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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12 June 2024

"I’ve been waiting for my church to ask something more of me."

Tune in to this podcast episode with Kristen Filipic, who was around almost from the start of BFJN! Kristen shares some memories of those early days and conversations that still resonate with her. As a Companion with the Society of Companions of the Holy Cross, she shares their history and mission, noting that the Boston chapter started around 1890! Kristen's values of: intercessory prayer, thanksgiving, social justice and simple living help to frame the conversation. Tune in today!

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31 May 2024

Learning and Re-learning: Christian Simplicity

Christianity has a rich history and learning, practice and leading around living simply. Why is this not a more prominent part of most of our church experience?

Tune in to this podcast episode with Regina Walton and host, Elizabeth Grady-Harper, as they discuss the barriers to living simply and the ways we can sustain lifestyle changes that align us more fully with Christian teachings on simplicity.

Book Recommendations & Other Resources:

  • Your Money or Your Life by Joseph R. Dominguez and Vicki Robin
  • Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre
  • The Day the World Stopped Shopping by J. B. MacKinnon
  • From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins
  • The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics by Ched Meyers
  • Becoming Minimalist
  • Faith & Money Network

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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 Mako 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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