Chaplains to Power or Pastors of the Resistance: Howard University School of Divinity Dean Alton Pollard

Here’s an excerpt of our recent conversation with Alton B. Pollard III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity. In this outtake Dean Pollard ponders the role of faith leaders in the current social and political environment.

To listen to the full interview (in two parts) click here and here.

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Walking with the Bible & Constitution, Where Faith and Politics Converge: A Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

In this episode of Suite Talk we sit down with U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, MO for a serious, yet at times playful, conversation about faith, family, creative expression and social justice.

Congressman Cleaver has worn many hats during the past four decades—City Councilman, Mayor, radio talk show host, husband and father—all while pastoring the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City.

Like his hometown standing at the confluence of two powerful rivers, Congressman Cleaver has spent his life navigating mighty forces at the intersection of secular and sacred worlds. He offers a unique perspective our current social and political landscape.

Some of what we learn include: what he does to relax (get ready for this one), how to talk God and what it’s like to watch your son come into his own.

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Consciously Curated: Sharpening Focus, The World is Watching, Trumpland

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Art of Manliness: 11 Ways to Strengthen Your Attention
“Try to attend steadfastly to a dot on the paper or on the wall. You presently find that one or the other of two things has happened: either your field of vision has become blurred, so that you now see nothing distinct at all, or else you have involuntarily ceased to look at the dot in question, and are looking at something else. But, if you ask yourself successive questions about the dot,—how big it is, how far, of what shape, what shade of color, etc.; in other words, if you turn it over, if you think of it in various ways, and along with various kinds of associates,—you can keep your mind on it for a comparatively long time. This is what the genius does, in whose hands a given topic coruscates and grows.”

Mic: Music for Your Mind and More
“What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument,” Hudziak told the Washington Post, “it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.”

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Suite Talk Video: What was and Will be

Here’s the video of our (soon-to-be) weekly recap/look ahead on Facebook Live. In this video we offer a look back on the previous week, offer a preview of the week ahead, while teasing some of what Thinking Good has planned for 2017.

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Consciously Curated: Hamilton, Hip-Hop & Mental Health and Scamming Twitter (Oh, and Marvin Gaye)

Photo by Gabriel Barletta
Photo by Gabriel Barletta

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Upworthy: History has its eyes on you, Mike Pence

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’ we really do. We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us — our planet, our children, our parents — or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” 

Read Thinking Good’s Hamilton inspired take on the election: Thoughts on America, on this day

Just because:

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Consciously Curated: Barbie, Narnia, Diapers & Trump

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Photo by Nirzar Pangarkar
Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Sports Illustrated: http://www.si.com/swim-daily/2016/11/16/ashley-graham-barbie-doll-no-thigh-gap?xid=socialflow_facebook_si

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Ashley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”

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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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