About Rachel Virginia H.

My name is Rachel and I am the face behind the generous pine.

I am an Afro-Panamanian-American writer and thinker living in the southern United States. I am queer and I am a Christian and I am passionate about literature that feels like friendship.

You may be asking yourself, why is my blog called the generous pine? Well. I have always found comfort and inspiration in pine trees. Trees, in general, have always represented to me beauty and grace. Pine trees, in particular, are embedded into my psyche as symbols of refuge and affirmation. These trees were there for me in my times of distress as well as the times I have dreamed dreams under their shade.

As a person of faith and an artist, I believe that human beings can be sources of refuge and advocacy for one another. I hope that my life will model the kindness of pine trees. My desire for this carving of public space is that it might be an affirming space to dream of and pursue abundant life. I hope you will find something you can connect with here.


Education

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (graduated in 2018)
B.A. in Health and Human Services / Peace and Conflict Studies
B.A. in Arts and Sciences / Women and Gender Studies

Experiences

Soulforce
Movement Fellow / Soulforce Southeast House (2016-2017)

Ignite NC
Community Organizer and Communications Fellow (2016)

Anathoth Community Farm and Garden
Volunteer Intern (2014)

Mission Year
Volunteer Intern/Team Member (2012-2013)

Presentations

Ace-traodinary Love: Asexual and Aromantic Identities and the Image of God
The Reformation Project Conference — Orlando, FL (October 2018)

Creating Just Emotional Environments in Social Justice Organizing
Prophetic Imagination Conference — Minneapolis, MN (September 2018)

How Long Til We are Healed?: Pursuing Emotional Justice in Intersectional LGBTQ+ Activism //
The Reformation Project Conference — Chicago, IL (October 2017)

Featured Elsewhere

Grief, Agency and the Power of Lament (2017)
Queerology Podcast with Matthias Roberts

Detoxify Christianity Panels: Detoxify God, Detoxify Worship, Detoxify Solidarity (2017)
featured on: Red Letter Christians

Awkward or Afro-Latinx?: Finding a Place in the Church and in the World (2017)
featured on: The Salt Collective