Faith in a Fresh Vibe

Faith in a Fresh Vibe

Deconstructing and reclaiming Christianity on the margins. Hosted by Rohadi. Author of "When We Belong"; "Thrive"; and "Soul Coats"; pastor of Cypher Church, entrepreneur, & non-profit developer. Recording on Treaty 7 lands in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With special guests joining to discuss deconstruction, reconciliation, anti-racism, spirituality, and decolonization.

Episodes

April 17, 2020 19 min
Welcome, the inaugural episode of the FAITH IN FRESH VIBE PODCAST! It's been a long time coming but let's get started with the topic du jour--COVID19. Life has altered and many of us are hanging by a thread in more ways than one. In this episode I say hi, introduce the podcast and myself (Rohadi), and talk about balancing grief with the new life we all have before us. Stay safe out there. Connect points: Rohadi.com | Twitt...
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Episode #2 - FAITH IN FRESH VIBE PODCAST featuring Rohadi. In this episode we continue to work though all of the weird of COVID19. The world has changed and it's never going back to the way things were. What makes matters worse is how we used to cope, by being busy, is no longer at our disposal. When it comes to identity, we often wrap ourselves around our work. But what happens when that's taken away? When you're defin...
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Pastor and professor Nikayla Reize joins me on the FAITH IN FRESH VIBE PODCAST. In this episode we smash the patriarchy, ask some tough questions about scripture, and track her story through conservative evangelicalism. If you know anything about conservative Christianity, women aren't not permitted to hold the same positions as men. Listen to how Nikayla navigated the minefield. Follow Nikayla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/N...
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Episode #4 - FAITH IN FRESH VIBE PODCAST featuring Riley Rossmo. Riley is a professional illustrator who is currently working with DC Comics on such projects as Batman, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Martian Man. It's easier if you just visit the DC page to see how many books he's recently completed. His past projects with Image Comics include Green Wake, Rebel Blood, Proof, Drumhellar, and Cowboy Ninja Viking. The last on...
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Episode #5 - FAITH IN FRESH VIBE PODCAST featuring Riley Rossmo. Riley is a professional illustrator who is currently working with DC Comics on such projects as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Martian Man. In Part II we start to track the exploration of faith. What's interesting about Riley's journey and inquiry is how little the church played a role. Faith is out there, and it will find you in the most unusual places. Connect p...
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Episode 6 features Tony Snow. Tony comes from the line of hereditary chiefs from the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Tony is now a pastor with the United Church of Canada, and completing his Master at the Vancouver School of Theology. In this episode we talk about indigenous spirituality, the unique story of the Stoney people and their relationship with the early missionaries to the land, and the work of decolonizing the Christian faith. It&...
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Season Two of the Faith in a Fresh Vibe Podcast launches with Episode #7 featuring Deborah Mebude. Her experience is in public policy and she is an entrepreneur working primarily in non-profits. In this episode we discuss anti-Blackness, protest, public policy, and re-imagining community. We also start with a conversation about names and identity. Have a listen and welcome to Season Two! You can find Deborah and her work online. T...
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Why do many Christians and churches have difficulty lamenting? Just look at the songs. Corporate lament is absent in many churches in a time when we desperately need the honestly. Lament is in fact a way to truth tell about what we see and feel in the world around us, and what a world it is. Anti-Blackness protests, pandemic, chaos, the list goes on. Do you feel it in your body? Let's talk about the need for lament. Here are t...
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A re-education to the land is one of the strategies towards a decolonized theology and history. Did you know that on Treaty 7 Lands, before it was Treaty 7, the Stoney people had a positive relationship--initially--with the first missionaries to the region. Listen in for the story and deeper insight on the role indigenous spirituality has with the Christian faith. Tony Snow is the Rights Relations lead at Hillhurst United Church i...
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In this episode a closer look at reconciliation. It's a word that's thrown around a lot but what does it mean to embody it in practice? I invite my guest Tony Snow to share his wisdom from an Indigenous perspective, to offer us concrete direction in the search for racialized justice and wholeness for the people, nation, and land. Tony Snow is the Rights Relations lead at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, and a member of ...
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In this episode Dr. Monetta Bailey, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, speaks on the topic of critical race theory. What is it, why is it useful, and how can it inform our perspectives and cultural narratives? We then consider how re-imagining our worldview goes through a process of deconstruction when we encounter new ideas or problems. The waves of anti-Blackness protests, along with COVID, have pulled society into a m...
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We cap off Season 2 with this episode where Dr. Monetta Bailey, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, and I share our thoughts on racialized trauma and protest. We also ask, is there hope for change in the face of anti-racist protests? Is justice available to all? We drill down on the issue of cultural and corporate prejudice and share a candid conversation about our experience with racism, why we're hopeful (or not), a...
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WELCOME TO SEASON 3! This season is the BIPOC edition with voices from across Canada. To launch things off I welcome a fellow Trini into the mix, Bernadette Arthur, in a two part series. In this first edition, Bernadette shares about her journey of faith, what it looked to deconstruct her experience in both Black Caribbean and Seventh Day Adventist traditions, and putting together the pieces into a new way forward. About Bernadet...
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Listen in to Part 2 as we discuss powerful metaphors to describe and explain white supremacy in white institutions. This is part 2 of 2 with Bernadette Arthur (she/her). We discuss her recent work in a predominantly white denomination, justice, the work of anti-racism in white institutions, and whether or not the institution can be saved. We also discuss the recent calls for justice surrounding anti-Blackness, and pave a sense of h...
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Braaap. Episode 15 begins with the first of THREE parts with 12-time Dove Award winner, Drew Brown. (How many times can we say 12 time Dove Award winner?!?! LOL). In this episode we talk about living a Christian faith in the local parish context. Neighbourhoods rule and you need to listen to discover why. We then pivot to talk about defunding white churches (also LOL), and more importantly we start a conversation on re-imagining th...
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Drew and I continue our conversation deconstructing white evangelicalism and contemporary worship by describing our own experiences and when we determined white churches have no space for BIPOC folks. Listen in for an honest and vulnerable talk on race trauma, doubt, and why you're not alone in the search to belong in your own skin. --- Find Drew Brown in all locations. That includes his website: http://www.drewbrownmusic.com...
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Drew and I continue our conversation deconstructing white evangelicalism and contemporary worship by describing our own experiences and when we determined white churches have no space for BIPOC folks. Listen in for an honest and vulnerable talk on race trauma, doubt, and why you're not alone in the search to belong in your own skin. --- Find Drew Brown in all locations. That includes his website: http://www.drewbrownmusic.co...
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Canada has slavery? Yes. Learn your history. Chad Lucas is an 8th generation Nova Scotian and provides us a glimpse into the rich history of Nova Scotia courtesy of the Black community. We talk about history, current white supremacy activity, and then switch gears into what it takes to belong. Chad left his church of 20 years after the denomination (same one I left) made a final statement to preserve the traditional definition of m...
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We close Season 3 with a final two part series. Part 1 discusses the work behind justice and becoming (more) anti-racist. Rohadi shares two pathways to consider in the lifelong journey of reconciliation. Building off of the free 6 chapter e-book, "Change the Story, A Small Resource on Dismantling Racism in Canada and the Church", available on www.rohadi.com. 2020 is a year of profound change and movements towards justice. W...
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We close Season 3 with this final episode centering the voices of BIPOC Christians and other marginalized people too. Rohadi talks about assimilation as the typical way marginalized people can belong in contemporary churches. In search of a better path, Rohadi unpacks his book project coming out in 2021. Live out the fulness of your humanity by embodying your gifts and abilities in your own skin. Finding your liberation is tied to ...
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