#TheMissionPodcast June Resource List; Part II


Books:

Building a Bridge; Link

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights; Link

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBTQ History One Story at a Time; Link

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag; Link

Articles:

How to Be Part of The Problem: An Instructional Manuel for My Fellow White Queers: Link

I Don’t Want Your Unconditional Love; Link

The Lie of the Queer Christian Zero Sum Game; Link

Why Black Trans Liberation Tuesday Must Become an Annual Observance; Link

Short Clips: 

A Vision of Liberation; Link

6 Things to Stop Calling Trans Women; Link

It’s Time to Reclaim Religion; Link

A Circle of Caring; Link

Documentaries:

Before Stonewall

We Were Here

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

The Out List


#TheMissionPodcast June Resource List; Part I


Books: 

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology; Link

Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology; Link

Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How it Can Revitalize Christianity; Link

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender; Link

Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality; Link

Articles:

Long Beach, CA 2018 Pride; Link

LGBTQI Muslims and International Movement for Empowerment; Link

Difficult Dialogues; Link

What the LGBTQ Movement learned from Civil Rights; Link

Homophobia in our Blood; Link

Talks/Short Clips:

A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage; Link

This is what LGBT Life is Like Around the World; Link

The Danger of Hiding Who You Are; Link

How I Help Transgender Teen Become Who they Want to Be; Link

How to Talk (and Listen) To Transgender People; Link

TV Series:

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Transparent (Amazon Prime)

Orange is the New Black (HBO)

Please Like Me (Netflix)

Everything Sucks! (Netflix)


 

#TheMissionPodcast May Resource List; Part II


Books: 

The Sympathizer; Link

Everything I Never Told you; Link

Bright Lines; Link

Pachinko; Link

Short Talks/Clips:

My Country will be underwater soon Unless we work together; Link

My Immigration Story; Link

How we can help hungry kids, one text at a time; Link

3 reasons why we can win the fight against poverty; Link

Movies:

6 Films to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Link 


 

#TheMissionPodcast May Resource List; Part I


Books: 

Asian American Youth; Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity; Link

Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture; Link

The Minor Arts of Daily Life: Popular Culture in Taiwan; Link

The Taste of Apples; Link

Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry; Link

Articles: 

I See Dead People: Friday Fellows with Christine Lee; Link

A Sunken Cathedral (A Piece on the music of Bora Yoon): Link

Short Clips:

What it Takes to be Racially Literate; Link

The Urgency of Intersectionality; Link

The Fight Against Sex Slavery; Link

My Escape from North Korea: Link

The Art of Bow Making: Link

Films/Documentaries:

HuanDao

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Daughters of Destiny

Bad Rap

Rabbit in the Moon


 

#TheMissionPodcast April Resource List: Part IV


Books:

Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice; Link

Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World; Link

Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement; Link

Moral Minority; The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism; Link

Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation; Link

Short Clips:

The Story We Tell ABout Poverty Isn’t True; Link

Social Experiments to Fight Poverty; Link

Why We Need to End the Era of Orphanages; Link

America’s Native Prisoners of War; Link

Dreams from Endangered Cultures; Link

Documentaries:

Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream

A Place at the Table

Down and Out in America

Inequality for All

Too Big to Fail


 

#TheMissionPodcast April Resource List: Part III

Articles:

How the Enneagram Can Point You to God: Link

God Doesn’t Want you to Beat Yourself up for Messing Up: Link

Black Men Arrested at Starbucks; “This is Something That Has Been Going on For Years: Link

How Working Less Could Solve All Our Problems: Link

The World is an Amazing Place, So Why Aren’t we Happier?: Link

Short Clips:

Watch Ken Ham and Bill Nye Tour “The Ark Encounter” and Intensely Debate Along the Way: Link

Pope Francis Comforts Boy Mourning Athiest Father: Link

Break the Silence for Suicide Attempt Survivors: Link

Depression, The Secret we Share: Link

Second Line: Women as Preachers with Ines Velasquez-McBryde: Link

Docuseries: 

Flinttown

The 60’s – 90’s Series (CNN)

Hot Girls Wanted

Planet Earth (I and II)

The Keepers


 

#TheMissionPodcast April Resource List; Part II


Books:

Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty; Link

Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect; Link

Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God; Link

Why Care About Israel?: How the Jewish Nation Is Key to Unleashing God’s Blessing in the 21st Century; Link

Jews and Christians: People of God; Link

Articles:

5 Way to Use Your Marriage to make The World a Better Place; Link

#MeToo: Life After Abuse; Link

Why Mayors Have More Chance of Saving the World than Global Leaders Do; Link

6 Studies on How Month Affects the Mind; Link

Leadership and Community; Continuing to be Teachable; Link

Short Clips:

How to Fix a Broken School; Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard; Link

Don’t Misrepresent Africa; Link

An Escape from Poverty; Link

What Makes America Great? Link

The Emergent Patterns of Climate Change; Link

Documentaries:

Get Me Roger Stone

Citizenfour

Food, Inc.

Chasing Coral/Chasing Ice

The Regan Show


 

#TheMissionPodcast April Resources list; Part I


Books:

The Book of Joy; Link

Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us; Link

What Is The Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything; Link

The Road Back To You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery; Link

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work with God’s Work; Link

Articles: 

6 Trashy Suggestions: How to Think More Creatively about Garbage; Link

5 Fascinating Findings on How Disgust Effects the Way we Vote, Grocery Shop and Discriminate; Link

South Central’s Renegade Gardner; Link

50 Years Later, the Rev. William Barber is Moving MKL’s Dream Forward; Link

14 Maya Angelou Quotes about Living a Life of Purpose; Link

Talks/Short Clips:

Teach Every Child About Food; Link

We Need to Feed the Whole World; Link

Save the Oceans, Feed the World!; Link

Cultivate Strong Relationship; Link

So You Think You Know Islam; Link

Movies/Documentaries:

LA92

Making A Murder

O.J.: Made in America

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Oklahoma City (Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building)


 

 

I Just Found Out I am Having a Son, Now What?


An unexpected day at home has left me with an opportunity to write down some of my thoughts. So, with a warm cup of coffee sitting next to me and the reply of Everton vs. Manchester City on in the background, I am sitting down to share some very exciting news with you all, 

I am going to be the father of a baby boy! 

I am home today due to my wife falling ill last night. This has been a regular occurrence over these past few weeks. My wife is plagued by migraines and unfortunately, migraines are quite common during the 1st and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. Experts say the migraines are triggered by hormone changes in the body during pregnancy. Since we are having a boy, some experts say the migraines can be worse then if you are having a girl.

“The joys of having a boy.” (I’ve heard this phrase too much already!)

It is hard to describe the feeling that came over me, the moment I found out we were having a boy. It was hard not to cry. We both wanted to start our family by having a boy, so this hearing this news was very exciting for both my wife and I. Reece Charles Brown. He will be the first Grandson on both sides of the family so I expect he will be quite spoiled in the early months of his life. (Here is a picture of me celebrating the news after I have composed myself.)

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Being the first Grandson comes with great responsibility. I know the feeling, I was the first Grandson on my Mother’s side of the family. (And yes, was I spoiled!) Going beyond that, being male in today’s culture comes with a far greater responsibility. I felt a similar responsibility at a young age, and I wasn’t ready for it.

How do you ever feel “ready” to be a man?

Passage into “manhood” looks different depending on who you are talking to. My journey into “manhood” was a bumpy one. I didn’t have many resources. I didn’t like to read and I didn’t like adults. That made learning pretty difficult during my teenage years. Truthfully, I feel my passage into manhood was purely biological, meaning I didn’t really feel like I “became a man”, I simply looked like I became a man. I was still “acting” like a teenager far into my twenties. I don’t want that to be the reality for my son. I want better for him.

I feel confident in my ability to raise my son, mostly because I know I have the best partner I could ever ask for. My wife and I have spent hours, both during our courtship and after we were married, talking about how we wanted to raise our family. We have shared our hopes and expectations, we have shared our fears and doubts. We continue to share even as we are getting ready for his arrival. That is where I find my confidence, in the sharing. I am incredibly thankful my son will have a strong female role model in his life. It is my job to make sure he knows how much I love and cherish his mother. He needs to know that she is the silent strength that keeps our family happy and healthy. My son needs to know how to appreciate strong, independent women. I can help model this behavior for him in how I care for his mother.

We live in an exciting time. Movements like #MeToo, #ChurchToo, and #TimesUp have brought much needed, long overdue accountability to all men. As men today, we need to take a long look at how we view and hold power. Do you hold power for yourself? Or, Do you hold power for others? I think these are important questions. I desire to teach my son how to hold power for others. Today’s great leaders are the one that inspires change in others through their own actions. They challenge individuals to see life differently, to see life holistically and as a collective. It took me far too many years to see life in this manner, I want better for my son.

So, you find yourself in the same boat as me. You are having a son, and you are scared. You have no idea what to do or how even to begin raising a young man today. There are a million questions racing through your mind and I am here to give you some good news, the questions never stop.

That is the good news! 

The questions are good because that means you are engaged. (Stay engaged!) The questions mean you care. (Keep caring!) At the end of the day, that’s the best we can do as a Dad. We can be engaged. We can care. We can ask questions.  My questions have yet to stop. I don’t try and fight them anymore. I talk about them with my wife and with my therapist. They help me begin to trust the intuition that is already inside of me. It is time for me to begin to trust my ability to raise a young man. I have the tools, it’s time to get to work!

Boys are a blessing. Yes, they have a ton of energy and I am going to be exhausted for the next 18 years, but it’s going to be worth it. I cannot wait to begin this journey with my wife; she is my ride or die. Though I may still doubt and questions and worry, I can find comfort in knowing that my job is simple; Love my son, Teach him how to love and respect women by loving and respecting his Mom, And lastly, tell him that I am proud of the man he is becoming, each and every day.


 

Resources for Women’s History Month; Part III


Here is the last installment of resources for Women’s History Month. These resources correspond with the latest episode of The Mission Podcast featuring guest, Diana Butler Bass. Check back next week for a new list of resources and make sure to tune into for a new interview with Melvin Bray on The Mission Podcast!

Books:

She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse;  Link

Womanist Midrash: A reintroduction to Women of the Torah and the Throne; Link

Sisters in The Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk; Link

More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership, and Faith; Link

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People; Link

Articles: 

“Does the Term ‘Women of Color’ Bother You?”; Link

“The Power of Symbols When People Makes Us Hide”; Link

“I Am Muslim and I Am Black Lives Matter.”; Link

“Where is God?”; Link

“5 Things You Can Do To Love Your Refugee Neighbor”; Link

Short Clips:

The Voices of China’s Workers; Link

Human Trafficking is All Around You. This is How it Works; Link

Refugees and Islamophobia; Link

What it Takes to be a Great Leader: Link

Poems of War, Peace, Women, Power; Link

TV: (All shows either created/directed by women)

Broad City

Girls

Jane the Virgin

The Mindy Project

The Path