This episode looks at queerness and social equity through the lens of living at the margins within church and social communities.
Minister Nicole Williams a rising third-year Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School. Minister Williams is a proud native of Durham, North Carolina and a graduate of Northern High School. She is the proud daughter of John and Cora Williams. Minister Williams is the middle child of five children: she has an older sister and brother and a younger sister and brother. Minister Williams completed her undergraduate education at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 2010, where she double majored in Accounting and Business Administration. Currently undergoing the ordination process in the United Church of Christ under the care of Zion Temple United Church of Christ, Minister Williams’ ministry is entrenched in teaching the gospel to those who have been marginalized by society. It is the intersectional nature of Jesus that drives Minister Williams’ passion to teach the gospel through embodying God’s call to “to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Minister Williams’ life quote is: “I was not made to fit into any box that humankind could ever make.” This personal philosophy is embedded in her commitment to a “theology from the margins” that is inclusive of all those who believe in the transformative power of the gospel. The message of the gospel is inherently liberative because the ministry of Jesus Christ is timeless, ever-reaching and open to everyone. Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just pedagogical for Minister Williams, but rather the very reality of faith in Christ and the grace in which we stand.