What would it take?

Dive into important issues and imagine what could be.

About the show

The What Would It Take podcast is an endeavor in imaginative liberation. Each week we do a deep dive into an important issue or problem and evaluate it through theological, sociological and political lenses. As we explore each topic we ask "What Would It Take?" for this issue to be resolved?

You'll leave each episode feeling more informed and empowered to bring the world we imagine into existence.

Episodes

  • Episode 21: What Would It Take to protect life?

    May 20th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 50 secs

    In early May 2022, a draft of a supreme court opinion was leaked which highlighted the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v Wade. This news has sent shockwaves through the country which are still rippling today.

    In this episode we will unpack why this matters and what the ramifications could be for women and families all across the country and examine the roots of the conservative obsession with abortion rights. While some see a religious obsession with when life begins or ideological convictions that equate abortion with murder...I see political games and outright racism.

    Listen in.

  • Episode 20: What would it take to address racism's influence on relief?

    May 5th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  19 mins 11 secs

    Since the war in Ukraine began in February, we’ve heard reports of terrible atrocities. Mass graves uncovered, the entire port city of Mariupal besieged for months which has led to a humanitarian crisis. Women and children injured or killed during strikes on residential areas.

    As I listened to reports in late February, I heard several prominent reporters openly noting their horror and surprise that we were witnessing such tragedies in a “civilized”country. Let's dig into this idea of "civilized" and "uncivilized" countries and how its roots in White supremacy influence our reactions to current world conflicts.

  • Episode 19: What would it take, to repair the harm that has been done?

    April 22nd, 2022  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 43 secs

    In this episode of the what would it take podcast, we’re going to explore the concept of reparations.
    Why are they necessary? Who should they go to? And what would reparations practically look like?
    If you’re still listening, then you must be wondering “what would it take, to repair the harm that
    has been done?”. Listen on to find out.

  • Episode 18: What would it take to talk about a positive sex theology?

    April 8th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 17 secs

    In this episode Ben is joined Reverend Chesla. She is dedicated to helping people develop healthy, liberating, loving relationships with the divine, themselves and others. She serves as a hospice chaplain, a wedding officiant, a couples therapist, as well as a sexuality educator. Learn more about Reverend Chesla at https://www.revchesla.com/.

  • Episode 17: What Would It Take To Talk About Our Bodies?

    March 24th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 30 secs

    For a lot of people, especially those that grew up in more conservative christian environments,
    conversations about sex come with a lot of baggage. We were told that our bodies, aka our
    flesh, was at war with the spirit and therefore we should resist the flesh. So we spend years
    suppressing, resisting and even demonizing our own desires thinking it's the right thing to do.
    But hat if that wasn’t true?

  • Episode 16: What would it take to talk about sex?

    March 11th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 7 secs

    Throughout modern Christian spaces, abstinence only has been the most promoted as the way to teach sex education. In this episode we will unpack the ramifications of abstinence only and how it is not only insufficient, but that it can leave young people dangerously uniformed. Our churches and faith communities hold responsibility here and we can do better. Listen in.

  • Episode 15: What would it take for our sisters to be free?

    February 24th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  20 mins 53 secs

    Kimberly Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality which is a metaphor she created to discuss the overlapping systems of oppression that impact Black women. In today's episode we will explore other examples of intersectional revolutionaries and their work and how we can all work towards the liberation of Black women and nonconforming people. Listen in.

  • Episode 14: What would it take to remember what was lost?

    February 11th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  13 mins 2 secs

    In this episode we remember Black ingenuity, Black greatness, and Black potential. Listen in as we celebrate Black History Month.

  • Episode 13: What would it take to keep our native family safe?

    January 28th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  54 mins 28 secs

    In this episode, Ben and Kibler explore the history of Indigenous people in North American and explore both the genocide that is still happening and the amazing resilience of native communities.

  • Episode 12: What Would It Take To Save The Planet?

    January 14th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 58 secs

    Climate change scientists told us that severe weather would happen more frequently as weather patterns changed, and they were right. I’m not optimistic about the world my child will live in when he’s 33. Luckily, there are brilliant minds wrestling with these problems and giving us reasons to be hopeful. We’ll unpack why in today’s episode. Today we’re asking, What Would It Take to save the planet? Listen to find out.

  • Episode 11: Season 1 finale - a conversation about What would it take?

    June 25th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 9 secs

    To celebrate season one of the What would it take? podcast. Host Ben, and AW staffers Dani and Juan talk about the work, the topics, and hopes for the season two.

  • Episode 10: What Would It Take for Everyone to Have a home?

    May 7th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 30 secs

    There is a mythical stigma associated with homelessness that says people who are homeless are lazy. They’re often treated as “others”, and characterized as a “problem” to be solved or hidden. Lets take stock of our assumptions about homelessness and consider how we can truly love our neighbors.

    This is Episode 10 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as I ask, What Would It Take for Everyone to Have a home?

  • Episode 9: What Would It Take to find a cure for gun-related violence?

    April 23rd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 54 secs

    As we begin to see our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are plunged back into the national epidemic of gun violence. Lawmakers trot out the same tired excuses for doing nothing all the while our friends and loved ones are lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    This is episode 9 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as I ask What Would It Take to find a cure for gun-related violence?

  • Episode 8: What would it take to truly love our neighbors?

    April 9th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 46 secs

    For weeks news outlets have been talking about the crisis at the US-Mexico border. What is actually happening at the southern border? And in response to so much suffering, what are we called to do as followers of Jesus?

    This is episode 8 of the What Would It Take Podcast. Join me as we explore the question: What would it take to truly love our neighbors?

  • Episode 7: What if Hell is closer than we think?

    March 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 42 secs

    Many of us have grown up with a very strong understanding of what hell was. Eternal torment, literal flames, pain and agony forever. For a long time, our understanding of hell has been divorced from the practical realities that many face day-in and day-out, but does it have to be that way?

    This is episode 7 of the What Would it Take Podcast. Join me as we explore the question, What if Hell is closer than we think?

  • Episode 6: What would it take for every vote to matter equally?

    March 12th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 51 secs

    When we endorse leaders, who favor policies that disenfranchise BIPOC, we are undercutting the Gospel message we claim to believe. Gerrymandering is a tool of voter disenfranchisement and even if it works in favor of our political party, we must stand against it.

    This is ep 6 of the What Would It Take? podcast. Today we’re asking ourselves, what would it take for every vote to matter equally?