78.5 - Jason Sexton on California, Borders, and Belonging
In his lecture “Borders: Citizenship in California,” Jason Sexton, visiting research scholar at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, surveys California’s—and LA’s—history of shifting borders and invasive violence, and asks what belonging and citizenship mean in such a place. In response, Andrea Smith, professor of ethnic studies at UC Riverside, discusses indigenous sovereignty and our responsibility to the land, while drawing lessons from the Old Testament.
Jason Sexton: Prison Church, California, and Public Theology
Gospel Beautiful Podcast
This conversation features Dr. Jason Sexton, Visiting Research Scholar at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. We discuss the prison church, prison reform, and California. According to his own bio, "I study internal structural commitments of communities and their members and how these relate to assumed cultural and theological norms that show up in social and ethical action. My research focuses closely on California and its culture, the prison and its governance structures, contemporary religion/theology, and on convergent points where these subjects intersect. My scholarly work has been published in academic journals like Theology, International Journal of Public Theology, Religions, Ecclesial Practices, Journal of Theological Studies, and in journals of missiology and criminology. Contributions in California religion led to an election as recent President of the largest, most diverse regional body of the American Academy of Religion (Western Region), and my contributions to California studies led to an appointment as Editor of Boom California. My academic writing has been published by presses like Routledge and Bloomsbury, while my popular writing has appeared in the LA Times, Zocalo Public Square, Los Angeles Review of Books, HarperCollins, among others."Jason has authored, edited, and contributed to many books, articles, and essays, including: Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California's Culture, 2014 (editor)The Trinitarian Theology of Stanely J. Grenz, 2015 (author)The End of Theology: Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission, 2016 (editor)Four Views on the Church's Mission, 2017 (editor)Thanks to Sara Renner (listen to her interview here!) for allowing us to use "Altogether Beautiful," the title track on her new album, which can be purchased at the following link:https://sararenner.bandcamp.com/Thanks to our awesome sponsors:Studio 2 Ceramics. 10% discount code: GOSPELWorship ForwardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/gospelbeautiful)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/gospelbeautiful)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/gospelbeautiful)