Culture Category

God Help Us – Spiritual Abuse


Abuse of all kinds will continue until we begin to fully recognize the image of God in each individual. In this episode, Annie talks with the Reverend Ashley Easter about spiritual and sexual abuse. Ashley is a Christian feminist, writer, speaker, television producer, news pundit, ordained reverend, and abuse-victim advocate who educates churches and secular […]

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God Help Us – LGBTQ+Christian


We want to change this narrative that queer youth are somehow not a part of the body of Christ In this episode, Annie talks with Dr. Jun Young, a communications expert, speaker, teacher, consultant, and founder of ZUM Communications. He is also the founder and director of a new ministry called Beloved Arise that supports […]

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God Help Us – Rewilding Our Politics


We suffer under this fundamental idea of separation – that we can do harm to land, that we can do harm to others, and that it somehow isn’t going to affect us. In anticipation of the upcoming winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, Annie is here with ecotheologian and spiritual guide Mary DeJong. Mary is […]

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God Help Us – Origin Stories


If Thanksgiving is anything, it’s a recognition of our dependence and the ways our lives are bound up in the lives of other people. For this very special Thanksgiving episode, Annie is joined by Dr. Brian Bantum, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago (though he lives […]

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God Help Us – You Know You


If you’re afraid to ask the question, that’s probably the question you should be asking. In the first part of this very special episode, I join Coastland Commons for their monthly gathering to talk about the significance of personal story and the importance of trusting our instincts. In the first segment, Dani Forbess and I […]

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God Help Us – Good* White Christian


White pseudo-supremacy is that systemic, it’s that invisible – it’s something that we can’t all see, but it’s happening nonetheless. In this episode, Annie talks with Kerry Connelly, a writer, Certified Life Coach, author of the blog Jerseygirl, JESUS, and host of the podcast White on White, which reimagines white identity apart from pseudo-supremacy. Kerry […]

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God Help Us – Masculinity & Belonging


I wanted to figure out if the ways I had been taught to believe and practice Christianity had been wrong. In this episode of God Help Us, Annie talks with Myles Markham about defining masculinity and finding belonging.  Myles is a community organizer, theology nerd, and is working on his MA in practical theology at […]

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God Help Us – Anti-Judaism


It’s easier to demonize the other than to take time to learn what the other is thinking, let alone to become friends with somebody who’s not you. In this episode, Annie is joined by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar. In addition to her role as a professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament […]

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God Help Us – Crisis in the Catholic Church


I have an obligation to hear the stories of pain and marginalization as best as I can, and then to look at my tradition and say, ‘is it worth fighting for?’ In this episode, Dr. Richard Gaillardetz joins Annie to discuss crises in the Catholic church. Rick is a Catholic lay theologian and a professor […]

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God Help Us Replay – Complicating the Narrative


Who’s story’s getting left out? What story’s getting trampled on? How can I be part of lifting those voices to the surface? In this episode of God Help Us, Kelsey Wallace, a PhD student in the Bible and Cultures program at Drew Theological School, joins Annie to discuss the biblical story of Jephthah’s daughter as told […]

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