The Rev. Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo serves as the National Coordinator of Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, an initiative of the United Church of Christ that seeks to engage the faithful in prayerful dialogue regarding the intersection of sexual orientation and race/ethnicity (as it pertains to the Latinx identity). She offers workshops and training opportunities to engage in sacred conversations of grace and welcome, while using a multicultural, multigenerational exercise she created and calls “Identity Bowling” to discuss ways in which intersectionality affects each of us, and how we can build a more just-filled world together. 

Rev. Elly also serves as co-pastor and teacher of Manantial de Gracia “Spring of Grace” United Church of Christ in West Hartford, Connecticut since 2015, when she graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with a Masters Degree in Divinity. She enjoys traveling, photography, blogging and talking about her love of the Social Justice Conference and Retreat Center, Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina where she has the responsibility of serving as lead storyteller (though she has a more official title) of their Social Justice Museum and Library.

She is a committed woman of faith who loves serving the Divine and has responded to the call to minister and serve all of God’s creation. You are invited to follow her journey here on