Stories of spirituality, culture, and identity from Latinx perspectives. This podcast is a project of Encuentros Latinx, an LGBTQ Latinx ministry in the United Church of Christ. New episodes each month on 1st Saturdays.

My guest today is one of my old critique partners from my senior seminar creative writing class in college. Poet and educator Angeley Crawford shares the rich tapestry of her Blackness rooted in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, the West Indies, and other African diaspora communities that shaped her. She also shares her experiences as an educator, what formed her as a creative writer, and other amazing projects she’s a part of. Listen to the end for some spoken word, but for now, let’s get right into this encuentro.

Follow Angely on Instagram @lanegraspeaks

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"The X in Latinx is a Wound, Not a Trend" by Alan Peleaz Lopez

Encuentros Latinx Podcast is hosted by Taylor Ramage and edited by Storm Miguel Florez.

My guest today is Pastor Nelson Rabell and he lays out for us the richness of what it is to be Puerto Rican, the breadth of traditions Latinx people bring to the church, and the journey of his work as an LGBTQ+ ally and anti-racist activist. Let’s get right into this encuentro.

Nelson Rabell's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nelson.rabell

My guest today is Yaz Mendez Nuñez from Soulforce, an organization dedicated to ending white Christian supremacy, and we get into the nuances of the X in Latinx, their experiences existing in nebulous spaces of race and identity, and how their mysterious, inexplicable love for their cat is akin to their inexplicable love of God.

Follow @soulforceorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Their biggest program is Teología Sin Vergüenza, a media project where queer and/or feminist theologians have conversations with each other about contemporary issues. You can find that project at @teosinverguenza on Facebook and Instagram.

New year, new name! "Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida" is now "Encuentros Latinx" and this show is the Encuentros Latinx Podcast. Same content, and almost the same title!

Email the show at encuentroslatinxs@gmail.com.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and may 2021 not be 2020. 

My guest today is Brahidaliz Martinez and he weaves a beautiful story of how the beloved coqui got its name while sharing his own family history. He also shares the journey of some of his writing projects and we get into a great discussion about She-Ra and Latinx representation in science fiction and fantasy stories.

Follow Brahidaliz on Twitter: @brahidaliz

Today, I’m very excited to bring you Alejandra Caraballo, who is just a powerhouse in terms of her background and all the amazing work she’s doing, including her recent decision to run for a local political office in New York City. I had the privilege of connecting with her at Creating Change back in January and it was great to catch up with her again. We chat about the mountains in Puerto Rico, hardcore music, leaving religion, and how she’s found community and purpose knowing that we are but specs in an expansive universe.

Alejandra's social media:

Instagram and Twitter: @esqueer_

Campaign website: Fightforjustice.nyc

 

Join Proyecto de Gracia y Bienvenida for a special Christmas event! Check our Facebook page for registration info for Posadas Navideñas. https://www.facebook.com/UCCBienvenida

The second of our back-from-hiatus-back-to-back special. We'll resume our monthly schedule after this episode.

My guest today is Revered Alba Onofrio AKA Reverend Sex and we really get into naming the insidious project of whiteness to claim Latinxs who feel distanced from their heritage, unpack the complexities of mixed identity, and name this force called “Christian supremacy.” This may be a UCC-backed podcast, but the UCC gets called out and we’re blessed for it, honestly.

Follow Rev. Alba's work at Soulforce and Teologia Sin Verguenza:

https://www.soulforce.org/

https://www.facebook.com/TeoSinVerguenza/

 

We're back with the first of our "sorry for the unexpected hiatus but life happened to Taylor" back-to-back episodes. Today, we've got Katie Simbala talking about

that charismatic conservatism that a lot of Latinxs grow up with, ministry on the outskirts, being faithfully LGBT and faithfully polyamorous, and most importantly, tamales at Christmas time.

As always, you can email us for all your podcast-related comments at encuentroslatinxs@gmail.com. I am always looking for fascinating people to bring onto the show, so if you fall in that intersection of LGBTQ and Latinx, hit me up.

Katie's social media:

www.facebook.com/worshipex 

www.thetriadfam.com 

www.instagram.com/kap2ure

Hiatus Update!

Hiatuses aren't great, especially unplanned ones. But we're bouncing back from ours now and have some things for you to look forward to!

Today's guest is Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, who shares her experiences of Puerto Rican identity and culture here in the States as well as the fraught history of colonialism and Christianity that formed Puerto Rico and Latin America as we know it today. What have we lost and gained through that history, and what does that knowledge mean today for Puerto Ricans on and off the island? Marilyn also shares the litany of amazing justice work she’s doing to heal and uplift her community.

Follow Rev. Marilyn on social media.

Instagram: @hood_n_holy

Twitter: @mujerdediosmpb

Taylor's guest today is our podcast logo designer Yadi Martinez-Reyna and we chat about everything from growing up in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico to authenticity in telling stories to the cool work they’re doing at First UCC Second Life.

Keep up with Yadi here:

website: cre8tivepastor.org

Instagram: @creativeliberal

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