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#35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

Dr. Jennifer Kaalund (womanist scholar, Iona College faculty) helps us understand how identities are negotiated, especially for early Jesus followers. She unpacks the complex identities that made up the recipients of Hebrews and 1 Peter, seeing parallels with the African American Great Migration. Along the way, she helps us understand some of the ugliest passages in the Christian scriptures.

To hear more from her, check out her book, Reading Hebrews and 1 Peter with the African American Great Migration, or find her commentaries on Working Preacher.

#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

Lyz Lenz (journalist, author) set out after the 2016 election to explore what the hell was happening with faith and politics in middle America. What she found was complex, infuriating, deeply human and more personal than she expected. The fracture lines emerging throughout the country were undeniable in her own marriage.

She sat down to talk about all of it- faith, politics and divorce. She unpacks these realities in her incredibly compelling new book God Land, which you should absolutely order.

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#28. Nish Weiseth: Religion and Politics

Politics and religion. The topics you aren’t supposed to talk about, but can’t ignore these days. Nish Weiseth (author, speaker, podcast host) is on to help us understand the disturbing relationship between Evangelicals and right wing politicians in the U.S. and what a faithful response could look like.

Nish, along with Amy Sullivan, is the co-host of Impolite Company, a podcast that covers religions and politics with depth and insight. Nish’s op-ed pieces have been featured in Cosmopolitan and Christianity Today, and she authored the book Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World. Check out more from Nish at https://www.nishweiseth.com/.

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A couple of great organizations we mention in this episode: Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Refugee Council USA.