Welcome to the fifth episode of the Power Shift Edition podcast season, another beautiful collaboration between Danielle Strickland and World Vision. We are connecting with people at the intersection of power shifting around the world, including World Vision staff.
In this episode, Danielle interviews Sandra Maria Van Opstal. Sandra is a second-generation Latina pastor, activist, author, and a powerful leading voice on the intersection of faith and justice. She is executive director of Chasing Justice, a BIPOC-led movement that mobilizes Christians to live justly. Sandra’s distinctiveness comes from working in both local and global contexts as a practitioner and academic, which has solidified her calling to disrupt oppressive systems within the church and center marginalized voices. She has reached audiences around the world on topics of ethnic identity, reconciliation, global justice, and worship through international movements like Lausanne, The Justice Conference, and World Vision and Urbana Missions Conference. Her local influence is also palpable, having served as a pastor and activist in her local community. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Urban Leadership and Transformation. Sandra is the author of The Next Worship, as well as contributor to the New York Times bestselling book A Rhythm of Prayer.
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