Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is the author of Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. In 2003, he and his wife Lead founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. As the director of the School for Conversion, Jonathan pursues the beloved community in his neighborhood, North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. He is an Associate Minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and a promoter of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is a co-compiler of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, the coauthor with Reverend Dr. William Barber II of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, and the author of multiple books on Christian spirituality including The Wisdom of Stability and The New Monasticism. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss:

  • The context and challenges of his neighborhood
  • Advice for those who want to invest in their communities
  • How we can be blind to the passing down of ‘slaveholder religion'
  • The Poor People's Campaign and moral narrative in the public square
  • How our reading of scripture can shift from head knowledge to embodied practices
  • How the Gospel in America has been shaped by our history of white supremacy



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.