Saludos … shalom … namaste.
“I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creative of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.” -Gloria Anzaldua
These words from queer Chicana writer and activist Gloria Anzaldua reflect my journey of life. In a glittery nutshell, I am a native of Miami, FL, I am both Cuban and Salvadoran, I am a social worker, person of spirit, activist, and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, gender, identity, race/ethnicity, liberation, and justice. I enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends–especially my dearly beloved (while also making his life interesting, after 17 years of marriage I have earned the right to keep him on his toes). My professional background is eclectic including chaplaincy, youth and young adult ministry, retreat ministry, campus ministry, trauma therapy, child welfare, teaching, faith-based advocacy, and diversity work in higher education. I have been involved with groups such as the YES Institute, Soulforce, the Religious Institute, Dignity USA, Equally Blessed, Call To Action, and Trans Bodies Trans Selves. I currently serve as a member of the Vision Council for Call To Action and a founding board member of the Southeastern Ohio Rainbow Alliance.
My approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. La lucha is not just about hardship; it is about seeing lived experiences, both challenge and celebration, as spaces of sacred revelation and incarnation. My hope is to create spaces that provide opportunities to wrestle, reconnect, remember, and re-member the complex wholizing richness of sacred sass within all of us. Being raised Roman Catholic, I have been marginalized because of who I am and whom I love–my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so through writing I am learning to share my journey of faith through homilies, liturgies, rants, queeries…exploring untraditional ways to create sanctuaries for myself and others.
My hope and prayer for joining this initiative is rooted in my desire to explore new ways of living into our call to radical holiness. As a Latinx activist theologian, I am a firm believer in “teologias de conjunto” (communal theologies). I want to learn from other’s experiences and hope folks can learn from me through multiple story sharing frameworks. My hope and prayer is that juntxs we can create space during our time together and new spaces after the program comes to an end where together with G-ddess we will caminar juntos y juntas y juntxs en la lucha. Amen…que asi sea con y en el poder si se puede!
I travel with a lot of folks…many transcestors and ancestors…the rainbows in my cloud of witnesses: Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Marcella Althaus Reid, Gloria Anzaldua, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Pauli Murray, Letty Russell, Harvey Milk, Mychal Judge, John McNeil, Ignatius of Loyola, Marinus, Joan of Arc, Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero, Miriam sister of Moses, the Ethiopian Eunuch, Hildegard of Bingen, Celia Cruz, and Mary Magdalene. In addition, my mother has been and continues to be a source of inspiration (she would kill me if I did not include her).