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|Clothed with the Sun: A Retreat for Women of Color||$79.00|
To be a woman of color committed to racial reconciliation and social justice in the Christian church––whether evangelical or mainline––is to be a perpetual outsider. Many of us are culturally and theologically isolated in the spaces where we live, work, and minister. Our existence at the intersection of race and gender invites unique experiences, different from those of our white sisters and our brothers of all races. Sometimes those experiences include struggling to be heard and valued by the very communities and organizations that we serve. When the burden of isolation becomes too much, we are tempted to walk away from CCD ministry and give up on the vision of beloved community.
This post-conference retreat is an opportunity for women of color to:
- Share the blessings and burdens of being women of color in Christian social justice ministry
- Form strategies to sustain personal and professional wellness in the midst of cultural trauma and isolation
- Renew our commitment to justice and reconciliation in the body of Christ
- Enjoy fun and fellowship as sisters in Christ
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for reconciling across cultural divisions. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School where she is also the faculty director of Duke’s Center for Reconciliation. Christena earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Zakiya has been involved in Christian Community Development for over 10 years, working in education, youth and leadership development and social entrepreneurship. Zakiya is a lover of words—and creatively uses them by entertaining her friends with stories, speaking or performing in front of a crowd or contemplatively writing poems and blogs. Nashville is her hometown but you can now find her all over the US, traveling for work and for visiting her incredible nieces, nephews and other family members.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Grace Ji-Sun Kim received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. Kim is the author or editor of 10 books. Kim has recently been elected to the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. She is a co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group.” She is a steering committee member of AAR’s “Comparative Theology Group” and “Religion and Migration Group.” She is an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. Kim writes for The Huffington Post, Sojourners, EthicsDaily.com, Wabash Center andFeminist Studies in Religion (co-editor). Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination.
Mayra Macedo Nolan
Mayra grew up in East Los Angeles and currently lives in Pasadena, CA, serving on pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church. She has spent the past 16 years leading in her local community and inspiring and casting vision of Kingdom-neighbor-loving. Her experience and passions range from youth and leadership development, non-profit management, cross sector collaborations for community transformation, organizational dynamics, race & faith, and the challenges of women and minorities in church leadership. She was most recently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CCDA. A primary focus of her current ministry is mentoring younger leaders of all racial/ethnic backgrounds. She is married to Chris and they have four children ranging from a 4yr-old to newlyweds.
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. She is currently Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength. She has earned degrees from Emory University, the University of Miami, and Duke University. She is a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church.
- #YouOKSis: Self-Care in the Midst of Crisis (Chanequa Walker Barnes): Life’s emergencies have a way of disrupting even well-established self-care habits. In this hands-on workshop, participants will assess how crisis impacts them mentally and physically, identify their needs and resources in the midst of crisis, and develop an emergency self-care plan.
- Wholly Single (Christena Cleveland): Join Christena for a lively discussion of the structural factors that contribute to the singleness of women of color, the varied experiences of single women of color, and practical tips on finding affirmation, companionship, strength, hope and fun as a single woman of color doing justice work.
- Unique Challenges and Opportunities For Women of Color in Creating, Writing, and Speaking (Amena Brown and Angie Hong): In this workshop, we answer the question that almost every woman of color asks themselves, “Does my creative work and voice matter to others?” The answer is a resounding “Yes,” but when it comes to making that voice more public, we lack the mentorship of other WOC in helping us navigate the big picture and logistics of it all. Hear the experiences of other WOC who have learned unique lessons, be empowered to write, create, and speak, get tools on how to get started, and build a support network to help you flourish.
- Resources for Identity Development (Panel): This panel will discuss resources and development through the lens of ethnic identity. Each panelist will speak to resources, practices, and frameworks that have been helpful to her as a CCD practitioner, social justice leader and African American, Latina, Asian American, or other ethnic identities. It is a chance to receive wisdom from women of others ethnicities that are navigating similar tensions. It will be an opportunity to resource each other as women of color collectively and in our unique ethnic identities.