US Politics Category

God Help Us – Healing Centered Politics


Listen to black women – we’ve never steered you wrong. In this episode, Annie talks with Pastor Lyvonne Proverbs, a body- and sex-positive writer, preacher, poet, pastor, transformational speaker, seminar leader, consultant, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of beautiful scars and the @WereSurthrivors campaign, a digital platform for black Christian women who are also […]

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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 – 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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Bonus Episode – We Haven’t Given Up


There are religions that make you question, am I worthy of God’s love and approval? Am I worthy of the church’s love and approval? And contrary to that I think, um, is religion worthy of my love and approval? Out today on the God Help Us feed is a preview of a very special bonus […]

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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 – The Old Testament


Very few people change their mind about the Bible because of logic or study. Until you address the emotional commitment, you won’t see real change. In this episode, the Rev. Dr. J. P. Kang joins Annie to discuss the Old Testament. J. P. has been an Associate Pastor at Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle since […]

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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 – Women with Authority


The assumptions that we bring to scripture influence our interpretation and even our translation – and not always for the best. Throughout the history of Christianity, people have used the Bible to try to ban women from leading. In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Pastor Kari Olson about what the Bible […]

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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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