The granddaughter of a Pentecostal pastor, Rev. Flunder recounts the experiences of her early years in San Francisco, and discusses the role music played in her childhood. She discusses the meaning of spirituals to early African American slaves, and recounts how these slaves brought their music and culture with them from Africa. She also discusses the role of spirituals in the lives of African Americans today. Rev. Flunder describes her doctoral work and the dissertation she completed at San Francisco Theological Seminary on the subject of ministry to marginalized populations, for example transgendered people.