Remembering Michael Brown and Ferguson with Rev. Broderick Greer

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Three years ago this week, on Aug. 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teen in Ferguson, Mo. Within 24 hours of the shooting the Ferguson uprising began. On this episode, we talk with the Rev. Broderick Greer, an Episcopalian priest in Memphis, Tenn., who boarded a bus and headed to Ferguson following Mr. Brown’s death. He wrote about this experience in an article for America, “How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity.”

We ask Rev. Greer about his experience in Ferguson, black Christianity and why he doesn't call himself an activist.

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In Signs of the Times, Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest Catholic (also the world’s fastest human being),says we will retire after his final race on Aug. 12. Next, Pope Francis reminds us to pray during the summer and not get too lazy. The annual fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, also known as the Met Gala, will reportedly feature religion and fashion as the theme for 2018. And did you know that “exorcisms are on the rise in France”?

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Links from the show:

How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity

It’s Sunday Service as Scotland's first church on a bus hits the road

Welsh pub renames beer after seminarian mix-up

Met Gala’s 2018 Theme May Be Its Most Controversial Yet: The next exhibition will reportedly tackle religion and fashion

Usain Bolt is the greatest Catholic athlete in the world.

Pope Francis: summer is an ideal time to re-focus our life on God

Why exorcisms are on the rise in France

What’s on tap?

Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea

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