I am a Liberal| Affirming| Sex-Positive Storyteller
Just, entirely too much info.
This is, like, all the stuff you take off your adult resume.
My journey began as a bossy 10-year-old writer in the DMV-- that's the immediate Dc, Maryland, Virginia area cluster that only includes select parts of each state, which we are very specific about for no logical reason.
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, swim instruction, and art until I graduated college.
In my 20s, I was a Communications student at Cheyney University of PA ( the first HBCU) -- which is incidentally where I met my husband).
Graduating 7th in my class of 200, I skipped off with a Bachelor of Arts, lots of honor cords, and awards. Re-collected my husband about 10 years later but as we say, "you, too, can find your boo at CU".
Anyway, after college, I worked as a live-in counselor at a really posh group home before going to graduate school. No seriously--it was a mini-mansion built by that extreme home makeover show... Digress.
I dabbled in anthropology, neuroscience research, and first amendment law at American University and the Newseum's Religious Freedom Institute, respectively.
I eventually graduated from Wesley Seminary with a Masters's 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 and I pray it made a lot of sense. Ask me about it.
I spent my 3 years in seminary as an organizer-activist-minister at The Sanctuaries, Dc which was an interfaith non-profit for social justice, arts, and spirituality. This picture <-- is at a 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. I had to give up my spot to be interviewed in the special because of a time crunch and when it was finally over it was too late. I'm still super sad about that and its been at least 5 years. I should talk to someone about this...
Anywhoo-- 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 really dig this new online world because I am generally barefoot and eating something.
I consult across various disciplines most of the year
(check out my long-term client/company that I run Lumbricina.org) and do seasonal work as a recreation specialty instructor for the Parks & Rec Dept because pool is life.
I have three kiddos and one husband, which remains my favorite ministry.
Let me help you tell your story.
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.