We continue this season, #TapestryOfCall, with the Rev Kelsey Brown. This conversation is so full of joy and openness and we hope it will be a balm to your soul as it was ours. Rev Kelsey shares about the beauty and the struggles of her work with and among her community of Jehu’s table-an African Descent Lutheran congregation. We are so grateful for her vulnerability and her wisdom.

Here’s her bio:
Rev. Kelsey Brown describes herself as sometimes funny, very queer, frequently anxious, and completely absurd. A 20-something hailing from Long Island, New York – she comes equipped with the accent & attitude to back it up. In her free time, she is falling back in love with spoken word poetry, breaking it down on the dance floor, and ritual creation. She believes with her full heart that God’s delight in diversity is call for us all to embrace the fullness of humanity. Racial justice and advocacy work fuel her fire, while deep friendships and long naps quench her thirst. She can be seen in her natural habitat – quoting show-tunes, doubled over in laughter and challenging others to “do the work.”

Special thanks to Odai productions for the editing and production: @afoteyodai

Thank you Rev. Kelsey Brown!
You can follow Rev. Brown and the Jehu’s Table Church here.

Also here is a list of the many inspiring reads, music and artists we discussed on the podcast.

Artists/Musicians:

Poetry:

Books:

Podcasts:

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

This season we are joined with some amazing WOC leaders (pastors, activists, writers, and everything in between) who share how they are answering a call to do the work at this time. We are calling this season Tapestry of Call because we see each person’s call and vocation as a part of a whole. We’re all connected.

Our first episode starts out with Rev Nicolette Marie Peñaranda. She shares with us what it’s like to be a bi-vocational pastor. The challenges and triumphs. And we are grateful to know her and for her willingness to be transparent and share some of her journey with us.

Here’s her bio:
Rev. Nicolette Marie Peñaranda is the pastor of First Lutheran Church of the Trinity in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Nic was raised in the Metro New York area where she attended Wagner College for her degree in Sociology, History, and Masters in Business Administration. While receiving her MDiv at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Nic began merging her love of art with scripture. This blend has led to a mural on display at Instituto Evangelico Argentino en Grand Bourg, Argentina and at the 2018 National Youth Gathering’s Creative Expressions area. She is now the 2022 National Youth Gathering’s Creative Expressions Manager to continue to put her craft to use. Outside of the church, Nic leads racial justice facilitations through her game MONadvocacy. The Peñaranda family now resides in Berwyn, Illinois where Nic is running for City Council member. When Nic is not accompanying a congregation or running for office, she spends time with her spouse Dennis, her daughter Mahalia, and her two cats Penne and Rigatoni.

You can support her campaign for 1st Ward Alderman here:
Here is the link to support her campaign for 1st Ward Alderman

This is a special episode dedicated to love. We know. We know. Valentine’s day was on Friday, but we want to keep the love going.

Our #BlackWomynsCanon continues with this episode we originally thought we’d entitle Issa Love Thing, but we realized that the conversation landed more about how we love through telling the truth. Specifically, we dive into black love, not just romantic love, but love of all kinds. And we explore how multiple truths can exist together as we find our joy in the love we share. Don’t worry this conversation will continue next month!

As always we want to thank:
Odai Productions (@afoteyodai) for the beautiful mixing and editing.
Shae McCoy for making us look so good
And our sister-circle: Hazel, Nila, Jazmine, and Sierra

We continue our conversation with our sister-friend, theologian, and scholar, Nila Curry in our #BlackWomynCanon series. This is part two from episode three where we talk about #RadicalCommunity. This time we talk about what it looks like to heal together and love one in this thing called sisterhood.

This episode was intended to be released in January, but what a better way to start out Black History Month with conversations about sister circles and supporting one another in our communities. Especially as sisters. As always thank you for listening. Send us your feedback and let us know how you are loving and caring for one another.

We want to thank:
Odai Productions for the beautiful mixing and editing.
Shae McCoy for making us look good with these amazing images and portraits
And our sister-circle: Hazel, Nila, Jazmine, and Sierra

We continue our #BlackWomynCanon series with a conversation about #RadicalCommunity. This time we welcome our sister-friend, theologian, and scholar, Nila Curry, to talk about what radical accountability looks like in community, as we work towards healing together.

Our conversation was recorded during Advent and our period of waiting, but the work of building healthy communities continues through the season of Xmas into the new year.

And again, we want to thank
Odai Productions (https://soundcloud.com/afoteyodai) for the beautiful mixing and editing.
Shae McCoy for making us look good with these amazing images and portraits
And our sister-circle: Hazel, Nila, Jazmine, and Sierra

We continue our #BlackWomynCanon series begins with a conversation about #Forgiveness. What does it mean to forgive self and others, and what does communal forgiveness look like? We explore this conversation together in light of our faith and embedded and learned theologies.

As you listen along, we’d like to know what forgiveness looks like to you. #Forgiveness

And again, we want to thank
Odai Productions (https://soundcloud.com/afoteyodai) for the beautiful mixing and editing.
Shae McCoy for making us look good with these amazing images and portraits
And our sister-circle: Hazel, Nila, Jazmine, and Sierra

It’s here! Season 3 #BlackWomynCanon begins with our first title #PutThyselfFirst. Forgive the KJV version, y’all but it sounds sophisticated, right?

Laura and Tamika talk about what it means to put yourself first and the discipline of self-care. We hope you join the conversation and tell us how you are putting yourself first in this new season of change. What types of things do you do to take care of yourself? Let us know and tag it #PutThyselfFirst

Also, we mentioned an article in our episode. Here is the link:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamiforman/2017/12/13/self-care-is-not-an-indulgence-its-a-discipline/?fbclid=IwAR2jw32m1a8BdtlQvLR7ft8N6163prjkVkTnZ3XvkFk13FIRsBBVb_vLF-E#449108efee0c

We want to thank
Odai Productions for the beautiful mixing and editing.
Shae McCoy for the beautiful images and portraits
And our sister-circle: Hazel, Nila, Jazmine, and Sierra (y’all inspire us)