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.
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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April 6, 2020

Episode 35: Faith Forum Panel – Building Human Solidarity Together

*A Production Note: The sound varies throughout the recording. Listeners may need to adjust their volume. In this episode, we talk with three powerful faith leaders about the stories, traditions, and practices that they turn to in tim …

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April 1, 2020

Episode 34: A response to COVID-19 – Faithful Organizing in Time of Global Crisis

This special episode breaks from our interview format. Listeners will hear directly from our host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews as he shares how the virus is impacting our movement kindred, how Faith in Action is called to res …

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November 13, 2019

Episode 33: Season 3 – Sarah Jawaid

We traveled to Los Angeles to meet with Sarah Jawaid, a veteran community organizer who currently serves as the Director of Special Projects with LA Voice – a member of Faith in Action. She is also a driving force behind the Muslim Power Building Project which …

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August 9, 2019

Episode 32: Season 3 – Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

Today – five years after the killing of Michael Brown Jr – we are re-releasing our conversation with the Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould of Missouri Faith Voices, an affiliate of Faith in Action.  She was one of the first pastors to issue a clarion …

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July 10, 2019

Episode 31: Season 3 – Reverend Traci Blackmon

Our guest is the Reverend Traci Blackmon. She is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO, which borders the city of Ferguson. …

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