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Postulating Solutions with Preachers

What Solutions Look Like

Season 1, Ep. 9

Pastor Perkins asks Pastor Watts how to move to action with the ideas he presented in his recent address. Pastor Watts explains how to address gaps in what the government is already doing to lift people out of poverty. They discuss the generational shift among African Americans and the ways in which the church has failed to meaningfully engage issues of justice and poverty on the national scene and how this has impacted people’s faith.

The pastors also discuss the idea that many people do not actually care about the poor, and how to hold government officials accountable even when they don’t care.

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    Jade Simmons joins Pastor Perkins and Pastor Watts to discuss her candidacy for President of the United States. Candidate Simmons explains her goal to bring servant-leadership from a non-partisan leader, and why she believes this is so much better for the future of the country than looking for a political savior. Simmons rejects the idea of gradual, symbolic change when real and tangible change is needed, and she offers examples related to education, criminal justice, and healthcare. She explains how she intends to bring vision and her unique leadership capacity as a Black woman to involving the American people in healthy governance.
  • Getting Back to the Roots - with Rev. Cecilia Williams

    Pastor Perkins and Pastor Watts are joined by Rev. Cecilia Williams, the President and CEO of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to talk about place-based people-focused community development. Rev. Williams shares her encouragement and disappointment in how the church responded in Minneapolis this summer. They discuss the importance of developing home-grown leaders in the practitioner-based CCDA movement, along with the necessity of engaging systems and structures. Pastor Watts discusses truancy and the schoolyard to prison pipeline as a practical example of a system in need of reform, and the long slow work of making change.Rev. Williams highlights the CCDA Collective that will take place October 1-3, 2020: The World has Changed, but Our Mission Remains the Same.
  • 13. Is the Church an Essential Institution Today?

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