and the show
Welcome to a new podcast talking about the two things we don’t talk about in polite company: politics and religion. As an ordained minister, writer, and political junkie, I think we can talk about these topics in ways that bring people together instead of driving them apart.
I grew up in Flint, Michigan. From 2008 until 2013 I was the Associate Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Minneapolis. Since 2013, I’ve been the Pastor at First Christian Church in Mahtomedi, MN. I live in Minneapolis with my wonderful partner, Daniel.
My hometown, which has gone through a lot in the last few years with the loss of auto industry jobs and the water crisis, inspires me in how the people work to preserve the past found in some of the great buildings in the city and in designing new spaces that speak to where this changing city is headed.
Why should you listen to a 50-something gay oddball from the Midwest?
Give me two minutes.
Now there are a lot of other podcasters clamoring for attention on the internet. A fair number of them are probably better at this than I am. I’m not special and I haven’t reported from exotic locales around the world. I am just a mild-mannered middle-age pastor that has a background in communications and likes to write and podcast.
I’m a misfit. What you will find here is a viewpoint that you aren’t going to hear in many other places.
So, why bother listening (or reading, since I write as well) what I have to say? Simple. Because I’m a misfit. What you will find here is a viewpoint that you aren’t going to hear in many other places.
The downside of being gay and African American is that everyone thinks they know what you think. Frankly, there are tons of voices out there that fit the general description and give people a opinion comfort food. But in our modern 21st century, gay and African American people can have different views on everything. I’m a black man that thinks racism is still a problem in the United States, but I don’t know if reparations will solve anything and I have problems with Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. I’m an openly gay man happily married and I’m an orthodox Christian. I still think religion is important in our society and I worry about its receding and what is taking its place. I’m on the center-right, but I reject Trumpism and think you can be conservative and believe in active government. I like Star Trek, cartoons, and anything transportation-related and I miss not being able to just talk to others about politics even when we don’t agree. Did I mention I like Star Trek?
If you want to hear the same ‘ole same ‘old or you want to hear from the journalist that’s been to 100 countries and can speak Xhosa easily, then you don’t want to read me. But if you want to read something from someone that is trying to figure out what he believes and where he fits, join me. If you want a perspective that is off-kilter, consider reading me. If you want a bit of whimsy (and let’s face it, you never see the word whimsy with the descriptor African American male, gay on the other hand…) keep reading these pages.