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The Bible Bash Podcast

Liam Hooper Ministries Beyond Welcome

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Ever wonder what happens when a trans Jewish theological activist and a cisgender Baptist hunger activist walk into a Bible Bashing podcast and talk about Biblical stories? Listen in each month as host, Liam Michael Hooper - a justice-seeking gender theorist, trans educator-advocate, and author - meets with (new) co-host, Don Durham - a hermit-ish farmer, podcaster, and transitional coach - share their thoughts about Biblical stories. After discussing a given text, Liam or Don will share a n ...
 
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In this two part episode, we listen to organizers on both sides of the abortion debate to understand what the decision to overturn Roe v Wade means to the them and where they see our country going from here.In part one, I talk with Anna Lulis, digital engagement strategist at Students for Life of America, about why she feels abortion should be abol…
 
Liam and Don are taking a little break over the summer to research, relax, and reboot. In this episode you will hear Another Text shared by Pastor June. You will hear an excerpt from a recent Pride Service. We're honored to have a special guest this week to share a reading as our "other text." Reverend Junia Joplin has provided an excerpt from a re…
 
DC is still a predominantly Black city and religion in Black communities is more than just Protestant Christianity. What are the local groups that make up the religious diversity of the nation's capital? How do they play a role in the shifting make up of the city as gentrification and revitalization continue to change the face of "Chocolate City"? …
 
This month, Don takes a look at the story of Thomas, the disciple often referred to as “doubting Thomas,” in the gospel according to John. In his reading of this story, Don presents a rather revolutionary interpretation of Thomas and his reaction to the disciples’ claim that they have seen their teacher, Jesus. Through his refreshing take on the st…
 
This week, we take a tour of the Latter-day Saints Temple in Kensington, Maryland. Originally complete in the 1974, the temple is the site of ceremonies typically closed to anyone who isn't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But - after extensive renovations and a two-year delay due to the pandemic - this spring the temple…
 
Is the story of Esther the first documented intersectional justice uprising? In this month’s episode, Don and Liam join the Saturday morning Torah study class at Liam’s Shul, where they curate a rousing liberation-themed discussion of the Book of Esther. After all, it is the season of Purim. In the first of what Don and Liam hope will be more “live…
 
For our 100th episode, we pull out all the stops to celebrate this year's unique intersection of spring holidays:Sarah Ventre pulls cards for Passover.Cassandra Lawrence shares tears of joy at Easter.Dalraj Singh Gill tells the dramatic story of Vaisakhi.Fazia Deen balances service and personal growth during Ramadan.Nanabah Foguth reflects on indig…
 
This month, for our Bible Bash entertainment and considerations, Don takes us on a trip through the Christian book of Acts. Don’s chosen task: to reflect on the complicated person we know as Paul, based on his behavior throughout these chapters describing the early formation of Christianity. In this journey, Don points us to a Paul who may have exp…
 
With the world's eyes on Ukraine, I talk with Tamara Woroby (president of St Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD) and Gill Preuss (CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington) about how their communities are helping the people of Ukraine and those fleeing the attacks from Russia. Learn more about:St Andrew Ukrainian Orth…
 
Peterson Toscano Zoom bombs the podcast to talk about the love between Jonathan and David, but really he is mostly curious about God in the story. The story of King Saul, Prince Jonathan, and future king David is one filled with desire and jealousy. We hear a lot about Saul’s jealousy over David. There is fear of being replaced and of no longer bei…
 
Why Catholics are protesting the March for Life, what Exodus says about abortion, and how to make a uterus challah.With the looming possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade later this year, I've invited two leading reproductive rights advocates to discuss what their religious traditions say about abortion and how they approach t…
 
We begin the new year, in 2022, with a close reading of the story of the midwives in Exodus 1: 15-21. Liam offers us an invitation to recognize Shifrah and Puah as revolutionary resistors and so much more: namely, co-creators with G-d, The Potter of earthen vessels. Along the way, Liam and Don offer, for our consideration, the idea that we are all …
 
This week, we reflect on why we're falling short of MLK's prophetic vision, what's being missed about the recent synagogue hostage situation in Texas, and what is controversial about understanding Jesus as a Jew.My guests are:Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology…
 
As we reach the anniversary of last year's assault on the US Capitol, I discuss the impact of January 6th and where we go from here, with guests Zainab Chaudry (Director, Council on American Islamic Relations - Maryland) and David Searby (Co-Founder, Light4America).We talk about the narratives that have emerged about the riots, the differences in p…
 
For his December Bash, Don takes a close and insightful look at Mark’s gospel and Jesus’ interactions with James and John, who wish to be seated at Jesus’ side and share in his glory. Or, so they say when they ask Jesus to do something for them. In his reading, Don peels back the layers of this story to expose what appears to be a first-century, di…
 
This week, I headed to downtown DC to visit the interfaith intentional living project, Abrahamic House. The project brings together young people of different religious traditions to live together for a year and provide a space to learn from one another about their traditions and also create public programming for others to do the same. The project …
 
Diving into Genesis stories again, in this episode, Liam offers us a different view of the so-called Fall story found in Genesis 3. Reading the encounter between Eve and the serpent in a new way, and drawing on Rashi and his commentary on the story, Liam invites us to see the story as a trauma story, first, and then poses the question of who really…
 
The messy intersections of religion, politics, and nationalism.Guests Sarah Brammer-Shlay, a rabbinical student and co-founder of If Not Now, and Sravya Tadepalli, a board member with Hindus for Human Rights, discuss the stories they grew up with around Israel and India, respectively. They are both now working to organize their communities to stand…
 
In this Bible Bash episode, Don invites us into a closer look at what is going on with Judas when he rails at Mary for wasting expensive perfume on washing Jesus’ feet. In other gospel versions of the story, the woman who washes Jesus’ feet is unknown to us, but in John’s version of events, it is Mary, sister to Lazarus, who performs the intimate a…
 
As we approach Halloween, we dare to look at the darker side of religious traditions with stories of demons and djinn, ghosts and golems.My guests are Rabia Chaudry, an attorney, author, the producer of the popular criminal justice podcast Undisclosed and most recently, host of The Hidden Djinn and Nighty Night; and James E. Bowley, Chair and Profe…
 
Muslims and Mormons and Muad-dib oh my!Guests Ali Karjoo-Ravary, professor of Islamic studies at Bucknell University, and Michael Haycock, Christian Life Coordinator at Georgetown University, dish out all the nerdy takes on the intersection of religion and sci fi / fantasy.We discuss the Islamic influences in Frank Herbert's Dune, Christian themes …
 
Finding interfaith allies on protest lines and in hair salons.My guests are Taneeza Islam, Executive Director of South Dakota Voices for Peace and South Dakota Voices for Justice, and Leo WT, a queer non-binary Christian who organizes the dialogue project Conversations.Taneeza is an immigration and human rights lawyer who has spent the last decade …
 
In mid-August, Liam and Don were joined by Portland Maine’s Poet Laureate, Maya Williams. Maya is not only a creative, gifted spoken word artist and poet, they are also a suicide survivor, theological thinker, and utterly enchanting person. In this episode, Maya shares their poem, “Judas and Suicide,” and offers us a thought-provoking and spiritual…
 
What's it like to live in one of the most religiously diverse counties in America? And why does it not always lead to tolerance and pluralism?This week, guests Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute, and Ambereen Khan, host of the radio show 'Inspired,' discuss the recent 2020 Census of American Religion.Plus, the death rattle of…
 
The story of Balaam is a fantastic tale complete with conversations with God, angels with swords drawn, a seemingly stubborn talking donkey, and a seerer’s blessings and curses. What if anything can we learn from this story about our relationships to God and to one another? In this episode, Liam takes a look at the ways in which we are conditioned …
 
In this month’s episode of the Bible Bash podcast, new co-host Don Durham leads us through a deep dive into the layered messages gleaned from Isaiah 56 - the classic text where the prophet proclaims God’s favor for foreigners and eunuchs. In his studious way, Don takes us through a short framing history of the distinct periods in the collection of …
 
From his continued curiosity about how we develop theologies that sustain us during periods of disappointment, Liam takes a look at Genesis 3. Regular listeners may recall the Drawing Near episode when Liam shared the story of a Rabbi, at his conversion, asking him, Do you have a theology of disappointment to sustain you when the institution of Jud…
 
This week, we listen to two powerful young voices in the climate movement: Isha Clarke is co-founder of Youth Vs Apocalypse and Tori Goebel is National Coordinator for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.Although on opposite coasts and from different religious and cultural traditions, the two share in their drive to working tirelessly to bring at…
 
Have you heard the story of Jesus’ hissy fit in the temple, turning over tables and ranting about the house of God being a house of prayer for all the peoples? Have you ever wondered what that apparent temper tantrum was all about? In this episode, Don offers his thoughts about the tale as we find in the Gospel of Mark. In his discussion, Don poses…
 
How can we create media to bring people together? How can we even begin a dialogue when we don't agree on the same facts?Mohamed Amin Ahmed is a Muslim Somali immigrant and peace advocate based in Minneapolis who is founder of the platform Average Mohamed, which strives to provide educational narratives to counter extremist ideology.Mandi Hart is a…
 
In this month’s episode, Liam and Don take a look at Jesus’ teaching on the laborers in the vineyard through the larger story of Jesus engaging with the people. Liam explores the tendency to isolate Jesus’ teachings and parables from their story-based, literary contexts. Liam proposes that the author of Matthew’s gospel (like the authors of each go…
 
What does lobbying look like from a faith community perspective? What are the issues driving various groups, particularly minority faith groups? What are their goals and strategies for influencing policy and lawmakers? How do faith-based organizations find collaborators across ideological and political spectra?Featuring: Ziba Murat, a Uyghur Americ…
 
Artist Makoto Fujimura and the Ven. Yishan Qian explore trauma, healing, and the power of art.Mako, a committed Christian, discusses his "theology of making" and how he's using the art of kintsugi to help communities process trauma.Yishan, an ordained Buddhist nun in the Chinese Mahayana tradition (called a 'bhikkhuni'), shares how she's found her …
 
In this episode of the Bible Bash podcast, Liam Hooper does a new thing. First, Liam invites listeners to draw near to our new co-host, Don Durham, and invites Don to draw near to listeners as well. We learn a little about Don, who is - among other things - a trained organizational change and transition consultant, and strategic coach helping clien…
 
How will inter-religious engagement stay relevant to Gen Z and beyond? What are the traps to avoid? How do we strike a balance between grassroots organizing and institutional engagement?Two leaders reflect on challenges and victories they’ve experienced in the interfaith movement. Tahil Sharma, based in Los Angeles, is regional coordinator with the…
 
Am I my brother's keeper? Cain asks G-d after killing his brother. In Sunday and Sabbath Day school's this story of fratricide turns into a simple moral tale, but as always Liam Hooper takes us deeper. He explores the ways G-d probes and seeks to draw out Cain. The subsequent discussion with Peterson Toscano raises other questions, as he and Liam r…
 
Peterson Toscano takes on the biggest clobber passage of them all, Genesis 19 and the story of Sodom. We all know the "sin of Sodom" is not man on man action, aka homosexuality or sodomy. Peterson provides a close reading of the text to demonstrate that this story has nothing to do with "the gays" and really it is not even about hospitality. In fac…
 
On Inauguration Day, we discuss a renewed commitment to religious pluralism under the Biden-Harris administration; how the surge of South Asian voters in Georgia helped deliver victories to Senators Warnock and Ossoff; and why this is a moment to reclaim progressive Christianity. Featuring:Anjali Enjeti, co-founder of the Georgia chapter of They Se…
 
Voting rights, ending hunger, and supporting Black and Brown businesses in the nation's capital.Featuring David Street, deputy director of grassroots organizing at Bread for the World, and Ibrahim Mumin, board member of Masjid Muhammad.Note: this episode was recorded the morning of Wednesday June 6th, before the attack on the Capitol building.Learn…
 
For the first ever LIVE Bible Bash, Peterson, Liam, and guests, take on the topic of Biblical Bottoms. Who is a bottom in the Bible and what does that even mean?? We talk bottoms, tops, subs, doms, power bottoms, agency, consent, and much more. Hear about Jonah, Hagar, Samson, Delilah, and others. It is a fun, informative, and insightful conversati…
 
Sue, Miranda and Jack reflect on interfaith stories of the year, play music from past guests, share their favorite conversations from the show, and celebrate WOWD & U Week at Takoma Radio.In honor of our 75th episode of Interfaith-ish, we put out a call to ask for 75 friends to step up and contribute to Takoma Radio and the response has been amazin…
 
By taking on Hosea 11:9 Avery Smith, host of Blessed Are the Binary Breakers podcast, cracks open a rich discussion with Bible Bash co-hosts, Liam Hooper and Peterson Toscano. Avery writes: "I interpret God's declaration For I am God and not a man in Hosea 11:9 as, among other things, evidence of Their rejection of being assigned a human gender and…
 
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