Loving Haters In the Trump Era - With the Artist Formerly Known as Mona - 124


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By Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, Pastor Casey Tinnin and Rev. Rajeev Rambob, Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, and Pastor Casey Tinnin a. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

How does loving haters work in the Trump era? A year and a half into Donald Trump’s presidency, what do we see when we look across the aisle? Jeff and Allen welcome back Mel (The artist formerly known as Mona) to revisit episode 90, in which they resist cheap peace, struggle with the tension of loving those who vilify the vulnerable, and wonder aloud about the lack of practical vision for the beloved community. Inside you’ll hear about Narcissism, conflict resolution, neuroscience research on political motivation, protest, the Christian Right, neoliberal shortcomings, and, to cap it all off, a round of Sound Charades.

This episode was inspired by Irenicast listener, Deena, who writes,

“Hi! I just listened to episode 90 and I'm curious if you plan on doing a second episode as a follow up to it. I know you were really trying to maintain an even keel and make room for all sides. I think for many of us, at this point in time, are struggling with the command to love our neighbors when our neighbors are vilifying vulnerable people in our society. How are we to heap love on a president that lies and looks out only for himself?”

Conversation on Loving Haters in the Trump Era (04:08)

Sound Charades Segment (53:07)


From Our Conversation on Loving Haters in the Trump Era

From Our Sound Charades Segment

Keep in Touch With Mel

  • Impasse Project - an interactive set of resources that helps groups practice skills of courageous dialogue.
  • Yes Commander - Mel’s Rock band


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Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer | jeff@irenicast.com

Jeff is the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California and co-founder of Irenicast. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

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Rev. Allen O’Brien | co-host | allen@irenicast.com

Allen is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-founder of Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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