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Pray With our Feet

Pray with our Feet is a podcast and community rooted in the radical love of Christ. We uplift the intersection of progressive Christian faith and social justice / activism. We believe we are called to make a difference in the world around us. Founded by Emelda De Coteau and Trudy Leocadio, mother and daughter. Find us on Instagram, and Twitter: @praywithourfeet.

May 20, 2022

We're taking it back this week to a powerful conversation from Season 1 with writer, activist and faith warrior Avril Somerville. Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Somerville writes at the intersection of identity, community and love. She is the author of A Journey of Life on Purpose, a book of personal essays and poetry, and a forthcoming novel. 

She is also an English teacher, wife and mother of three who lives in Pennsylvania. Avril is excited about her independent micro-press, SomerEmpress Publishing, Inc., and looks forward to publishing transformative literature of other gifted women writers of color.

In this episode, we dive into:

- The power of our words, and how understanding this helps us walk in liberation. 

- Seeing ourselves as deeply connected to those around us, especially the most marginalized, understanding Jesus stood for justice (Matthew 25:40 and Amos 5:24). 

- Why mindfulness, really being present and grounded in God and our faith, is vital.

- Realizing activism takes many shapes and forms; if you are not able to be on the front lines, you can still show up and serve. Avril says: "Use your gifts, where you are, to tap into your purpose."

- God has designed us for intimacy, the act of sitting down and beholding one another. We must not allow technology to strip this away from our consciousness. 

- Avril's own creative journey and sources of inspiration.

Stay in Touch with Avril Somerville:

IG: @somerempress 

Twitter: @somerempress 

Show edited by my talented husband Keston De Coteau (videographer,  photographer and editor)