Pastor Kathy Escobar
Kathy Escobar co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of 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, organizational consultant, and advocate, Kathy's 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, Kathy has a Masters in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from JFK University and a certificate in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary.
She blogs regularly at www.kathyescobar.com as well as writing for the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel and Sheloves Magazine, and has several video series and discussion guides on The Work of the People.
Kathy's books are available here.
Safer People, Safer Communities -- A challenging interactive experience for any size group to help identify safe and unsafe characteristics in ourselves and in our communities that help challenge us to become people and communities of presence, healing, inclusion, and courage.
Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart -- Hope and healing for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers. Can be in a large or small group setting.
The Power of With -- The prepositions that we are most comfortable with in missional living (and most church practices) are "To" and "For." We know how to do things To people or For people with power differentials that harm and separate. However, the ways of Jesus call us to "With," where power is diffused, equality is practiced, and dignity is restored. It's easy to talk about and hard to do, but ultimately With changes everything.
Downward Mobility -- 9 practices from Down We Go that are centered on a life (and community culture) that embody the ways of Jesus -- extending love, compassion and mercy, welcoming pain, honoring doubt, practicing equality, pursuing justice, making peace, cultivating creativity, and celebrating freedom.