Kristen Annette

Ep. 15 Unraveling Inequities: Poverty, Race and the Foster System

This week, we look at the intricate intersections of poverty, race, and the foster care system, offering a deep exploration rather than mere observation.

With a compassionate yet critical lens, this episode seeks to unravel the complexities surrounding these issues. In this installment, Kristen delves into real-life stories with authenticity, seamlessly weaving them with insightful data to prompt listeners to confront their biases and preconceptions. Through thought-provoking narratives and compelling statistics, the podcast challenges its audience to grapple with uncomfortable truths, leaving listeners with a sense of urgency and a call to faith-based engagement about systemic injustices.

Foster Care Data

Foster The City

Help One Child

SF Chronicle article on racial profiling

Disparities in black healthcare article

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Ep. 14 Beyond the System: A Journey of Love, Loss, Healing and Faith

In this heartfelt episode of Jesus, Justice, and Mercy, we embark on a deeply personal journey with our host, Kristen, as she shares her experiences with foster care, adoption, and childhood trauma. As May highlights National Foster Care Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, she delves into the complexities of these intersecting issues, offering poignant insights and reflections.

From navigating the foster care system as a single parent to advocating for trauma-informed care, listeners are invited to join a conversation that seeks to understand, empathize, and inspire action. Tune in as we explore the intersections of faith, resilience, and social justice, contemplating the church’s vital role in supporting vulnerable populations and fostering a community of compassion and healing.

Foster Care Data

How to connect with Kristen:

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email: kristen@kristenannette.com

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Ep 13 Threads of Inequality: Exploring Poverty Through a Christian Lens

In episode thirteen, we look at the intricate dynamics of poverty in the United States, unraveling its multifaceted nature and shedding light on its far-reaching impacts. Through exploring data, personal anecdotes, and historical insights, Kristen helps us navigate the layers of systemic barriers perpetuating inequity.  

Drawing upon Christian principles and teachings, we examine past and present responses to poverty within the church, inviting listeners to reflect on their roles in fostering social justice and equity. Ultimately, this episode serves as a call to action, urging us to confront biases, advocate for systemic change, and embody compassion in our pursuit of a more just society.

The U.S. is the top country for millionaires and billionaires

Huff Post Article on EBT funds

Report on Orphanages by the MN Dept of Health and Human Service

Keller: Generous Justice, How Gods Grace makes us Just

Hughes, Power and Poverty

Center for American Progress data

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Ep. 12 Embracing the ‘Other’: Faith, Justice and Immigration in America

Welcome to Jesus, Justice, and Mercy, Episode 12!

In this thought-provoking episode, Kristen dives into the concept of ‘othering’ and its profound impact on society, particularly in the context of US history and immigration policies. 

From exploring the roots of xenophobia to challenging fear-based narratives, we examine how these dynamics shape our perceptions and interactions with others. 

Join us as we not only navigate through history, statistics, and personal reflections to uncover the complexities of identity, power, and reconciliation in our pursuit of a more just and compassionate world through our lens of faith. Don’t miss out on this insightful exploration of faith, justice, and the human experience.

 

America for Americans: A history of xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee

Great Mystics and Social Justice: Walking on the Two Feet of Love by Susan Rakoczy

Study on Immigration and Crime

Patricia Carabez story

Refugee data

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How to connect with Kristen:

⁠Website⁠

⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

email: kristen@kristenannette.com

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Ep. 11 Radical Restitution: The Revolutionary Vision of Jubilee

In episode 11, we dive into the profound concept of Jubilee as outlined in the Old Testament. Join Kristen as she explores the connections between ancient laws and contemporary reflections on justice and equity. Discover how the principles of Jubilee offer timeless wisdom for navigating socio-economic challenges and fostering community solidarity.

From the earliest documentation of taxation to the radical principles of economic justice, we unravel the layers of significance behind Jubilee and explore biblical passages and historical contexts to understand how Jubilee aimed to prevent cycles of poverty and promote societal restoration. Journey with us as we examine the parallels between the Old Testament narrative and the teachings of Jesus, finding resonance in themes of freedom, redemption, and communal responsibility. Finally, we are encouraged to reflect on the implications of Jubilee for contemporary society and the role of the church in addressing systemic injustices.

Join in as we contemplate the intersection of faith, social action, and transformative love.

Black Maternal Health Someone to follow:

ThePhDmamma

Places to find data:

2023 March of Dimes report card,

Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Maternal Health Equity

Black Mamas Matter Toolkit

Jesus, Justice + Mercy episode 2: Black Maternal Health Data

 

How to connect with Kristen:

⁠Website⁠

⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

email: kristen@kristenannette.com

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Ep. 10 Justice Envisioned: Untangling the threads of faith and action

In episode ten,we continue to explore justice in biblical passages, focusing on the writings of Paul in Romans and the book of James.

Throughout each episode, we have navigated these texts’ historical and cultural contexts, challenging ourselves to reconsider their relevance in addressing contemporary issues of oppression, discrimination, and inequality.

As we journey through these ancient writings, we confront the challenging questions they raise about righteousness, justice, and the role of action in faith. Drawing upon themes of compassion, empathy, and the call to care for the marginalized, Kristen seeks to inspire listeners to reflect on how they can actively engage in promoting justice and mercy in today’s world.

From discussions on the significance of faith in action to reflections on the responsibilities of believers in addressing social injustices, each episode invites deeper introspection and meaningful dialogue. Join us as we explore the timeless messages of the Bible and their implications for building a more just and compassionate society.

What does “head” kephalé mean in Paul’s letters blog post

Mishpat and Tzedakah

 

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Ep. 9: Justice Renewed: Redemption through Resurrection

In Episode 9 of the Jesus Justice and Mercy podcast, our host Kristen Brock, helps us explore the profound connections between Jesus, justice, and the resurrection, discovering how these themes intertwine to envision a world free from injustices. Beginning with the origins of Jesus’s ministry, we examine how his teachings and actions challenged societal norms, particularly regarding the treatment of marginalized communities. Drawing from biblical passages, including the Old Testament prophets and Jesus’s own words, we uncover the transformative nature of justice as exemplified through Jesus’s life and teachings. 

We also confront contemporary questions about the role of Jesus in social justice efforts, exploring both the challenges and benefits of centering justice on Jesus. Through discussions on biblical principles and real-world applications, we reflect on how Jesus’s message of justice extends beyond mere ideology to become a lived experience for his followers. As we approach Easter weekend, we celebrate the resurrection as the ultimate act of God’s justice, signaling a new era of transformation and restoration for humanity. Through Jesus, we find hope for a world where justice, mercy, and love reign supreme, ushering in an era where all things are made new.

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Ep. 8: Justice Embodied- Mercy Matters with Luke’s Gospel

In week three of Justice in the Bible, join us on a journey through the Gospel of Luke, often hailed as the epitome of social justice teachings within the New Testament.

Through insightful analysis and deep reflection, we delve into Luke’s unique perspective on compassion, equality, and love in Christ. From the iconic parable of the Good Samaritan to contemporary issues echoing its themes, we explore how mercy intersects with our understanding of neighborliness, justice, and the call to action in today’s world. 

Each episode invites listeners to ponder what it truly means to “go and do likewise” in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate society. Join the conversation as we discover the transformative power of mercy in our lives and communities.

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Links to books and articles I mentioned:

(None of these are affiliate links; they are just resources if you want them.)

Deacon Paul Carlson: Luke, the Gospel of Social Justice

Eric Hovee; Jesus The Heresy blog

Smith and Kim: Toward Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction

Bryan Stevenson: Equal Justice Institute and Just Mercy

Passages in Luke that emphasize social justice:

Luke 1:51-55, 3:10-14, 4:16-21, 6:20-31, 8:1-3, 10:30-37, 14:12-14, 16: 19-31, 18:1-8 and 9-14, and 19:1-10

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Ep. 7 Prophetic Justice Unleashed: Dismantling Oppression from the Courts of Heaven

Welcome to episode 7, as Kristen continues a deep dive into the theme of justice in the Bible. This week, we first look at the Psalms, finding resonance with David’s emotions and experiencing the humanity behind these timeless prayers. In Psalm 82, God establishes Himself as the ultimate judge, rebuking unjust rulers and emphasizing the importance of justice for the weak and oppressed, warning of severe consequences for continued injustice, and reaffirming His sovereignty over all creation.

Moving forward, we dive into the prophetic voices of the Old Testament, understanding their role in confronting societal injustices and calling God’s people to repentance and righteousness. We dissect a passage from Amos, often hailed as the book of social justice, to glean insights into God’s stance against oppression and exploitation. Amos confronts the realities of systemic injustice through vivid imagery and prophetic warnings. We finish up by looking at our collective responsibility as believers to advocate for the marginalized and oppressed.

Come along as we navigate the complexities and prominence of justice in Scripture, as we seek to embody God’s heart for righteousness and mercy in our daily lives.

How to connect with Kristen:

⁠Website⁠

⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

email: kristen@kristenannette.com

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Ep. 6 Justice Unveiled: Exploring Divine Justice in God’s law

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Welcome to our new series, delving into the theme of justice in the Bible! Over the next five weeks, we’ll explore specific passages, starting with the Pentateuch and moving through the prophets, gospels, and epistles. In this week’s episode, we focus on Exodus and a passage from Deuteronomy, examining how justice is integral to God’s covenant with His people. Join us as we unravel the threads of justice woven throughout scripture and discuss its relevance in our lives today.

This week, we explore how social location shapes our understanding of scripture and why humility is vital in interpreting biblical texts. We also explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, challenging misconceptions and highlighting the call for believers to engage in justice work. Join the journey as we uncover the rich tapestry of justice in the Bible and discover how it speaks to us in our contemporary context.

Whether you’re new to these discussions or have been engaging with them for years, we invite you to tune in and explore the timeless relevance of justice in God’s word.

 

Esau McCaulley: “Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

David W. Kling: “The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times”

How to connect with Kristen:

⁠Website⁠

⁠Jesus, Justice + Mercy IG⁠

email: kristen@kristenannette.com.

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