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44: Finding Faith and Keeping it as a Millennial Woman

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What do millennial faith and spiritual practices look like for modern-day women of color? Reverend Dr. Neichelle Guidryn joins Zuri to spill the tea on what modern-day faith looks like. Neichelle currently serves as the Dean of the chapel and the director of the wisdom center at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s also the founder of Shepreaches, a virtual community and professional development organization that uplifts African-American millennial women in ministry. In other words - she’s the real deal.

Together, Zuri and Neichelle leave no stone left unturned as they discuss the powerful journey of finding and exploring faith. They have a friendly conversation all about modern-day millennial faith. Neichelle shares what it’s like rising to the ranks as a millennial woman of color in faith, and how she proudly owns her powerful position. She also shares how her doubts and struggles made her faith all the more rock-solid. Zuri and Neichelle don’t shy away from the not-so-pretty side of the church space as they discuss micro and macro-aggressions, the traditional stigmas of the church, and how women can rise above them. Whether you’re deep in your journey and practice through faith, or if you’re sitting on the fence and don’t know where to start, Neichelle shares her incredibly relatable stories, advice, and resources to guide any millennial, modern-day woman down their spiritual path.

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A Closer Look at the Episode:

  • [1:23] Neichelle’s journey to becoming Dean of Chapel at Spelman Chapel

  • [3:16] Owning such a powerful position as a woman

  • [6:24] The process of becoming a leader, navigating moments of doubt and struggle, and how the experience deepened Neichelle’s faith

  • [11:07] What micro and macro-aggressions can look like in the church space

  • [16:37] Finding and practicing your faith as a millennial woman of color

  • [20:22] Acknowledging the power of prayer and taking the pressure off of being a good Christian

  • [24:58] Why it’s important for Black women to tap into digital resources

  • [29:48] What is Shepreaches and who is it for?

  • [31:52] Other projects that Neichelle is a part of

  • [33:45] Neichelle’s favorite female biblical figure

  • [38:06] Neichelle’s favorite scripture

  • [39:46] Where and how to start your journey through faith

  • [44:11] Rising above traditional stigmas in the church

  • [47:56] Neichelle’s advice for finding and nurturing your faith

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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