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Achilles

Shose Otiendo (Sheila)Shose is a champion for social justice, a motivational speaker, a worship leader, singer/songwriter whose vocational goal is to build tools and curricula for community transformation. She is a proud Kenyan and the co-founder of an ecumenical worship movement known as Praise Avenue. A full time minister for the last six years, Shose has spent much of her life in the church. Her interests in sustainable development and church and community collaboration, coupled with her love for international engagement, brings a global viewpoint to the seminary experience.

[Shose offers a chilling story of anger, rage, and how one decision to offer grace at the height of a violent situation changed her life forever. *This post has some triggers of violence and domestic abuse. Please be advised.*]

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Life, Death, Burial, and Resurrection

Felisha ChismFelisha R. Chism, M.Div is a 2013 graduate of the Candler School of Theology – Emory University. Her concentrated focus was in Women in Religion and Black Church Studies. Felisha was recently accepted to her alma mater of Emory University as a Master of Theology candidate, where her thesis work will center on Homiletics and the Disruptive Voice. A former Advertising Executive and native of Birmingham, Alabama, she is also a graduate of Alabama State University. An Associate Minister at the Zion Hill Baptist Church – Atlanta, Georgia, she shares the life words of the Psalmist, “It is God who Arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (II Samuel 22:33/Psalm 18:32).


[Felisha’s story of life, death, burial, and resurrection resonates as she shares how her time in seminary encompassed the entire gamut of emotions and experiences. The cycle of life continues.]

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“Or Should I Reprogram the Programming and Get Down?”: A Lesson from Janelle Monaé (A Seminarian’s Perspective)

Kyra BrownKyra Brown is a native of East Palo Alto, California and a first-generation college student.  She is pursuing her Master’s of Divinity, with an emphasis in Social Justice from Howard University.  Her ultimate goal is to work with the oppressed, and advocate for community-restoring justice and equality in both ecclesiastical and political realms.  She is a lover of art (dance, music, murals, poetry etc.), and seeks to integrate it into her healing work in the world.

[Kyra’s use of Hip Hop, faith, and God take us on a lyrical journey full of insight and wit. Check it out below!] Continue reading

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Truth & Lies: A Seminarian’s Experience With Bullying

V. WrightVerdell is an excited young preacher, a passionate scholar, and a social media nut. An alum of Howard University School of Divinity and a current student at Wesley Theological Seminary, he wants to use his research to create change in the lives of those around him. Verdell currently serves as the Youth Director for Lanham United Methodist Church in Lanham, MD. He also helps churches get their social media ministries off of the ground. You can find him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verdellanthony) or Twitter (@vee_wright).

[Below is his story about how childhood bullying impacted him throughout his adult life. It was a chance encounter in seminary that made Superman finally take off the superhero cape. Read his story below.] Continue reading

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