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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."

Pray With our Feet Pray with Our Feet Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 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 4: God Calls us to Justice, Mercy and Humility

    Season 4: God Calls us to Justice, Mercy and Humility

    We're BACK with Season 4! We've missed you all. As you know, Mom and I choose a verse to guide us through each season, and this time it's wisdom from the book of Micah: "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?" (Micah 6:8, Amplified Bible) 
    Throughout this episode we:
    - Explore the prophet Micah, the ways God spoke through him to Israel lifting up his heart for compassion, justice and mercy, while also calling for repentance when these values are not lived out. 
    - What it means to embody justice, love and mercy in our daily lives, and how it expands our faith, deepening how we define community. Check out our deveotional, Seeing with Our Hearts inspired by Micah 6:8. 
    - Podcast conversations we are excited to share with you all incluude Jesus People (a community-based ministry in Chicago serving the poor), Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell, authors of You Mean It or You Don't: James Baldwin's Radical Challenge and creators of the online space Praying with James Baldwin, Keith Kristich, founder of Closer Than Breath, an online community rooted in centering prayer and meditation, and more.  
    Additional Resources: 
    We love this overview of the book of Micah from Bible project.
    James Baldwin's 1979 speech at Berkeley, Take Your Children Out of These Schools
    Support our Work:
    - Upcoming fundraiser on Double Good! You can purchase yummy popcorn and Pray with our Feet receives 50% of the profits to power our work. Double Good has helped organizations (creating change) raise over 90 million dollars.
    - Shop our NEW online store where you can find everything from sweatshirts to mugs and tees reminding you to Pray with your Feet!
    - Follow our IG Live series: Move it Forward Monday at 12:30pm EST. The series highlights change makers in our communities and is done in collaboration with our friend Rowana, founder of Spoken Black Girl, a wellness community and magazine for Black women writers and women of color. 

    Power the Movement: Pray with our Feet tee
    Stay Connected on Social: @praywithourfeet on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook  and TikTok (we're new to this platform). 
    Our podcast is produced by my husband Keston De Coteau, an award-winning videographer and photographer. Learn more about his work here.

    • 44 min
    Building community, Centering Christ with Jesus People

    Building community, Centering Christ with Jesus People

    What if today’s church looked more like the early church described in the book of Acts - sharing resources, concerned not with power but being in genuine relationship with Jesus and one another? Jesus People, a church family of nearly 200 people, based in Chicago is living out this revolutionary call, and has done so since 1972.
    Mom and I chat with members Charlene and Tommy and discuss -
    - Jesus People’s intentional community where members live communally in a 10-story building in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago,
    - The ways their mission businesses and common purse (“combining monetary resources into a common fund…” ) support their ministry and communal needs, enabling them to serve those living in poverty, including Cornerstone Community Outreach, “one of the first shelters in Chicago to open its doors for women with children experiencing homelessness.”
    - Why it’s imperative that Christians not allow the messsge of Christian to co-opt our faith.
    - Strategies to helping move your church from the pews to the pavement, and become involved in helping the surrounding community.
    - Donate and support Jesus People’s ministry. Stay connected with Jesus People on social media: Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

    - In Loving Memory: This episode is dedicated to my Dad, Rudy Leocadio, a loving husband, father, and faith leader throughout his life. Dad was truly a man of deep faith with a servant’s heart. God called him home on Sun., November 27, 2022. You can read my tribute to him on the Pray with our Feet blog. 
    Help Us Spread the Word!
    - If you enjoy the Pray with our Feet podcast, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, where you can subscribe to the show. You can also listen on Spotify, and on all major streaming platforms.
    - Visit the Pray with our Feet store and find everything from tees to mugs and more. You can also donate on our website. Help us power the movement!
    - Our podcast is produced by Keston De Coteau, award-winning videographer and photographer.

    • 55 min
    Centering Prayer, Finding God Within (with Keith Kristich, Closer Than Breath)

    Centering Prayer, Finding God Within (with Keith Kristich, Closer Than Breath)

     
    What does it mean to live from the centered self in an off center world? We’re delving into this challenge in today’s chat with Keith Kristich, founder of Closer Than Breath, an online interspiritual community lifting up centering prayer and “the study of universal truths to deepen your relationship with God and develop peace within.” Keith is a commissioned teacher of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, trained with the Shalem Institute and certified Enneagram teacher through the Conscious Living Center. 
    We discuss the transformative power of becoming still, listening to God’s voice within us, moving from ego into deeper relationship with the Divine, and the wisdom of Father Thomas Keating (author, priest, teacher and leader within the contemplative prayer community), and Saint Teresa of Ávil, revered Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun and writer who once said: “Prayer is an act of love, words are not necessary.” 
    Don’t miss the next event from the Closer Than Breath community: Centering Prayer Summit, Jan. 21-23, a virtual space, to learn and practice with leading centering prayer teachers. 
    Download the God is Closer Than Breath Guide here.
    Website: CloserThanBreath.com
    Instagram: @keithkristich

    Stay Connected with Pray with our Feet Podcast + Online Community:
    If you enjoy the Pray with our Feet podcast, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, where you can subscribe to the show. You can also listen on Spotify, and on all major streaming platforms. Visit the Pray with our Feet store and find everything from tees to mugs and more. You can also donate on our website. Our podcast is produced by Keston De Coteau, award-winning videographer and photographer.

    • 30 min
    Discussing James Baldwin's Radical Challenge: You Mean it or You Don't with writers Jamie McGhee & Adam Hollowell

    Discussing James Baldwin's Radical Challenge: You Mean it or You Don't with writers Jamie McGhee & Adam Hollowell

    Showing up in faith and action takes consistent work. None of us will ever have it “figured out,” but commitment keeps us on the path. Mom and I caught up with Adam Hollowell and Jamie McGhee, founders of Praying with Baldwin, to discuss their powerful book: You Mean It or You Don’t: James Baldwin’s Radical Challenge.  
    One of the most prolific writers and thinkers of the 20th century, Baldwin’s words continue to awaken us. Drawing from his extensive body of work -  fiction, poetry speeches and interviews, McGhee and Hollowell call us to embody our activism.  There are prompts at the end of each chapter to help us take action - whether concerning police brutality, racial justice or LGBTQ+ rights.  Our discussion also lifts up the urgency of dialouging across differences, looking inward, intergating ways we are either unaware of oppression or compilict, what seeking justice and love within our communities and church spaces.  
    Learn more about the Praying with Baldwin project, “a sequence of prayers that originally launched August 2, 2017.” Over 30 days Jamie and Adam prayed the last words of “those who have been killed by racism and police violence and prayed for the courage to take "First Steps" to change the world around them. You can download a PDF version here. 
    Stay Connected with Jamie and Adam:
    Website: Praying with James Baldwin
    Instagram: @prayingbaldwin
    Twitter: @prayingbaldwin
    Help Us Spread the Word!
    If you enjoy the Pray with our Feet podcast, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, where you can subscribe to the show. You can also listen on Spotify, and on all major streaming platforms.
    Shop the Pray with our Feet Store or Donate!
    Visit the Pray with our Feet store and find everything from tees to mugs and more. You can also donate on our website. Help us power the movement!
    Our podcast is produced by Keston De Coteau, award-winning videographer and photographer.

    • 45 min
    REWIND: Centering Anti-Racism in the Church with Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D.

    REWIND: Centering Anti-Racism in the Church with Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D.

    REWIND: In honor of Black history month, and this year's theme of resistance, we are revisiting past conversations with guests committed to the active and everyday work of resisting racism and the false ideology of white supremacy. 

     
    We sat down with Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1,300-member multi-ethnic, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City (and full disclosure, my home church, loves!) for a conversation which delved into:
    - The need for each of us to make anti-racism a daily practice. 
    - Rooting our minds and spirits in revolutionary love. 
    - The challenging joy of leading a diverse church that is radically inclusive and leaves no one out regardless of race, sexuality / gender identity or ability. 
    - Why one of the essential duties of church members is to push leaders towards anti-racist practices which go beyond the pews, and into our daily lives - the way we love, work, shop and come into community. 
    Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and earned her Ph.D. in Religion and Society/Psychology and Religion at Drew University. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Lewis hosted “Just Faith,” an on-demand television program on MSNBC.com and is a frequent media commentator.
    Her books include:
    Fierce Love, The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-racial, Multi-cultural Congregations, Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation, and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful!  
    Stay Connected to Rev. Jacqui and Middle Church: 
    Middle Church is rebuilding after a tragic fire. You can support this ongoing work by donating here. 
    Visit Rev. Jacqui's website, and follow her heart-centered work. 
    Join the Movement at Middle Church! 
    Stay Connected with Us - Pray with our Feet website where you can check out our online shop, blog and devotionals. Follow us on Social: IG and Twitter. 
    Our show is produced by my husand Keston De Coteau, award-winning videographer and photographer.

    • 52 min
    REWIND: Answering God's Call for Anti-Racism with Writer and Activist Patricia A. Taylor

    REWIND: Answering God's Call for Anti-Racism with Writer and Activist Patricia A. Taylor

    REWIND: In honor of Black history month, and this year's theme of resistance, we are revisiting past conversations with guests committed to the active and everyday work of resisting racism and the false ideology of white supremacy. 

     
    Anti-racism work is daily; it's a choice to embrace discomfort, the uncertainty of how folks around you will react, and a commitment to unapologetic truth telling. This week's guest, writer (founder of the blog, Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend), anti-racism activist / educator, and co-host of the  Upside Down podcast,  Patricia A. Taylor is on the journey.
    We have long admired her work, and this conversation is full of thoughtful insights, we delved into:
    - Patricia's journey aligning her writing with social justice and listening to the call from God to move into anti-racism work. 
    - Why proximity to BIPOC communities doesn't absolve churches and individuals from doing the work of anti-racism. 
    - How she embraces care for her mind, body and spirit, rooted in scripture from Jeremiah to the Psalms, and 2 Corinthians 3: 3-5.
    - The necessity of lament and repentance for the church as it relates to racial and social justice.  
    - Why spiritual bypassing is dangerous, and why being vulnerable around safe people (particularly for those in BIPOC communities) about what we're feeling is a form of self care. 
    - What Patricia hopes those in her community take away from her work: questions that guide them toward action, and keep them rooted in compassion. 
    More about Patricia A. Taylor: Patricia Taylor is a wife, mom and California native. She believes in Jesus, truth-telling, loving all of our neighbors, and having critical conversations around racial justice with grace and honesty. Her work is rooted in anti-racism education, and she serves as the BIPOC Educator for Be The Bridge. You may find her on Instagram @patricia_a_taylor and on Facebook at Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend by Patricia A. Taylor.
    Stay Connected with Us - Pray with our Feet website where you can check out our online shop, blog and devotionals. 
    Stay in community with us on IG and Twitter. 
    Credits: HUGE thank you to my husband, Kes, our podcast editor!  He is also a talented creative entrepreneur, videographer and photographer! You can work with him and explore his work here. 
     

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

WWFQueenBee ,

A Necessary Voice in The Wilderness

This show reminds us why we are here—to find purpose, to serve, to be a very part of the changes we seek—especially those of us who call ourselves people of faith. Faith moves mountains, but faith must be alive and active, urges Emelda and Trudy. Both women not only ring the alarm on injustice, but rather, teach and guide us to wholeheartedly commit ourselves to seeing the divine in one another. Their counsel is safe wisdom and proof of practice. There’s a much needed sobriety in their symphony and grace in their delivery. As a result, the listener immediately feels less isolated and more convicted that they are powerful beyond measure and capable, indeed, of the change that we so desperately need as a people. This clarion call for justice is active, immediate, and most importantly, extends well beyond the pulpit.

Reign the creator ,

Super Inspiring

Though I have always written and had a voice, this episode was so inspiring that I want to continue and even explore newer voices within myself. What a gorgeous job you have done with the entire podcast! I can’t wait to listen to more. Reign

aureliajoy ,

Compassionate and prophetic

Emelda & Trudy are just wonderful in this podcast. Their open and generous theological posture is also grounded in the way of Jesus. Their work through this podcast is compassionate, prophetic, and much needed medicine for the world.

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