43 episodes

Looking to connect with folks of faith making the world better daily, and learn how you can, too? Welcome to Pray with our Feet, a progressive Christian podcast, hosted by writer / creative, Emelda ("E") De Coteau, founder of the PWF community, and her Mom, Trudy Leocadio, a retired educator and prayer warrior. We believe deeply in the power of conversations to spark change.
Listen in as we connect with everyone from ministers to community organizers and artists, keeping Matthew 25:40 at the forefront of our minds: "Whatever you have done for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Looking to connect with folks of faith making the world better daily, and learn how you can, too? Welcome to Pray with our Feet, a progressive Christian podcast, hosted by writer / creative, Emelda ("E") De Coteau, founder of the PWF community, and her Mom, Trudy Leocadio, a retired educator and prayer warrior. We believe deeply in the power of conversations to spark change.
Listen in as we connect with everyone from ministers to community organizers and artists, keeping Matthew 25:40 at the forefront of our minds: "Whatever you have done for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

    Season 3: Standing up for the Least of These (Matthew 25:40)

    Season 3: Standing up for the Least of These (Matthew 25:40)

    We've missed you all! Mom and I are back with Season 3 of the podcast, and our guiding scripture is Mathew 25:40 (Whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done it to me). We're unpacking what it means to embrace our faith in the margins - from welcoming immigrants instead of erecting barriers to helping those experiencing homelessness and poverty, while committing to anti-racism in our church bodies and daily lives. We're excited to be in conversation with one another, and host chats with ministers, community activists, artists and writers. Expect to hear our episodes bi-weekly on Fridays (with a few bonus episodes, too)! 
    Support our Work 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page.
    Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 29 min
    Reclaiming the Faith with Dr. Obery Hendricks, author of Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith

    Reclaiming the Faith with Dr. Obery Hendricks, author of Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith

    There is a growing crisis in the Christian faith today. Across the country, far too many church leaders are pledging allegiance to the false ideology of white supremacy, American nationalism, toxic greed and exclusion of folks living on the margins. We sat down with Dr. Obery Hendricks to discuss his most recent book - Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith (Beacon Press, 2021). 
    Dr. Hendricks is a life long social activist, and one of the foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and political economy in America. He is a Biblical scholar at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. His other books include The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings , The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic, and the novel Living Water. 
    Dr. Cornel West calls him “one of the last few grand prophetic intellectuals.”
    Support our Work 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page.
    Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The heart-centered work of FLOGiving with founder Godfrey Molen

    The heart-centered work of FLOGiving with founder Godfrey Molen

    We sat down with Godfrey Molen whose passion for making a difference in the world and honoring the legacy of his late Mom, Florence, led to the founding of FLOGiving, a faith-based non-profit in our hometown of Baltimore. Florence, a woman of deep faith who valued giving back, often said "Up, up ever… down, down never," which means stay positive and leave your faith in God.
    Throughout this episode, we delved into - 
    - FLOGiving's multi-layered mission and vision: providing food, clothing, furniture, and supplies for people experiencing hardship, and inspiring men, women, and children in need, helping them transform their lives through hope. You can see testimonials of folks whose lives they have improved here and areas they serve. 
     - What it means to love loudly and love our neighbors in an expansive way, not leaving out those who are living on the margins of homelessness and economic insecurity. 
    - What Godfrey sees as the root causes of homelessness in Baltimore: addiction, eviction, domestic violence and mental health challenges.
    - How Psalm 123 and regular prayer keep him grounded and spiritually sustained in this ongoing work. 
    - Ways to Support the work of FLOGiving: donating, spreading the word about their work on social media (FLOGiving on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), and for local folks volunteering when in-person events start up again - watch their website and social media for updates. 
    Support Pray with our Feet - 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page.
    Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 38 min
    Discussing Freedom Rising Salons (Monthly Virtual Series by Middle Church) with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

    Discussing Freedom Rising Salons (Monthly Virtual Series by Middle Church) with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

    If ever there were a time to cultivate space for conversations that spark change, it is now! I chatted with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft, Executive Minister for Justice, Education & Movement at Middle Church about their latest offering - a year-long monthly discussion series, Freedom Rising Salons, featuring "thought leaders, organizers, poets, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, addressing our nation’s most pressing moral concerns, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.
    Throughout this discussion we delved into -
    - The inspiration behind Freedom Rising Salons , an extension of the annual  Revolutionary Love Conference. 
    - The upcoming December & January discussions on rising to a moral economy (Dec. 15, 7pm ET) and a King Day teach-in on the radical theology and politics of his last years (Jan. 16, 1pm ET). 
    - Supporting Middle Church's work and ongoing efforts to recover after their building caught fire last year (Dec. 5). 
    - Rev. Amanda's own work as an activist and writer, and what she believes is needed in this moment to reimagine what is possible.  In addition to her work at Middle Church, she is the Founder of Raising Imagination, a platform examining social issues through the lenses of race, gender, faith, and parenting.
    Rev. Amanda is the mother of three kids, and lives with them and her husband Graham in Manhattan. Check out our conversation with her from Season 1: "Jesus is with us on the Picket Line."
    Book Recommendation from this Episode:
    - Mariame Kaba, We Do This Til' We Free Us 
    Support Pray with our Feet Podcast - 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page. Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 40 min
    Special Episode: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Dr. King's Radical Spirit

    Special Episode: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Dr. King's Radical Spirit

    Mom and I are back after our 2021 holiday break, and we're celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by unpacking one of King's most radical and controversial speeches Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, given one year before his assassination on April 4, 1968. 
    Focusing on three quotes (with clips), we'll explore how his prophetic words are ever-relevant, and a call for all of us to embrace the urgency of speaking up against injustice, despite
    the challenges.
    Resources for Further Study:
    Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (video)
    A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
    by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
    Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (print version, PDF) 
    King's anti-war activism, short reference (Stanford University)  
    Support Pray with our Feet Podcast - 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page. Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 53 min
    Faith and Activism with Rev. Bri-Anne Swan of Resistance Church

    Faith and Activism with Rev. Bri-Anne Swan of Resistance Church

     
    I caught up with Rev. Bri-Anne Swan, founder of Resistance Church, minister at Jubilee United Church, and singer / songwriter. She has a heart for all those who have been told they do not belong (check out Rev. Bri-Anne's full bio here). 
    Resistance Church is a justice-focused, online ministry of Jubilee that reaches out to those for whom traditional church models are not always relevant or accessible. 
    Throughout our conversation we delved into:
    - Her own spiritual journey and relationship with Christ, along with the unique way church functined for her growing up - not as a place you went to on Sunday, but as a community. 
    - How reading scriptures introduced her to an expansive relationship with Christ - particularly sititng with the books of Isaiah and Mark. 
    - The ongoing work, mission and offerings of Resistance Church, rooted in "rest, hope and  community. Subversive faith & radical love in response to extraordinary times." 
    - Why we should stop trying to make God into our own image and conform to our national ideals. 
    - Her friendship with death row inmtate Ramiro Gonzales (she also now serves as his  spiritual advisor), and the ongoing work of forgiveness and beloved community.
    Stay Connected with Resistance Church and Rev. Bri-Anne:
    Resistance Church on Facebook  and Instagram 
    Support finacially (choose Resistance Church on the drop down menu, and you may also support the work of Jubilee Church) 
    Listen to Rev. Bri-Anne's music on Facebook. 
    Support Pray with our Feet Podcast: 
    If you're able to send a donation to further our work (on Venmo). We are working on a Patreon page. Snag our Pray with our Feet mug and The Revolution Needs our Joy, Too mug now! 
    Snag our NEW tee: Love is the Revolution, a collab with our friend Kris Earth is an Island Designs. Choose Pray with our Feet as an org. to donate to at check out, and we receive a portion of the proceeds. Use the CODE - Invest20 and save 20% off your purchase. 
    Stay in Community with us on Social 
    The conversation continues on IG and Twitter. 
    Special thanks to my husband Keston De Coteau (founder of Keystone Productions) who edits all our episodes! 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Spoken Black Girl ,

Exactly what the world needs

Emelda & Trudy bring out the best of humanity in this podcast! It’s a breath of fresh air to hear about inspiring people who are putting God and love first while fighting inequality and pushing for justice! Bravo! One of my favorite podcasts 💗

InstaUserAL ,

Spread your message, ladies!! We need your podcast!

I’m not usually super-enthusiastic about religion, seeing it used towards such harm here in my red state. But praywithourfeet speaks to a progressive Christianity that taps into a beautiful intersection of faith and social activism! I wish every bible-quoting soul in my biblebelt state would lay down their Christianity-as-political-weaponry and really listen to the message of love of Jesus, and hear it as a call to action, as these ladies do!!

rmwest21 ,

So good!

This is such an encouraging podcast! I really enjoy it & look forward to more episodes

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