The concept of learning from our past mistakes is a concept we are taught from early childhood. How else do we learn algebra or how to cook or have success with any basic skill? How else do we become developed, well-adjusted individuals? So why is it so difficult for white Americans to look back on the past misdeeds of their communities and move forward with that knowledge on a more informed and positive path?
The same crimes against humanity will be committed over and over until the truth of those events are transparently inspected.
Join Rev. Dr. TLC and her guest Rev. Dr. Steven R. Jungkeit as they discuss un-silencing the past by discovering forgotten truths of local (white) communities and telling stories that have been ignored, overlooked, or suppressed. We will dissect how communities come to tell the stories about themselves that they do, while difficult and painful truths are often occluded. Imagine how we can confront painful or shameful aspects of one's past, or in the history of one's community, in such a way as to feel not torn down, but lifted up.
What would it mean to create a flourishing society not only for a few, but for everyone?
Rev. Dr. TLC begins the show setting up the focus for today’s episode. She talks about the importance of history and the difficulties White Americans tend to have when the topic of past history is brought up. Rev. Dr. TLC suggests informing people more on past history in order to move forward. Rev. Dr. TLC introduces her guest Rev. Dr. Steven Jungkeit. Rev. Dr. Jungkiet. Received his doctorate at Yale University. He has taught social ethics at Harvard Divinity School and is the Author of Space in Modern Theology. Rev. Dr. TLC begins the discussion by asking Rev. Dr. Jungkiet what practices he uses to keep himself grounded. Before the break they discussed how Rev. Dr. Jungkiet found his passion in social justice.
Rev. Dr. TLC and her guest Rev. Dr. Jungkeit discuss having personal responsibility as a white person for what is happening in the present day. Rev. Dr. Jungkeit talks about the importance of learning about our past and how it shapes who we are and the conditions in which we live. Rev. Dr. TLC and Rev. Dr. Jungkeit began to talk about wearing “blinders” that protect the American image. Rev. Dr. Jungkeit talks about learning the history of his community and his initial resistance in learning the truth about the past but expresses that it is necessary to shed the pride and learn where we came from. Before the break, Rev. Dr. TLC and Rev. Dr. Jungkeit continued the discussion on taking responsibility and the privilege of opting out and maintaining blinders.
Rev. Dr. TLC and Rev. Dr. Jungkeit continue to talk about Dr. Jungkeit’s community and the stories that were uncovered. Rev. Dr. TLC shares the importance of language and how the words we use create the narrative that we tell. Rev. Dr. Junkeit expresses that most of his community has been fairly receptive to the history that has been shared. He mentions how there’s a distribution of witness stones on Lyme St. that share the history of the town and how it was built.
In the last segment, Rev. Dr. TLC and Rev. Dr. Jungkeit discusses the steps in which Dr. Jungkeit and his community have taken to broaden diversity in his city. He talks about advocating for affordable housing and welcoming refugees from afghanistan for a better living. Dr. Jungkeit talks about the expectations of educating the community and uncovering history. Before the end of the show, Rev. Dr. Jungkeit tells the audience how to reach him.