Church is Changing
2. Brandon Wrencher - Church as Community Organizing
Nov 20, 2019 · 38 min
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In this episode we talk with Brandon Wrencher, minister, organizer, and facilitator working across the US within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersection of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities.

We talk about the The Good Neighbor Movement, the church he leads as well as the Liberating Church Project, a network seeking to decolonize new and established expressions of church by looking to hush harbors, the church of enslaved Africans, as a model having contemporary relevance for decolonizing the church.


Books mentioned:

Emergent Strategy by Adriene Marie Brown 

Faith-Rooted Organizing by Alexia Salvitiera

Vincent Harding Memoir: Remnants By Rachel Elizabeth Harding  

The Star Fish and The Spider by Ori Drafman and Rod Beckstrom:

Get Together By Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, and Kai Elmer Sotto 

Black Marxism: The making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric Robinson 

Read about the Eight Marks of Liberating Church

Read about Lynice Pinkard 

More info about Base Communities 

Ruby Sales Interview with On Being 


Today's episode brought to you by the Church Development Office at the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Music from "Macarray Bay" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (


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