Spiritual Gumbeaux

Rev Lynne

Rev Lynne discusses spiritual leadership

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Reclaiming Roots and Reverence: Valerie Rawls on Eco-Womanism and Black Land Legacies
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Reclaiming Roots and Reverence: Valerie Rawls on Eco-Womanism and Black Land Legacies
When Valerie Rawls joins us on Spiritual Gumbeaux, we're not just talking about the earth beneath our feet; we're delving into the soul-enriching connection that our ancestors cultivated with the land. This episode is a tapestry of discussions, where Valerie, a beacon of wisdom in eco-womanism, shares insights on how environmental stewardship is deeply woven into African cosmology and our own well-being. As we traverse our collective history, we touch on the seismic cultural shifts that have distanced many in the Black community from their agrarian roots and land reverence that once burned so brightly. Prepare to reflect on the challenges that faith-based institutions encounter when honoring Mother Earth, and discover how spirituality and environmental care can harmonize without the shadows of misunderstanding.The land we stand on tells a story of power, loss, and resilience, particularly poignant in the narrative of Black farmers—once proprietors of 19 million acres, now clutching to a mere fraction of that legacy. We share personal accounts that bridge family history with the harsh realities of racial injustice, from the Great Migration to the haunting persistence of the Ku Klux Klan, painting a real-life picture of the multi billion dollar farmland deficit's impact on our communities. As we pivot to the pressing issue of housing insecurity among aging African-American women, Valerie and Rev Lynne celebrate empowerment through community support and discuss "90 Acres and a Mule," a visionary project set to sow seeds of harmony for women of color. Tune in for a heartfelt conversation that's both an invocation of our past and a rallying cry for a sustainable, equitable future.You can learn more about the EcoWomanist Institute at https://www.ecowomanist.orgYou can also hear Valerie speak live at the Church of the Incarnation on April 21, 2024 at 11AM.
Reflections of an Original Freedom Rider with Mr. Charles Person
27-02-2024
Reflections of an Original Freedom Rider with Mr. Charles Person
When the echoes of spirituals intertwined with cries for justice, a movement was born. Our latest episode of Spiritual Gumbo invites the venerable Mr. Charles Person to share his heart-stirring experiences as an original Freedom Rider. The conversation swells with tales of spiritual leadership amid social justice battles, where hymns and prayers weren't just a source of comfort—they were a shield against the flames of hatred. Mr. Person offers a poignant look into the soul of a movement where institutional caution danced with the drive for equity.The narrative threads of the past weave through our discussion on the integration of the military and the academic crucible faced by African Americans. We draw upon Mr. Person's personal accounts of discrimination within the armed forces, juxtaposed with the nurturing embrace of Morehouse College, where a community of ambition and excellence took root under the guidance of mentors like Dr. Benjamin Mays. Unpacking the complexities of merit and the systemic barriers of the time, this episode shines a light on the quiet strength and indomitable spirit that propelled a generation toward greatness against the odds.Finally, we raise our voices in a chorus of black excellence, celebrating the rich legacy of HBCUs like Morehouse College. The personal triumphs and cultural milestones shared by Mr. Person remind us of the profound impact these institutions have had on shaping leaders and innovators. From the sacred sounds that resonated through the halls of activism to the vibrant thrum of hope that pulses in today's quests for social change, join us for an exploration of the spiritual and intellectual symphony that continues to inspire and challenge us to reach for a more just and equitable world.You can find Mr. Person's book, The Buses Are a Comin', at this link https://a.co/d/iqVzmmb
Blending Faith, Inclusivity, and Social Justice with Bishop-Elect D.E. Polk
19-02-2024
Blending Faith, Inclusivity, and Social Justice with Bishop-Elect D.E. Polk
Join us on a soul-stirring odyssey with Bishop-Elect D.E. Polk by traversing the powerful confluence of spirituality and social justice. Our conversation untangles the rich tapestry of African American communities' spiritual leadership, reflecting on his family's civil rights heritage and its influence on his ministry. We confront the unexpected resistance within marginalized groups to inclusivity, ordaining women, and embracing LGBTQ+ individuals, while also navigating the delicate balance of authenticity and trust in diverse congregations.We take a transformative journey from traditional teachings to a theology of universal salvation and inherent divinity challenges and inspires, drawing us into a deeper discourse on the nature of hell, the devil, and scriptural contradictions.  Together, we'll sift through these complex themes and rediscover the role of perceptions in shaping our divine experiences.As we close, we'll immerse ourselves in the eclectic spiritual gumbeaux that is interfaith spirituality. Sharing personal transformations sparked by mystical traditions from Kabbalah to Zen to Jesus, we invite you to partake in the sacred mysteries that fuel our faith journeys. With insights from spiritual leaders like Dr. Dean Lawrence Carter and the visionary Bishop Pearson, we open our hearts to the rich diversity of beliefs that define our collective search for enlightenment. So come, be part of this enlightening dialogue where we serve up a nourishing blend of wisdom, acceptance, and transformative thought on 'Spiritual Gumbeaux'.
The Divine Spark Within: Celebrating Holiday Spirituality and Cultural Heritage with Bishop Jack Bomar
21-12-2023
The Divine Spark Within: Celebrating Holiday Spirituality and Cultural Heritage with Bishop Jack Bomar
As the yuletide season wraps its arms around us, Bishop Jack Bomar and Rev Lou stir the Spiritual Gumbeaux pot rich with wisdom and warmth. They share the holiday spirit through a spiritual lens, acknowledging the contrast between festive joy and the world's unrest, particularly in the Middle East. Their insights on faith leadership during times of despair offer a beacon of hope, while we also tenderly recognize those experiencing a "Blue Christmas," a time tinged with sorrow for some. The spirit of giving becomes a balm, as we hear about the magic of sharing.Venturing beyond the visible decorations and songs, we unravel the threads of spirituality that weave through our daily existence. The Bishop and Reverend unveil the true essence of Advent, with its powerful weekly themes that transcend the season, becoming mantras for a fulfilled life. They urge us to cultivate an inner joy that stands resilient against life's tempests, and we explore how spirituality, distinct from religiosity, fortifies us from within. It's a gentle reminder that the peace and joy we seek often reside in the quiet corners of our own hearts, as we navigate the tumult outside.We honor the rich legacy of African spirituality and its quiet yet profound influence on Christian traditions. Our conversation leads us to cultural heritage's vital role in shaping spiritual identities and the unspoken strength in Black women's prayers. This episode is an invitation to reflect on the light, hope, joy, and peace that the holiday season represents, through the lens of truth and spiritual connection, affirming the divine spark in each of us.
Compassionate Advocacy: A Discussion with Reverend Senator Kim Jackson
12-12-2023
Compassionate Advocacy: A Discussion with Reverend Senator Kim Jackson
Welcome to an illuminating conversation with our prestigious guest, Reverend Senator Kim Jackson, who passionately serves as a senator, pastor, and advocate for the community. With her keen insights into the unique challenges faced by the homeless population, particularly during the winter season, and the misconceptions surrounding homelessness and work incapability, she highlights the importance of addressing these issues with compassion and dedication.Our discourse takes a deep dive into the institutional challenges faced by those who seek to serve marginalized communities. We also shed light on the transformative power of compassion and individual support in caring for all of God's children. As we navigate these challenges and triumphs together, we find ourselves inspired by the significant impact of non-traditional leadership in the church. We further unpack systemic biases and the role of meaningful relationships in addressing societal issues like homelessness, incarceration, recidivism, and the role of community and church in combating addiction. Our conversation wraps up with a call to action to support the Church of the Common Ground, providing resources for those grappling with homelessness and addiction. Let your hearts be stirred by this exploration of empathy, advocacy, and societal change.You can learn more about the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta at https://www.churchofthecommonground.org/
Understanding Your Choice: A Spiritual Journey with Dr. Etta Jackson
14-11-2023
Understanding Your Choice: A Spiritual Journey with Dr. Etta Jackson
What if you could journey through the stars to connect with Christ and access spiritual entities? This is just a taste of the enlightening conversation we had with Dr. Etta Jackson, CEO of the Institute for Conscious Change, in our latest episode of Spiritual Gumbeaux. Dr. Jackson not only shares the details of her personal spiritual journey that began at a young age, but also gives us a glimpse into her profound understanding of her role in the liberation of humanity. One of the most captivating moments of the episode is when she recounts a spiritual experience that occurred while living in New York and a divine command to write a book, titled "Understanding Your Choice."In our deep dive into the world of spirituality and the stars, we navigate the concept of incarnation and remembering. We discuss how choosing to forget our spiritual identities can actually help us experience the physical world with a greater understanding. Dr. Jackson also explains the concept of making spiritual agreements before incarnation, and how this contributes to the collective liberation of humanity. The episode wraps up with an exploration of how our spiritual identities can help us access the divine. This thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Jackson is one that's sure to resonate with anyone interested in spirituality, stars, and the journey of life.You can learn more about Dr. Jackson and her books at her website, ettadjackson.comThis is part 1 of 2
Care of Souls part 2 with Karen Montagno and Cheryl Kujawa Holbrook
07-11-2023
Care of Souls part 2 with Karen Montagno and Cheryl Kujawa Holbrook
Challenge your understanding of pastoral care in the face of social oppression, Reverend Cannon Karen Montagno and Dr. Cheryl Kujawa Holbrook join us to explore this complex intersection. We promise to engage you in a profound conversation about how to provide sensitive pastoral care to communities dealing with systemic oppression. We'll challenge the notion that only certain individuals can extend this care, emphasizing the power of allyship in nurturing understanding and compassion. Our esteemed guests shed light on the importance of comprehending a community's needs and how this knowledge shapes our pastoral care approach. We'll discuss the necessity for religious leaders to step beyond traditional roles, prepared to serve in a variety of ways and organizations to alleviate suffering. Lastly, let's take an enlightening walk through practical recommendations for spiritual leadership. Discussing the power of multifaceted worship, community outreach, and interfaith relationships, we'll emphasize the crucial role of active participation in community issues. We'll also explore how church properties can be a part of the solution. This episode aims to equip you with the knowledge to approach pastoral care with sensitivity, understanding, and readiness to challenge the status quo.This is part 2 of 2You can find the 2nd edition of Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care at (Amazon) https://a.co/d/7O2aAtn
Injustice and the Care of Souls: A Discussion with Karen Montagno and Sheryl Kajawa Holbrook
31-10-2023
Injustice and the Care of Souls: A Discussion with Karen Montagno and Sheryl Kajawa Holbrook
Welcome to Spiritual Gumbeaux! Today, we invite you to enjoy the wisdom of Reverend Karen Montagno and Dr. Sheryl Kajawa Holbrook, authors of the groundbreaking book, "Injustice and the Care of Souls". Imagine a world where spiritual leaders go beyond their immediate community, addressing health care disparity and other social issues. Picture a future where these leaders transcend political polarizations and rise as the vanguard in the fight to protect our planet. This is the vision Karen and Sheryl present, and they're here to guide us through it.We unravel the inspiration behind "Injustice and the Care of Souls". Armed with experiences from their professional lives and lessons from colleagues and students, they crafted a book that redefines pastoral counseling for marginalized communities. We then delve into what role spiritual leaders should play in community care. How can they help communities to thrive? How can they be sensitized to the unique needs of marginalized communities? Together, we'll explore this.And the power of spiritual leadership doesn't stop there. How does resilience manifest in marginalized communities? What is evocational leadership, and how does it empower communities? We'll look into these questions and their answers. Lastly, we'll discuss the influence of privileged individuals in effecting institutional change. Karen and Sheryl provide insight into how you can open doors within your institution and steer it towards inclusivity. Be ready for a thought-provoking conversation about the transformative power of spiritual leadership, and get inspired to become an advocate for change.This is part 1 of 2You can find the 2nd edition of Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care at (Amazon) https://a.co/d/7O2aAtn
Spiritual Leadership and the Prosperity Principle: A Conversation with Bishop Jack Bomar
29-09-2023
Spiritual Leadership and the Prosperity Principle: A Conversation with Bishop Jack Bomar
Welcome to an enlightening conversation on spiritual leadership, guidance and the intriguing intersection of theology and financial abundance. Our special guest is none other than Bishop Jack Bomar, a beacon of wisdom from the Hillside International Center of Truth. This episode promises to offer a fresh perspective on the role of financial independence in ministry.The episode unfolds with an exploration of spiritual leadership as Bishop Bomar sheds light on his journey, navigating the realms of faith and leadership under the tutelage of revered figures like Reverend Edie Barnett, Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King, and Reverend Oli B Browning. With a focus on the spiritual community, we dissect the essence of walking by faith, the importance of seeking divine guidance, and the distinct facets that distinguish spiritual leadership from secular models. Next, we plunge into a captivating discussion on financial management in the church, drawing from Reverend Ike's teachings of prosperity consciousness. Here, we broach the power of abundance, highlighting its potential to empower spiritual communities to do more of God's work. As we venture further, we grapple with traditional beliefs that couple godliness with poverty, taking a deep dive into how theological perceptions of money influence our relationship with it. Join us on this invigorating journey as we delve into the divine and unfold the power of spirituality.To find more information on Hillside International Truth Center and Bishop Jack Bomar, see their website https://hillsideinternational.org/