Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD has been described in a myriad of ways: a scholar-activist, scholar-leader, thought-leader, teacher, public theologian, ethicist, poet of moral reason, and word artist. Among these ways of describing Dr. Robyn, they are also a visionary thinker who has spent two decades working in the hybrid space of church, academy, & movements seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture by focusing their PhD studies on new concepts of being & becoming, decolonizing knowledge production, & bridging with radical difference. They enflesh a deep hope of collaborating in these hybrid spaces where their work seeks to contribute to the ongoing work of collective liberation. Activist Theology as a disciplinary off-shoot of liberation theology & Movement idea has been incubating since 2008 with Dr. Robyn and further developed throughout their doctoral program and engagement with Movement leaders. Now, Activist Theology has the chance to emerge as a collaborative project. Dr. Robyn was named 1 of 10 Faith Leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress in 2018. As a scholar-activist, Dr. Robyn is committed to translating theory to action, so that our work in the hybrid spaces reflect the deep spiritual work of transforming self to transforming the world. Dr. Robyn writes & creates both academic & other valuable resources, including digital resources. Dr. Robyn is a non-binary Transqueer Latinx who calls Nashville, TN home.
Anna Golladay thrives on curating creative, spiritual & entrepreneurial possibility. As a highly accomplished and multi-talented creative, marketing and branding expert, she has over 20 years of blended corporate, independent and not-for-profit experience.
Via her social enterprise Work of Place she helps urban churches understand how their underutilized facilities can work alongside burgeoning entrepreneurs, often lacking in resource and financing, with the intent of sparking both neighborhood revitalization and an increase in ideators who change their communities. Additionally, she works as the Sr Director of Communications and Marketing for the Center for Progressive Renewal / Convergence.
Anna is the Executive Producer of the Inhabit Conference and works in a multitude of other ways with the Parish Collective and their affiliates.
She is a minister in the United Methodist Church. Her ministry is focused on social justice and any inequity that exists both inside and outside the walls of the corporate church. She is diligent in her advocacy of full inclusion of all persons in the United Methodist denomination. As a queer justice advocate via faith and social construct arenas she boldly enters spaces of difference and stands firmly in the gap.
Ben Saunders grew up in Richmond, VA where he learned to hold deep complexities. Richmond is riddled with a difficult history of white supremacy and has also emerged as a bastion of creative energy as it is home to Virginia Commonwealth University (the #1 public art school in the country), where Ben studied filmmaking. Ben leans into the roots of his upbringing by utilizing the medium of film as a storytelling vessel that brings about social impact – specifically around the topics of racial and economic justice.
Ben moved to Nashville in 2012 to study at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In earning a Master of Divinity degree, he analyzed power structures that create and embody systems of oppression and developed an imagination around ways to dismantle them. He has utilized this education in starting a video production company (Adelicia Company) that focuses on the relational process as being equally important to the end product. Their slogan of “co-creating meaningful media” represents their intention to de-center a singular, privileged voice and uplifts collective voices on the margins.
Ben is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is passionate about sustainable agriculture.
With a framework of administrative and organizational work experiences, Rachel Ford is a Southern belle with passions for encouraging creativity, cultivating community, and engaging diversity. Rachel’s extensive education in religion and commitment to social justice work move her to explore the depths of mutuality through various means of sharing, learning, and storytelling with others. After moving to Tennessee in 2013 to pursue a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Rachel and her partner are based in Nashville, along with their adorable cat, Elinor.
Eileen is an academic entrepreneur, public practical theologian, seminary professor, and theological ethnographer. Her work bridges church and academy, spirituality and practice, personal faith and public theology, prayer and practices of justice.
Nashville is where she loves to come home after traveling far and wide. Her vocational joy comes when she engages in sacred, redeeming, and liberating work. That work includes openly and publicly deconstructing the privileges and harms of the dominant culture, which have shaped her. Joy also comes in joining with people who want to end those harms by undoing, subverting and remaking the world we inherited. After more than five years in pastoral ministry and over a decade of seminary teaching, her sacred work increasingly leads her to teaching, mentoring, coaching, writing and research both in and beyond traditional institutions.