Ep. 4 Church & State

ep 4. church & state

ft. Brittini Gray (Ree Belle) 

Brittini Gray (Ree Belle) and Karen (Jia Lian) Yang attended Eden Theological Seminary together. They've grown leaps and bounds through those years, being formed as faith leaders in the midst of the Ferguson uprising. Join us for a kitchen table chat about faith-based organizing, twists and turns in our callings, and holding space for the questions. 

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As a poet, a healer and an organizer, Brittíni has always worked at the intersections of art, healing and justice.

28 years old, Brittíni A. Gray holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Eden Theological Seminary. Through her organizing, Brittíni has organized issue oriented campaigns related primarily to education, voter engagement work and public transit, but also economic development, criminal justice, law enforcement and healthcare. She served as the chairwoman for Gamaliel’s Organizers of Color table for 4 years, an integral part of her work that is important to her, which is being in deep relationship with and organizing other organizers. Brittíni also served as the founder and creator of Students 4 Change (S4C), the youth organizing arm of MCU, which for 2 years, charted new paths for the organization by focusing in on those ages 11-25 to engage them in both neighborhood and education based campaigns. More recently she founded Visions in Black, a black-woman led collaborative committed to the intersection of healing and economic justice for black organizers, clergy and activists in the STL region. Her portfolio includes designing and facilitating workshops and trainings on leadership, community organizing, youth organizing, and anti-racism. She has demonstrated strong fundraising capacity through turning around break-even fundraisers and seeking and obtaining new grants. Now, after 5 years in St. Louis, Brittini looks to spread her wings and venture into deeper work around cultural organizing, her own artistry, and healing justice, having made a lifetime commitment to the liberation of black people she pursues it unapologetically!

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