Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas
Exercising Your Sacred Right to Vote with Rev. Dr. William Barber II

Exercising Your Sacred Right to Vote with Rev. Dr. William Barber II

November 7, 2022

For today's Just Conversation, Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. They discuss the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8, and the key racial and economic issues uniting poor and impacted communities across the country.

The Black Madonna and Race in Film with Dr. Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones

The Black Madonna and Race in Film with Dr. Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones

October 28, 2022

Dean Douglas for a Just Conversation with Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones, Assistant Professor of Theology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. Dr. Amey is also a member of EDS at Union’s Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film cohort. In this conversation, they will discuss Dr. Adkins-Jones’ upcoming monograph project, Immaculate Misconceptions: Black Mariology, Freedom, Fugitivity, a theological account of the rise of the global sex trade. They will also talk about race and film, specifically how Black pain, tragedy, and trauma are depicted in film. 

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe and Tim Regan from St. Paul’s Place

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe and Tim Regan from St. Paul’s Place

July 12, 2022

For our final General Convention Podcast, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas spoke with The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Bishop Rowe, who also serves as parliamentarian for the House of Bishops, reflects on The General Convention, and they discuss the ways that the Episcopal Church must respond to the threat of white nationalism in our nation.

In our second interview, Dean Douglas speaks with Tim Regan from St. Paul's Place and Groundwork Kitchen. Paul's Place is a social enterprise working to strengthen individuals and families in Southwest and Groundwork Kitchen is their restaurant which has a free 12-week culinary arts program designed to train community members for careers in food service. 

If you would like to make a gift to Groundwork Kitchen, please click here.

Bishop Carol Gallagher and D Watkins

Bishop Carol Gallagher and D Watkins

July 11, 2022

Earlier this week, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed Resolution A127 which calls on the Episcopal Church to create a fact-finding commission and complete an investigation of the church’s ownership and operation of Episcopal-run Indigenous boarding schools. Today Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Bishop Carol Gallagher who spoke in the House of Bishops about the importance of this resolution.

For our second interview, Dean Douglas spoke with D Watkins, Editor at Large at Salon and a New York Times best-selling author. They discuss growing up in Baltimore and some of the generational hardships that young people face growing up in urban areas.

Deputy-elect Julia Ayala Harris and Sarah Hemminger

Deputy-elect Julia Ayala Harris and Sarah Hemminger

July 10, 2022

On Saturday, The House of Deputies elected Julia Ayala Harris as their new president. Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with the new Deputy-elect Harris about her new role, representation in the church, and some of her priorities for her upcoming term. 

In our second interview, Dean Douglas speaks with the CEO of Thread, Sarah Hemminger. Thread supports high school students by harnessing the power of relationships to create a new social fabric of diverse individuals deeply engaged with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps. 

If you would like to make a donation to Thread, click here(https://www.thread.org/donate/). 

LGBTQ+ Rights and Fair Wages

LGBTQ+ Rights and Fair Wages

July 9, 2022

In today's episode, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with The Rev. RJ Powell and The Rev. Charles Graves, both members of the Church's LGBTQ+ Caucus. They discuss resolutions that will strengthen LGBTQ+ and women's justice in the church. They also talk about the Lambeth Conference and the recent murder outside the Inner Harbor. Our second interview is with Todd Cherkis from United Workers. Todd is an organizer who works with the Poor People's Campaign. He has worked on many high-profile unionization battles in Baltimore city. He shares the history on the development of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and his work to reframe the debate around development projects to center the conversation around workers' rights, wages, and fair conditions. 

Bishop Elect Paula Clark and Youth As Resources

Bishop Elect Paula Clark and Youth As Resources

July 8, 2022

In today's Just Conversation at General Convention, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas is speaking with Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Paula E. Clark and Julie Reeder and Tori Grace from the Baltimore non-profit Youth as Resources. 

Bishop-elect Clark talks about the most pressing challenges facing our nation and church today. Julie and Tori tell us about their process of empowering young people to bring about positive changes in their community. 

If you'd like to make a donation to Youth As Resources, please click here - http://www.youthasresources.org/make-a-donation/

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and DeRay McKesson

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and DeRay McKesson

July 7, 2022
In our first Just Conversation at General Convention, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas is speaking with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Founder of Campaign Zero DeRay McKesson. Bishop Curry talks about his hopes for the Church during the General Convention, and the decision to scale back the conference due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. DeRay McKesson discusses hope and faith, what it means to show up and tell the truth in public, and his work at Campaign Zero. If you'd like to make a donation to Campaign Zero, please click here.
 
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Trailer: Just Conversations During General Convention

Trailer: Just Conversations During General Convention

July 1, 2022

As the Episcopal Church heads to Baltimore for General Convention we will have new episodes of Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas each morning from July 7 through July 12. In this podcast and web series, we explore the racialized inequities intrinsic to our nation and our collective responsibility to create a more just future.

Dean Douglas will speak with Church leaders about the issues being considered at GC and how we can build a more just and equitable church. But we didn't want to go to Baltimore without hearing from the people in this city. So in each episode, we will also hear from local advocates, activists, and leaders to learn more about Baltimore and hear from them what the Church should know and do in this city.

You can listen to Just Conversations wherever you listen to podcasts (Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher, Podbean), or find the video on the EDS at Union Facebook Page, or YouTube Account.

Learn More: https://utsnyc.edu/eds/general-convention/

Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas | Celebrating Absolom Jones

Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas | Celebrating Absolom Jones

February 24, 2022
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas hosted a panel discussing Absolom Jones, the first Black Episcopal Priest. His feast day is February 13th. Featuring- Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; Bishop Kevin Nichols, The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem; and Bishop Robert Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
As the Episcopal Church’s first African American priest, the Rev. Absalom Jones’ story is one of resilience, struggle, and powerful witness. Our panel will reflect on the life of Rev. Absalom Jones and the significance of his witness for our Church and nation today. Recorded Thursday, February 10th, 2022
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