Liberating Church

Enslaved Africans would suffer severe punishments had they been caught in a hush harbor meeting. White masters were confident that enslaved Africans would compare treatment, working conditions, and punishments, leaving white masters worried about revolts and riots.

Our Core Team

Rev. Terrance Hawkins

Rev. Terrance Hawkins

Terrance hopes to bring a lens to this project that emphasizes the need for the mission of The Church & the ‘guerilla exegesis’ of informally educated black & brown communities of faith to intersect with the arts & radical social movement building.

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Venneikia S. Williams

Min. Venneikia Williams

Venneikia will contribute to this project her unique gifts of communication and curriculum development toward the goal of decolonizing Christianity.  
 
 

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Rev. Jennifer Helms Jarrell

Helms hopes to integrate creativity, art, and social practice into the project.

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Rev. Laura Byrch

Laura hopes to bring to this project a curiosity for how church that is formed outside of the walls of ‘traditional’ church can reshape our society and the institutional church as we know it.

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Rev. Brandon Wrencher

Brandon hopes to contribute to this project his gifts of group facilitation, passion for amplifying the stories of faith communities on the margins, and intellectual curiosity for charting fresh theological territory that impacts the church and society.

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Minister Jasolyn Harris

Minister Jasolyn Harris

Jasolyn hopes to offer expertise from both her lived and professional experiences as a black queer woman. Jasolyn is particularly interested in exploring and creating safe, alternative, spiritual spaces for queer and trans people of color who have experienced various amounts of spiritual violence and trauma within Christian churches.

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Rev. Whitney Wilkinson Arreche

Whitney hopes to give grounding to the project through creative engagement with decolonial knowledge (academic and otherwise), as it interrogates her own whiteness, and the white supremacy too often unchallenged in the church. 

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Rev. Anthony Smith

Rev. Anthony Smith

Anthony brings to this team his organic theological and ecclesiological development with his work with Mission House, a church intentionally engaged in embodying a decolonizing Christian faith.

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