My name is Leia al-Katiba I’m a 30-something year old potty-mouthed graduate student who has a passion for activism and social justice in praxis with faith. I’m a Catholic Worker in New York, and work side by side with our homeless community in an effort to bring awareness and relief to our most vulnerable. I believe it’s our duty as both humans and as Christians to take care of those whose voices are lost in a sea of oppression and to make sure that they are heard so our world can become a better place for everyone.
I guess you could say I’m one of those “liberal snowflakes” everyone’s been ranting about.
I’ve been interested in comparative religious studies since I was 12 years old, and only recently realized you could go to school for it. I returned back to college in my late twenties, and am now starting my Masters in Divinity that focuses in on pastoral care of grief/loss, sudden death, crisis intervention, and trauma. Cheerful, right?
My faith is really important to me – it’s inseparable from my activism and justice work. I’ve become “one of those people” who quote scripture quite a lot – but not in the way you’d think (I’m pretty sure I convinced some guy last week not to pay his taxes because Jesus told us not to – ‘rend unto Caesar’ and all). I’m a firm believer in gospel non-violence (if you haven’t heard about it, stick around and you will), am an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ+ community, and am staunchly pro-Palestinian.
I did I mention I’m addicted to tattoos? Yeah.. yeah I am. They’re all over the place, and I’m always getting more.
In this blog, you’ll get a peppering of politics, non-violence, tattoos, spiritual musings and my activism work. So, pull up your big girl panties and jump into the deep end with me!
~ Peace ~