Let's Talk: Faith & Justice

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Podcast by Elizabeth Grady-Harper & Ivy Long

Let's Talk: Faith & Justice

This platform is hosted by the Boston Faith & Justice Network with the intention to educate, resource and catalyze Christians to pursue justice, uplifting voices of our brothers and sisters to inspire and support living generously.

Latest episodes

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23 May 2024

Restoration vs. Retribution: A Conversation with Our Friend Mako

Tune in to this episode with our longtime friend Nagasawa, our first return guest and one of the authors of our Lazarus at the Gate curriculum. Mako shares one of the major themes of his life - Christian restorative justice; while also exploring the true reasoning of Jesus’ death by reflecting upon Romans 6:1-13. Additionally, Mako about his faith and Christian worldview given the impact of his culture and personality type. Restorative justice he says is not only relevant to the criminal justice system, but also to ecology and the environment, economic and financial relationships. Stick around to the end to hear ways our community can engage with all Mako is doing, resources and offerings provided by Anastasis Center from the theology of Black Panther to the Reconstruction of Christian Theology. Their website is also a great place to stay up to date with new happenings, donate to continue the work, and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.

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01 May 2024

Being Encouraged in Community: A Conversation with Our Friend Estela

Tune in to this episode for a casual conversation with Estela, a dear friend and participant of BFJN programming. Estela shares about her faith journey and experiences coming to the United States as a young child, and how her faith has grown in the Church. Engaging with Micah programs and BFJN Book Clubs over the years is also a highlight of this episode! Listen in today. 

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17 April 2024

Humans Should Have What They Need

Tune into this podcast episode with special guest, Ari Barbanell, Executive Director of Circle of Hope - an organization that provides basic neccessities to those experiencing/or in danger of experiencing homelessness in the Metrowest and Greater Boston area. Ari is the co-founder of Winter Walk and was there until last year (2016-2023). In this episode, she talks about the connection with the work she has done previously in theater and how both of these fields allow her to gather people together to care about a specific something. Stay tuned in to the end, to hear all the opportunities in which you can share in the work of Circle of Hope.

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03 April 2024

The Intersectionality of Healthcare and Poverty

Poverty can have indirect implications for health. Race-based economic disadvantages can influence other social determinants as the intersection with poverty can further limit housing, educational, and employment opportunities, and these have also been linked to worse health outcomes (National Institutes of Health).

Brenda Tsuchiya is the Medical Director of Primary Care at Family Health Center in Worcester. In this podcast episode Brenda shares about her journey to her current position, the challenges the patients at the health center serves and how poverty makes it all harder. In this time we learned more about why community health centers are so important, the vital role they play in vulnerable communities, and the brokenness of the healthcare system here in the United States. We hope that you too will learn more on the intersectionalities of healthcare and poverty by tuning in to this episode today!

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22 March 2024

An Interview with Jenn Peterson of International Justice Mission (IJM)

"Violence is an everyday threat to people in poverty."

Jenn Petersen serves as Director of Church Mobilization in the Northeast for International Justice Mission (IJM), coming alongside churches as they seek to partner with God’s heart for biblical justice and join Him in the renewal of all things. Jenn has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, serving in the areas of preaching and teaching, worship, missions, children’s ministry, and church planting.  This podcast episode is a call to Christians to answer the call to serve. Tune in today to hear encouraging stories from Jenn of what IJM is doing and ways you can connect with their work. 

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06 March 2024

A Conversation with the Author, Kevin Nye of "Grace Can Lead Us Home"

A home is more than just 4 walls and a roof. 

Tune into this special podcast episode with Kevin Nye, author of "Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian Call to End Homelessness". We learned so much by reading this book with our BFJN community last year and are so thankful to share this conversation with Kevin far and wide. We, as a culture, sometimes want to see homelessness as a personal failure ignoring the need to acknowledge the systems that are at work. In this conversation we discuss what "housing first" means and why it works, as well as the importance of trauma informed care, the ongoing realities of the impact of racism on housing and what it means to lead with generosity.

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