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Leah Gunning Francis

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Book interview with Leah Gunning Francis for “Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice”

How to Heal Our Divides

Book interview with Leah Gunning Francis for “Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice”

31mins

10 Jun 2022

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Episode 59: Season 6 Premiere - Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

The Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Welcome to Season 6. In this inaugural episode we welcome back Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Dean at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. A scholar-activist, Dr. Gunning Francis has been featured in the PBS Documentary The Talk: Race in America and the 2021 Sundance film, Ferguson Rises: A Racial Healing Documentary. In this episode, we dig into her new book, Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice. A follow up to her first book, Faith And Ferguson, Dr. Leah revisits the clergy and activists from the front lines of the Ferguson Uprising, to hear what they’ve learned in the struggle for justice and healing five years later.  We talk about what true change looks like when it comes to racial justice, and her unique perspective and experience as both a theological educator and mother of two young boys coming of age in a climate that is in a constant cycle of healing from trauma rooted in racism. Twitter: @DrLeahGFrancis https://chalicepress.com/products/faith-after-ferguson

37mins

16 Mar 2022

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Episode 56: Dr Leah Gunning Francis

The Prophetic Resistance Podcast

This August - and every August - Michael Brown, Jr. and Ferguson, Missouri are heavy on my mind. August 9th was the anniversary of Mike’s death to police-sanctioned violence. My flesh recalls the uprising that followed and the demands of young activists that those of us in faith leadership positions show up in the streets of Ferguson, and stand up for all Black Lives. As we navigate through a global pandemic; and as the weight of police-sanctioned murder of Black people still presses on us - Ferguson is still teaching us. This podcast was born out of our experiences in Ferguson and one of our earliest guests was Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of the book "Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.” This week, we are re-releasing my conversation with Dr. Leah.Dr. Gunning Francis’s new book “Faith after Ferguson” was released on August 17th.  We invite you to check out her new book and to revisit this conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis. 

35mins

20 Aug 2021

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Mysticism in the Streets: A Conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Contemplating Now

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.During the Ferguson uprising in 2014 after the murder of Mike Brown, Dr. Gunning Francis was serving as the Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, Dr. Gunning Francis wrote the book Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. In the book, She interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond. Her forthcoming book is titled Faith After Ferguson: Resilient leadership in pursuit of racial justice — and is due out later this year with Chalice press.Dr. Gunning Francis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University; a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.In the end of her book, she writes a message as relevant today as it was during her book’s release in 2015: “The fight for racial justice emerges out of the fight for human dignity. If there is any group of people who should be compelled to join this fight, it is the people who call themselves, “children of God.” Staying awake to the injustices that have been revealed through the Ferguson-related events is a critical task for communities of faith. Our connectedness to our brothers and sisters is rooted in our connectedness to God, for we are all God’s children. And, in the words of the Civil Rights freedom fighter Ella Baker: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”In this episode we talk about activism as being "a return to the core and crux of our faith," and the fact that "what you're contemplating ought to cause you to live differently and intentionally." Enjoy this episode where Dr. Gunning Francis concludes that where she sees mysticism today is: “Every time I look in the eyes of the young people, of not so young people out there on the streets standing up, speaking up, I see mystics. I do.”

44mins

2 Jun 2021

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Speaking Up and Out with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Pastoring in Partisan Times

In Episode 2 we’re in conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Gunning Francis is the author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. She lived in St. Louis and served on the Eden Seminary faculty during the Ferguson uprising. For the book, she interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who engaged in the quest for racial justice following the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Gunning Francis offers wisdom and practical advice for finding your voice and speaking up and out. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community White Like Me: Reflections on Race by a Privileged Son by Tim Wise Is it Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question at a Time by Adolf Hansen Vital Conversations on Racism: A Guide to Small-Group Discussions about the Video Series, General Commission on Race and Religion Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey

53mins

25 Sep 2020

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Dr. Leah Gunning Francis: Silence, Ferguson, and Faith (Part Two)

Encountering Silence

In this episode we conclude our conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.This is part two of a two-part episode. Click here to listen to part one.During the Ferguson uprising in 2014, Dr. Gunning Francis was serving as the Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, Dr. Gunning Francis wrote the book Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. In the book, She interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond.Dr. Gunning Francis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University; a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.White supremacy has disembodied the white body... White supremacy has disembodied and disconnected white people from the very bodies they inhabit. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisA native of New Jersey, Dr. Gunning Francis is married to Rev. Rodney Francis and they live in Indianapolis with their tween-aged children.In the end of her book, she writes a message as relevant today as it was during her book’s release in 2015: “The fight for racial justice emerges out of the fight for human dignity. If there is any group of people who should be compelled to join this fight, it is the people who call themselves, “children of God.” Staying awake to the injustices that have been revealed through the Ferguson-related events is a critical task for communities fo faith. Our connectedness to our brothers and sisters is rooted in our connectedness to God, for we are all God’s children. And, in the words of the Civil Rights freedom fighter Ella Baker: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”Learn more about Dr. Gunning Francis by visiting www.leahgunningfrancis.com.This isn't the time to retreat into silence... This is the very time where you as a well-meaning individual need to look right in your circle of influence and start broaching what can be seen as difficult conversations, to say we can't keep pretending that black people are valued in this county in the same way as white people. We have to look around and see how we can influence the change, right where we are, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, faith communities, schools, mom's groups, all these various kinds of spaces need to hear a voice for black lives. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisSome of the resources and authors we mention in this episode: Leah Gunning Francis, Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community Leah Gunning Francis, Faith Following Ferguson: Five Years of Resilience and Wisdom Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial DivideWhen you teach your children not to see color, you teach them not to see me or anybody else. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisEpisode 109: Silence, Ferguson, and Faith (Part One): A Conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis (Part Two)Hosted by: Cassidy HallWith: Carl McColman and Kevin JohnsonGuest: Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisDate Recorded: July 28, 2020

35mins

18 Aug 2020

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Faith & Racial Justice with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Get Your Spirit in Shape - United Methodist Podcast

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis describes herself as a seminary dean, mother and author. As a seminary dean and scholar, she shares a theology of anti-racism and racial justice that begins with the imago dei, the recognition that all human beings are created in the image of God. As an author, Dr. Gunning Francis wrote Ferguson and Faith after interviewing more than two dozen faith leaders who participated in the protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. She shares how people of faith joined the work for racial justice, and how we are called to join as well. As the parent of two sons, she also shares some insights on how we can raise children to be anti-racist. This is an important and inspiring conversation.

38mins

7 Aug 2020

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Dr. Leah Gunning Francis: Silence, Ferguson, and Faith (Part One)

Encountering Silence

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.During the Ferguson uprising in 2014, Dr. Gunning Francis was serving as the Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, Dr. Gunning Francis wrote the book Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. In the book, She interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond.Dr. Gunning Francis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University; a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.We can not be silent to the racial injustice in our time. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisA native of New Jersey, Dr. Gunning Francis is married to Rev. Rodney Francis and they live in Indianapolis with their tween-aged children.In the end of her book, she writes a message as relevant today as it was during her book’s release in 2015: “The fight for racial justice emerges out of the fight for human dignity. If there is any group of people who should be compelled to join this fight, it is the people who call themselves, “children of God.” Staying awake to the injustices that have been revealed through the Ferguson-related events is a critical task for communities fo faith. Our connectedness to our brothers and sisters is rooted in our connectedness to God, for we are all God’s children. And, in the words of the Civil Rights freedom fighter Ella Baker: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”Learn more about Dr. Gunning Francis by visiting www.leahgunningfrancis.com.This is part one of a two-part episode. Part two will be released later this month.Look for the leader within. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisHere is a video produced to introduce readers to Ferguson and Faith.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgcIJ3GvKssSome of the resources and authors we mention in this episode: Leah Gunning Francis, Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community Leah Gunning Francis, Faith Following Ferguson: Five Years of Resilience and Wisdom John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to BelongWhite supremacy has disembodied the white body. — Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisEpisode 108: Silence, Ferguson, and Faith (Part One): A Conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis (Part One)Hosted by: Cassidy HallWith: Carl McColman and Kevin JohnsonGuest: Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisDate Recorded: July 28, 2020Featured photograph by Cassidy Hall.

32mins

3 Aug 2020

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Episode 3 Bonus Content: Ferguson and Faith with Leah Gunning Francis

Faith and Race Podcast

Welcome to the Faith and Race Podcast! The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches host constructive dialogue about faith, race and the Church. Every episode has a specific focus on the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race and justice. These episodes will bring the diverse insights and experiences into churches, homes and hearts across Missouri and beyond.

9mins

2 Jun 2020

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Episode 3: Ferguson and Faith with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Faith and Race Podcast

About This Episode Host Connor Kenaston talks to Dr. Leah Gunning Francis about her book Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. On August 9, 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer became a catalyst for new conversations about race across the United States. “People of faith should care about Ferguson because of what Ferguson represents. We first know that a young man lost his life, and anytime that happens – that need not be relegated to an issue or an event – but a sincere tragedy. But even in addition to that individual tragedy, what it has come to represent is this long standing issue of racial bias, of police brutality, of unjust policing practices, of very frayed race relations in the United States of America.” “Social holiness is not a matter of being holier than thou but rather how do we understand our faith – our commitment and connection to God – as fuel for caring about the world, as the impotence for caring about people, humanity, creation. So this whole idea of social holiness is connected to praying with our feet, where we pray and we have piety, we commune with God in that way. Then after we are done praying we actually engage in activity that will work toward the benefit of all people in our world.” In This Episode 1:00 Clergy Involvement in Ferguson 3:30 Social Holiness and Praying With Our Feet 4:40 What Does Black Lives Matter in Context 7:45 How the Movement of Today Differs From Racial Justice Movements of the 1960s 11:40 Respectability Politics 15:00 “We are not Ferguson” and “Staying Woke” Resources Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis Faith After Ferguson: Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

24mins

2 Jun 2020

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