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AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez: Discipleship, Decolonization, and Discomfort

Season 4, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.

“When I say everyone belongs, everyone belongs.”

– AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez



In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez about how she found her way to Christianity and justice work. They talk about creativity and social change, how they can inspire conversations in movements and how art can be therapeutic. And they explore how imitating Jesus could actually cause discomfort and division in the short term, yet the end goal is unity.

“We need to focus on systems just as much as we focus on relationships,” AnaYelsi explains.

Sister Julia and AnaYelsi also discuss the mess of decolonization, how it requires community and intentionality. And they take a look at the importance of establishing radically welcoming spaces, welcoming those who resist and are uncomfortable, and offering warmth, kindness and love to invite others into the struggle with us.


AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista offering education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice. She is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective of people of color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is also the cocreator of the Digital Dine-In Project: a virtual dining and learning experience bringing people together from around the world. She is an independent practitioner but partners as a co-coordinator with Liberation School South and serves on the boards of the Festival Center and Many Languages One Voice in Washington, D.C.

Contemplative Moment in this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast features A Prayer for the Reckoning.

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.

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