This is Crucial is a podcast with live and interactive recording sessions focused on healing justice and racial equity. It is an opportunity to learn from a rotating guest list of experts as they sit down to discuss these important, timely, and sometimes uncomfortable topics. This is Crucial is hosted by Rev. Amos J. Disasa (Senior Pastor of FPC Dallas) and Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell (Senior Pastor of FPC Berkeley).
Join us as we learn from Bridgette Greene, current Assistant Professor of New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and incoming Vice President of Publishing at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. In her historic new appointment, Green will oversee the editorial staff for PPC as they work to recreate themselves as an antiracist publisher and organization.
Green will be joined by our hosts Amos Disasa and Charlene Han Powell on our next episode of This is Crucial. No registration is necessary, and you can participate by watching live on YouTube or Facebook. In the meantime, you can watch previous episodes.
After the Conversation is an opportunity for you to dive deeper into the topics discussed during each month’s This is Crucial with a small group of people who are also interested in racial justice, equity, and healing. Each person in a small group is asked to make a commitment to participate in small group discussions twice a month for four months. After the Conversation small groups will create space for discomfort, risk-taking, being brave, accountability, respect, confidentiality, hope, and grace. Connect with, learn from, and share your thoughts with the same group of people, bi-weekly online at a time that works for you.
When he was a young child, Amos' family moved from Ethiopia, where he was born, to South Carolina. Amos earned degrees from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Amos is a frequent preacher and lecturer at national gatherings of the church and in local congregations. His involvement in justice ministry began in 2001 with his work with former street children through Hope Unlimited for Children in Brazil. A tireless advocate for those on the margins of society, Amos helped start Foot Care Ministry, the Light the Way coalition of churches, and Transitions, all organizations serving the marginalized and homeless in South Carolina.
Today, as the Senior Pastor of FPC Dallas, he serves with others as a steward of The Stewpot, a pioneering ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas dedicated to responding to the unmet and emerging needs of the homeless and at-risk in Dallas.
After graduating from University of California San Diego with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in dance, Charlene headed east to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. During her time there, she not only felt called to serve as a pastor in the Presbyterian church, she also discovered that her great-grandfather was one of the first ordained Presbyterian ministers in Korea. Charlene now serves as the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian in Berkeley, CA.
Building on her passion to help people understand and articulate their faith in a diverse, multicultural, multi-faith world, Charlene received a Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. Her dissertation focused on the intersection of faith and culture for millennials and offered a pedagogical process by which members of this generation could explore their own beliefs and questions with the goal of writing their own confession of faith.