Teachers

Rev Alba Onofrio

Rev. Alba Onofrio is a Queer Evangelical Femme who lives and loves in la Lucha with QTPOC folks as a Spiritual Healer and Bruja Troublemaker to combat spiritual terrorism, reclaim the Divine, and eradicate shame and fear wherever they are found. They hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, where their studies focused on the theologies of sex, embodiment of the Divine in the Queer Colonized body, and sexual ethics based in Queer desire. As the Co-Executive Director and Spiritual Strategist for Soulforce, Reverend Sex continues to sabotage Christian Supremacy for Queer Liberation all over the place, but most fondly in the US South and in solidarity with the Global South.

Grace Nichols is a queer genderqueer adopted pilipinx disabled angelic trouble maker. As the Kinship Minister for Soulforce, they focus on cultivating relationships with members and donors. Outside of Soulforce they are a performance artist who deeply believes in the transformative power of the arts. Blessed to be baptized in Southern Queer Resistance, they are radically committed to dismantling all systems of oppression through education and creativity.

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith. She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, advocate, and group facilitator. She is author of several books, including Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: How to Find your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus and blogs regularly about life and faith at www.kathyescobar.com

Loretta Pyles, PhD
Loretta’s sensibility about transformative justice was formed during her time working in a women’s collective at a community-based domestic violence program in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to work in feminist movements, she has focused on racial justice, workplace justice, and disaster resilience. She came to body-mind-spirit practices in 1999, after becoming burnt out from her social services and social change work. Loretta’s integrative journey draws from her years of training in Buddhist meditation practices including zen, dzogchen, and vipassana. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Lauren Toolin at Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts in Albany, New York and her 500-hour yoga training at Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  She continues her study with teachers from Buddhist, yogic, non-dual, and shamanic traditions.

Phyllis Mathis, MA, is a psychotherapist, life coach, and spiritual mentor. She works with artists, writers, homemakers and entrepreneurs – any brave soul determined to step into the joy and power of their truest self. Phyllis is co-creator of The Iconic Self, as well as a teacher and founder of The Phyllis Mathis School of Life. She is a gifted writer, speaker, and leadership consultant, as well as a beginning potter.

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW is a professor at the University at Albany—SUNY School of Social Welfare. Her areas of focus include promoting equity in organizations and integrative body-mind-spirit social work practice. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Raheimholds the PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, MSW from Catholic University of America, and MA in Integrative Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute. She is a meditation, reiki, and yoga practitioner.

Yaz Mendez Nuñez is a facilitator based in Durham, North Carolina. As a Queer Southerner from an immigrant & military family, Yaz lives, loves, and hustles in the legacy of their Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestors. For five years, Yaz has served as Soulforce’s Director of Programs & Communications, where they practice weaving webs between political/theological education and healing from spiritual violence with activists across our social justice movements. They have also served our movements as a facilitation fellow for Wayside Center for Popular Education, a member leader of Southerners on New Ground, and through leadership in The Clearing, a community-centered, anti-oppressive spiritual convening place. Yaz’s deepest political and spiritual commitments are to enthusiasm, integrity, play, joy, and authenticity.