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Change Happens Now Podcast: Season 7, Episode 4: Pursuing Reconciliation Through Bravery and Action

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The Ignite Institute welcomes back education and community advocate and Pacific School of Religion grad student, Maurice King (aka Mo) to host Season 7 of Change Happens Now! Join Mo as he evolves conversations with dynamic leaders beyond the change happening in their communities of care, and asks them to address the challenges they encounter, resources they find helpful, and hopes that they have for those they lead.

In this inspiring episode, we welcome Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, a pastor, dynamic speaker, award-winning author, professor, and thought leader. Dr. Salter McNeil is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. A trailblazer with a loving and prophetic approach, her mission is to inspire and empower emerging Christian leaders to practice reconciliation in their communities.
She talks with us about the crucial need for bravery and action in the pursuit of justice, the pivotal role young people play in advocating for change, and the church’s responsibility to commit to reconciliation through concrete actions. We learn about her faith journey and gain valuable insights on decolonizing our minds. She underscores the need for building diverse coalitions, practicing self-care, and finding supportive communities to sustain this work. Additionally, she talks about her experiences at Quest Church, where every member is valued and contributes to the community’s journey toward affirming the image of God in all human beings. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of reconciliation and discover how you can contribute to this vital work in your own sphere of influence.
Dr. Salter McNeil serves as an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at the School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, where she directs the Reconciliation Studies program. She is the author of the newly released book, Empowered to Repair: Becoming People Who Mend Broken Systems and Heal Our Communities, as well as Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, Roadmap to Reconciliation, Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0, and A Credible Witness. She is also the co-author of The Heart of Racial Justice.

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The Ignite Institute at PSR brings together personal, communal, and spiritual work from wisdom traditions to provide established and emerging leaders with the vision, resilience, and skills to create a world where we can all thrive.  


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