And hey — if you have time to listen, please don’t stop here. One of the reasons Encountering Silence is a real leader in spirituality podcasting is their unflinching commitment to examine systemic injustice today, showing how rootedness in the spacious silence of Christian mysticism helps us find our voice and speak up against racism, homophobia, and the forces of dehumanization everywhere. One of the ways they do this is by highlighting contemplative and theological visionaries of color.
To this end, they recently featured my friend and colleague Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, whom you might be familiar with if you’ve had an opportunity to participate in our Wisdom Camp at the Wild Goose Festival. Please do yourself a favor and feast your ears on this:
Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD: Silence, the Disinherited, and the Wisdom of Howard Thurman for Our Time
Want even more? Then check out this interview with Dr. Barbara A. Holmes, whose ground-breaking book Race and the Cosmos was just re-released in an updated second edition by the Center for Action and Contemplation:
Barbara A. Holmes: Silence as Unspeakable Joy
Dive into how a contemplative witness translates to the academy and the streets with my friend and colleague Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and their work with Activist Theology here:
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza: Silence and Activist Theology (Part One)
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza: Silence and Activist Theology (Part Two)
Finally, check out this pair of interviews with the founder of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network:
Therese Taylor-Stinson: Silence, Contemplation, and Justice (Part One)
Therese Taylor-Stinson: Silence, Contemplation, and Justice (Part Two)
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