Welcome to The S.I.T.U.P. Podcast, a podcast by Leroy Barber! SITUP stands for Sports, Innovation, Theology, Ugly(injustice), Public Discourse. Leroy is currently the Director of Innovation for Greater Northwest of UMC. Leroy is the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and Adjunct professor at Kilns College and Multnomah University. Leroy is a community developer, speaker, and author of four books: New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, Everyday Missions, Red, Brown, Yellow Black, white, and Embrace.
Although its summertime Leroy Barber and the SITUP Podcast crew is still working hard to bring you even more heat! Raquel Polanco is a brilliant artist that has a strong sense of culture that you will hear come alive the interview with producer Andru Morgan. Also be sure to check out the spoken-word piece “Corn, Cactus, Turtle” after the interview. Let's begin...
Melvin Bray (melvinbray.com) is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, social entrepreneur, and author who lives with his wife, three kids and two dogs in southwest Atlanta, GA. He is an active participant in vanguard networks seeking more beautiful, more just, more virtue-filled ways of showing up in the world. He is author of the soon to be bestselling BETTER: Waking Up to Who We Could Be, co-editor of Faith Forward, Vol 1 and Vol 2 (Copper House, 2013, 2015), which explore ways children’s and youth ministry can make the dream of beloved community possible, and he is coordinating author of The Stories in which We Find Ourselves, online reimaginings of the biblical narrative that make faith something children and youth have reason to care about. As a social entrepreneur, Melvin works to help communities of goodwill find better stories and scripts–better ways of thinking and doing–that move them toward equity, diversity and inclusion (collabyrinthconsulting.com).
Join us for this very special edition of the SIT UP Podcast! As you know we interview a lot of dynamic leaders and today is no exception to the rule. SIT UP's very own Leroy Barber gets grilled by long time supporter and friend of the podcast Jess Bielman. Jess is a coworker of Leroy that is not scared to ask the tough questions and get great answers. On this episode Jess goes down the line and talks Sports, Innovation, Theology, the Ugly of injustice and even Public discourse with Leroy. Trust us you don't want to miss this special extended 2 part conversation with Jess and Leroy.
Dr. Woodley addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, race, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His expertise has been sought in national venues as diverse as Time Magazine, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post and Planet Drum: A Voice for Bioregional, Sustainability, Education and Culture. Dr. Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox University/Portland Seminary. Some of his books include:
The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (Friesen, 2016)
Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision(Eerdmans, 2012)
Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity(Intervarsity, 2004).
For more info please check for him at:
Shalom is an ordained United Methodist Elder currently supporting the innovative work of church planters. She has facilitated work in churches working to become more multicultural and multiethnic; better representatives of their neighborhoods. Using community organizing as a framework, she offers a more organic, relationship-based way of equipping disciples and transforming neighborhoods.
Shalom’s formation as a Christ follower includes her time with the Upper Room's Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation #29 and continues to serve in leadership as Worship Leader with Academy #40 in Danville, California.
She is local to the Seattle area as a graduate of the University of Washington and received her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C..
She drinks deeply from the well of guided meditation and spiritual reading but is usually found listening to a podcast on race and politics or gospel music. Or both.
Tom has been writing songs and planting gardens with faith communities for the past twenty years. His songs engage the biblical narrative and grow out of contexts of longing, vulnerability and hope. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Isaiah and Arbutus, in the woodlands of Appalachia, where they grow the Eucharist elements, receive many pilgrims and are seeking to build community with neighbors along their gravel lane.
This week we have the pleasure to share with you a Q&A session with Leroy and a group of passionate believers that want to make a difference in their community. This is one you don't want to miss! Let's Begin...
What is church to you? What does church in the neighborhood look like? Whats ABCD or assets based community development? What is social capital? All of these questions and much more will be explored on this episode with guest Tim Soerens of the Parish Collective!
Tim Soerens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As co-director of the Parish Collective he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city. He is the co-author of The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community.
He is also the co-founding producer of the annual Inhabit Conference and New Parish Conference UK and co-designer and instructor at the Leadership in the New Parish certificate at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
As social entrepreneur he is a founding adviser of Impact Hub-Seattle, an innovative co-working space for change makers in both non-profit and business sectors. He also is the curator for place-based innovation for Social Capital Markets the world’s largest gathering of socially motivated investors and entrepreneurs. Most recently, he co-founded Neighborhood Economics, a new venture bringing together pioneering entrepreneurs, ministry leaders, and investors to pursue holistic renewal at the neighborhood level.
Tim earned a B.A. in Rhetorical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. He lives in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Maria-Jose and their son Lukas.
For More info: https://parishcollective.org
What do you think about church planting? What does planting in community look like? What neighborhood connections and partnerships can be made with a church plant? Who funds a church plant and how do you go about getting funding? We explore all of these questions and more with Darryl and Stephanie Answer of New Community Church Kansas City.
New Community Church began as a Bible study in the home of Darryl & Stephanie Answer. After a year of gathering in their home they moved to Hope Leadership Academy in 2016. With this move New Community has experienced growth, and in 2017 became a church plant of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). New Community Church desires to be a tangible display of God’s love in neighborhoods, a connector of community assets, and a catalyst for justice and reconciliation. For more info: https://www.newcommunitykc.church
John Tramel has over 19 years of social work experience in the areas of community organizing, community development, mental health, domestic violence, and social justice education, organizing, and activism. He has spent years focused on creating and sustaining social service support for families in the education and child welfare arenas. John is a founding member of SURJ KC. He is committed to racial justice work because he believes that white people have a responsibility to deconstruct the ways the system of white supremacy has influenced all of us, and start taking action to address it in ourselves and our communities.
Meet Joe Kim of Bothell UMC, on this weeks episode Joe shares his experience as a leader of color leading a predominately white church. Lets Begin...
Rev. Joseph D Kim (email@example.com) has served as Lead Pastor of Bothell United Methodist Church since April 2018. He has served in ministry as Associate Pastor of Bothell United Methodist and as Minister to Young People at Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem, New York. Before entering parish ministry, Joe was the Director of Children’s Rights Advocacy at the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., where he focused on policy and advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and promote equal education opportunities for all children. He has also served as Director for Community Care at Spark12; Senior Associate for Membership Development and Services for the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations,; and Program and Administrative Assistant at the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, United Nations Office. He has traveled around the world as a speaker, workshop leader and facilitator, encouraging people of faith to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
He has studied at the University of Michigan (B.A. in English and Political Science 2007), Princeton Theological Seminary, and Claremont School of Theology (M.Div. 2017).
Joe is the husband to an incredibly talented artist and justice-seeker, Joann; best friend to their beautiful children, Asher and Ember; and walking companion to their dog, Leigh. Joe loves being outdoors and traveling and enjoys all things music and sports.
Amena Brown and Matt Owen aka DJ Opdiggy, of Atlanta make up Sol Graffiti the duo that gave the SITUP Podcast its theme music "Let's Begin". Join Leroy and the sit up crew live from Boise Idaho as we catch up with Amena and talk books, music, life and love.
Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books: Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour.
Amena is the host of three podcasts: HER With Amena Brown, the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name, and Here for the Donuts.
Join us this week on the SITUP Podcast as we talk with Queer Activist, Latinx Scholar and Public Theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD. Dr. Robyn will help us take a much deeper look into the recent vote within the United Methodist Church and explore its intersectionality to gain a better understanding. This is a cant miss episode so please share with a friend. For more information on Dr. Robyn check out: https://irobyn.com https://www.facebook.com/drirobyn https://twitter.com/activistheology https://soundcloud.com/irobyn
Join host Leroy Barber for an eye opening discussion on LGBTIA rights with Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey. Andra, is a longtime friend of Leroy and strong leader of color in the several communities shares her personal journey with the SITUP Podcast.
Join Leroy Barber as The S.I.T. U.P. Podcast celebrates Black History month by taking a look at black Pastors and what it means to be a black pastor today. Our guest today is Pastah J, Jonathan Brooks of Chicago's Canaan Community Church. Pastah J is also a hip-hop artist and the author of Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods.
Join Host Leroy Barber as he officially brings all of the interviews from the Voices Tampa conference to a close. We saved the best for last with Author Al Hsu a Senior Editor at Inter Varsity Press.
Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan live from Tampa as they talk real talk with Ryan Polonio of Kindred. Ryan a governing elder with the Tampa Underground sits down and shares his wisdom on toxic masculinity, micro-churches, and being bi-vocational.
Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan live from Tampa as they talk innovation with Sunia Gibbs. Sunia is an artist of many talents which she uses in the most innovative ways to rethink how church can be done.
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Join Host Leroy Barber as we bring to a close our series of innovator interviews with the Tampa Underground staff. Melyssa is a great innovator and has helped cultivate an excellent and inclusive environment with the Tampa Underground.
Can you touch a women of colors hair? What is your type? What role does hair play in innovation and in the Church? Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan as they continue talking with innovators in Tampa. This time they talk hair with Charlene a Latinx hair stylist that uses her gift to help men and women in South Asia regain their life.
Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan as they continue their series of interviews on innovations. On this episode they speak with Managing Director of The Tampa Underground Brianna Wilkerson. Brianna has a history working in accounting but also has a very innovative story to tell about becoming a wellness coach.
What is a Micro-Church? How does a Micro-Church work? What is a mentor? Do we black girls need more mentorship? If so what does that look like? Well today on the SITUP podcast Host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan speak with Fulei Ngangmuta Passley to help answer some of those questions.
Fulei is a coach for the Tampa Underground Network, who specializes in helping leaders start new ministry ideas. Her creative coaching strategies stimulate you to examine the things that matter most from new angles.
Continuing our discussions live from the Tampa Underground, host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan get out of their comfort zone and talk farming. Where does your food come from? Do you live in a food desert and if so what can you do about it? Well Jenise Carr has some great answers to those questions and much more on this episode of the SITUP Podcast!
Join host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan for part 2 of the SITUP Podcast series on innovation. On this episode the SITUP team sits down with Keisha Polonio an amazing innovator working with the Tampa Underground.
Keisha is the Associate Director and Coaching Director for the Tampa Underground Network. As a certified leadership coach, she invests in the lives of leaders who have kingdom dreams. She provides them with the tools necessary to accomplish their goals within their ministries and their personal lives. For the past ten years, she has committed herself to coaching and continues to serve anyone who longs to do the thing God has called them too.
Join host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan for the next few episodes as they take a visit to the Tampa Underground Network. This series of interviews will spotlight innovative men and women who are creating micro-churches and empowering those who are called to plant churches with the visions God has given them. The Tampa Underground truly is a place to find innovative ideas, a deep diverse leadership community, and fearless pursuit of Jesus and His cause.
First up Lucas Pulley the Director of the Tampa Underground Network. Lucas describes the Underground as a place that exist to inspire, engage, connect and empower missional people, churches and networks.
Welcome to a very special bonus addition of the SITUP Podcast. Our brother and friend Mark Charles will join us today to share with us the events of the Indigenous People March in Washington DC. Mark spoke at the event earlier in the day and shared with us the real story behind the Indigenous People March and its purpose.
On January 18th our Native brothers and sisters joined together in peace for the Indigenous People March in Washington DC. As the event progressed protesters from the Pro-Life March for Life, and members from a Black Hebrew Israelites group began to fight. One Native Elder, Nathan Phillips attempted to keep the peace when he was confronted by high school junior Nick Sandmann who stood in his path. The photo of the Sandman's mischievous grin was quickly described as disrespectful by most on social media and created public discourse about the teen's actions.
In this episode we will discuss the slave bible that was distributed to slaves in the 1800's. This bible was missing many key verses. We will Interview Todd Hiestand a minister about his his thoughts as a white male and pastor. A can't miss episode.
Join host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan as they hit Facebook Live to talk the NFL's Rooney Rule. This discussion was stimulated when Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen called out the NFL for quickly filling the majority of its head coaching positions with under qualified white candidates. This raised a lot of questions for Leroy and the SITUP Podcast crew that they explore on this episode.
Adopted in 2003, the Rooney Rule is an NFL policy requiring every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one or more diverse candidates. In 2009, the Rooney Rule was expanded to include general manager jobs and equivalent front office positions. The Rooney Rule is named after the late former Pittsburgh Steelers owner and chairman of the league's diversity committee, Dan Rooney. As of December of 2018 the enhancements to strengthen the Rooney Rule include:
1. Clubs must interview at least one diverse candidate from the Career Development Advisory Panel list or a diverse candidate not currently employed by the club;
2. Clubs must continue best practice recommendation of considering multiple diverse candidates;
3. Clubs must maintain complete records and furnish to the league upon Commissioner's request; and
4. If final decision-maker is involved in the beginning, he/she must be involved through the conclusion of the process.
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On this weeks episode we follow up on the discussion that ask the question why do black people feel they have the burden to always be nice. This week we talk with Micky SottBey Jones and ask her to share her experiences with this subject as a black woman.
Micky ScottBey Jones, the Justice Doula is a perpetual learner, consultant, facilitator, speaker, writer, movement chaplain, mama/sister/friend, nonviolence practitioner and contemplative activist living just south of Nashville, TN. After 10 plus years as a mother-baby specialist, trainer and author, she shifted back to earlier interests: theology and community development. She is a member of the co-learning community of NAIITS (North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies) and holds a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies.