Podcast Season 5

Episode #9: Race and ethnicity

In this episode Jo and Peter welcome their friend and head of public policy, Alicia to the conversation. This time ethnicity is placed the centre of the lens and through significance, connection, presence and participation, they track some of the major cultural shifts in this vital and global conversation. From the murder of George Floyd in the US to the case of Child Q in the UK, they lament over the prevalence of injustice, while looking to the God Story for a more hopeful narrative. Alongside personal stories the conversation touches on how Christians might seek wisdom when it comes to language and ideas like intersectionality. And admits a culture that so often only wants to deconstruct, they look to the opportunity for hospitality, relationship and rebuilding in Jesus’ name to bridge divides. They ask what can the story found in scripture tell us about difference, identity and community when it comes to thinking about ethnicity?

Part one (00:00)
00:07 Welcome and introductions with Alicia.
01:43 Framing today’s topic: ethnicity and identity.
06:17 Looking at language: race, ethnicity and nationality.
12:18 Putting ethnicity in the centre of the lens.
13:18 Significance and the murder of George Floyd.
18:19 Why we might struggle to recognise our own sin and prejudice.
21:12 The God story: liberation, redeeming identity and the story of Hagar.

Part two (26:17)
26:20 Connection, Christian global community and building peace.
30:01 Friendship and combatting the fear of misspeaking.
33:11 Biblical mandate: being sanctification and made holy.
36:11 Presence: Child Q as a moment of reckoning.
41:28 Deconstruction, intersectionality and rebuilding in Jesus’s name.
45:35 The good shepherd.
48:05 Participation: migration and the mandate of hospitality.
52:55 Practicing gratitude.
54:12 Practicing study and intercession.

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