@JaniceOCG Listen to spirited interview of @cassady2euca by @cinubluegreen of #GrassRoot Ohio @OhioOrg Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is live, Thurs., Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on TWN, for our chat on cults, cultures & religion in @HandmaidsOnHulu & modern practices.
In a spirited, 30-minute interview, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith reflects with Carolyn Harding of GrassRoot Ohio, upon a wide range of topics from:
- Her path to ministry;
- Her work with Crazy Faith Ministries;
- Black Lives Matter Protests vs. January 6th;
- Poverty and the Modern Poor People’s Campaign; and her
- Concern, Gratitude and Hope about the future.
Rev. Smith found her way to ministry, reluctantly, by way of an early career in journalism and membership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, finally accepting the call with Dr. John R. Bryant. She soon realized that faith, for her, was about much more than what transpires inside buildings. She decided
“church is not a place you go to. Church is something you do…You go to where people are in need.”
That’s what she does with her ministry and has found it both heart-wrenching and fulfilling. She describes, for example, meeting a former NASA mathematician now living homeless on the streets. “Crazy Faith” is “a way for me to make the scriptures come to light,” she said. Referring to the negative ideas and limitations that get into our heads, Smith said,
“We are more of the cannot people, than the can people.”
She believes human beings are capable of much more than we believe we can do, and her path illuminates the possibilities.
WATCH Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Crazy Faith Ministries – LIVE – Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Cults, Cultures and Religions in The Handmaid’s Tale, and modern American culture.
Smith also expressed anger when describing the differences in treatment for Black Lives Matter protestors and the terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. There’s “so much difference between the protests for Black Lives Matter and whatever that was…the majority of the [BLM] protests are peaceful and those protests are a cry for this country, and its government, and its police force, to listen, to hear, and to feel the pain of people, whose people keep getting butchered by police officers over and over and over again, and nobody paying attention to it and nobody caring…and this is a 400-year journey we’ve been on, and so for this false equivalency to be drawn, I am very, very angry…”
In the discussion on poverty and the Poor People’s Campaign led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, Smith asked
“How can a country call itself ‘exceptional’ when it lets so many people suffer?”
She went on to describe the plight of those deemed “essential workers” during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Poverty” declared Smith, “is a moral issue. You can’t understand it until you have to live it…”
“If it’s happening in a third world country, we want to get all self-righteous…Worry about human rights in this country. Worry about it here first – because if we can fix it here, then we can go someplace else. This false morality that we have – that’s why I do what I do.”
At the top of Smith’s concerns about our country are the efforts of Republicans to suppress the right to vote; but she is grateful that the 2020 presidential election concluded the way that it did – with Joe Biden as the winner. She sees hope in our capacity to learn how to get better at strengthening our immune system to more effectively do battle with the plagues among us.
Learn more about the work of Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith by contacting CrazyFaith2019@gmail.com – calling 614-245-5411 – or finding her on Facebook. — LMO
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is an ordained minister, pastor, musician, writer, activist and mother of two, living in Columbus, OH, where she now serves as Founder and Executive Director of Crazy Faith Ministries. This is a non-traditional church with faith ministries providing outreach and services for homeless people; services for children of incarcerated parents; and voter education and registration, among other things. Pastor Williams Smith also leads Freedom Choir that sings songs of freedom at marches and events offering messages of social justice through music. She previously served for 22 years as pastor of Advent United Church of Christ, also in Columbus, and maintains an interest in the relationship between politics, religion, and race. A prolific writer and author of several books, Williams Smith began her career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore. Her books include Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (2009), and most recently, With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America (2020), Dr. Williams Smith also blogs at Candid Observations and has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post. With a Doctorate in Ministry, she maintains leadership roles in many national and community organizations and religious networks. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
WATCH 29:44 | GrassRoot Ohio-Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith – ordained minister, musician, writer, activist | with Carolyn Harding | 2/26/2021