A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Mentoring Across Cultures


Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

In this episode, Natasha speaks with Margaret Yu and Kristy Garza Robinson about mentoring across cultures. They talk leadership, sponsorship, patriarchy, being ethnic minorities and predominately white spaces, and so much more.

Kristy Garza Robinson is a Latina minister, activist, and co-author of the new book, Hermanas: Deeping our Identity and Growing our Influence, currently living in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about advocating for those on the margins and seeking to help people integrate all of who they are into their calling, especially their ethnic identity. She enjoys good food, good friends, and deep conversations. She has a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and is co-founder alongside her husband, Eric, of a consulting ministry called 58 which helps ministry leaders take next steps towards greater justice, diversity, and equity in their organization. Kristy and Eric are also parents to two beautiful daughters.

Margaret Yu is the National Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru and the Executive Director of Ethnic Focused Communities of Cru. Margaret has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her campus experiences span the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. (Hence, she holds a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.) Her interests include mentorship or leadership development, talking shop about the NBA, and being at the beach.

Recommended Reading:

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch

A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those that Aren’t by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Leadership, Relationships, and Faith edited by Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Tracey Gee

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Mentoring Women Across Generations

Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

Check out SheGrows, A Conference for Mentoring Women Across Generations

In this episode, Natasha speaks with Laurie Polich Short and Brooklyn Lindsay, co-founders of the SheGrows Conference.

Laurie Short is a speaker, author and adjunct preacher at Peninsula Covenant and Oceanhills Church. She is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and the co-founder of SheGrows, a cross generational women’s conference to promote mentoring relationships. Laurie’s books include When Changing Nothing Changes Everything (May 2017), Finding Faith in the Dark (August 2014), and 40 verses to Ignite your Faith (coming April 2019). Laurie has been in ministry with youth and adults for thirty years, and has served on staff at four churches. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Jere, and stepson Jordan.

Brooklyn Lindseyis an advocate for being a mentor and for being in mentor-rich environments. As a mom, pastor, writer, and international communicator, she values relationships and supporting the potential of every human possible. She’s been a leader in youth ministry for two decades and recently launched a new community, Somos Church, with her husband Coy in Lakeland, Florida. She was the visionary founder of The Justice Movement, a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower youth to do justice together, and is currently empowering women through mentoring education and advocacy with She Grows Conference. She has authored eight books including “Confessions of A Not-So-Supermodel”, “Opposite Day”, “Kingdom Experiment”, “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teen Girls”, ” 99 Thoughts For Junior Highers”, “Sacred Life”, “To-Save-A-Life” and “Advent.”

We need to broaden people’s perspectives about what a mentoring relationship can be.


Laurie Polich Short, author of 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages

Recommended Reading:

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Special Announcement: A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast!

Friends,

 

In honor of the release of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World, I have launched A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture!

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The introduction episode is up, and I’m announcing my first guest on tomorrow!

 

Here’s a transcript of my introduction episode which you can listen to live now!

 

Subscribe to the podcast:  iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and SoundCloud.

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Welcome to a Sojourners Truth podcast, conversations for changing culture. I’m your host, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One, where the theme is: Our Stories.

 

Hello, Beautiful People!

 

I cannot believe that this is the first podcast of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast!

 

I have been wanting to do this for a long time and I am excited to share it with you. This is the place where we’re going to have conversations about our changing culture.

 

I’m Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and when I’m personally asked, I like to introduce myself as a black girl from Orangeburg South Carolina. Professionally, I am a writer. In this point, I’ve published one book, Mentor for Life and its accompanying leadership training manual; and a Bible study, Hope for Us on the Nicene Creed.

 

I speak professionally across the country and sometimes internationally. I’m a consultant often helping people and organizations with leadership, mentoring, and diversity training, specifically concerning cultural awareness.

 

I also have a nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. in the state of North Carolina where I currently reside. I will be sharing more about that later in the series, but today in this introductory episode, I want to share my heart and passion for the podcast.

 

I’m sharing why I’m doing it, what you can expect to get out of it, and all the fun we are going to have! I love people! I’m a relational person. I love people watching. I like to understand how people think, and why we think and do the things that we do.

 

My desire for this podcast is that we have honest conversations and learn how to listen well. I want us to ask good questions in those conversations so we can all grow and become better together.

 

I’m also using this season of the podcast to introduce and walk you through my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. It is the most intimate and the most intimidating thing that I’ve ever written, and quite honestly, I didn’t want to write it but God kept bringing me back to the contents of the book, and the message he wanted to communicate through it.

 

So, this is my story. It is my truth. It is the way we will center our conversation and the focus for this season’s podcast.

 

There is power in bringing our untold stories to light. The freedom to speak about the reality of suffering and death results in a freedom from denial.

Richard A. Horley

 

READ ALONG: Natasha reads excerpts from the book’s introduction ending with the words, “The first person each of us must learn to lead is ourselves. So this is me, inviting you to answer the questions, to speak the truth, to lead well, and to become strong and courageous.”

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So that is my invitation to you as you read the book, and hopefully as we have conversations on the podcast this season. This podcast will follow the passion and the desired alignment of the book by offering an invitation to share, by encouraging us to celebrate how God is shaping us through our stories, and that’s why I decided to name the theme for season one: Our Stories.

 

As I share my story, and as I share the story of Moses and the exodus narrative, I’m inviting people to the table to share their stories. By sharing our stories, we will all grow and we will all be changed.

 

I have some special guests joining me this season—some of them you may know and some of them will be new to you, but they are quite personal to my story and experience—and I’m excited to introduce you to them in this series.

 

Our discussions will follow the outline of the book: considering the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

 

So I invite you to join us this season. We will be publishing the podcast on Thursdays, and they’re going to syndicate on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube. I’m also going to post a summary transcript of each podcast on my blog as our “Coffee Talk” on Thursdays.

 

I invite you to comment and join the conversation using the #ASojournersTruth hashtag as my guests may want to continue the conversation with you as well. I want to thank my publisher, InterVarsity Press, for partnering with me in this effort of writing the book, understanding the importance of the contents of the book, and also the importance of my voice and the message that God wanted to communicate through my voice. I thank them for encouraging all of us to #ReadWomen and elevate the voices of people of color.

 

You can pre-order A Sojourner’s Truth right now! The book officially releases on October 9, 2018! It will be available everywhere books are sold. I want to always encourage you to support your local bookstores because I don’t want to live in a world where we cannot visit bookstores.

 

Together, I promise you that we’re going to share our stories, we’re going to speak the truth, we’re going to encourage each other to live free and courageously!

 

I think we’re gonna laugh a lot, and I hope we also have a lot of fun!

 

You can also connect with me through my website at www.NatashaSRobinson.com.  You can follow me on: Facebook (Don’t miss the news – “Like” and click “Following” to “See First”), Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will leave you with this quote from the book: “The first person each of us must learn to lead is ourselves.”

 

Until next time, “Tell the truth people!”