Alison Harrington on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-ChowBRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends, I spoke with Alison Harrington. Enjoy.

September 24, 2014
1:00pm PDT

Recap and more info about Alison Harrington is below the video.

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Alison Harrington on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-ChowThe Reverend Alison J. Harrington became Southside Presbyterian Church’s Pastor in January, 2009 bringing with her a passion for Christ and for social justice. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis in U. S. Race Relations. After graduation, she became a community organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area organizing around issues such as the prison industrial complex and the criminalization of youth of color.

Seeking to approach issues of social concern from a faith perspective she left community organizing to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she was a Presidential Scholar. While attending SFTS she began to volunteer at San Quentin State Prison where she worked with the San Quentin Giants Baseball Team and in the Protestant Chapel leading Bible Studies and teaching theology. After graduating with her Master’s of Divinity, she served Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California and served as a facility chaplain in the Santa Clara County Jail system.

Alison has served the denomination as a Global Youth Intern in 1994 to Ethiopia, a Young Adult Volunteer to Belfast Northern Ireland in 1996, and has traveled on peace and justice delegations to Chiapas, Colombia, and Cuba. In 2010 she was named one of Tucson’s 40 under 40 and in 2011 she was awarded the Beatitudes Society Brave Preacher Award. She is currently a Beatitudes Society Fellow.

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Episode Recap: Alison Harrington


Segment 1:

Current situation around immigration, especially children.
Bruce yell “jackass” at the TV and Alison debunks some myths
Alison gives some history of Sanctuary and what is going on today at Southside and other churches around the country.

Segment 2:

Fast vs. Slow Zombies
What fear of Zombies do to humanity.

Segment 3:

Q1: A smell that reminds you of your childhood:

Smell of the ocean and the sound of walking on rocks

Q2: A TV show from your childhood that you hope makes a comeback:


Q3: Your first or your worst job was:

First job, working in a movie theater as a projectionist.

Q4: Who will be cast as thee in the upcoming blockbuster movie, The Alison Harrington Story?

Jennifer Lawrence

Q5: Paying it forward, one organization that more people should know about: interfaith leaders doing great stuff in the world.

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