This upcoming election day and the marathon to this day looks…crazy. We have an opportunity to elect candidates that have caused many people to question and worry about the U.S. Political system as we know it. So many people are talking but shooting out sound bites and making noise. And what about the voices behind the pulpit? Coolikan takes a few minutes to discuss the influence on politics and the pulpit and the pulpit on politics and the mess that this can and has made.
Coolikan turns 3 this month. In celebration of her journey on this earth, we find ourselves talking about the very topic that got this blog and podcast in motion: racial injustice and inequality and the role of the Church in addressing it. While this podcast is not entirely devoted to the topic, given the events unfolding in the the U.S. we can’t help but wonder and hope for a time when a Coolikan Birthday Celebration doesn’t include a discussion on racial injustice because we’ll have made substantial strides in the coming years and decades. One can only hope and that’s what we have: faith, hope and love. And above all these is love, which we hope, despite being in need of love today, will swell and flood.
In celebration of summer and vacations, and potential relocations abroad (depending on the U.S. Presidential Election results), we’re talking about traveling while black. Lifelong nomad and travel aficionado Acasia, leads this conversation on the importance of Black folks traveling domestically and abroad and her experience as a Black American Wanderlust!
- The Negro Motorists Green Book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Negro_Motorist_Green_Book
- Travel Noire: http://travelnoire.com
- Awe Inclusive travel: http://aweinclusive.com
- Self Care for People of Color After Psychological Trauma: http://justjasmineblog.com/self-care-for-people-of-color-after-emotional-and-psychological-trauma/
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!
On this podcast, the Coolikans wax poetic about our favorite childhood Christmas memories and the evolution of Christmas for us now that we’re adults.
Peace and Blessings to you and yours!
Thanks of listening!
What is Advent? – LINK
Kwanzaa – LINK
The Five Love Languages – LINK
Ba Humbug – Man upset about Christmas greeting (LINK)
In 1963, Preacher and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior penned the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which he admonished fellow clergy for their silence and reactions to nonviolent civil rights protest. In recent weeks men and women across the U.S. have engaged in civil unrest to protest police brutality and criminal (in)justices.
We at Coolikan see these events as opportunities for the Church to be the light and to unite and speak out against injustice. Instead, we, like Dr. King, notice the silence. We sense the need for greater solidarity in the Body of Christ concerning the plight of humanity and specifically racial inequity.
Jesus and justice. Are these two mutually exclusive? If not, how can we embody the essence of Christ and principle of justice in our lives?
Thanks for listening!
**Honorable Mentions **
Embrace Healing Petition for Truth, Healing and Reconciliation – Sign Here
Site highlighting the protests around the U.S – Urban Cusp
Tim Wise – White Like Me Film – website: http://www.timwise.org
Blindspots: The Hidden Bias of Good People Link
Article on the need for the Church to come together – A Call to Arms
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail –
“Women Hold up Half the Sky” -Mao Zedong
On this podcast, the Coolikans discuss the role, worth and social constructs of womanhood. We celebrate the strengths and benefits of being a woman. We also challenge the messages that we receive from childhood through adulthood that counter our personal definition of womanhood, and often lead us to believe that our sole purpose on earth is to make others, and specifically men, happy.
What does it mean to be a woman?
Thanks for listening!
The Hidden Power of a Woman by Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda
By Acasia, Elise and Obehi
On this podcast we discuss the recent resignation of Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill, a multi-site mega church that this now preparing to close its doors. This is not the first time a church leader has resigned nor is it the first time the Christian Church has been riddled with controversy. The Coolikans discuss church scars, the need for healing in the Body of Christ, the importance of discernment, the role of checks and balances re leadership in the church and the need to #BeLikeTheBereans.
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(photo credit: Ryan McGuire)
Mindy Kalig is mistaken for Malala Yousafzai: Article (US Magazine)
Mars Hill Church Closes: Article (Relevant Magazine)
Mark Driscoll resignation message: Link 1 Link 2
Lecrae interview with Bad Christian: Podcast
#BeLiketheBereans: Who are the Bereans?
By: Obehi, Acasia and Elise
The Coolikans sit down and discuss high profile topics that took October by storm, including the Ebola epidemic and the national response to the first reported cases in the U.S. We also take time to review Fall’s evening television, movies, and entertainment.
NOTE: Given the subject of this podcast, we want to clarify that when talking about student loan debt, we are hoping for a computer virus to wipe out the loan repayment system NOT a human virus. We are about health and wellness and don’t want people to get sick, we just want our student loan debt to be miraculously cleared.
Year of Jubilee: CLICK HERE
Psalm 91: LINK
Ebola: CDC Ebola Website CLICK HERE
The Mindy Project: LINK
Dear White People: LINK
A.O. Scott New York Times Critique of “Dear White People”: LINK
ABC Thursday Night Lineup: LINK