What’s the Sankofa Experience? Ep.1

Welcome to inaugural episode of Remembering Tomorrow–the podcast of The Sankofa Experience.

Please take a moment and introduce yourself!

Summary

In this episode I share the story behind The Sankofa Experience.  Additionally, we talk about the kinds of conversations we will have, namely that of wisdom, calling, sacrifice & jazz.

Let’s Connect!–Now that you’ve heard the first episode…

Do you have any questions or comments?

What topics would you like to suggest?

What would you say is the greatest challenge Black America is facing?

What do you think is most difficult about being black and Christian in America?

 

Thanks to these great artist for providing their music!

 

There are 13 thoughts below

  • Shalawn D. Williams says:

    I enjoyed the podcast of The Sankofa Experience I. You hit my spirit when you began speaking about the name change. For years I felt that I heard God saying you are going to get a name change. I discounted it because I thought, no one would understand. Who am I? Currently right now, I am a 40 year old female, who is married, we have a gifted and talented daughter. I am recovering from 6 abdominal surgeries, sum were due to low grade cancer of my spleen. I have a serious illness now within my abdomen that the doctors say would be a risk to go in and fix. I am trusting in Jesus Christ. My family is sold out for the Lord. But, there is one problem; we are in a community that is so traditional and afraid to step out of the box. The box is do not accept female preachers, women should not wear jewelry and pants. The box is they do not fellowship with one another because “you” are not a part of our denomination. The box is our denomination is better than yours, and we are saved. The box is not discussing molestation or the incest that took place in the family, for you don’t want to ruin our family’s great name. The box is hush that lil Johnny or lil Meagan is on drugs and needs an intervention, but what will the church say? The box is I am dealing with lust, I cannot get out of watching X-Rated movies, or I am a stripper at night, and a mother by day, I cry for help, but I am told, God hates sin, and he doesn’t hear a sinners prayer. The box is I am a minister but I have no one I can bleed too. Because if I bleed to you, you will go and tell everyone that you had to bandage me up. The box is we do not respect each other’s privacy; we are constantly backbiting and gossiping. The box is the Pastor has to beg you to pay what you owe God which is only 10%, yet McDonald’s said before church, May I take your order please”? The box is not speaking to our teens and educating them on the real topics that they will face in life. The box is sugar coating that education that could bring liberty to our youth. The box is a community and church community afraid to discuss Mental Illness in the black race. I am dealing with it now with a very close family member. I do not have anyone in the church who is educated enough to just lend a helping hand. The box is living in a community where the white man is no longer lynching but the black man is doing the murdering, the robbing, and he has now took on the white racist man or woman’s anger towards his brother. So we are dying, and the church are letting them “die because we are so afraid to come out from among the four walls, from shouting, dancing, singing, and be unified, With One Accord, to fulfill our purpose as a unit.
    You ask what our Greatest Challenge is as African Americans and I say division. We no longer lift up like our forefathers did, instead, we tear down. We have African Americans right now who are tearing down the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States.
    You ask what the most difficult thing about being black is and a Christian- The process of resisting being called a Sell Out because you have a different theory than your black sister or brother.

    • Shalawn,
      Praying for God’s healing in your life…Lord, have mercy…we need you!

      My heart lamented as I read your litany of boxes…the church is meant to set people free. I think you’ll love the jazz-shaped conversations. Jazz is about freedom within boundaries.

      Thanks for your response to the discussion questions…they are now on the list for future podcast conversations.

      Remembering Tomorrow Together,
      robert

  • I just Googled what day my birthday was on, it was a Thursday. Wow, thank you for the education on the Sankofa Experience.

  • Hello!
    Thank you for this podcast and website, and for the opportunity to engage the intersection of faith and culture. My name is Tamisha Tyler, recent graduate from seminary who currently finds herself on a journey of discovery. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts, and hope to contribute at some point. Below are very short answers to your questions:

    1. One of our greatest challenge and greatest opportunity can be found within our collective imagination. I believe that what we believe about our story is our biggest challenge (in not knowing it) and our biggest opportunity (as knowing our story plays a huge role in our liberation).
    2. One of the hardest things about being black and Christian is having to validate and navigate living in both of those worlds in the various circles we occupy (in my case academia).

    There is WAY more to be said about that than time or space will allow, but I hope that those answers open up some discussion and opportunity to share more.

    Blessings!

    • Tamisha,
      Welcome and thanks for introducing yourself. How did you decided to go to seminary? What did you sense God calling you to?

      Love your responses to the questions. I’ve added them to the list for future conversations.

      Peace,
      robert

  • Eric Canaday says:

    The greatest challenge facing Black America is lovelessness…

    Love is the goal of the Christian faith, but the message communicated in hip/hop anthems like “These hoes ain’t loyal” is: Love cannot be trusted.

    There is culture of distrust that continues to stigmatize blackness in our country. As “Black America” develops a healthy love of God and self, it will be equipped to become a catalyst for reconciliation throughout the world.

    The most difficult thing about being Black & Christian is swallowing the fact that Christian leaders in America used the “curse of Cain” as the spiritual justification for slavery, legalized oppression, and socio/economic discrimination against people of color.

    This doctrine made skin synonymous with a sin. This mentality, coupled with Sunday school materials that excluded black images from biblical history, subconsciously taught a generation black children to exempt THEMSELVES from full citizenship within the kingdom of God.

    Christian intellectuals have uncovered the truth (see onehumanrace.com). However, black people are still suffering from the fallout of this false teaching.

    • Eric–Love your answers! I’m adding them to the list for a future episode of Remembering Tomorrow.

      Your loveless comment hit me hard…so true.

      Grateful for you and all you do.

      rg

  • AJ Walker says:

    Most difficult thing about being both Black and Christian is how much they inform each other. I cannot divorce my faith from my Blackness nor vice versa.

    My Blackness is ever present but it is seen through the eyes of my faith. Jesus is/was Black. He’d be in the poorest, most hopeless areas right now lifting people to an understanding of their place in God’s sight that would empower them to make changes where change needs to be made, both personally and at higher levels. It keeps me grounded in the struggle for righteous while reminding me we fight not against flesh and blood but powers and principalities in structures, systems put in place that continue to manifest today.

    My Christianity means I cannot keep silent while so much suffering is going on around me. Those are just a few ways. I’ve subscribed to the podcast and look forward to catching up on previous episodes.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more about not being able to “divorce my faith from my Blackness nor vice versa.” That is my experience and, I believe, our calling. The two must be kept together if we are ever going to live out our God-given collective call.

      Glad you also mentioned, “Jesus is/was Black.” Going to do a whole episode on that because it’s meaning is often misunderstood.

      Glad you are a part of this community!

      rg

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