Jeremy talks with Seventh Day Adventist minister Kevin Kakazu on Adventist beliefs, diversity in the church and the giant robots of Kevin’s childhood. Topics include: the “disappointing” origins of Adventism, representation of Japanese culture in geekdom, anime’s broad thematic range, the connection between faith and geekdom and the importance of Sabbath.
Jeremy talks with Isometric’s one and only Steve Lubitz about representation of Judaism in Geekdom. Topics include: contemporary experiences of antisemitism; Jewish stereotypes in pop culture; secular Judaism; celebrating Chanukah in a Christmas world; parenting and video games; the Jewish X-Men; and antisemitism in GamerGate.
WARNING: Contains Spoilers for X-Men: First Class.
Jeremy talks with Aleen Simms of Less Than or Equal about her podcast and advocacy for diversity in Geekdom. We also reflect on what we’ve learned as podcasters. Topics include: pastor stereotypes, the challenges of social change, the many sins of LEGO and raising girls to love both princesses and geek stuff.
Jeremy talks with his cousin Jesse Bontrager about his faith journey from the conservative Mennonites to agnosticism. Topics include: the relationship between sectarian religion and the surrounding culture, Jeremy’s first encounter with “Star Trek,” pacifism and support for the Iraq War, Grandpa’s politics, the challenge of disagreeing with people you love and why the Delaware State Fair is a wicked, worldly place.
Jeremy follows up on GeekCross 22 by discussing the recent Mennonite Church USA biannual convention in Kansas City. Topics include: anger and disagreement among Christians and why the Church needs to move beyond voting and Roberts Rules of Order. #mennocon15