Compassion and Justice

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is an international speaker, mentoring coach, and author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship and the Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed Bible study. She is the Visionary Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Natasha often refers to herself as a black girl from the small town of Orangeburg, South Carolina. The community rich in black history, culture, and tradition was a critical part of her formative years before leaving home to attend the United States Naval Academy. Upon her 2002 graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in
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Patricia Raybon

Patricia Raybon, a former Sunday Magazine editor at The Denver Post and former associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the award-winning author of bridge-building books on faith, race and grace. She’s the author of the racial forgiveness memoir, My First White Friend (winner of the Christopher Award), a prayer memoir, I Told the Mountain to Move (2006 Book of the Year finalist at Christianity Today), a One Year® daily devotional study of Bible virtues, God’s Great Blessings, and a mother-daughter interfaith memoir, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. Her personal essays
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Lesa Engelthaler

Lesa Engelthaler is a Senior Associate for Victory Search Group, assisting nonprofits to recruit executive leaders. Lesa is also a writer for such publications as The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Prism. Lesa is a founding member of Ink and proud to be a part of the Redbud Writers Guild. Her friends would say that Lesa is passionate about empowering women. Lesa serves on the board of Missio Alliance, the Circle of Friends board of New Friends New Life and the Economic Security Grants Review Committee for the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  For the past several years, she has
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Rachel Marie Stone

Rachel Marie Stone teaches English at The Stony Brook School in New York. Her latest book, a memoir about motherhood and anxiety, is forthcoming from IVP in April 2017. She is also an author of the More for Less Cookbook.
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Susy Flory

Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of thirteen books. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. Susy’s runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero (Thomas Nelson, 2011), co-written with Michael Hingson, hit the New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog has been translated
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Keri Wyatt Kent

Writer, speaker, content creator. Author of GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God, and ten other books; collaborator or contributor to a dozen more. I work full-time as a freelance writer, collaborative writer, and editor. My books, retreats, and articles guide people as they connect their faith with their daily life. I’m passionate about spiritual formation, living the story that Jesus invites me to live, and helping others to tell their powerful story. Learn more at www.keriwyattkent.com orwww.apowerfulstory.com  
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Anita Lustrea

Anita is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences. She loves to communicate a message of freedom to women whether it's on the air on her talk show, Midday Connection, one on one in a coffee shop, or talking in front of a large audience. Anita is passionate about helping women develop deeper friendships, and often speaks on the theme of relationships and how to develop community. Another theme that is dear to Anita's heart is justice. She has been a voice for the voiceless for years through her radio program. Whether she is talking about women in domestic violence
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Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi serves as the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where she leads creative teams, preaches regularly, and helps facilitate the weekend worship experience. Her ministry profile includes a variety of leadership positions from Student Ministry to Women’s Ministry. She is also a freelance writer and speaker with four books and participation in a variety of leadership events and conferences. She and her family make their home in the Chicago suburbs. http://traceybianchi.com/
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Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant is a writer, editor, and speaker. She is the author of five works of nonfiction: Love You More, MOMumental, Wholehearted Living, Disquiet Time, and When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Her first book for children, Maybe God Is Like That Too, won the 2017 gold medal in spirituality from the Moonbeam Spirit Awards for exemplary children’s literature. A former newspaper columnist (Chicago Tribune and Sun Times Media papers), Jennifer is a lifelong Episcopalian and lives with her husband, four children, and two rescue dogs in Chicagoland. Find her online at jennifergrant.com or on Twitter @jennifercgrant.
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