This podcast is the first of a special 2-part episode of RTN Theology features guest host Liz Vice and spoken word artist Micah Bournes talking faith, art, and activism. Liz and Micah have collaborated on each’s albums, including Micah’s most recent record, A Time Like This. This wide-ranging conversation between two brilliant artist of faith was too good to cut short, so we kept the tape running and turned it into a two-part episode.
Micah Bournes (pronounced born-ay) is a creative man of faith in Long Beach, CA. In addition to performing poetry and music, he speaks and teaches on creative writing, pursuing justice, and the way of Jesus. In partnership with World Relief and The Justice Conference, Micah has been able to share his passions and gifts worldwide.
Liz Vice has always had a love for storytelling. The Portland native who currently resides in Brooklyn, started her career working behind the scenes in the world of film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz Vice’s sound is a fusion of Gospel and R&B, with dynamic and soulful vocals, and lyrics, deeply rooted in spirituality, that give her work a timeless feel.
For the past several years, Vice’s music and live performances have put her on the map as an artist to watch. She has been praised and featured by Oregon Public Broadcasts’ One Song, NPR’s World Cafe, Mountain Stage, eTown, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Relevant Magazine, and more. Vice has also been a featured artist in Portland for such events as Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Moon River, Forecastle, Portland Soundcheck, Soul’d Out Music Festival, Siren Nation Music Festival, Music on Main Street and more.
Featured music & spoken word: Micah Bournes
Released in 2018, A Time Like This still feels like it was written for exactly a time like we’re currently experiencing. Micah wrote an 80 page companion commentary on his blog. In his words:
“I hope this tool will start conversations, spark personal growth, and inspire communal action. Please read this commentary with an open mind and heart. I challenge us all to re-examine some of our oldest and firmest beliefs. I pray our blind spots are revealed and our commitment to living just lives before God and neighbor becomes even greater.”
A longtime spoken word poet, Micah Bournes is set to release his first collection of his own written poems, Here Comes This Dreamer (available for pre-order).
Episode theme music:
The Old Ark’s A-Movin’ by A.A. Gray & the Seven Foot Dilly
Jesus Said by David Childers
Episode edited by Gary Fletcher.
Episode produced by Bob Crawford & Chris Breslin.
Episode hosted by Liz Vice.
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