“We’re all just trying to figure out a way through it and praying and hoping beyond hope that this hurt and anxiety we feel in these moments are actual birth pains that are about to birth for us something new and beautiful that we haven’t yet imagined, or that we’ve imagined and have never, ever thought possible.” ~Anna Golladay
Anna Golladay is a balm for anyone who doesn’t exactly vibe with Christianity. As co-host of ActivisTheology podcast, along with her partner Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Anna explores the myriad aspects of social healing.
As a United Methodist pastor and co-director of the ActivisTheology, she’s a compelling voice for liberation, equity, and inclusion, the same causes a certain radical mystic and activist was crucified for. Yup, Jesus. For those with an agnostic – or worse – relationship with Christianity, Anna’s ministerial activism will come as a pleasant surprise. That’s because she lives and works in direct opposition to the calculated Republican takeover of the Christian church, a tactic with which, she says, white parishioners – Evangelicals – have colluded. And she effortlessly draws a throughline from the early 70s to the present for any skeptics out there.
Anna’s love for her church is far from blind. This white, CIS-gendered woman with the kick-ass hair (just sayin’) is clear-eyed and confrontational. Anna doesn’t confine her view to the lofty heights of the pulpit. Instead, she whole-heartedly embraces her role on the front lines of the battle for social transformation, going so far as to eschew the term ally for something far more involved.
“I don’t ever want to be called an ally again. I want to be an accomplice.” Allyship provides cover, safety. Anna prefers to be close enough to those being harmed that she’s hit with the stones instead of them. Yup…just like that radical mystic and activist from 2000 years ago.
If you’re interested in my conversation with Anna’s partner and co-host Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (and I know you are!), you can listen here.
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.
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.
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