DeAnza Spaulding is the Lead Disrupter for Table Turning, a Holy Week movement initiated by her neighborhood church, Valley & Mountain, that is “grounded in the radical tradition of Jesus, who turned tables to interrupt the oppression of people disregarded by society.” The daughter of a Filipina mother and Norwegian father, DeAnza is committed to the liberation and empowerment of marginalized people in her work as a therapist focused on trauma, as a doctoral candidate and researcher focused on survivors of domestic violence, and as a former pastor who led her church in the development of an day drop-in center for unhoused women and men. She blogs about her life and work at Created For More. In this episode of RePlacing Church, she joins me to discuss:

  • The Table Turning movement and how your community can join in
  • Why the church often ignores the story of Jesus turning tables in the temple
  • How her biracial, bicultural background has prepared her for this moment in our society
  • Why we need to make space to liberate and empower the voices of women
  • How communities can move beyond their denial about domestic violence
  • The many manifestations of domestic abuse
  • Why we need to move from “victim” to “survivor” language when we talk about domestic violence
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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.