AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She is a writer and speaker, visual artist, and faith-based community organizer. She blogs at Patheos Progressive Christian and shares other resources at browneyedamazon.com. Born in Venezuela, she came to the United States at a young age where she was adopted and given the name Ashley. When she was 15, she stood before a judge and declared, “I want my name back.” This reclamation of her name and identity has marked her work in the areas of decolonization in the church and beyond, intersectionality, and LGBT inclusion ever since. In this episode, AnaYelsi joins me to discuss:

  • Identity and name reclamation
  • Being displaced and living as part of a cultural diaspora
  • Language and intentional use of terms like "Latinx"
  • Finding refuge and healing in community
  • Why decolonization must go beyond the personal level and address unjust systems
  • The power of art to capture and speak to complex issues

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

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Dr. Mark Mulder is professor of sociology, adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies, and director of the urban studies minor and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He teaches classes on church and society, diversity and inequality, and urban sociology. Mark is the author of Congregations, Neighborhoods, Places, Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure, and co-author of Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing. His research centers on the intersection of cities and congregations. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Mark joins me to discuss:

  • The shift in church culture and theology towards place
  • Historic and present-day barriers that perpetuate systemic inequity
  • Why churches should take inventory of their assets and explore how they can be utilized for their neighborhood
  • The "halo effect" of church impact on communities
  • The importance of ethnography, being attuned to your context, and a posture of humility
  • Historical example of white flight on Chicago's South side
  • Church adaptation in the tide of changing demographics

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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Kathy Khang is the author of the forthcoming book, Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up. She is a speaker, journalist, and activist with expertise in the issues of gender, ethnicity, justice and leadership development. She has worked in campus ministry for more than twenty years. She is a columnist for Sojourners magazine, a writer for Faith & Leadership, and a coauthor of More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith. In this episode of RePlacing Church, she joins me to discuss:

  • The importance of 'learning to use your voice'
  • Recognizing your privilege, even as an outsider
  • How we can be aware of and turn down the imposter syndrome
  • Lessons learned from speaking too soon
  • How raising your voice can articulate hope for others
  • Why good leaders see the potential in other people's voices as much as their own

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Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.

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Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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