Leading Questions w/Calvin Moore Season 2, Episode 12
EPISODE TITLE | Capital Punishment: Justice or Revenge?
CONTENT | Calvin & Kent sit down with lawyer Katie Blair, activist Matthew John Schmitt, former prison warden Rick Goldberg, & Jacob Smith of the Returning Citizen Podcast to discuss the purpose of prison, the use of capital punishment, and whether the practice should continue or be abolished.
LISTEN HERE | http://bit.ly/leadingS2E12capital
Today I’m joined by Matthew Schmitt, co-founder of The Table Setters, a new organisation running diversity workshops, and doing consulting that helps to develop culturally integrated lives in churches, schools & businesses in the US.
Matthew and I talk about issues of race and equality in the US today, and the challenge of what it really means to love your enemy. The concept of the Table Setters is to bring people of different perspectives, races, backgrounds, beleifs around the same table and have healthy dialogue, and Matthew and I discuss together what this looks like – in particular in the current political climate in the US.
And with the election of Donald Trump as President, we talk about how progressives and conservatives, instead of hating on each other, might follow Jesus example, come around a table together, and hear each others stories – and how that is what may bring about the change we desperately need.
Matthew is a truly inspiring man, doing some groundbreaking work, and his words will both encourage and challenge you. Listen below:
From February 1, 2017
Calvin, Kelly, and Kent sit down with Steve Phelps, Matthew John Schmitt, & Dr. William Byron Reese Jr. to discuss their thoughts on the practice of peacemaking and the barriers to it. From December 23, 2016
Too often people have a hard time talking about race. White people don’t understand black people. Black people just shake their heads at the behavior of white people. It’s rare that they’ll actually sit down and talk about it.
It’s not that white people and black people don’t talk. But they rarely talk about race.
Marvin Wadlow Jr. and Matthew Schmitt organized an effort called the Table Setters to help facilitate that conversation. They joined Stateside today.
It started when Wadlow and Schmitt were working at a non-profit ministry together in Hollywood to help the homeless population there.
“We recognized that there was a need to sit at a table,” Schmitt said. “A table is an equalizer. A table is a place where everyone is on the same level, literally… a table is where you share a meal and break bread. Coming from a Christian background, there’s a lot of tables throughout scripture and we really believe that being at diverse tables and being able to sit with people who don’t look like you and have respect, is really the heart of what all reconciliation work is.”
The idea of race and race relations is not a new concept, but the Table Setters are hoping people will find commonality when they sit down with each other.
“This issue of race has been going on since African-Americans were stolen and brought here,” Wadlow said. “And just that statement alone gets the room quiet. So what we say is ‘Look, we want to break bread with you. I think we have more in common than we have separate.’ That tends to get people at least to the table.”
The real challenge comes when individuals on both sides come to the table with concerns about talking about race.
“I think a lot of white people are interested in the dialog of, ‘What do we say, what do we do? It’s so confusing, if we say this, it’s wrong, if we say this, it’s wrong,'” Wadlow said. “And on the other side of the coin, black people are just like, ‘Here we go again.’ And they’re frustrated and they’re tired.”
Listen to the full interview to learn why we shouldn’t wait for a traumatic news story about race to have these conversations.
from November 16, 2016
The Brain Candy ladies are in a post-election tizzy. They are mourning the loss of their candidate, and as such, kick things off with wine time. Susie and Sarah discuss the 2016 election results and why it was a trigger for Sarah’s childhood sexual abuse. We learn about how Sarah is coping with the loss with a weaving loom (oh geez). We discuss how America has elected its first reality television president. Plus, we talk to the founders of the Table Setters who teach people how to facilitate racial reconciliation. (Table Setters Segment starts around the midway point.)
How is it that a 58-year-old Black man and 38-year-old White man come to have the same understanding about racial issues in the United States? Two words… Holy. Spirit.
Marvin Wadlow Jr. and Matthew John Schmitt have both witnessed the injustice and trauma that has happened racially throughout the United States yet, through very different lenses. They both see a need for people to find language for healing to come. Together they created The Table Setters. Continue reading here…….