Get your spiritual, creative, and intellectual juices flowing with our Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership podcast.

In conversations mapping movement moments and how faith communities can be of use, organizer Elandria Williams used the language of political and spiritual ‘fortification’ as a key need of justice seekers, activists, and spiritually-rooted organizers.

Caitlin Breedlove, Auburn’s vice president of movement leadership, uses this frame as she interviews the leaders and activists who are propelling today’s justice movements forward. Guests range from faith leaders to activists, writers, and filmmakers. Hear perspectives and personal reflections from those on the front lines of movement-building and learn what drives their thinking and what role faith plays in their lives. Season two launches November 1, 2017.


The podcast is a joint project of Auburn Seminary and Standing on the Side of Love, a campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association.


Episode 1: Rodney McKenzie is an experienced community organizer, movement leader, and person of faith who is currently the Director of Partnerships at Demos.

Episode 2: Brian McLaren is an author of more than a dozen books, a sought-after speaker, faithful activist, and public theologian.

Episode 3: Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in the LGBTQ immigrant rights movement and currently the Deputy Director at Transgender Law Center (TLC).

Episode 4: Melvin Bray is a devoted husband, committed father, learner, teacher, writer, storyteller, lover of people, connoisseur of creativity, purveyor of sustainability and believer in possibilities.

Episode 5: Francisca Porchas Coronado is the previous organizing director of Puente Human Rights Movement and a leading voice in efforts to end mandatory immigrant detention and address the trauma experienced by frontline communities currently facing criminalization and deportation.

Episode 6: adrienne maree brown, the Co-Editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, is a social justice facilitator, healer, doula and pleasure activist living in Detroit. She is a student of emergence, somatics, transformation and science fiction. She is part of the training body of generative somatics, and coordinating the Just Films Narrative Shift Program for Allied Media Projects. She is the 2015-2016 Ursula le Guin Fellowship, the Knight Arts Challenge for 2013 and 2015, a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for 2013, in the inaugural Speculative Fiction Workshop at Voices of Our Nation 2014, and a graduate of the Clarion Sci-Fi and Fantasy Workshop in 2015.

Listen to Season 1 here, which was brought to you by Standing on the Side of Love, and be sure to subscribe to Fortification to get new episodes as soon as they are released.