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68 EpisodesProduced by Leroy BarberWebsite

Welcome to The S.I.T.U.P. Podcast, a podcast by Leroy Barber! SITUP stands for Sports, Innovation, Theology, Ugly(injustice), Public Discourse. Leroy is currently the Director of Innovation for Greater Northwest of UMC. Leroy is the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and Adjunct Professor at Kilns Col… read more

68 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

S.I.T.U.P. LIVE: Pre-Juneteenth Show

June 11th, 2022


Join Leroy Barber as he talks about celebrating Juneteenth and much more. 

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Episode 67:Meet Dea Jenkins

June 4th, 2022


Dea Jenkins is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, Director of Inbreak, and founder of Dea Studios. Through a series of life twists, including deciding not to pursue a career as a professional track runner, Dea …

Episode 66: Meet Carl Amouzou

June 4th, 2022


Join Host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan for another road trip to the 2022 Inhabit Conference in Seattle Wa. On this Episode meet Carl Amouzou of  FŌS 

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S.I.T.U.P. LIVE: Buffalo, Brittney Griner, and Anti-Blackness

May 28th, 2022


Join host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan as they talk anti-blackness and other issues of the world. 

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S.I.T.U.P Podcast Bonus Episode

March 21st, 2022


Join host Rev. Leroy Barber as he preaches a very special message.  

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S.I.T.U.P Podcast: Super Bowl Live Show

February 17th, 2022


Join Leroy Barber and producer ANDRU Morgan as they talk Super Bowl beyond football. 

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S.I.T.U.P. PODCAST LIVE: Black History Month at Third Eye Books

February 3rd, 2022


Third Eye Books Accessories & Gifts LLC was founded in 2019 in Portland Oregon by Michelle Lewis and Charles Hannah. Our vision is to be the number one supplier of African Centered books, accessories and gifts in …


January 19th, 2022


Join Leroy Barber as he reflects on the life and teachings of MLK. 

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Episode 60: Live from CCDA: Meet Mayra

December 10th, 2021


Mayra grew up in East Los Angeles, and currently lives in Pasadena, CA. She serves on the pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church, a large congregation that has been at the same location for over 120 years. She has spent …

Episode 59: Live from CCDA: Meet Dominique Gilliard

November 21st, 2021


Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice(LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: …

Episode 58: Live From George Fox University: Meet D'Metri Mattocks

November 3rd, 2021


Join host Leroy Barber for the kick off of an all new season of the SITUP Podcast. This season Leroy will be taking SITUP to another level by asking …

SITUP Live: May 22nd 2021

May 23rd, 2021


This week we talk NBA Playoffs, Landnrights, vaccine lottery, black-owned businesses and Leroy talks about Ronald Green in I'm Angry 

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April 24th, 2021


Join Leroy Barber as he talks about the latest going on in America! 

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Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet The Activist Theology Project (Tennessee)

September 29th, 2020


Join Leroy Barber as he welcomes back Dr. Robyn and first-time guest Rev. Anna of the Active Theology Project. The Activist Theology Project is a …

Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet Melvin Bray (SW ATL)

September 28th, 2020


The SITUP Podcast is proud to have Melvin Bray back to talk SW ATL with us!

Melvin Bray ( is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, social entrepreneur, and author who lives and gardens with his wife, three …

Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet Kiyomi Rollins (SW ATL)

September 28th, 2020


Co-Founder of The Good Hair Store.  Kiyomi Rollins is dedicated to loving on every coil while empowering the natural hair and skincare community to …

Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet The Youth of Releigh North Carolina

September 26th, 2020


Join Leroy Barber and the SitUp Podast crew as they talk with three Releigh youth about voting the greater good. 

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Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet The People of Durham

September 26th, 2020


Join Leroy Barber in Durham North Carolina as he talks with four college student about voting the greater good. 

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Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet JT Huffer-Corn and Tonya Rogers (Canton)

September 25th, 2020


While doing our event in Canton Ohio we got the chance to meet Tonya Rogers and JT Huffer-Corn. The two community organizers have done some pretty inovative things to help drive out the vote in Stark County Ohio. 

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Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet Pastor Santes Beatty (Detroit)

September 24th, 2020


Pastor Santes Beatty serves as the Lead Pastor for Mosaic Midtown Church in Detroit, MI, and as the Multiethnic Multiplication Catalyst for the …

Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet Pastor Phil Jackson (Chicago)

September 23rd, 2020


Pastor Phil Jackson has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry for over 30 years. Phil has served in North Lawndale since …

Vote The Greater Good Tour: Meet Michelle Ferrigno Warren (Denver)

September 22nd, 2020


Michelle Ferrigno Warren has committed her life to her community and advancing equity and democratic participation across the country. She is a nationally recognized leader, advocate, author. For over a decade, she has …

Episode 45: Meet Minister Onleilove Alston

April 2nd, 2020


For more info on Onleilove and her book please go to

This episode features spoke word piece Nailed Hands by Amena Brown Owen:

Episode 44: Meet Presidential Candidate Mark Charles

March 12th, 2020


Join Leroy Barber and the SitUP Podcast Crew as the hit the road to NYC to talk with presidential candidate Mark Charles.

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Episode 43: Meet the Parish Collective Canada

February 24th, 2020


Join the SITUP crew as they head north to Toronto Canada to meet with some of the most innovative people making a difference in neighborhood.

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Episode 42: Meet Velynn Brown!

February 17th, 2020


Its been a long time but we good things come to those who wait and Velynn Brown is well worth the wait! Join Leroy and the SITUP crew for a closer look at the work of equity and inclusion. 

As a native Northeast …

Episode 41: Bread For The Resistance Live

December 17th, 2019


Join host Leroy Barber for a live listen in of Donna Baber reading from and talking about her book Bread for The Resistance

Donna Barber is …

Episode 40: The Harriett Movie Talk

December 2nd, 2019


From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of …

Episode 39: The SOCAP Recap

November 1st, 2019


The week host Leroy Barber recaps his time at SOCAP 19. SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is in the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. During his time at …

Episode 38: Meet Pastor Rudy!

October 3rd, 2019


Join Leroy Barber as he sits down with his good friend Pastor Rudy!

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Sitting Up Against The Patriarchy

September 16th, 2019


What Up Folks! Welcome to season two of the S.I.T. U.P. Podcast with host Leroy Barber! This season promises to bring 20 exciting yet …

Summer Bonus Episode: The Jay-Z NFL deal

August 19th, 2019


Join Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan as they talk the NFL and Jay-Z deal. 

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Episode 35: Meet Josè Humpherys

July 30th, 2019


José Humphreys is a native New Yorker, social worker, consultant and minister with over 16 years of nonprofit experience.  In this capacity he has …

Episode 34: Meet Raquel Polanco

July 16th, 2019


Although its summertime Leroy Barber
and the SITUP Podcast
crew is still working hard to bring you even more heat!  Raquel Polanco
is a brilliant …

Episode 33: Meet Melvin Bray

June 24th, 2019


Melvin Bray ( is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, social entrepreneur, and author who lives with his wife, three kids and two dogs in southwest Atlanta, GA. He is an active participant in vanguard …

Episode 32: The Live Summer Kick off Show

June 11th, 2019


Join Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan as the kick off the Situp Podcast Summer with a few questions on summertime as well as a in depth discussion on the NBA Finals! 

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Episode 31: Leroy listens to the future of the church!

June 3rd, 2019


Join Leroy as he sits down with four young leaders at CCOYM and talk the future of the church and much more! 

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Episode 30: Leroy gets grilled

May 27th, 2019


Join us for this very special edition of the SIT UP Podcast! As you know we interview a lot of dynamic leaders and today is no exception to the rule. …

Episode 29: Meet Dr.Randy Woodley

May 20th, 2019


Dr. Woodley addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, race, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous …

Episode 28: Meet Rev. Shalom R. Agtarap

May 13th, 2019


Shalom is an ordained United Methodist Elder currently supporting the innovative work of church planters. She has facilitated work in churches …

Episode 27: Meet Tom Wuest

May 6th, 2019


Tom has been writing songs and planting gardens with faith communities for the past twenty years. His songs engage the biblical narrative and grow …

Episode 26: A Q&A with New Community Church Kansas City

April 29th, 2019


This week we have the pleasure to share with you a Q&A session with Leroy and a group of passionate believers that want to make a difference in their community. This is one you don't want to miss! Let's Begin...

Episode 25: Meet Tim Soerens

April 22nd, 2019


What is church to you? What does church in the neighborhood look like? Whats ABCD or assets based community development? What is social capital? All of these questions and much more will be explored on this episode with …

Episode 24: Meet the Answers

April 15th, 2019


What do you think about church planting? What does planting in community look like? What neighborhood connections and partnerships can be made with a church plant? Who funds a church plant and how do you go about …

Episode 23: John Tramel

April 8th, 2019


John Tramel has over 19 years of social work experience in the areas of community organizing, community development, mental health, domestic …

Episode 22: Joe Kim

April 1st, 2019


Meet Joe Kim of Bothell UMC, on this weeks episode Joe shares his experience as a leader of color leading a predominately white church. Lets Begin...

Episode 21: Amena Brown

March 25th, 2019


Amena Brown and Matt Owen aka DJ Opdiggy, of Atlanta make up Sol Graffiti the duo that gave the SITUP Podcast its theme music "Let's Begin". Join …

Episode 20: Dr.Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

March 4th, 2019


Join us this week on the SITUP Podcast as we talk with Queer Activist, Latinx Scholar and Public Theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD.  Dr. Robyn …

Episode 19: Lets Talk LGBTQIA rights with Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey

February 28th, 2019


Join host Leroy Barber for an eye opening discussion on LGBTIA rights with Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey. Andra, is a longtime friend of Leroy and strong …

Episode 18: Celebrating Black Pastors with Pastah J ...

February 18th, 2019


Join Leroy Barber as The S.I.T. U.P. Podcast celebrates Black History month by taking a look at black Pastors and what it means to be a black pastor today. Our guest today is Pastah J, Jonathan Brooks of Chicago's …

Episode 16: Meet Al Hsu

February 12th, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber as he officially brings all of the interviews from the Voices Tampa conference to a close. We saved the best for last with Author Al Hsu a Senior Editor at Inter Varsity Press.  

Episode 15: Meet David Bailey

February 12th, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber as he has an in-depth talk with David Bailey. For more on David Bailey:

Episode 14: Real Talk with Ryan

February 5th, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan live from Tampa as they talk real talk with Ryan Polonio of Kindred.  Ryan a governing elder with …

Episode 13: Meet Leader of Color Sunia Gibbs

February 5th, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan live from Tampa as they talk innovation with Sunia Gibbs. Sunia is an artist of many talents which she uses in the most innovative ways to rethink how church can be done. 

Episode 12: Minority Leadership Director Melyssa Cordero

February 4th, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber as we bring to a close our series of innovator interviews with the Tampa Underground staff. Melyssa is a great innovator and …

Episode 11: Charlene Does Hair...

February 1st, 2019


Can you touch a women of colors hair? What is your type? What role does hair play in innovation and in the Church? Join Host Leroy Barber and …

Episode 10: Brianna Wilkerson Of The Tampa Underground

January 31st, 2019


Join Host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan as they continue their series of interviews on innovations. On this episode they speak with Managing Director of The Tampa Underground Brianna Wilkerson. Brianna has a …

Episode 9: Mentor and Coach FULEI NGANGMUTA PASSLEY

January 31st, 2019


What is a Micro-Church? How does a Micro-Church work? What is a mentor? Do we black girls need more mentorship? If so what does that look like? Well today on the SITUP podcast Host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan …

Episode 8 : Farming with Jenise Carr

January 31st, 2019


Continuing our discussions live from the Tampa Underground, host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan get out of their comfort zone and talk farming. Where does your food come from? Do you live in a food desert and if …

Episode 7: Coaching with Keisha

January 29th, 2019


Join host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan for part 2 of the SITUP Podcast series on innovation. On this episode the SITUP team sits down with …

Episode 6: Lucas Pulley of The Tampa Underground Network

January 28th, 2019


Join host Leroy Barber and producer Andru Morgan for the next few episodes as they take a visit to the Tampa Underground Network. This series of interviews will spotlight innovative men and women who are creating …

Bonus Episode: The Truth Behind The Indigenous People March

January 23rd, 2019


Welcome to a very special bonus addition of the SITUP Podcast. Our brother and friend Mark Charles will join us today to share with us the events of the Indigenous People March in Washington DC. Mark spoke at the event …

Episode 3 : The Slave Bible

January 22nd, 2019


In this episode we will discuss the slave bible that was distributed to slaves in the 1800's. This bible was missing many key verses. We will Interview Todd Hiestand a minister about his his thoughts as a white male and …

Bonus Episode: Whats the real deal with the Rooney Rule?

January 15th, 2019


Join host Leroy Barber and Producer Andru Morgan as they hit Facebook Live to talk the NFL's Rooney Rule. This discussion was stimulated when Dallas …

Episode 2: Why Are Black People So Nice? Part 2

January 14th, 2019


On this weeks episode we follow up on the discussion that ask the question why do black people feel they have the burden to always be nice. This week …

Episode 1: Why Are Black People So Nice?

January 4th, 2019


On this episode of The S.I.T.U.P. Podcast, host Leroy Barber presents the question why do black people have to carry the burden of always having to be nice.  

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