I AM: Liberal| Affirming| Body-Positive
Crystal Saiyge Consulting, llc
My journey began as a bossy 10 year-old writer in the DMV. Fast-forward to my teen years, and I was an art student at St. John's College High School in Dc, making found-object sculptures and poetry. My time was divided between volleyball and art until I graduated college.
In my 20s, I was a Communications student at Cheyney University of PA.
( the first HBCU)
Graduating 7th in my class of 200, I skipped off with a Bachelor of Arts, lots of honor cords and awards.
I, then, worked as a live-in counselor at a group home before going to graduate school.
I dabbled in anthropology, neuroscience, and first amendment law at American University and the Newseum's Religious Freedom Institute, respectively.
I eventually graduated from Wesley Seminary with a Masters of Theological Studies. My thesis was an ethnography on the God-brain and the religiosity of Black women.
I can be found on file in Wesley's library.
I spent my 3 years in seminary as an organizer-activist-minister at The Sanctuaries, Dc which was an interfaith non-non-profit for social justice, arts and spirituality. This picture <-- is at an laid-back church type of event I led with my partners and was eventually filmed by CBS in a special called Faith, Spirituality, and the Future.
Now I am an itinerant minister in the Unitarian Universalist faith which is a big group of seekers that is united by commitment instead of doctrines.
I specifically am agnostic and practice Buddhism, while people surrounding me can be anything from Orthodox Jewish to Atheist. We celebrate everyone's faith together.
I consult across various disciplines
(check out my long-term client/ company that I run Lumbricina.org) and do seasonal work as a recreation speciality instructor for the Parks & Rec Dept.
I have two kiddos and a husband, which remains my favorite ministry.
Crystal Saiyge Services
Discounts available for marginilized folx: woman-owned, queer-owned, black-owned, first nation/indigenous owned,
s*x worker-owned, and not-for profit organizations.
How to hone your allyship
Patreon: White Ally Bootcamp
Youtube: Everything Crystal Saiyge
R is for Reparations
Next to advocating for public policy changes, the best way individual citizens can close the wealth gap is direct support. Choosing to consistently spend money within marginalized communities acts as modern reparations, albeit on a micro scale. But guess what? It sure helps.
Keep in mind that Black people are not a monolith and it is often more appropriate to simply say "buy black".
But for ME, I say R is for Reparations and they should be given with care and consistency. I started my Patreon as a way to offer a secure platform for a reciprocal introduction into pledging white dollars into black pockets.
So, you can give and get if you'd like.
I post content (above) regularly and there are several perks included in each level ie. 'fireside chats' from my room, chat with other allies, discounts on one-on-one White Ally Bootcamps.
There is also a $5/ mo reparations only tier that is give only (no get).
You can check it out for free.
To simply donate, please send your love offerings to me on Paypal, Venmo, or Cash App @crystalsaiyge
Every dollar sowed allows me to continue to do this at high-level and at a more full-time rate.
It also makes my heart glad, as I feel seen, heard, and loved.