Black History Year
Black History Year
Nov 27, 2020
The Power of Black Cooperative Economics with Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
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Credit unions, housing co-ops, CSAs... Black folks have been building and benefitting from cooperative economics for decades, particularly in parts of the economy where we’ve been cut out by the major institutions. As Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard points out, we all participate in some form of cooperative economics when we use the informal economy. In this episode, we dig into the power that we could amass if we took cooperative economics to scale. BHY is produced by PushBlack, the nation’s largest non-profit Black media company - hit us up at and share this with your people!

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The Black History Year production team includes Tareq Alani, Patrick Sanders, William Anderson, Jareyah Bradley, Brooke Brown, Shonda Buchanan, Eskedar Getahun, Leslie Taylor-Grover, Abeni Jones, Akua Tay, Darren Wallace and our producer, Cydney Smith.

For Limina House, our producers are Jessica Rugh Frantz and Sasha Kai Parker, who also edits the podcast. Black History Year’s Executive Producers are Julian Walker for PushBlack and Mikel Ellcessor for Limina House.


Useful links:

“Economic Co-Operation Among Negro Americans” by W.E.B. DuBois

The Freedom Georgia Initiative

The Rob Skinner Podcast
The Rob Skinner Podcast
Rob Skinner
73. Church Growth Workshop Part One
Today on episode 73_, I’m going to talk about how to help your small church, ministry or small group grow. I’ll share from a lesson I did at the Look Up small church leaders conference. I’ll be talking about: * Facing the problem * Understanding why churches stop growing * Dealing with growth plateaus * Overcoming sticking points at different sizes You can reach Rob at * Introduction “Some had spoken as well as he or better. Gandhi’s greatness lay in doing what others might do but don’t.” Louis Fischer There is good news and bad news about growing your church. The good news is that you can absolutely do it. No matter the obstacles you face the location you find yourself in or the people God has called you to lead, you can make it grow. The bad news is that it will demand that you do “what others might do but don’t.” My goal is to give you the tools to grow your church from where it is currently at to over 100 members. Facing the Problem * Understanding why churches stop growing Visiting the church in Ashland in 1986 and 2004: “24” This church, led by a well-meaning and well-intended minister was stuck for decades on a long growth plateau. Growth plateau, barrier or sticking points are different names for an affliction that affects every church at one point or another. The church is a body and just like a physical body it exhibits homeostasis. Homeostasis is the tendency to resist change in order to maintain a stable, relatively constant internal environment. Examples: Weight loss, muscle gain, personal habits. Your ministry is perfectly designed to stay at your current size. Your schedule, membership, leadership, culture and expectations preserve your current size. * The good side is that churches rarely decline rapidly or disappear. * The bad side is that it takes all-out effort and skill to get to the next level. Research supports that there are predictable sizes that a church will level out at. The most common growth ceilings are fifteen, fifty and one hundred. * When my wife and I planted a self-supporting church in Ashland, Oregon I remember a conversation I had with our campus leader, Chris. I told him, “We have to break out of the teens!” You might be around 15, 50 or some other number, but you aren’t alone facing this challenge. Many leaders experience the frustration of “three steps forward, two steps back.” * Dealing with a growth plateau * Denial, avoidance or a lack of acknowledgment. When I visit church conferences, I talk to many church leaders and reconnect. One thing I have noticed is that few if any will want to talk about how their church is doing. They speak in generalities. They are unwilling to face squarely that their church is stuck. This is a recipe for maintaining the current size. * This happens when the church leader stops believing his church will grow and attributes the lack of growth to environmental factors such as the size of the surrounding population, lack of money, age of membership, or lack of leaders. All of these certainly contribute to a church’s growth potential, but there are enough exceptions to the rule that it comes across as excuse-making to simply surrender to a lack of growth. When the leader no longer believes his church can grow, the game is over. * Face the problem A better and yet more difficult way of dealing with growth barriers is to take a hard look at yourself and figure out what God is demanding of you in order to reignite growth in your church. Growing churches are led by growing leaders. You may not be the reason why your church has stopped growing, but you certainly will be a large part of the reason it starts growing again. Share: Tucson’s growth history Statistics are a casualty of 2003 * Practical challenge: Know, face and talk about your numbers * Overcoming sticking points at different sizes There are two primary areas to evaluate when you are trying to figure out what it will take to kick-start growth in your church. * The leader’s mindset and habits The leader of a church under one hundred serves as the model and motivation of the church. “You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. ” 1 Thessalonians 1:5 MSG Paul reveals his simple method of planting and leading a small church. He set an example or pattern that young Christians were explicitly called to follow. He knew that his own living example was the “DNA” of the future church. His attitudes and behavior would be mirrored in the growing church body. In the same way, if a church has leveled out in its growth, the leader has to examine his attitudes, words and actions. Today, we are going to dig in to the leader’s thought life and example in an effort to remove roadblocks to church growth. * The church’s culture, structure and schedule. If a leader is growing but the church itself remains stuck, it could be that the calendar, structure or culture of the church is inhibiting growth. Sometimes, churches can be held back by one person or small group of people who are holding on to the past or afraid of repeating past mistakes. We will spend the second half of the class looking at church structures that promote growth. Leading a church is challenging, leading it to consistent growth is the hardest job in the world. However, you and your church can be the exception. You are the golden child in your congregation: “You are just like cream, you always rise to the top.” You wouldn’t be where you are unless someone thought you had exceptional promise and talent. You can grow your church, but it will take everything you have and more. Next episode: How to win the mental battle
18 min
How To Citizen with Baratunde
How To Citizen with Baratunde
To Be Less Polarized, We Must Humanize (with Esther Perel)
Baratunde ends Season One focused on the state of our relationships, a key pillar of how to citizen, and thus the health of our society after the most contentious election in modern history. In conversation with world-renowned relationship expert, Esther Perel, they discuss how to repair relationships in this moment, and how choosing to listen and humanize each other is not only how to citizen, but enlightened self-interest.   Show Notes + Links We are grateful to Esther Perel for joining us! Follow her @EstherPerelOfficial on IG or @estherperel on Twitter. or find more of her work at  We will post this episode, a transcript, show notes and more at Please show your support for the show in the form of a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords!  INTERNAL ACTIONS  What is your model of relationships? Were you raised to believe in self-reliance and autonomy or interdependence and loyalty? Do you conceive of yourself as an “I” trying to develop a “We” or the other way around?   Take inventory of the relationships in your life.  Identify relationships in your life that are polarized over politics. Determine which make you truly unsafe that you must let go, then focus on those where you are still committed to some level of relationship and you can still see possibility. In those relationships, make the choice to humanize the person, listen, and find common ground, no matter how small. Reflect on your own behavior and language. Can you acknowledge any responsibility for the state of the relationship?   Examine your own perspectives about people who vote differently than you.  What about your view or beliefs about “these people” makes you fearful? If these thoughts were reversed, would they sound fair or accurate to you? Can you imagine another dimension to one of them as to why they vote or behave the way they do?    EXTERNAL ACTIONS Choose to deepen one or two relationships with people who voted differently from you. Instead of ignoring how a loved one voted, practice engaging through questions, not arguments. Be curious. Remember the question from Eric Liu in Ep 2: “what are you afraid of?” and add “what do you hope for?” and “what do you care about?” Build and invest in relationships outside of politics. We need more excuses to connect with each other beyond politics. In our second episode, Eric Liu asked us to start a club, any club. Do it. If you’re already in one or more, good for you. Stay connected to others through the common interests you share. Invest in those relationships.  ------------------------------------------------------ If you take any of these actions, share that with us - Mention Humanize in the subject line. And share about your citizening on social media using #howtocitizen.  SEASON BREAK NOTES Thrilled at the response. - example of quotes about the show, slack, inbox, or reviews in itunes. If you’ve enjoyed, the NUMBER ONE WAY PODCAST GROW are by word of mouth. Tell someone about the show or your favorite episode.  Thanks for riding with us this season. Here’s the news on the future of this show: There’s a future of this show! We will be making a second season and expect to release it in the first quarter of 2021.  We might drop some special episodes during this transition period for our country and our podcast, but here’s some ways to stay connected… Baratunde and show social @baratunde on socials. @howtocitizenwithbaratunde on IG 202-894-8844 “citizen” Send us email or voice memo! on what you’ve thought of season 1 and what you’d want to hear in season 2. Listen back to season 1, Visit Baratunde's website to sign up for his newsletter to learn about upcoming guests, live tapings, and more. Follow him on Instagram or join his Patreon. You can even text him, like right now at 202-894-8844. Learn more about your ad-choices at
1 hr 10 min
Intersectionality Matters!
Intersectionality Matters!
African American Policy Forum
31. #TruthBeTold: The Destructiveness of Trump's Equity Gag Order & What Biden Must Do Now
In this episode, Kimberlé is joined by a panel of scholars and civil rights leaders to explore the impact of the Trump administration’s “Equity Gag Order,” and the president’s crusade against racial justice and gender equity. The conversation includes insights from leaders of the National Fair Housing Alliance and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund about how the Equity Gag Order’s list of “prohibited concepts” has impaired their work, as well as a discussion of the importance of narrative and storytelling and how the Trump administration has engaged in historical revisionism in their attacks on racial. As the panelists explore how we can fight back against the Equity Gag Order and how to pressure the Biden administration to rescind it on day one, they also place the order in historical context as part of a long tradition of state repression of civil rights movements. With:
 CAROL ANDERSON - Professor of African American Studies, Emery; Author, White Rage
 RACHEL GODSIL - Professor of Law, Rutgers; Co-Founder, Perception Institute LAURA GOMEZ - Endowed Chair at UCLA Law; Professor in Sociology, Chicana & Chicano studies
 CHARLES R. LAWRENCE III - Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law; Critical Race Theory pioneer
 JANAI NELSON - Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) 
LISA RICE - President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
 Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine 
Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine and Rebecca Scheckman
 Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum
 Music by Blue Dot Sessions
 Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast
1 hr 13 min
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