Carolyn B. Helsel teaches preaching at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more than a decade, she has helped white congregations talk about racism, working successfully with individual churches, small groups, retreats, and within academic guilds and conferences. She is the author of Anxious To Talk About It : Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism
Release date: March 26th, 2018
Carla Ewert, Co-Creator of She Is Called & Host of Holy Writ
Carla Ewert is a co-creator of the national conversation for women, She Is Called. She hosts the She Is Calledpodcast and Holy Writ podcast, and is a regular panelist on the Christian Feminist Podcast. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Through the lens of process theology, pyrotheology, and pop-culture, Mason seeks to expand on theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's coccept of religionless Christianity by creating a religionless vision & structure for the present/future church -- one that fosters faith holistically, outside the constraints of institutionalized religion.
He is a youth worker at Solomon's Porch, Master of Divinity student, aspiring theologian, podcaster, writer, church innovator & contributor to "Theology Corner".
Release date: April 9th, 2018
Nadine Smith, Activist
Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation andgender identity.
A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then - President Clinton - the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.
She is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee, a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee, and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee. In 2013, she was named one of the the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award in 2015.
She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan.
Release date: April 16th, 2018
Lisa Boeving-Learned, Writer + Political Candidate
Lisa spent 25 years with the Tampa Police Department as a trained child abuse and domestic violence investigator. She developed the Department's Sex Offender monitoring program, which was recognized by DOJ COPS Office as a best practice and became the model for departments throughout the country.
Lisa was one of the developers & instructors for the department's innovative domestic violence training, which sought to eliminate the "arrest only" response by increasing officer awareness of victimology. She served as a Field Training Officer and Field Training supervisor, child abuse investigator, sex crimes detective and finished my career as a street sergeant by choice in order to work in the community. My experiences and interest in understanding the underlying causes of crime led me to believe that bias and racism are not adequately acknowledged or addressed in law enforcement. She is currently running for the State House in Pennsylvania's 8th District.
Release date: April 30th, 2018
Rev. Dr. David N. Moore, Author
The Rev. Dr. David N. Moore, Jr. is the author of Making American Great Again: A Challenge To The Christian Community. He is also an ecumenical and passionate defender of the defenseless. He graudated from US Santa Barbara with a major in Communication Studies. He earned his Master's degree from St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick, Canada, and currently holds an appointment to adjunct faculty there, teaching Ancient Mediterranean History. He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the University of South Africa. David and his wife, Diane, live in Santa Barbara, California. They have five adult children.
Aisha Irvis, Co-Host
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Benjamin Tapper, Speaker, Writer, Advocate
Ben Tapper has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manchester University, a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a master of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. He serves as the faith formation coordinator for First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is actively involved in community engagement. Ben lives out his passion for inspiring and empowering people through public speaking, writing and teaching. He is a co-found of The Hear Me Project,an organization dedicated to created a safe place for dialogue and conversation.
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Dr. Robyn draws on their identity and heritage as a queer Latinx in everything that they do. From doubt to divine and everywhere in between, their call as an activist-theologian demands the vision to disrupt hegemony and colonialist structures of multi-layered oppression.
As an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans*gressive Latinx, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns. Robyn sees this work as a life-orienting vocation, deeply committed to translating theory to practice, and embedded in re-imagining our moral horizon to one which privileges a politics of radical difference.
Dr. Samantha Kline
As a teen in a small Mississippi town, Dr. Sam Kline was falsely accused of a crime due to the melanin in her skin and the racism in her community.
After a year of fighting off thoughts of losing out on her future, the surreal nightmare ended.
The charges were dropped.
She was free to simply move on with life.
But an icy chill had moved over her heart.
Dr. Sam Kline learned to feel the pain of racism thoroughly and moving through the pain to find love in her heart for the beauty of humanity – in all their varied shades.
As a self-leadership expert, Dr. Sam Kline guides people to break free of self-limiting beliefs from familial, cultural, and societal influences to find both strength and a committed partner in one another. Her calling is to transform the lives of those ready to breakaway from the ways they have been taught to live into a lifestyle that liberates. She is here for you, and to embolden you as you free yourself from whatever limits you from reaching your true happiness and vibrant life.
Weary of the same old social bandwagons and desiring more than the typical racial discussions, Dr. Sam Kline created Race + Grace, a blog dedicated to going rogue about race, humanity, and spiritual things. She believes that through the preparation of hearts and minds in pursuit of the greater good, the world can achieve a higher state of grace together.
She is a Truth-Teller, World Shaker, and an aficionado of high heels.
I am the mother of three. Wife of one. I love Jesus. I really, really like yoga & deep breaths, nail polish & lipstick, and girlfriends & our laughter and tears.
I am a writer, speaker, coffee drinker, and now yoga teacher, and this journey began in childhood diaries & journals, moved into newsrooms, and then to a co-authored book entitled More Than Serving Tea. The book is about the intersection of faith, culture and gender, and it tells just part of an important story of Asian American Christian women.
The title of the book tells as much about the content as it does about me. It connects the hope of “more” to that of a stereotypical image of both “Asian” as represented by the West – submissive servant – and “women” as represented by the West, the East, and by some interpretations of Biblical womanhood. I can still serve others, enjoy tea (I prefer coffee), embrace my complex ethnic/cultural/racial identity and my womanhood, all the while loving Jesus while living and leading in an imperfect world.
If the voice you read on this blog might connect with your church, community group, leadership team, etc., please contact me at morethantea “at” gmail “dot” com. You can also follow me on twitter @mskathykhang or visit my author page on Facebook.
G.Be states "I am an activist because I am a hopeless romantic, I cannot hide my passions nor my pain. My concern for the disregard of the human condition overwhelms me as does the love, magic and wonders I've witness in our World. My art is the vehicle through which I emote"
Her unique perspective explores and challenges our concepts of humanity, exploitation, race dynamics, gender identity and sensuality using multimedia. Her work is often self-critical and satirical at times.
Her upcoming art exhibit "People Not Things" is a series of songs, videos, paintings, and poetry. It explores human connection and her own social, political and romantic relationships as a queer woman of color. She describes her artistic style a cocktail of "self-indulgent abstract esoteric conceptual resistance with a splash of social justice".
She defines Conceptual Resistance as "the exercise of challenging ones own sense of reality thus enhancing the ability to either see an object or event from multiple perspectives simultaneously or to imagine objects and events that exist outside of our mundane understandings of time & space."
The painting of "People Not Things" examines human behavior through the contrasted lens of the “Jinn”, our cosmic counterparts. All of the humans depicted wear hats and are often separated by ledges and barriers that they have created or that they have imagined. The “Jinn” see People with no gender, no race or political allegiance… nor do they see any other labels that we ascribe to one another. The emotions and behaviors of the humans reflect our growing exclusion from one another along with our thirst to be closer to each other… it also explores the capitalist approach to exploitation at the expense of black bodies, women, veterans, immigrants, elderly and the poor… all made possible by material objects, media, technology and our own internal struggle to recognize other humans as People… Not Things.
Mark Charles, Author + Activist
Mark Charles is a national-speaker and writer regarding modern-day history. He leads his audiences to find the roots of social justice issues embedded deep in history.
Mark is the author of the popular blog Reflections from the Hoganand serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online. Mark is a founding partner of the national conference for Native students Would Jesus Eat Frybread?, consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and has served as a former pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver, CO. Mark’s first book, Truth Be Told (IVP), is due out in 2018.
Ruby Sales, Activist + Public Theologian
Ruby Nell Sales is a nationally-recognized human-rights activist, public theologian, and social critic, whose articles and work appear in many journals, online sites, and books. Under the tutelage of Professor Jean Wiley, Sales joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960’s as a teenager at Tuskegee University and went to work as a student freedom fighter in Lowndes County, Alabama. There, she worked with Bob Mants, Gloria Larry, Janet Moses, Jimmy Rogers, Willie Vaughn, and local people that included Clara Maul and John Huelett.
In August 1965, Sales, along with other SNCC workers, joined young people from Fort Deposit, Alabama, who organized a demonstration to protest the actions of the local White grocery store owners who had cheated their parents. The group was arrested and held in jail and then suddenly released. Jonathan Daniels, a White seminarian and freedom worker from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts was assassinated as he pulled Sales out of the line of fire, when they attempted to enter Cash Grocery Store to buy sodas for other freedom workers who were released from jail. Tom Coleman also shot and deeply wounded Father Richard Morrisroe, a priest from Chicago. Despite threats of violence, Sales was determined to attend the trial of Daniels' murderer, Tom Coleman, and to testify on behalf of her slain colleague. Coleman was acquitted by a jury of all white peers.
Gioia DeCari, Actor + Playwrite
The passionately eclectic Gioia De Cari is an actress, playwright, classical singer and "recovering mathematician." She began her performance career in experimental opera while a teaching fellow in mathematical logic at Harvard. Since then, she has played numerous leading acting roles in theater, commercials and films, including the multi-award-winning film Lower East Side Stories, which screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Slamdance, and many festivals in the United States and internationally.
Gioia's first solo play, The 9th Envelope, which she wrote and performed, received a rave in OOBR: "De Cari commanded the stage with energy, poise and range." Her second solo, Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through MIT's Male Math Maze, an autobiographical story of her past life as a mathematician, has become a national hit. After receiving a Puffin Foundation grant, Truth Values premiered in the New York International Fringe Festival, winning a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Solo Show and enthusiastic reviews: "[FOUR STARS] . . . De Cari . . . inhabits no fewer than 30 roles with gusto" (TimeOut New York); "Funny and insightful . . . replete with hilarious characters . . . The story is riveting . . . go see this show!" (CurtainUp). The play received its regional premiere on the mainstage of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, where it sold-out an extended run and was nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) award. Truth Values continues to be in demand for touring engagements at universities and performing arts centers throughout the United States.