Natasha Bowlds is the Youth Minister at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and three teenagers. She developed her passion for spreading the message of unity in Christ while serving and living with diverse populations in Mexico, Alaska, Appalachia, New Orleans, Florida, Montana, and Washington DC. After joining a racial reconciliation group at her kids’ school, Natasha has since led groups through the curriculum at her congregation and piloted a youth program with the high school youth group. Natasha holds a degree in Music Performance, minors in Spanish and a concentration in ethnomusicology. She was a public school music teacher for three years before pursuing and completing certification as a Director of Christian Education through Concordia St. Paul. Natasha loves to travel, especially if it involves canoeing, hiking, or camping and family.
2021 WLI Conference Workshop:
The Courage to Build Bridges (Courageous Conversations about Race)
How do we have courageous conversations about race and ethnicity without saying the wrong things, or becoming too defensive? Instead of avoiding these conversations, as many do, let’s talk about how to have open, honest, and productive conversations that move us towards reconciliation and unity, as Christ has called us into. With the work of Christ on the cross already done for us, and the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we are called to make peace with all creation. It’s holy work to remove enmity, alienation, prejudice and self-interest from our relationships with others, but it takes courage and prayer!