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Guest for this episode:

Amb. Sam Brownback - Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of State:

2019 Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Articles & Background Information:

Your Right to Religious Freedom - ACLU

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - United Nations

Survivors of Massacres Speak Out Against Bigotry - The Washington Post

Becoming Rabbi Myers - Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle 

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack Like Never Before | Opinion - Newsweek

Rohingya refugee crisis: Facts, FAQs, and how to help - World Vision

Pakistan's “Dirty Job” Workers at High Risk of Covid-19 - Vatican News

The Chinese Communist Party - Council on Foreign Relations

Coronavirus Brings Crackdown on House Churches in China - Catholic News Agency

Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor - The New York Times

End Uyghur Forced Labour in China Now - End Uyghur Forced Labour

Far From the Crumbling Caliphate but Haunted by ISIS - The Washington Post

Guest for this episode: 

J. Nicole Morgan - Author, speaker, activist. Morgan is “passionate about body-acceptance & living out the Kingdom of God.”

Fat and Faithful: Learning to Love Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves - Book by J. Nicole Morgan

Fat and Faithful: loving God incarnate and our neighbor’s body as our own - Podcast co-hosted by J. Nicole Morgan and Amanda Martinez Beck 

Let Fat People Speak for Themselves — That’s the Way You End ‘Fatphobia’ - Article in Religion News Service by J. Nicole Morgan

Body Shaming Tears Apart the Body of Christ - Article in The Christian Century  by J. Nicole Morgan

God Loves My Fat Body As It Is - Article in Christianity Today by J. Nicole Morgan

Fat, Faithful, Fruitful: Bodies in the Church - Article in Evangelicals for Social Justice by J. Nicole Morgan

Articles & Video:

Celebrating Black Fat Activists - Dances With Fat

Fighting Fat Discrimination, but Still Wanting to Lose Weight - The New York Times

Body Positive Vibes for the Summer: Every Body Is a Beach Body - Underlined

Tess Holliday defends her Cosmo cover from body-shamers, Piers Morgan - Today

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - Huffpost

"Body Positivity" Is A Social Movement That Celebrates EveryBODY | The OverExplainer - ESSENCE

Roxane Gay’s Complicated “Hunger” - The New Yorker


Lovely by Amanda Martinez Beck

Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings

Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture by Amy Erdman Farrell

Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Guest for this episode:

Shane Claiborne

Organizations & Leaders:

The Simple Way - We started when a group of friends moved into Kensington, Philadelphia who felt motivated to love and care for people in our neighborhood and around the world. Now, we’re a mix of folks who grew up in Kensington and others who became neighbors more recently. Our work is rooted in genuine love for each other.

Red Letter Christians (RLC) - Red Letter Christians began in 2007 as a community of Christian authors and speakers meeting for a time of fellowship and discussion of the pressing issues of the day. Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo gathered together friends who felt strongly that Western Christianity had lost its focus on Jesus and were concerned at the growing misuse of the word “evangelical” to identify a voting bloc. Their desire was a church that looked like Jesus and a recapturing of the term evangelical to mean a people who bring good news to the world.

RAWtools - We want to be comprehensive in our efforts to move communities away from violence. It’s not enough to just make a lot of tools from guns. We need to help teach each other new ways to solve our problems through relationship, dialogue, and alternative means of justice.

Terence Lester - Terence Lester is a speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty. He’s known for nationwide campaigns that bring awareness to issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and economic inequality.

Love Beyond Walls - The organization has focused on raising awareness of the realities and needs of those experiencing lack and vulnerability, and using that vehicle as a way of mobilizing people to take part in those stories.


Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence by Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin

Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us by Shane Claiborne

Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World by Mae Elise Cannon

Resource on Mother Teresa - Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action by Mae Elise Cannon


The Evangelist: Can Shane Claiborne’s progressive version of evangelical Christianity catch on with a new generation? - The Washington Post

Churches Against Annexation
Find webinars, op-eds, resources, and more from the #ChurchesAgainstAnnexation campaign by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

Guide to Humanitarian Law 
Doctors Without Borders 

A History of Occupation
Visualizing Palestine 

Interactive map – The West Bank and The Gaza Strip
This complete, interactive map of the West Bank and Gaza includes information about Palestinian communities and Israeli settlements, checkpoints, the separation barrier, agricultural gates in the separation barrier, settlement zones in East Jerusalem, etc. Plus ongoing B’Tselem reports and video clips, organized by location.

Occupation Statistics

Settlements and Displacement
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

The Duty to End the Occupation

The interactive map of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The Separation Barrier
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

UN ‘regrets’ new US position on legality of Israeli settlements
UN News

Young Palestinians see no end to the Israeli Occupation
CBC News: The National 

Guest for this episode:

Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry - Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus by Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter sermon from the livestreamed service at Washington National Cathedral – English & Spanish - Episcopal News Service

Royal wedding preacher: Who is Michael Curry? - BBC News

Articles and Social Media - President Trump’s visit to Washington, D.C. church:

DC Episcopal Bishop: ‘I am Outraged’ by Trump Church Visit - The Washington Post

Episcopal Bishop 'Deeply Offended' by Trump Using Bible, Church as a 'Prop' - NBC News

Barr Personally Ordered Removal of Protesters Near White House, Leading to Use of Force Against Largely Peaceful Crowd - The Washington Post

Video of Trump at St. John’s Church - Twitter, The White House

'They Turned Holy Ground into a Battle Ground': Clergy Members Say Police Expelled Them From the Grounds of St. John's Episcopal Church for Trump's Photo Op - MSN

Holy Ground Turned into a Battle Ground - The Resistance Prays

Articles - George Floyd and Black Lives Matter:

Episcopal Leaders Step Up Opposition to Racial Injustice Amid Anger Over George Floyd’s Killing - Episcopal News Service

Live Updates: 3 More Ex-Officers Charged in Floyd’s Death; Second-degree Murder Charge Against Chauvin - The Washington Post

Nation's police widely condemn move used to restrain George Floyd - NBC News

Becoming a Parent in the Age of Black Lives Matter - The Atlantic

A Clip From Chris Rock About Police Brutality is Going Viral - SBS

Guest for this episode: 

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III - Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois 

George Floyd

George Floyd’s Encounter With Minneapolis Police Shown in New Video - New York Post

Protests, Fires Rage Through the Night in Minneapolis - The Washington Post

George Floyd Killing: What Sparked the Protests – and What Has Been the Response? - The Guardian

‘Justice For George Floyd’ Petition Becomes Most Popular Ever In U.S. For - Forbes

Ahmaud Arbery

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III | The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery - Pastor Moss delivers a sermon for a time such as this as he delivers a sermonic movie, preaching a requiem for Ahmaud Arbery - "A young man just shy of his 26th birthday stepped out into the sun and ran for the final time upon this earth . . ."

Media Reports/ Articles:

The Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery: A Timeline of a Case That's Gripping the Nation - Insider

On Ahmaud Arbery’s Birthday, Thousands Say #IRunWithMaud - The New York Times

What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery - The New York Times

Attorney Says Ahmaud Arbery's Family Wants Man Who Filmed Fatal Shooting Arrested as His Attorney Says Lie Detector Test Proves He Didn't Participate - CNN

Video Shows Officer Trying to Tase Ahmaud Arbery in 2017 - CBS

Charlottesville 'Runs with Maud' to Protest for Justice in Ahmaud Arbery's Death - CBS19 News

Man Who Recorded Ahmaud Arbery's Killing Tried to 'Confine and Detain' Him With His Vehicle, Warrant Says - CNN

Georgia Authorities Arrest 3rd Man In Ahmaud Arbery Killing - NPR

Four Minneapolis Officers are Fired After Video Shows One Kneeling On Neck of Black Man Who Later Died - The Washington Post

Take Action: - Ahmaud Arbery was jogging when two white supremacists with deep ties to law enforcement grabbed their guns, hunted him down, and killed him. This is clearly a hate crime, but right now Georgia doesn’t have statewide laws to help Ahmaud’s case. We are working directly with the family and their attorney to seek immediate justice for Ahmaud.

Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor: Police Killed Black Woman After Storming Home in Hunt for Suspect Already in Custody, Lawsuit Says - Sky News

Other Articles:

Amy Cooper is the Kind of White Woman Black Families Warn Their Children About - The Washington Post

Guest for this episode:

Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) - Dominique Gilliard


Love Mercy Do Justice Initiative

Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)

Books/ Articles:

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores - book by Dominique Gilliard
Purchase at IVP and get a discount using code: PST4529 and expires on 8/22/20

Rethinking Incarceration - Small Group Study Guide - The Anastasis Center

Over 70 percent of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19 - PBS


Just Mercy - The film is based upon the New York Times bestselling book, and it revolves around the faith-rooted activism of Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan) and the creation of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Just Mercy recounts the tragic story of Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx). McMillian (nicknamed Johnny D.), an African American who owned a lumber company in a small Alabama town, was framed for the murdering of Ronda Morrison—an eighteen-year-old white girl.

Just Mercy Discussion Guide - by Dominique Gillard

Guests for the episode: 

Palestinian peace activist - Sulaiman (or Suli) Khatib

Israeli peace activist - Tuly Flint


Combatants for Peace (CFP) Memorial Day Information

CFP Twitter

CFP Facebook

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

Global Immersion Project

The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF)

Just Vision 

Background Information/Articles:

The Palestinian Faction Fatah: A Primer - NPR

Military Detention - Defense for Children International - Palestine

Second Lebanon War - Israeli Defense Forces

Timeline: Lebanon Conflict - Al Jazeera

Operation Protective Edge - Israeli Defense Forces

Gaza: The Last Picture - Al Jazeera

Gaza conflict 2014: 'War crimes by both sides' - UN - BBC News


Disturbing the Peace - The “Combatants for Peace,” a group of Palestinians and Israelis working together to promote human rights and peace for all, are the only bi-partisan, nonviolent activist group of enemy combatants working together in an ongoing armed conflict in the world today. They are an inspiring modern day example of the importance of using nonviolent solutions to our conflicts. 

Faith and Activism. Freedom or Oppression. A Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) Event. - Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

Our Boys - Filmed in Israel, the HBO series, Our Boys is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The series follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder and tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

Schindler’s List - Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. 

The Wanted 18 - In the award-winning documentary The Wanted 18, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan bring to life a remarkable story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada.

Coping with the Coronavirus, the World Council of Churches 

Coronavirus: A ticking time-bomb for the Middle East, by Jonathan Marcus of the BBC

Coronavirus Economic Impact Could Decimate the Middle East, Haaretz

Coronavirus in the Middle East: Creativity to help knows no bounds, Deutsche Welle (DW), by Lewis Sanders IV

Coronavirus outbreak: Iraqi Kurdish authorities impose curfew over COVID-19 fears, Global News

COVID-19 Pandemic and the Middle East and Central Asia: Region Facing Dual Shock, By Jihad Azour, International Monetary Fund

The Coronavirus Through The Eyes Of 5 Iranian Photographers, NPR

Eastertide Meditations from Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) 

How the fragile health care systems of the Middle East are bracing for COVID-19 [Video]
By Jane Ferguson, PBS

Infected: The impact of the coronavirus on the Middle East and North Africa, European Council on Foreign Relations

The International Development Agency World Vision works in AfghanistanIraqJerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza; and other parts of the Middle East.  

Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Coronavirus Response–Lessons Learned, By Biner AzizThe Washington Institute

Lebanon: COVID-19 Worsens Medical Supply Crisis, Human Rights Watch

Lonely joggers and fretful bakers: The coronavirus is hitting the Middle East hard, LA Times

News Roundup: The MENA Region in the Time of COVID-19 by Merissa Khurma & Alexander Farley, Wilson Center

Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Fear Deportation For Seeking Coronavirus Test Or Care, By Alice Fordham, NPR

The Untold Story of How Iran Botched the Coronavirus Pandemic, By Maysam Behravesh, Foreign Policy 

Update: Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) & COVID-19, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director

WHO praises Kurdistan Region’s anti-coronavirus efforts, By Hiwa Shilani, Kurdistan 24

WHO warns Middle East must act quickly to contain coronavirus
Number of cases nearly doubles in a week in region with health systems eroded by conflict in several nations. ALJAZEERA 

Why COVID-19 could be the “last straw” for Lebanon’s fragile economy [Video], PBS

Why has the coronavirus hit Iran so hard? | UpFront
In this episode of UpFront we challenge prominent Iranian political analyst Mohammad Marandi on how Tehran is handling the coronavirus., Al Jazeera English 

View the full list of #Activism Podcasts Episodes here.

“Coronavirus and Poverty: A Mother Skips Meals So Her Children Can Eat,” by Manny Fernandez, New York Times 

“Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact” By Lora Jones, David Brown & Daniele Palumbo, BBC News

“Coronavirus is coming for the world’s poor. Here are six ways to help”, by Duncan Maru, World Economic Forum

“Covid-19 could devastate poor countries: It is in the rich world’s self-interest to help”, The Economist

Covid 19: Implications for Business, McKinsey & Company

Financial well-being: Measuring Financial perceptions and experiences in low- and moderate- households, by Stephen Roll, Olga Kondratjeva, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Helping Out During The Coronavirus Crisis: Where, What & How To Donate, by Kelly Phillips, Forbes

Here’s how you can help during the coronavirus crisis”, By SANDRA EMERSON 

How to Donate Hand-Sewn Face Masks, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Lockdowns are fine for the rich, but millions are too poor to shelter from coronavirus”, By Linda Givetash and Luke Denne, NBC News 

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