Leroy Barber is the author of Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World and numerous other books. He is Co-founder of The Voices Project, which brings together influential African American leaders for important conversations about the current challenges and triumphs of the Black community. He is the Director of Hope Mob, the world’s first platform dedicated to resourcing leaders and communities of color. He resides in Portland, Oregon and serves as Chaplain and Kiln’s College in Bend, Oregon. In this episode of the RePlacing Church Podcast, he joins me to discuss:

  • Why the story of Israel’s exile in Babylon is so important for our world today and what it says to the marginalized and privileged (6:20)
  • How to embrace the call to difficult places and neighborhoods (18:56)
  • How long you have to listen in a new place before you can contribute (20:59)
  • The one practice white neighborhoods and churches can engage in to begin to combat systemic racism (27:25)
  • Why he ended Embrace with a chapter on Black Lives Matter (31:44)
  • What he thinks about athletes using their platform for social activism (34:36)
  • The one thing he would replace in the church (39:34)

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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.