It Takes Courage to Feel Shame

A conversation about public shaming, private shaming, and growing in maturity turns into a conversation about race, repentance and shared responsibility.
In this episode…
  • Steven Park is the Founder and Executive Director of Little Lights Urban Ministries, a Christ-centered ministry to public housing youth and families in Washington, DC.

  • Rick Barry is Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, where he helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.


  • Introduction (00:01)
  • Interview (04:40)
  • Reflection on Shared Responsibility (33:04)
  • Prayer (38:40)

Steve Park of Little Lights Urban Ministries joined us last week for what turned out to be a very different conversation than the one we expected.

Practice Listening

Seek out a news source you usually avoid, and read an article on the recent protests. What are they mentioning that you don’t usually hear? What are they discounting that frustrates you? Reflect and pray about these observations.

Mentioned In This Episode

The Kerner Report by the National Advisory on Civil Disorders (1968)

Read about the Kerner Report on the Smithsonian’s website

Little Lights Urban Ministries in Washington, DC

Race Literacy 101 online class

The Front Porch

Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission


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