Minister Onleilove (pronounced Onlylove) Chika Alston, Founder of Prophetic Whirlwind was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. Currently she is the Founder of Her Wisdom Consulting and the former executive director at PICO-Faith in New York, where she leads a multiracial and multifaith organizing federation of 70+ congregations representing 80,000 New Yorkers who are working to Build the Beloved City — where all of God’s children can live in dignity. Onleilove is also a community organizer, speaker, and writer. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in African-American studies from Penn State University, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York. In 2011, she received her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively.
Her writing has been featured in Sojourners magazine, Huff Post Religion, The Black Commentator, and NPR’s On Being blog, as well as in other print and online publications. Having experienced poverty and homelessness, she has developed a compassion for people fueled by her passion for justice, and knows that the gospel is truly “good news to the poor.” She has completed The Collegeville Institute Fellowship and the FPWA Faith and Justice Fellows Program. Onleilove writes and lectures on the implicit bias of colorism and its impact on African-American women; leading A Women’s Theology of Liberation and Live Free W.O.M.B. (Women Organizing Out of Mass Incarceration and Brutality) for the PICO Network. In 2016 Onleilove testified before the United Nations Working Group for People of African Descent Testimony on Mass Incarceration’s Impact on Black Women & Girls. She has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at CCDA, Dartmouth College, Why Christian, Sojourners' Summit, The 2015 African Hebrew Conference in Israel, and The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference among other conferences, congregations, and organizations. For her writing and activism work, Onleilove has received the Public Allies New York Local Alumni Award, The Lost Angels Society Survivor Award, The Bennett Fellowship for Social Justice from Auburn Seminary, the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Scholarship for Social Justice, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Minority Coalition Young Adult Award, and the 2011 Evangelical Press Association’s Student Writer of the Year First Place Award for her Sojourners cover story: “Dethroning King Coal: Christians defend a way of life, and the earth, in Appalachia.” She is one of a few African-Americans that have visited and ministered among Jews in Africa and her first book on her research into these communities is Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny. Onleilove has five siblings and a large extended family. She worships and serves as a Minister of Evangelism at Beth-El The House of Yahweh where she serves as a Minister of Evangelism and is an active member of Inner City Light House. To learn more visit: PropheticWhirlwind.com. For everything she has accomplished Chika says To Yah Be The Glory!
Posts By This Author
Extended Interview with Allen Johnson, co founder of Christians For The Mountains
Onelilove Alston: What is your professional background?
Destroying West Virginia, One Mountain At A Time
Christians battle King Coal to save Appalachia.
The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Beauty from Ashes
Listening for the Call to Service
Live from New York: It's the New Conversation
America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Debunking the Beauty Myth
Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly Douglas Brown
Economic Democracy: An Alternative to Pure Capitalism or Socialism
Lent Devotional: The Triumphal Entry and the Poor People's Campaign Mule Train
Seven ways to build a movement that includes poor and rich.
Being the Oaks of Righteousness: Domestic Workers United
Election Night Unity, Online Animosity
What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 1)
Bless the Hands that Prepare Our Food
During this BBQ season we have to carefully consider what products are apart of our seasonal celebrations. Recently I attended the DC campaign kick-off for the Justice at Smithfield Campaign. "Smithfield Foods is the largest pork processor and producer in the world, the fourth largest turkey processor and fifth largest beef processor in the U.S." In the early 1990's Smithfield opened its Tar Heel, North Carolina plant, with [...]
Building the Beloved Community: 40 Years After MLK's Poor People's Campaign
As I attended Pentecost 2008 I was reminded that Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign is celebrating its 40th anniversary. On Friday, Mary Nelson (Board Member of CCDA) and I facilitated a workshop on "Building the Beloved Community." Building the Beloved Community was one of the central messages of Dr. King's ministry. The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 [...]