Rachel Virginia Hester - Writer, Educator and Photographeris creating resonance by writing about justice, faith and healing
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I appreciate you supporting me in any way that makes sense to you. If you pledge $2 dollar or more to me, you have my sincerest thanks and I will publicly thank you in content I publish online.
If you pledge $10 dollars or more, you get everything above and access to the photos available in a public gallery I host on Pixieset. You're welcome to use this on blogs, websites, etc. Here's a sample of what said photos may look like! If you have already pledged $10 or more dollars and want access to this folder, please message me and I can send these photos to you.
I write: blogs, tweets, poems, essays, interpretations, devotionals, liturgy! My blog, the Generous Pine, is where I produce reflections and analysis on culture, racial justice, mental health and faith from a queer, Black, feminist lens.
I also educate on racial justice, queer liberation, and emotionality, including places where these subjects intersect. I have presented workshops at national conferences like Prophetic Imagination and The Reformation Project, and have been featured as a guests on various podcasts such as Queerology and Transform Network Podcast. Locally, I create space for discussions on LGBTQ identity and inclusion in the church, with special attention to how other systems of oppression intersect with queer oppression. In addition, I have a peer support project on Instagram called Pinetree Peer Support where I share what I've learned on my recovery journey.
Lastly, as a photographer, I take portraits and capture events with special attention to individuals and communities participating in movements for justice in the Church. My photos have been featured on ministry websites and even on the Huffington Post!
I started a Patreon because I got requests from my community that they desired a way to support me financially for the work that I do both online and off. I love Patreon because it's a great way for those who support me to see the projects that I have been working on, since I express my creativity in many ways. This model of community support is important to me as a creative and your support helps me to continue to invest the time to work on the various projects that I work on.