The Marys of Crucified Black Life
Xan West as a fierce and fearless black queer troublemaker. She considers herself a radical ritual holder, a liminal space worker, spiritual trauma healer & street theologian.
She is also the Director of Student Ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church where she enjoys inspiring resilience, preaching liberation and decolonizing scripture. She holds a Certificate of Spirituality & Social Change from the Pacific School of Religion. She was a 2016 Black Theology & Leadership Institute Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary. Additionally, she is a member of the Young Leaders Cohort for the Mystic Soul Project, which is aimed at diversifying and reclaiming ancestral contemplative practice. She is a member of Second Acts, a direct action group of Jesus followers and 'feral Christians'. She can often be found teaching direct action trainings, often from a liturgical perspective; preaching around the Bay Area about Black Lives Matter movements and millennial black liberation theologies. Proud to be born & raised in Oakland, Xan has over 20 years of experience in social justice movement work, mostly related to police accountability, queer rights and community healing. Lately, she just spends as much time as possible with her infant son, Glory.
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