Featuring Sharifa Stevens
“Daughter of the King, and Kingstonians. Schooled in the Ivy League, the Bible Belt, and the Boogie-Down.”
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Have you had a conversation and in the middle of it you realize you’ve found a kindred soul? That’s how I felt after this episode. Our discussion covered honest portrayals of our world today. What makes this episode special? It wasn’t just the Eeyore jokes, naming how we collectively bathe in waters of unrest, or how we may share a prophetic voice when all is not right in the world…. It wasn’t even our conversation that I didn’t include on mangoes. Mangoes you say? Frankly, so many of the worl’d’s problems would be solved by eating more mangoes. Amiright? As you listen you’ll flow through our discussion like so:
- Bathing in the waters of angst and unrest. The violence of Christian formation and resisting with vision for what is good.
- Sharifa’s story, journey through seminary, and growing up in a diverse church context.
- Developing and insight into the prophetic voice;
- Finding affirmations in all the right and wrong places;
- Elevating women of color, resistance, and finding ultimate liberation.
- What does liberative community look like? Going small.
- Dispersing power, the Jesus way.
Sharifa is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in New York, and currently residing with her family in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor in African American Studies before earning a master in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Sharifa is a conglomeration of intersections: Bronx wisdom and prep-school code-switching; smoke shop Now-and-Laters and church peppermints; hip-hop and hymns. Intersections can be a mash-up—rife with both tragedy and opportunity; places of pause within movement. Sharifa aspires to use writing as a vehicle that moves readers to intersect with the sacred and the honest. She contributed to the book Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, & Marginalized Women of the Bible and Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice. Sharifa is married to a Renaissance man, and mother to two lively boys.
Find Sharifa online: https://sharifastevens.com/; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharifawrites/; Twitter: https://twitter.com/sharifawrites; and her Substack https://sharifahstevens.substack.com/.