Family Estranged - Make Yourself Known
Rev Valerie Brown-Troutt | August 21, 2017
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Rev. Valerie Brown-Troutt enjoys life as a mother, wife, ordained UCC clergy, school teacher, social activist and grandmother as she pursues goals experiencing God's peace, love and grace.
Valerie shares the life story of struggle of ordinary black women described by Delores Williams as resisting and rising above forces in society: "doing what they always do: holding the family and church together; working for the white folks or teaching school; enduring whatever they must so their children can reach for the stars; keeping hope alive in the family and community when money is scarce a contribution of faith, love and hope to the black family to the church and to the black community in North American." Many of her life's dreams have been actualized including a successful professional career as a clergy, educator, social justice activist, entrepreneur and administrator of non-profit organizations.
Valerie is currently on sabbatical after servong 30 years as the pastor at New Community Church and as an associate pastor at City of Refuge UCC and Love Center.