Theological Commentary Writers for Liturgy that Matters

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her) is an IndoLatinx mujerista offering education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice. She is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective of People of Color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is also the Co-Creator of the Digital Dine-In Project – a virtual dining and learning experience bringing people together from around the world. She is an independent practitioner but partners as a co-coordinator with Liberation School South and serves on the board of the Festival Center in Washington, DC. You can follow her on twitter and IG at @brwneyedamzn and on Facebook (/browneyedamazon).

Minister Candace Simpson (she/her/hers) is a sister, preacher, and educator. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary. She is an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. Minister Simpson is especially drawn to Christian education as a political education tool for Black liberation. 

It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth. She is the lead writer and curriculum designer at Fish Sandwich Heaven, an online resource for dreaming a freer world. ”

Casey Overton (she/they) is a radical faith-rooted strategist and spiritual activist who is deeply vested in the development of healing cultures. As National Coordinator for Tikkun Magazine’s Network of Spiritual Progressives, they love being immersed in cooperative interfaith dialogue while creating restorative space for those marginalized within their respective faith institutions. She’s also an amateur poet, nap-taker, time-bender, and movement chaplain-in-training. She hails from increasingly black, middle-class suburbs in the stolen Appamattuck and Arrohatec lands outside of Richmond, VA. They hold a Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication from Hampton University as well as a Master’s in Christian Practice concentrated on justice and reconciliation from Duke University. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for more content and updates!

Hi! I’m Eréndira (she/her) a Mexican-born, San Diego-raised woman, who has recently returned to the unceeded Kumeyaay land she grew up on after 12 years away. Pronouns she/her/hers. I work as a spiritual director, community builder, and educator focusing on justice, equity, decolonizing, healing, and liberation through a mystical and contemplative lens. I’m also the founder of a fledgling online community called Spirit School. My professional background includes social work, college chaplaincy, experimental community building, and congregational development in the Episcopal Church. I hold an M.A. in Spirituality from Bellarmine University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and am currently engaged in personal study of shadow work and archetypes, spiritual direction, and curanderismo. You can find me on Instagram @_erendirajimenez_!

Rev. Linda Noonan (she/her) is a midwesterner currently living on Lenape land/Philadelphia. Linda has spent the last 30 years of ministry between South Africa and the United States. Ordained by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, she holds standing in the United Church of Christ. Linda is the Senior Pastor at Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia and teaches community organizing, social change, public theology, worship, and ritual at United Lutheran Seminary where she is completing a PhD on faith-based community organizing.

Active in local organizing, Linda is also a Movement Chaplain, and conducts funerals and ritual care for people outside the church. If she had spare time, she would take more photographs. She loves singing in harmony, growing herbs, and anything that has to do with water. Linda has a spouse and two daughters, loves to eat anything they cook and reads everything they recommend.

Nichola Torbett (she/her) is a spiritual seeker, recovering addict, gospel preacher, podcaster, writer, resistance fomenter, dog-walker, nonviolent direct action trainer, and abolitionist. Driven by her passion for both spiritual formation and social change, she co-founded Seminary of the Street, a training academy for love warriors, in 2009 and Second Acts, a liturgical direct action affinity group, in 2014. She is co-editor of RESPISCENCE: A LENTEN DEVOTIONAL FOR DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY and a contributor to THE WORD IS RESISTANCE, a podcast from SURJ-Faith, as well as to GEEZ Magazine, JESUS RADICALS, THE YOKE, and other radical discipleship publications

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