Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack
Mykal has been working in congregations and other faith settings for more than a decade, helping to develop anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks for church life, deliver pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and foster community life practices that embody radical inclusion.
Mykal currently serves as co-director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice; past roles include Director of Congregational Life at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, NC; Community Life Coordinator and Worship Leader at First Parish Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist; and Director of Worship for the Sanctuary Boston.
For his commitment to multicultural culture-building in communities of faith, Mykal was selected as a 2015-16 Movement Fellow for the Southeast House of Soulforce and as a 2015-16 Beatitudes Fellow through the Beatitudes Society. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice; the Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming Advisory Council of Metropolitan Community Churches; and the steering team of the Trans People of Color Coalition. He is a regular blogger for Believe Out Loud and also blogs at Mending Dry Bones. Mykal lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Teo is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. He is also a blue collar queer-identified man living with AIDS. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces be more welcoming and inclusive of marginalized people or helping queer and trans folks find authentic spiritual paths, he can be found teaching martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children.
Teo is on the faculty and board of Off the Mat Into the World, an organization that empowers yoga practitioners to do justice work from a place of service and spiritual grounding; the national advisory board of Positively Trans, a project of the Transgender Law Center that seeks to mobilize and promote resilience among trans people most impacted by HIV/AIDS; and the board of Phallacies, a theater project to help men in college dismantle patriarchy and counter gender-based violence. He is also currently collaborating with the leadership of Showing Up for Racial Justice on an anti-racism training curriculum for white working class folks and labor movements.
Teo regularly serves as a workshop facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of settings on topics such as compassionate communication and how to approach radical inclusion from a skills-based place. His writing can be found in the anthology Yoga and Body Image, as well as on the blog Roots Grow the Tree. Teo lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
LeLaina Romero, Ph.D.
LeLaina is a counseling psychologist, an educator, a singer/songwriter, and an activist working at the intersection of social justice and well-being. Her work particularly focuses on LGBTQ people of color, and on co-creating healing spaces for activists. She is also engaged in training and supervision of graduate students in social work, counseling and other clinical fields.
LeLaina previously had a psychotherapy practice as part of The Meeting Point, a collective of independent body workers and mental health practitioners committed to meeting the needs of underserved populations, particularly LGBTQ individuals, people who have experienced trauma, and people with physical and/or emotional disabilities. She also developed a social justice seminar for interns at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design Counseling and Wellness Center. She is active in the Association of Women in Psychology and served on the Implementation Collective, working to increase AWP’s welcome and inclusion of women with marginalized identities.
At home in Durham, North Carolina, LeLaina leads the Beloved Community Chorus, a group that centers the music of people of color and engages worship at the intersections of music and social justice at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and is co-facilitating a project focused on healing justice and community care with the LGBTQ Center of Durham. She is also growing as a new parent to an incredible kid.
As a queer multiracial/Latina community artist and healer, LeLaina believes that we grow and heal through connections—with ourselves, others, communities, and our surroundings. Through activism that centers relationships, she believes we have the ability to resist and dismantle oppression and create a more just world that can nurture growth, healing, and transformation for all.
Alex is a trainer, speaker, consultant, editor, and anti-oppression activist. A transgender and queer lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Alex grounds radical social justice work in a place of faith and love, and also does interfaith ministry to help queer and trans people connect to religion and spirituality.
Alex recently worked for eight years at the national headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association, supporting anti-racism and Welcoming Congregation programming for congregations and managing large-scale social justice organizing efforts. Alex is currently on the steering committee for TRUUsT, an organization of transgender Unitarian Universalist religious professionals.
Alex regularly serves as a workshop facilitator and speaker on topics including radical inclusion, intersectional social justice, gender and sexuality diversity 101, and much more. Alex also does freelance editing, copyediting, and consulting work to help individuals, groups, and organizations use language in ways that align with their values, and recently launched the project Radical Copyeditor to further this work. Alex’s writing can be found in anthologies including Falling Into the Sky and Becoming, as well as on the blog Roots Grow the Tree. Alex lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.