Shalom is the Hebrew word for the peace, harmony, wholeness, well-being, community, equity, justice, goodness, and beauty that exists when we are living in right relationship with God, ourselves, other human beings, and all created things. The Awakening Shalom podcast is an opportunity for digital faith formation at Myers Park Baptist Church that accompanies the Awakening Series, a year long journey of exploration and discernment which invites all people to learn about current social justice issues and how they impact our faith. Each podcast series is a deep reading of a book that accompanies the theme for the year. In this current series, Rev. Boswell will be joined by Bethany Johnson, Instructor in History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte to discuss the book The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. You can subscribe to the Awakening Shalom podcast on iTunes and listen while driving in your car or working out!
In the first episode of the podcast series on The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Women and Gender Studies Professor Bethany Johnson joins Ben to discuss the prologue and chapter one. Bethany and Ben dive into a variety of subjects like the book’s controversial cover art, the image of God on our bodies, the difference between self-acceptance and radical self love, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and Taylor’s “Three Peaces.”