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Kathy Escobar co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World (February 2020), Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart, Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus and several other books.
A trained spiritual director, speaker, writer, group facilitator, and advocate, her passion is for those on the margins of life and faith and creating brave, safe spaces for healing and transformation in community. A Pepperdine University graduate, she has a Master’s in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from JFK University and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Denver Seminary. She blogs regularly as well as writing for Patheos Progressive Christian Channel and Sheloves Magazine, and creating content for The Work of the People. She is also the Co-Executive Director of #communityheals: Making Spaces for Transformation Accessible for All, which includes #waterheals: Water Sports Empowerment for the Soul, #beautyheals: Rest & Renewal for Weary Souls, and #presenceheals: Soul Experiences that Heal.
Kathy's books are available at Amazon.
Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World
(Westminster John Knox Press, February 18th 2020)
From the masses of young people spurning organized religion to faithful followers of Jesus, there is a deep hunger across gender, age, socioeconomics, and denominational backgrounds for practical, tangible ways to live a life of love, mercy, and justice in our divided, fragmented world. But where do we start? It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the world's problems, with solutions to violence and poverty and oppression seeming so far out of reach. But we have more power to change the world than we realize-and it starts with changing ourselves. Practicing is centered on ten transformational practices-Healing, Listening, Loving, Including, Equalizing, Advocating, Mourning, Failing, Resting, and Celebrating. By putting our hearts, hands, and feet behind our good intentions, we can transform our groups, our communities, and our world. Extremely interactive, relational, and practical, Practicing can be read alone or processed together with a group, church, or class.