Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Welcome to the Prophetic Resistance podcast hosted by Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews. Grounded in our diverse faith traditions, we are exploring what it means to embody love in the face of fear, to show up like hope in seasons of despair, to stand ready to be light in the darkness and water in a parched land. In each episode, we are learning from the stories, traditions, and wisdom of our beloved community of freedom-fighters, justice-seekers, and faith leaders. And together, we are investigating how – in this moment – leaders of faith and moral courage can cultivate prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.
November 4, 2020

Episode 45: Rev. Margaret Ernst

In this post-election episode, we talk with Margaret Ernst, program manager for Faith Matters Network. When we planned this interview, we knew we would talk about post-election resilience and what it means to be a whit …

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October 23, 2020

Episode 44: What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness”

This special episode is themed “ What My Mama Taught Me: Black Women, Voting Power and Prophetic Witness” and features Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould and Bishop Dwayne Royster. In this election cycle, with so much at …

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September 30, 2020

Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates

Our guest is Minister JaNaé Bates. A womanist theologian and Fulbright scholar. She is a journalist-and-organizer-turned-minister, specializing in the integration of grassroots faith-based organizing and narrative strategy.  She is also the director of communications …

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August 26, 2020

Episode 42: Brittany White

Brittany White is a brilliant organizer and strategist for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE program. Brittany- who is herself a formerly incarcerated person –  leads the decarceration campaign, where she uses her voice and experiences to activate imaginations and cultiv …

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July 31, 2020

Episode 41: Rev. Ben McBride

In this episode, Rev. Ben McBride talks about defunding the police and outlines the vision of the HEAT, a program and strategy of PICO California, the statewide network of Faith in Action affiliate organizations.  Ben helps us see how the reconstruction of public safety …

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June 17, 2020

Episode 40: See No Stranger with Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur returns to the Prophetic Resistance podcast to talk about her new book See No Stranger, which dropped June 16.  This extended conversation covers storytelling as an act of survival, how anti-Black racism contributes to racism against Asian A …

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June 6, 2020

Episode 39: Rev. Alvin Herring

In this extended episode, we sit down with Rev. Alvin Herring, who is the executive director of Faith in Action. This conversation was recorded just days after the police-killing of George Floyd, just as our beloved kinfolk were beginning to organize uprisings across the …

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May 21, 2020

Episode 38: Calling on the ancestors with Phyllis Hill and Deth Im

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted our lives, amplified the disparities in our communities, and pushed folks who were already on the margins, closer to the edge. This crisis may have shifted how we organize, but it didn’t ch …

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May 7, 2020

Episode 37: Faith Forum Panel – Faith Organizing In An Election Year

Catalina Morales Bahena, Nicole Barnes and Koach Baruch Frazier are theologians in training and innovative community organizers of color, who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve. At the 2020 Faith Forum in February, they s …

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April 16, 2020

Episode 36: Rev. Billy Michael Honor

Rev. Billy Michael Honor is the director of faith organizing for Faith in Action’s partner in the state of Georgia, the New Georgia Project. In this episode, we spoke with Rev. Honor at his office in Atlanta. We recorded in March 2020, before the global call to …

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