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.
Tis the season to hit the books and return to the classroom.
Elise and Acasia are passionate about education, learning and understanding and appreciate the teachers who laid the foundation to their success. This special Back to School Episode podcast features a special guest, Acasia’s mom, a teacher of 24 years and dedicated community leader.
Tune in as Mrs. Barrett talks to us about the highs, lows, and beauty of being a teacher.
POP Quiz: What teacher(s) had the greatest impact on who you are today?
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?
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**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 –
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
By – Elise, Obehi and Acasia
Who and what exactly is a Coolikan?
Some of you may have read our articles or listened to a few of our podcasts. On this episode, we discuss who we are, why we got started and what we’re hoping to achieve through this platform.
Photo credit: Florian Klauer (Unsplash – https://unsplash.com)
In February, Baltimore Raven’s star running back Ray Rice punched his then fiancé, Janay, in an Atlantic City hotel elevator knocking her unconscious. Seven months later on September 8th, after TMZ released footage of the attack in the elevator, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice’s contract (source). This is not the first incident of domestic violence in the NFL or any other sports league.
“From 1989 to 1994 alone, 140 current and former professional or college football players were reported to police for violent acts against women, the Washington Postreported in 1994.” (source)
In fact, the following is a link to an article, which breaks down the rate and history of NFL arrests (by type) since 2000 – NFL Arrest Rates: LINK
On this post, we discuss Ray Rice’s suspension, the NFL culture and intimate partner violence.
Prince Ea: “How never to FAIL at anything EVER again”: LINK
Prince Ea: “Why I think this world should end”: LINK
20 Standout Groups Stopping Domestic Violence: LINK
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin
Clutch Magazine Article on Womanism: LINK
*editors note (correction): Ray Rice said alcohol triggered his reaction and he turns into a different person. But he didn’t say he was an alcoholic
On August 7th, Coolikan member Acasia Olson boarded a train and set out on her 10-day cross-country campaign to promote racial healing and reconciliation in the U.S. During her time on board, the nation experienced a flare up in race relations as Michael Brown, a young unnarmed African American male, was shot by a cop in Ferguson Missouri. Acasia continued hosting conversations on race and racial healing with people across the nation in hopes of learning what we as a nation can do to heal and dismantle racism.
On this episode, we talk about race, reconciliation, the Church and the need for this nation to heal.
The honest intersection of confronting an unjust society as a disciple of a loving and radical God:
“God, I don’t want to believe that you died for all these people who [stole, lynched, lied, shot and oppressed]. Just like you died for me you died for them, and I am struggle to accept the fact that you did…How do I learn to see them with the heart and love you have, because you died for them like you died for me…”
Pastor Matt Chandler Speaks Up White Privilege – Article here