Ministry with Young Adults (Feat. Rev. Brandon C. Harris)

Ministry with Young Adults (Feat. Rev. Brandon C. Harris)

Hey, Pearls! Happy June! We are thrilled to share this episode with you. Jaimie and Porsha talked to Rev. Brandon C. Harris, friend to the podcast, "Bowtie," and Protestant Chaplain at the Georgetown University Main Campus and Law School in Washington D.C. about his incredible campus ministry with young adults. Brandon is a millennial minister who is trained, called, and passionate about the mission of the church, and he shared keen insights about faith formation, life in the nation's capital, and the empowered members of Generation Z with Jaimie and Porsha. If you are curious about doing ministry with young adults, working on a college campus or with college students, or being a person of faith in our current political climate, this is a conversation you absolutely must hear. Connect with Brandon Harris on Facebook or by emailing him at bh631@georgetown.edu. Listen to the podcast now on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or just2pearls.com and remember to share the episode with a friend. Email the pearls at adventures@just2pearls.com. Follow the pearls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Rooting for Everybody Black

Rooting for Everybody Black

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha root for everybody black. Jaimie kicks off the show with a reflection from Dr. Brittany Cooper's recent book, Eloquent Rage. Then, Porsha shares about a Mother's Day outing with her mom to see the Alvin Ailey dancers in New York City. After those opening segments, the Pearls remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, the Father of Black Liberation Theology. The Pearls dedicate the bulk of the episode to the First Annual Just 2 Pearls Black Excellence Awards. Members of the African diaspora living in the United States did too many pearly things to name this year, but Porsha and Jaimie managed to choose eight stand-outs to give "Black Excellence Awards." Even with those eight, they still had more to name! Stick around until the end of the episode to learn who received honorable mentions. Jaimie and Porsha know they have some excellent listeners, please write to them to share your excellent moments from the past year. Listen now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Just2Pearls.com. Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

2017-2018 "Pearl Black Excellence" Award Winners: 

Beyonce Knowles Carter

Tarana Burke 

Cicely Tyson

The casts of How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal

Kendrick Lamar

Jordan Peele

Rihanna

Ava Duvernay 

Honorable Mentions: 

Donald Glover ("Childish Gambino")

Serena Williams

Janelle Monae

Lena Waithe

Essence Magazine

Black Athletes 

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Pearls of Our Mothers

Pearls of Our Mothers


Hey, Pearls! Happy Mother's Day weekend. On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha share the Pearls of Wisdom they received from their mothers. Also, three young mothers: Jo Bair Springer, Bethany Goodson, and Miriam Samuelson-Roberts share their heart-warming reflections on motherhood. Listen to Just 2 Pearls on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls, and email us your feedback and questions at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you to all the mothers (both biological and adoptive) who help us to mature and thrive. Have a great weekend, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!  

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Mind Your Body (Black Beauty Part 2)

Mind Your Body (Black Beauty Part 2)

Hey, Pearls! On this second installment of the Black Beauty series, The Pearls are chatting about body love. Jaimie shares reflection from Toni Morrison's book The Bluest Eye and Porsha discusses the lessons she gleaned about the black incarcerated body when she went to see the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" live and in-person on Easter Sunday. Porsha also converses with Jaimie about Jaimie's 2017 book Her Body Bears the Word: A Body Love Theology. During that conversation, The Pearls discuss being women in ministry, managing their physical health, learning self-love, and much more. You don't want to miss this episode. Grab a copy of Jaimie's book as a paperback or e-book on westbowpress.com or amazon.com. Use it as a resource for your individual Bible study or lead a small-group discussion with your friends or religious community.  


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Listen to our show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, mind your hair and body, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!

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Mind Your Hair (Black Beauty Part 1)

Mind Your Hair (Black Beauty Part 1)

Hey, Pearls! Today's episode is part 1 of a two-part series on Black Beauty. Today we are talking all things black hair. Porsha shares a reflection from R&B songstress Solange, Jaimie muses about her upcoming natural hair adventure, and together, The Pearls discuss hair journies, cultural differences, and the struggle to normalize women's body hair. Finally, Porsha gives the best advice of the episode, "Mind your hair, and mind your business." Tell us about your hair adventures! Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com or send us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @just2pearls. Find our podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, mind your hair, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you!  

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What's Good? A Good Friday Conversation (Featuring Bow Tie Qadry P. Harris)

What's Good? A Good Friday Conversation (Featuring Bow Tie Qadry P. Harris)

Hey, Pearls! Don't miss this conversation with up-and-coming black liberation theologian, Qadry P. Harris! A third-year student at Yale Divinity School, Qadry stopped by to chat with Jaimie and Porsha about the message of the cross of Jesus Christ and the implications of that message for the way we think about suffering, social justice, and hope. Follow Qadry on Instagram @modern_duke_ellington or check out his incredible blog moderndukeellington.com. Also on this episode, Jaimie shares a reflection from James Cone's influential book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, Porsha remembers the recent Youth Lock-In at Bethany Baptist Church, and Jaimie reminds you to wish her pearly co-host a belated happy birthday. Listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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We're So Petty

We're So Petty

Hey, Pearls! Join Jaimie and Porsha as they discuss all things petty. From some of Jesus' conversations with women in the New Testament to mean comments on social media to bank account fraud to judging yourself based on what other people are doing, Jaimie and Porsha buckled down and recorded this episode because they are committed to helping you avoid the petty in your life. 

 

Also, Pearls, we love you, but we are disappointed in most of you. You tell us how much you adore the Petty Pearl segment, and yet you were too petty to email a petty moment to us? Anyway, thank you to the incredible Miriam Samuelson Roberts  (co-host of the Altar Guild podcast) for sharing a "Pregnancy Petty Pearl" with us. You can hear it in this episode. 

 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Listen to our show on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or just2pearls.com, and share it with a friend. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Pearls In Wakanda

Pearls In Wakanda

Hey, Pearls! On this episode of Just 2 Pearls, Jaimie and Porsha are talking about Disney Marvel's latest film, Black Panther. If you haven't had a chance to check it out and you want to enjoy it spoiler-free, watch it and then listen to this episode. Jaimie kicks things off with some words of reflection from our dearly-departed blerd (Black Nerd) Octavia Butler. Then Porsha reminds us that when you "@" Michael B. Jordan, he DOES read your tweet. Next, the pearls introduce you to some of their favorite Wakandans and some of the lessons they learned from them. Finally, Porsha helps Wakanda secure its borders. 

Remember that you can be a guest on Just 2 Pearls. Send a "petty moment" to us by emailing adventures@just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Listen to us on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Tell a friend about our podcast. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Adventures in Blackness Part 3 (Black Love)

Adventures in Blackness Part 3 (Black Love)

 

Hey, Pearls! Happy Valentine's Day! Join Jaimie and Porsha for the final installment of Adventures in Blackness. On this episode, they are celebrating all things "black love." From the well-known love stories of Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee and Oprah and Stedman to the lesser-known love story of Septima Clark, Jaimie and Porsha want you to encourage you to be bold in love. Love God, love yourself and love your world.  If you love our show, be sure to listen by heading over to SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you.  

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Adventures in Blackness Part 2 (Featuring Rev. Melanie C. Jones)

Adventures in Blackness Part 2 (Featuring Rev. Melanie C. Jones)

Hey, Pearls! Welcome to Black Herstory Month with The Pearls! Our Adventures in Blackness continue this week with an exploration of all things Womanist and Black Feminist. We will also give you some tips to put these theories into practice in your personal life. We are thrilled to have as our guest for the second time Rev. Melanie C. Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at Chicago Theological Seminary, a visiting professor at Brite Divinity School, and co-founder of the Millennial Womanism Project. Check out Melanie's work on her website, revmelanie.com

 

Listen to this episode now on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or just2pearls.com. Remember to leave us a review while you're there. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @just2pearls. Email us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you! 

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Adventures in Blackness Part 1 (Featuring Devon J. Crawford)

Adventures in Blackness Part 1 (Featuring Devon J. Crawford)

Hey, Pearls! Join us as we begin a three-part series called "Adventures in Blackness." The series honors the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Black History Month. To kick things off, Jaimie and Porsha share a conversation with Devon J. Crawford a gifted young scholar and preacher who is currently a student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. They chat with Devon about Dr. King's legacy, the untold stories of the women at LGBT+ folks who shared Dr. King's dream, and the contemporary movement for black lives. 

And yes, it is a new year, but we are the same pearls. Jaimie shares a reflection by Saidiya Hartman, Porsha gives us the inside scoop on her Prophetic Preaching conference in Sarasota, Florida, and Jaimie laments the pettiness of holiday travel. 

Listen to the episode now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Just2Pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Clean Up The House, Then Hang the Garland

Clean Up The House, Then Hang the Garland

Advent Greetings from Just 2 Pearls! On this final episode of 2017, Jaimie and Porsha are sharing a compelling conversation with "Bowtie," Rev. Rashad Raymond Moore. The Pearls talked to Rev. Moore about the inherent tension between the despair of this world and the joy of this season. Also, we also talked about what it looks like for churches to be engaged in ending sexual violence and how we can ensure that there is room "in the inn" for Christ. You don't want to miss a moment of this conversation! Follow Rev. Moore on Twitter and Instagram @justrashad. And, since it is the Holiday Season, Jaimie and Porsha are blessing our Pearly Posse. Don't miss the reflection from Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Porsha's Adventure and "Petty Pearl" will leave you in stitches. Share the pod-love, Pearls! Tell a loved one to check out Just 2 Pearls on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. Happy Holidays, and see you in 2018! 

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Listener Questions on Faith (Featuring Rev. Timothy L. Jones)

Listener Questions on Faith (Featuring Rev. Timothy L. Jones)

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha answer the faith questions they received from listeners with the help of Rev. Timothy L. Jones, the Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey (bethany-newark.org). Follow Pastor Tim on Twitter and Instagram @PastorTim33. In addition to answering listener questions, Porsha shares a reflection from C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, The Pearls remind you to support black artists, and Jaimie calls out the pettiness of remixing favorite holiday foods. Listen to the episode now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the Pearl within you.  

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Just The 2 Of Us: Relationships Part 3

Just The 2 Of Us: Relationships Part 3

Hey, Pearls! On this final installment of our relationship series, we chatted with the innovative pastor, thought leader, and yogini, Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best. Rev. Shelley gave us some tips for cultivating friendships and mentoring relationships. Connect with her online on her Facebook page (Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best) or Instagram @revshelley. But, of course, no episode of Just 2 Pearls is ever complete without segments! Jaimie shared a reflection from two black feminist sheroes, Porsha implored her dog, Paris, to show her sisterly side to her fellow canines, and Porsha schooled black folks on the absolute pettiest thing we do! Listen to the episode now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Send us a faith question or anything else that is on your mind by emailing us at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Just the 2 of Us: Relationships Part 2

Just the 2 of Us: Relationships Part 2

 

Hey, Pearls! On this episode, Jaimie and Porsha chatted with the witty VIP Relationship Coach, Nicole Azaan! This dynamic woman blessed their lives by teaching them to find vision, intention, and purpose in their romantic relationships and their lives. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Twitter @nicoleazaan. Sign up for an upcoming coaching session at nicoleazaan.com. This episode also features wise words from Porsha's favorite womanist writer, Alice Walker, Jaimie's misadventure in dating, and a story that will remind you to be careful before you sign on the dotted line! Listen to the episode now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls. Drop us a line anytime at adventures@just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Just The 2 of Us: Relationships Part 1 (featuring Sydney Magruder Washington)

Just The 2 of Us: Relationships Part 1 (featuring Sydney Magruder Washington)

Hey Pearls! Today we are kicking off a brand new series on relationships. The Pearls, Jaimie and Porsha celebrate healthy and loving relationships in all of their myriad forms. This episode features a chat with professional ballerina, singer, blogger, and mental health advocate, Sydney Magruder Washington. Syndey talks about her Christian faith, her supportive family, and her love story with her wife, Elena. As for our segments, in our reflection, Jaimie shares words from the amazing Bishop Yvette Flunder. Porsha shares a recent mother-daughter adventure, as well as sharing a double petty pearl. 

Follow Syndey on Instagram @theblackswandiaries or blackswandiaries.com. Find our show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or just2pearls.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @just2pearls! Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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These Pearls Were Created to Thrive (Featuring Asia Schmidt)

These Pearls Were Created to Thrive (Featuring Asia Schmidt)

Hey, Pearls! Jaimie and Porsha are back, and this episode is all about the importance of taking care of your mental health. Porsha shares a powerful poem by Alice Walker, Jaimie's adventure reminds us of the importance of being scrappy, and they chat with Ms. Asia Schmidt. Asia is a licensed clinical addiction specialist associate, certified journal therapist, and a certified belief therapist. As a black Christian woman, Asia is uniquely gifted to work with black Christians and our churches to help us achieve inner healing. Learn more about Asia and her work on her website: www.asiaschmidt.com! Pearls, you were created to thrive, and we hope this episode is useful to you on your journey to do just that! Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Pearly Transitions featuring The Bowties

Pearly Transitions featuring The Bowties

Hey, Pearls! On this episode of Just 2 Pearls, Jaimie and Porsha celebrate the one-year anniversary of the podcast! It's Season 2, y'all! They are excited to share their professional plans for the coming year. Plus, they answer a question from a listener who is considering theological education, and they introduce you to "The Bowties," a group of black millennial clergy guys in bow ties who will be contributors throughout the second season of Just 2 Pearls. Finally, Porsha treats us to a special Bowtie edition of "Petty Pearls." Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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Womanism Wednesdays (with Liz Alexander and Rev. Melanie Jones)

Womanism Wednesdays (with Liz Alexander and Rev. Melanie Jones)

Hey, Pearls! Thank you for checking out this bonus episode of Just 2 Pearls: Adventures in Pearls. On this episode, hosts Jaimie Crumley and Porsha Williams interview Liz Alexander and Melanie Jones, co-founders of The Millennial Womanism Project (https://btpbase.org/millennialwomanism/). Founded in June of 2017, the project is a collaborative movement that draws upon womanist epistemologies and methodologies to center the emerging voices of millennial faith leaders, justice activists, and advocates. In June, The Millennial Womanism project on .base featured twenty written contributions by womanist foremothers, millennial womanists, and millennial men who deploy womanist frameworks in their work. Just 2 Pearls own Porsha was one of the contributors! Following the success of the summer forum, Liz and Melanie are ready to help us become better womanists in our classrooms, houses of worship, and local communities. Are you ready to activate your womanist dancing mind? Take a listen to the episode now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or at just2pearls.com. Thank you for listening, and remember to cultivate the pearl within you. 

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