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katelin-hansenKatelin Hansen, PhD serves as the Director of Experiential Learning for the faith-based nonprofit, Community Development for All People, and as the Minister of Music for the United Methodist Church for All People, a multirace and multiclass church in Columbus, OH. She is also the editor of By Their Strange Fruit (@BTSFblog), an online ministry facilitating justice and reconciliation across racial divides for the sake of the Gospel.



  1. I had a chance to visit The Church and Community Development for All People last October, and I was greatly impacted. I lead a similar mission in Downtown Wilmington, NC specifically building relationships with individuals experiencing poverty(unsheltered.)

    One of my biggest hurdles is the exploitation of the people I am living life with….not just from the outside world, but also the church in general(as if they are visiting the circus.) I feel that this breaks down the walls of trust and causes more division especially with my friends and family of other races who experience poverty.

    Would you care to share about your experiences?

    • The church’s inability to bear prophetic fruit – how does the compromise of leading vs nurturing that poses local faith leaders to keep churches growing complicate the truth with a capital T

  2. How can I (as an Anglo female clergyperson) walk alongside of my ethnic brothers and sisters without over-stepping the boundaries of white privilege? I want to walk with and not overshadow those whose voices are often overlooked and drowned out. Serving in a conference that is drastically lacking in diversity, I feel like I cannot sit back and let it happen without taking a stand.

  3. Victoria Rebeck on

    I wonder if white people’s use of “ethnic/racial” to refer to people of color is actually a racist term of privilege. This usage seems to suggest that “white” is the “norm” and people of color are “ethnic/racial” or “other”–when European heritage is itself ethnic or racial identity. Yet the UMC uses “racial/ethnic” to refer to people of color. I know this is a little off topic so I understand if it is not addressed here. I’m curious about your thoughts on this.

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