Category: Podcast

Committing Faith in Public with the Rev. Dr. Charisa Hunter-Crump

“What were the challenges of doing and being church during a pandemic? How prepared was your congregation? What were the learning curves you embraced? What did you learn about church that you might not have known or that became more or less important? What did you start that you will continue doing?” These are some […]

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Committing Faith in Public with Phillips professor Dr. Lisa Davison

In October 2020, Center for Religion in Public Life director Gary Peluso-Verdend interviewed Dr. Lisa Davison, the Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Denominational Formation. Dr. Davison joined the Phillips faculty in 2010. Since coming to Tulsa, she has continued her work of teaching in many […]

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Committing Faith in Public with Cartoonist Marlin Lavanhar

Many listeners and readers will know the Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar as the senior pastor of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Marlin is well-known in Tulsa and, in UU circles far beyond Tulsa, for his preaching, leadership, and for his community work in matters of race and of race and policing. But Marlin […]

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Committing Faith in Public: Vic Hunter talks about the contemporary relevance of the Barmen Declaration

When the Nazi regime essentially nationalized the Christian churches in Germany, making them one of the legitimizing arms of their evil program, some church leaders capitulated and embraced their roles. Others resisted. One of the most famous expressions of that resistance was the Barmen Declaration. The threat of Christian nationalism in the U.S. today has […]

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Committing Faith in Public with author of “The Great Oklahoma Swindle”

Dr. Russell Cobb, currently Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, is a longtime Tulsan who wrote many essays for This Land Press. Some of those essay and other writings are the basis of The Great Oklahoma Swindle, an eye-popping read for anyone interested in […]

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Committing Faith in Public Podcast with Chaplain Jacob George

Chaplains can be found in all kinds of institutional roles these days, from Tyson Foods to the military and hospitals. The Rev. Dr. Jacob George is the director of pastoral care at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. After years in hospice work, he moved into the hospital setting. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor […]

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Committing Faith in Public: Talking Reconciliation is Not Enough with the Rev. Robert Turner and the Rev. David Wiggs

In this special collaborative edition of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church podcast ASCENDS, its hosts are joined by co-host, Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend from the Committing Faith in Public podcast. The guests are the Rev. Robert Turner and the Rev. David Wiggs to discuss the relationship between Historic Vernon AME and Boston Avenue UMC and […]

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Committing Faith in Public Podcast with Jesse Ulrich

What was it like growing up Jewish in Tulsa, attending a nearly all African-American elementary school where one was a dual minority, then having the experience of living in a large Jewish community in Boston before returning to Tulsa? Jesse Ulrich talks about these and other formational experiences that have helped him navigate the boundaries […]

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Committing Faith in Public Podcast, Talking Theology and Impeachment

Sit down with two Phillips faculty to talk about theology and impeachment and what do you get? A half hour of insight, perspective, and something to chew on. Dr. Joe Bessler, the Robert Travis Peake Professor of Theology and acting dean, and Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker, Associate Professor of Theology, are the guests on this […]

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