of spring.
30 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
AN UNLIKELY SAINT
God uses all of the material of our lives for the healing of the world. Listen as we welcome Rev. Dionne Boyice (she/her/hers) who will explore the life of an unlikely saint, St. Julian the Hospitaller.
55 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
Won't you be my neighbor? And listen in as Rev. Letiah Fraser explores the life and wisdom of Rev. Fred Rogers. The life and work of Mr. Rogers invites us to wrestle with life’s essential questions through song, learn how to embrace our days with intention, approach learning with curiosity, embrace the hard realities of life with imagination and play, practice positive regard for self and others and develop a habit of gratitude.
66 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
A SAINT FOR ANOTHER CHRISTIANITY
What are the boundaries for “true” Christianity? Jane Schaberg was a feminist Biblical scholar who was willing to challenge Christian orthodoxy, and her study of Mary Magdalene led her to something she called “Magdalene Christianity,” a liberating alternative to the patriarchal tradition that has prevailed throughout the history of Christianity. Listen as Rev. Tyler Heston shares how Jane Schaberg is a saint to him and how her legacy can inspire us to conjure up new ideas of what Christianity might be.
36 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
SAINTS AS FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Many saints are known by their interior spiritual practices, but often times the radical work they’ve done in the world gets whitewashed. Listen as we welcome Rev. Jeya So, co-pastor of Anchor City Church, a third culture church in San Diego, CA. She discusses the life and witness of Saint Yu Gwansun, a Korean freedom fighter and martyr from the Japanese Occupation of Korea, and invites us to reflect on how her story of fighting against colonialism and oppression can inform our own stories of moving towards God's love and justice.
41 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
A COMMUNAL CHRISTMAS
The Advent season is the time when the whole community anticipates when justice and peace finally reign on earth. Listen to this interactive Christmas Eve service where we look at the communal implications of hope, peace, love, and joy. This gathering is co-facilitated by Rev. Letiah Fraser, Madi Parker, and Nick Pickrell.
57 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
MY RUBY SAINTS
What does ancestral lineage have to teach us about Sainthood? How might those of our own family line model the life of Jesus for us? Our Saint Series continues as we explore ancestral and family ties as a model of modern day saints in service and in love. Listen as Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div shares with us her own familial saints-- her paternal and maternal grandmother, Saint Theresa and Saint Mary.
90 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SHUG
What do the lives of various modern and ancient saints teach us about how to respond to the injustices we face today? How can their lives, and the life of Jesus, impact the ways we do hospitality and justice work in our current context? Join us on 11/22 from 6-7:30 online as Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen shares with us the life and work of author and activist Alice Walker, particularly looking at her text, The Gospel According to Shug.
70 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Our society is constructed around the white supremacy characteristics of power hoarding and paternalism. This causes many to believe the myth of scarcity. Remember the rush for toilet paper and hand sanitizer? This causes those with influence and positions to hoard power and resources. These false narratives foster white saviorism and creates an atmosphere where power dynamics can remain unchecked and unchanged. Listen in as Victoria Litardo and Jeremy Ruzich facilitate a discussion about sharing power and creating practices that help debunk the myths of scarcity and control.
48 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
THE WRITTEN WORD
In our next to last gathering in our Antiracist Spirituality series, we will explore The Written Word and how white supremacy culture upholds the written standard of certain languages and credentials in our society. How can poetry and other verbal art forms take us out of our expectations and bring us an embodied way of connecting and communicating? How might we analyze our standards of being and expectation in the world to allow for more nuance and fluidity, honoring of more cultures? Listen in as poets Nika Renee and Madison Mae Parker share their own journey.
62 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
THE CULT OF PERFECTION
White Supremacy culture has an unattainable, always moving target in which to measure perfection. It has infused every structure of society from the family unit to the corporation. The clothing, make-up, health food industry bank on our desire for perfection. The trauma and shame this endless quest produces does harm to our bodies, minds and souls. Practices that cultivate radical self-acceptance, build resilience, healing and self-compassion help us challenge this toxic value of white supremacy culture. Listen to the conversation with Garrett Brown and Abhishek Dutt.
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