En Conjunto Founder, Ile Team Member
Born in Venezuela, AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the Latin diaspora. Having worked as a faith-based community organizer for a decade, AnaYelsi is now a consultant, educator, writer, and visual artist. She provides education and consultation in both sacred and secular spaces – helping people to pursue justice in an intersectional and holistic way. Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos’ Progressive Christian channel.
AnaYelsi lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow her on twitter at @brwneyedamzn and on Facebook (/browneyedamazon).
To learn more about AnaYelsi visit http://www.browneyedamazon.com
Alicia T. Crosby
Ile Team Member
Alicia T. Crosby (she/her/hers) is a justice educator, activist, and (sometimes reluctant) minister whose work addresses the spiritual, systemic, and interpersonal harm people experience. Through her teaching, writing, speaking, consulting, and space curation, Alicia helps individuals, communities, and institutions explore and unpack topics related to identity, inclusivity, journey, and intersectional equity.
To learn more about Alicia by visit aliciatcrosby.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via @aliciatcrosby.
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD
Ile Team Member
Robyn (they/them/their) is a PhD Queer Activist, latinx scholar, and public theologian.
They are the founder of the Activist Theology Project and a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN.
Ile Team Member
Leanette Pokuwaah (she/her/hers) is a justice seeker and my faith is ever so intertwined with the work I do. She is a writer, teacher, and coach. Leanette wants to share with a little bit about who she is and why this platform exists:
“As a first-generation Ghanaian woman, I wanted to be able to create and teach Enneagram content that sought to center the stories and voices of people of color and others that are traditionally placed at the margins. The Enneagram is a powerful pathway toward spiritual growth and for personal and professional development. I have been able to write, teach and coach through an intersectional lens. My unique intersectional approach centering queer people of color is deeply transformative. The opening of spaces for folks to uncover their whole selves through the recollection, reflection, and retracing of their stories is so powerful and healing.”
To learn more about Leanette visit www.enneastories.com
Rev. Kwame Pitts
Ile Team Member
Kwame (she/her/hers), has embraced her identity and journey as interfaith; an ordained and practicing clergy in the Christian tradition she is also an initiate into Ifa and member of the Orisha IIe Ifa under the guidance of her Padrino, Babalwo Victor Guzman. Kwame’s gift, is working with rituals through both Ifa and through Vodoun towards healing from trauma especially from systemic racism, oppression and the stress of fighting for liberation.
Ile Team Member
Enrique Cintrón (they/them/theirs) is a queer nonbinary Latinx writer and a self-described “femme-ologian” doing theology at the intersections of faith, race, sexuality and gender. Enrique was raised Roman Catholic, and after coming out, left the church for nearly a decade before finding a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church. As a former youth minister, Enrique is passionate about radical faith formation for all ages and developing decolonized followers of Christ. In their spare time, Enrique enjoys learning new languages, embroidering, cooking, and spending entirely too much time in used bookstores.
You can follow Enrique on Twitter/Instagram @enriquecint.
Erin Green (She/Her/Hers) is a Queer, Mexican-American LGBTQ+ activist and Co-Executive Director for Brave Commons. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and is a current MDiv student at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her primary focus is in helping LGBTQ+ students at Christian universities, student organizing, and assisting LGBTQ+ persons in their process of healing from spiritual trauma and abuse.
You can follow Erin on Twitter @__runningerins, Instagram @_runningerins_, or Bravecommons.org
Jenn Walton (she/her/hers) is a writer, editor and storyteller based in Washington, D.C., and is working on her first novel project that explores, through the lens of a failing utopia, what happens when society gives in to its fear of the other. She is also a regular columnist at DIYMFA.com and previously wrote for a communications firm where she drafted and edited sponsored and organic content for top-tier academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies and leading philanthropic organizations that has run in The Washington Post, USA Today and the Atlantic.
To learn more about Jenn visit http://www.jcwalton.co/
Rachel Virginia Hester
Rachel (she/her/hers) is a queer, Christian Afro-Latinx writer, photographer and educator working with faith communities at the intersection of queer liberation and racial justice. Rachel’s photographic services include event photography and portraiture sessions for individuals and groups. Rachel is also available to write on commission, consult and present on subjects related to LGBTQ+ histories, asexual politics, black diaspora, mixed-race experience, emotional justice, and more.
To learn more about Rachel visit here: https://www.facebook.com/rachelpinephotography/
Zebulon Hurst (he/they) is an interdisciplinary teacher, researcher, and poet from the Midwest who practices Reform Judaism. He offers custom content that can take the form of education-oriented music playlists and interfaith spiritual and sexual wellness curricula. They are also open to speaking engagements revolving around racialized identity, inclusion, and mental illness.
Shavon (she/her/hers) is currently a seminarian with a focus on LGBT social justice. She hopes to use her degree to help the community defend itself against anti LGBT sacred texts, and to provide counseling and other necessary help. She is also interfaith, helping out with pagan conventions and other gatherings. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Ileana Sotolongo
Lauren Ileana Sotolongo (she/her/hers) is a writer, organizer, and Co-Executive Director of Brave Commons, an organization empowering LGBTQ+ students at Christian colleges across the country. As a writer, her specializations include topics of faith, identity, and justice within the margins of the Christian church. Her experience as a Queer Latinx Christian–with passing privilege–is central to the way she seeks to communicate faith and identity issues through her writing, both professionally and creatively, to justice movements.
To learn more about Lauren’s work visit bravecommons.org, or follow on Instagram @laurensotolongo
Darren Calhoun (he/him) is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
Sarah (she/her/hers) works as a freelance writer and consultant. She specializes in helping people articulate and operationalize their ideas, as well as develops team culture & leadership self-awareness. She is currently the co-founder of Church Clarity.
To learn more about Sarah’s work visit www.churchclarity.com.
Brittany T. Paschall (she/her) is a radical liberator, ally, and friend. She currently lives in Nashville, TN where she focuses her work on organizing, preaching, and telling the truth. A 2017-2019 National ELLA Fellow, Brittany is an experienced practitioner around issues of diversity, inclusion, and the intersection of spirituality.
To learn more about Brittany’s work visit btpaschall.com or on Instagram and Twitter under @btpaschall.
Michael A. Vazquez
Michael (he/him) is a public theologian, community organizer, storyteller, and educator advocating for social equity and impact innovation in the academy and the church. Michael is currently an M.Div. student at Duke Divinity School, is the founder and Co-Executive Director of Brave Commons, an LGBT advocacy organization and inclusive Christian campus ministry, as well as the co-founder of Vine & Fig, an LGBT affirming Catholic resource.
Abigail is a freelance photographer, videographer, performing artist and queer chicanx. Her projects focus on the interaction between perception and reality and include digital nonfiction storytelling, promotional videos, and short-form theatre. Other interests are written journalism, distance running, and making lots of food.
To learn more about Abigail’s work visit https://www.instagram.com/abigail.w.carroll/
Rose-Ingrid (she/her) is a member of the Haitian diaspora settled in Odawa/Ottawa (Canada). As an actor, writer, singer-songwriter, and educator, Rose-Ingrid desires to help create art and community rooted in decolonization, liberation and spirituality. Her experiences at the intersections of blackness, poverty, queerness and womanhood have greatly influenced her art, writing and work in ministry. Rose-Ingrid currently writing her first play as well as working towards starting a new faith community in the Ottawa region. She is available for consulting, commissioned art and writing, performance, speaking and grant writing and can be reached via email at email@example.com
Jade T. Perry
Jade T. Perry is an integrative / multidisciplinary artist, #ChurchyMystic, Tarot Card Slinger, Play-based Educator, Chronically Ill / Disabled Babe, and co-founder of the Mystic Soul Project 501c3. The mission of her work is to contribute resources, art, narratives, and experiential learning opportunities that aid in the holistic healing processes of people of color (POC), queer people of color (QPOC), and disabled / chronically ill POC. Additionally, she seeks to creatively challenge secular and sacred systems toward greater levels of inclusion.
To learn more about Jade’s work visit JadeTPerry.com & Patreon.com/Jadetperry.
Ashlynn Wakiin Wiian Frandsen
Ashlynn Frandsen (she/her, they/them) is a Queer Two Spirit, mixed Native American parent in the San Francisco bay area who has earned long standing respect in the arts and mental health community. She has made her career path to shed light on those who are otherwise ignored, and she actively serves as a strong advocate for justice and equality among underrepresented and marginalized youth populations by running an LGBTQ department out of a mental health agency serving homeless and foster youth. Her goal is to help create a world wherein all people, especially children and LGBTQ + people, have a safe place to thrive by providing LGBTQ affirmative care spaces, leadership within Native ceremonies that are inclusive to LGBTQ and training to combat LGBTQ stigma in health care professionals. Ashlynn recovered from drug addiction and survived homelessness 15 years ago. Due to her personal triumph over these struggles, she is fueled by the belief in not forgetting where one originates from; and that reaching back to assist those who still suffer she commits a sacred act that in turn heals the entire community and uplifts us all.
To learn more about Ashlynn’s work contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Hong (she/her) is an urban liturgist, writer, and speaker. She has led worship for The Justice Conference, Christian Community Development Association, and the Duke Divinity Center for Reconciliation. After a brief stint as Creative Director at the Chicago campus of Willow Creek Community Church, she now studies at Duke University. Angie is a contributing author of “Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World,” released in March 2017 through Judson Press, and “Soul Bare” released in Summer 2016 through Intervarsity Press. Angie has a background in music therapy and explores the intersection between worship, reconciliation, and identity on her blog, angiekayhong.com.
To learn more about Angie’s work visit her on all platforms at @angiekayhong.
Teresa P Mateus
Teresa P Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a trauma specialist, contemplative practice teacher, social work professor, author and speaker on issues of spirituality, activism and healing. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Mystic Soul Project a 501c3 organization centered on the wisdoms, teachings and community-building of POC-centered intersections of spirituality, activism and healing. She is also the author of Mending Broken: A Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery and Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma as well as upcoming book on the Camino de Santiago and life as pilgrimage. Teresa is also co-coordinator of a program called TRACC (trauma response and crisis care) working to engage education, network-building and crisis response for activists/movements related to movement trauma. She works and speaks nationally but is based in Chicago, Illinois.