Lauren Ileana Sotolongo

is creating Brave Commons, poetry and community for LGBTQ+ people of faith.

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I believe vulnerability and community allows us to flourish. 

My name is Lauren Ileana Sotolongo, and I have been writing poetry, and leading in and outside of churches and nonprofit organiations for over ten years (as a worship pastor, youth pastor, communicatiosn director and more). Working within the specific context of LGBTQ+ inclusion in faith spaces, I am passionate about connecting Queer and Trans community members to their own innate spirituality and divinity.

This presently manifests in the work I do as a Co-Executive Director of Brave Commons, an organization seeking to empower and uplift the voices of LGBTQ+ students on Christian campuses and beyond. This work takes anywhere from 20-40 hours each week, and my focus resides in the area of communications, pastoral support, and outreach - this means that some weeks I am connecting with students, other weeks I am preparing a sermon for Oratio (our podcast), along with creating the graphics each week for our social media posts.

Along with those responsibilities, I am creating creative content (spoken word and poetry) for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, with the goal of discovering connectedness and spirituality in us all, and therefore bringing about a movement of both internal and external equity and justice for all people.

I am blessed and excited to do this work, and I hope you will join me!
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