Stories of spirituality, culture, and identity from Latinx perspectives. This podcast is a project of Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, an LGBTQ Latinx ministry in the United Church of Christ. New episodes each month on 1st Saturdays.

Today's guest is Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, who shares her experiences of Puerto Rican identity and culture here in the States as well as the fraught history of colonialism and Christianity that formed Puerto Rico and Latin America as we know it today. What have we lost and gained through that history, and what does that knowledge mean today for Puerto Ricans on and off the island? Marilyn also shares the litany of amazing justice work she’s doing to heal and uplift her community.

Follow Rev. Marilyn on social media.

Instagram: @hood_n_holy

Twitter: @mujerdediosmpb

Taylor's guest today is our podcast logo designer Yadi Martinez-Reyna and we chat about everything from growing up in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico to authenticity in telling stories to the cool work they’re doing at First UCC Second Life.

Keep up with Yadi here:

website: cre8tivepastor.org

Instagram: @creativeliberal

In our first episode, Rev. Edwin Perez Jr. shares memories of growing up in Puerto Rico and his tumultuous journey accepting his sexuality in light of his Pentecostal upbringing. He and Taylor also discuss latinidad and the fraught attempts at trying to define who counts as Latinx.

Follow Rev. Edwin Perez Jr.!

Website: https://therevperez.com/about-me/

Instagram: @therevperez

This episode was recorded well before our official launch, so the toolkits are out now! https://www.ucc.org/proyecto_encuentros_gracia_y_bienvenida_toolkits

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