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Wednesday, June 22
 

12:30pm

Let’s Map the Intersections: Leveraging Systems Thinking Toward a More Just World (Invitation Only)

This pre-Summit gathering offers Summit convening facilitators the foundations needed to map the intersections of each of our movements with the political construct of race. Participants will identify system levers that could be pulled now to create a more just world 20 years from now. This convening will lay the foundations for work that resources the many justice movements we engage at The Summit and beyond.


Forum Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Dr. Diane J. Johnson, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Diane J. Johnson, Ph.D.

President & Founder, Mmapeu Management Consulting
Rev. Dr. Johnson, Ph.D. has worked at the intersections of community transformation, diversity and inclusion, social change and faith, organizational capacity expansion, and leadership development for more than two decades. Diane has trained, consulted and partnered with more than... Read More →
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David Stroh

David Peter Stroh is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners (www.bridgewaypartners.com), a consulting firm dedicated to helping people reframe and resolve intractable problems. He is also a founding director of the consulting group and informational website www.appliedsystemsthinking.com... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Wilhelms

Pamela Wilhelms

The Soul of the Next Economy, Wilhelms Consulting Group
Pamela Wilhelms is a social architect, organizational consultant and executive coach. Her work in social architecture focuses on the invisible systems and structures in organizations that ignite creativity, innovation, design, and tap the collective intelligence and soul of... Read More →


Wednesday June 22, 2016 12:30pm - 4:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, June 23
 

7:30am

Women Faith Leaders Breakfast
This special breakfast gathering seeks to celebrate the voice and contributions of women faith leaders. Come support one another in ministry as we—clergy and laity alike—look toward the future together.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Yvonne Delk

Yvonne Delk

United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk is the former executive director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago. She is the first black woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served the denomination in leadership positions including serving as the director of its Office for... Read More →
avatar for Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey

Women & Girls Campaign Director, Sojourners
Elaina is honored to be a part of the Sojourners community. Through her previous experiences as a youth minister in the South Bronx and a community organizer for various nonprofits and campaigns—including Campaign for Change, the Jubilee USA Network, and Women’s Action for New... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 7:30am - 8:15am
Room 5A

3:45pm

Climate Justice: Part 1 (Invitation Only)
People of faith know that climate change is a reality and are convinced that something needs to be done about it. As climate advocates respond to public cries for action, it is imperative that policy proposals be crafted in partnership with the under-resourced communities most impacted by climate change. This convening will bring together climate care stakeholders from various streams of the movement to increase common understanding and build common ground that leads to common commitments and action in the fight against climate change.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber

Voices Project
Leroy Barber is co-founder and executive director of the Voices Project, college pastor at Kilns College, and director of @HopeMob. He has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what... Read More →
avatar for Deeohn Ferris

Deeohn Ferris

Sustainable Community Development Group
Deeohn Ferris, JD, is President and Founder of Sustainable Community Development Group, a not-for-profit national research and policy social venture enterprise, whose two-fold mission is advancing equity and community inclusion in economic development decisions, and ensuring that... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
TBA

3:45pm

Criminal Justice: Part 1
Policing reform, sentencing reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, the response of churches and society to returning citizens, and the death penalty make up the mosaic of concerns surrounding criminal justice reform. This convening will offer an opportunity for advocates and organizers within each of these streams to come together and consider strategic action that the church can take over the next year to reform America’s criminal justice system.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith... Read More →
avatar for Michael-Ray Mathews

Michael-Ray Mathews

Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network
I am an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice. | | I bring nearly 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to my work as the Director of Clergy... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Auditorium

3:45pm

Immigration: Part 1 (Invitation Only)
This gathering is a safe space for leaders to engage in strategic listening and to plan joint actions for immigration reform. This includes encouraging the next president and Congress to put forth policies to address inclusive and humane reforms of our immigration, refugee, and asylum systems. We will also brainstorm ways to increase the advocacy capacity of immigrants and of our constituencies to mobilize on immigration issues by providing trainings, tools, messaging, and other resources.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Ivone Guillen

Ivone Guillen

Immigration Campaign & Communications Associate, Sojourners
Immigration Campaign and Communications Associate Ivone Guillen manages Sojourners immigration campaign. Ivone brings a unique perspective to her work that is derived from her life experience as an immigrant and DREAMer. Ivone graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with... Read More →
avatar for Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” | | He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
TBA

3:45pm

LGBTQI
This session will address pressing social concerns among the LGBTQI movement, with Trans* Lives in immediate mind. With laws being legislated against difference, we must find ways to become whole and human. Join this gathering to find ways to eradicate oppressions that systemically oppress those on the margins of the margins.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Faith Matters Network
Rev. Jennifer Bailey is the Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network and Co-Founder of the People's Supper. Since 2017, the People's Supper has hosted over 1,400 dinners focused on bridging divides across the United States. Rev. Bailey is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Activist Theologian
Dr. Robyn, named 1 of 10 Faith Leaders to watch in 2018 by the Center for American Progress, works in the hybrid spaces of church, academy, & movements. Dr. Robyn is an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans*gressive Latinx. Dr. Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

3:45pm

Music & Arts 
Now is our time to come together for an issue-based discussion toward common action. Bring your ideas, experience, and questions. Share your concerns, fears, and failures. We will talk about practical issues such as taking risks, stewarding our fan bases on behalf of movements, using social media more effectively to share our own work and advocate, and finding financial stability at the intersection of our vocations as artists and activists. Come and share, ask questions, and build friendships with other artists at The Summit.

Featured Participants
avatar for Bree Newsome

Bree Newsome

The Tribe
Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. As she watched the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at... Read More →

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Restoration Village Arts
Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey is Assoc. Pastor of Campus Ministry and Mission at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA and Director of Restoration Village Arts, a cooperative of artists and Christian peacemakers who produce creative advocacy resources, music, worship... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 6B

3:45pm

New Media
We often get lost in the many options available for creating new media and lose sight of the fact that at the core of everything, social media works because of relationships. In this convening, we will explore ways that we can build mutually supportive networks of activists and media producers, sharing best practices and promoting each other’s work.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for David Dault

David Dault

President and CEO, Chicago Sunday Evening Club
David Dault is an expert at helping people tell their stories. He produces engaging, innovative media for public radio, public television, and public events.
avatar for Sandi Villarreal

Sandi Villarreal

Web Editor & Chief Digital Officer, Sojourners

Sponsors

Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 4C

3:45pm

Philanthropy (Invitation Only)
While philanthropy, which means “love of mankind,” includes values based on helping others, formal conversations about faith are rare in funding circles. Organizational funders and individual donors alike are rarely afforded the opportunity to explore how faith is a powerful motivating tool for social transformation, and how communities of faith can actively participate in bringing about social justice in our world. Participants in this session will more deeply explore these dynamics and consider how they and the philanthropic community more broadly can take better advantage of the power of faith in advancing social justice movements.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Jeanné Isler

Jeanné Isler

Vice President for Learning and Engagement, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Jeanné is dedicated to building bridges between groups to find new ways to build just and empowered communities. Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she has lived and worked in four states and the District of Columbia to challenge systemic inequities.  | | As Vice... Read More →
avatar for Edward M. Jones

Edward M. Jones

Edward M. Jones is the director of programs at ABFE - A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. Edward is a founding member of The Black Philanthropic Alliance and of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle  dedicated to supporting Black-led/serving organizations... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
TBA

3:45pm

Poverty
This gathering will review the current state of poverty in America and governmental responses to it. In addition to discussing the role poverty is playing—or not—in the 2016 election, we will review lessons learned from recent legislative efforts and the top priorities of antipoverty activists—particularly faith-based activists—in the months to come. We will also look for opportunities for joint collaboration and action.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Kit Judge

Kit Judge

Annie E. Casey Foundation
avatar for Michael Mershon

Michael Mershon

Director of Advocacy and Communications, Sojourners


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 6C

3:45pm

Seminarians 
This convening is for seminary and divinity school leaders, students, and recent alums. Together we will gauge the pulse on current levels of engagement with social justice around the country (both institutionally and student-led), and explore how to start and sustain student-movements focused on social causes. This gathering will help connect peers and like-minded colleagues with resources, best practices, and networks of others engaged in student-movement building.

Forum Facilitators
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Wayne Meisel

Director, Center for Faith and Service


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 7

3:45pm

Women & Girls: Part 1
For too long, the concerns of women of color have remained invisible or sidelined within justice movements. The time has come for us to realize that our success is bound together. And the intersections upon which our issues meet is where justice can be found. This convening seeks to identify and move forward key gender-justice issues—sexual and domestic violence, equal pay, reproductive access, leadership in the church and beyond, etc.—all while making more room for the voices and lived realities of women of color.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Inez Torres Davis

Inez Torres Davis

Director for Justice, Women of the ELCA
Inez Torres Davis is an Indigenous Latina working within and for the whitest religious affiliation in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Women of the ELCA’s core racial justice/anti-racism trainer since January of 1997. She is completing training for... Read More →
avatar for Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey

Women & Girls Campaign Director, Sojourners
Elaina is honored to be a part of the Sojourners community. Through her previous experiences as a youth minister in the South Bronx and a community organizer for various nonprofits and campaigns—including Campaign for Change, the Jubilee USA Network, and Women’s Action for New... Read More →
avatar for Katey Zeh

Katey Zeh

Strategist, Writer, Educator, Sacred Worth Consulting
Katey Zeh, M.Div is a strategist, writer, and educator who works with nonprofits and faith communities on organizing for a more compassionate world. Her book Women Rise Up will be published this fall with the FAR Press.


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Room 5A
 
Friday, June 24
 

10:45am

Business
The business sector is without a doubt a critical lever of change for the social transformation we are collectively working toward, yet too often business is not at the table in justice movements. Join your fellow business leaders and entrepreneurs who are already changing the landscape of social impact to go deeper in dialogue on what more we can do to leverage our collective impact and take coordinated action together to tackle inequalities locally, nationally, and globally.

Forum Facilitators
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Lazetta Braxton

Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, is the Financial Planner for the Rest of Us®. Unlike many advisors who focus only on the super-rich, Lazetta partners with every day people who desire the financial freedom to influence, experience, give, and make a difference for their family... Read More →
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Allison Trowbridge

Allison Trowbridge is a writer, speaker and social entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering millennial women to impact their world. She has spent the past decade working against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, first at Not For Sale and presently with The Freedom Fund... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Executive Boardroom

10:45am

Climate Justice: Part 2 (Invitation Only)
People of faith know that climate change is a reality and are convinced that something needs to be done about it. As climate advocates respond to public cries for action, it is imperative that policy proposals be crafted in partnership with the under-resourced communities most impacted by climate change. This convening will bring together climate care stakeholders from various streams of the movement to increase common understanding and build common ground that leads to common commitments and action in the fight against climate change.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber

Voices Project
Leroy Barber is co-founder and executive director of the Voices Project, college pastor at Kilns College, and director of @HopeMob. He has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what... Read More →
avatar for Deeohn Ferris

Deeohn Ferris

Sustainable Community Development Group
Deeohn Ferris, JD, is President and Founder of Sustainable Community Development Group, a not-for-profit national research and policy social venture enterprise, whose two-fold mission is advancing equity and community inclusion in economic development decisions, and ensuring that... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
TBA

10:45am

Criminal Justice: Part 2 
Policing reform, sentencing reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, the response of churches and society to returning citizens, and the death penalty make up the mosaic of concerns surrounding criminal justice reform. This convening will offer an opportunity for advocates and organizers within each of these streams to come together and consider strategic action that the church can take over the next year to reform America’s criminal justice system.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith... Read More →
avatar for Michael-Ray Mathews

Michael-Ray Mathews

Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network
I am an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice. | | I bring nearly 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to my work as the Director of Clergy... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

10:45am

Education
Educational inequality is one of the biggest issues facing our nation today. The good news is that influential Christian leaders and organizations across America are rising up to address this issue. Together we’re joining forces to launch a national faith and education equity coalition. As a participant in this convening, you will learn about the vision for this coalition, explore opportunities for collective action, and offer input around ensuring that all God’s children have access to a high-quality education regardless of the money their parents make, the zip code they live in, or the color of their skin.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Zakiya Jackson

Zakiya Jackson

Director of Partnerships, The Expectations Project
Zakiya has been involved in community development and education for 15 years and has worked in public schools, non-profits and corporations. With a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Willamette University in Oregon, her studies have focused on human and organizational development... Read More →
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Chris LaTondresse

Raised in the former Soviet Union as the son of American missionary parents, Chris LaTondresse leverages his talents as a global communicator, connector, and strategist, helping world-shaping institutions (including government, private sector, civil society and faith-based) advance... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 6C

10:45am

Global Peace
The Syrian refugee crisis has catalyzed the greatest migration of people groups across Europe since World War II. Several EU nations have since responded to increased ethnic tensions by embracing fascism, xenophobia, and white supremacy. This convening will consider prophetic responses to this current-day reawakening of violent extremism and will work toward common commitments and/or action to begin to address the crisis.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Yvonne Delk

Yvonne Delk

United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk is the former executive director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago. She is the first black woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served the denomination in leadership positions including serving as the director of its Office for... Read More →
avatar for Michael Neuroth

Michael Neuroth

Policy Advocate for International Issues, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
Michael is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as the Policy Advocate for International Issues in the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries’ office in Washington DC. His current work on international justice focuses on coordinating the UCC’s work and... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

World Vision International
Matthew Scott is Director of Peacebuilding for World Vision International. He has a deep personal passion for ending poverty and violent conflict, with 20 years working in the non-profit sector, ranging from disability issues, landmines, child rights, humanitarian affairs, religious... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 6B

10:45am

Immigration: Part 2 
Responding to racism and xenophobia are core components of Sojourners’ work on immigration. Our work seeks to address the racialized nature of America’s broken asylum, refugee, and immigration systems as well as state-based anti-immigrant initiatives. Through this convening, we hope to provide mechanisms for constructive dialogue about immigration and refugee-related issues that Christian organizations can use within institutions and areas of cultural formation.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Ivone Guillen

Ivone Guillen

Immigration Campaign & Communications Associate, Sojourners
Immigration Campaign and Communications Associate Ivone Guillen manages Sojourners immigration campaign. Ivone brings a unique perspective to her work that is derived from her life experience as an immigrant and DREAMer. Ivone graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with... Read More →
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Sharon Stanley-Rea

Sharon is Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She is an employee of Disciples Home Missions, with her office located in Washington, D.C., on the second floor at National City Christian Church.  She works to mobilize Disciples... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 5B

10:45am

Publishers
What role do traditional publishers and new media producers—web, video, social media—have in movement building for social justice? How could our efforts and campaigns be better coordinated for a greater impact? With the goal of positive social change, what are some of the best practices that we can share with each other? This session will convene members of various media (publishing houses, publications, websites, etc.) to discuss collective action for social justice.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Steve Knight

Steve Knight

Marketing & Sales, Chalice Press
I love telling stories and throwing parties.


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 6A

10:45am

Theologians & Academics
Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement has swept across campuses throughout North America. It has challenged administrations and curriculum developers to interrogate assumptions, policies, and structures that entrench white supremacy within the academy. This convening offers an opportunity to convene academics and theologians invested in the life and health of the academy. Participants will consider how to move the academy forward in its engagement with racial justice—both in its internal structures as well as in curriculum development and student life.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Larycia Hawkins

Larycia Hawkins

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
Dr. Hawkins’s publications and research engage the intersection of race/ethnicity, religion, and politics. Her writing, speaking, teaching, and scholarship are squarely animated by a conviction that political science should be relevant to the real world. Thus, the perennial questions... Read More →
avatar for Terry LeBlanc

Terry LeBlanc

Indigenous Pathways
Terry LeBlanc, PhD | | Terry is Mi’kmaq / Acadian. He and his wife Bev are in their 44th year of marriage. They have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. | | In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, Terry is also the founding Chair... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Reggie Williams

Dr. Reggie Williams

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams is an Associate Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in theology... Read More →
avatar for William Willimon

William Willimon

Duke Divinity School
Will Willimon is a United Methodist Bishop and is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. He is the author of many books on pastoral theology, leadership, and preaching. His most recent book is "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love," published... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 4C

10:45am

Women & Girls: Part 2 
For too long, the concerns of women of color have remained invisible or sidelined within justice movements. The time has come for us to realize that our success is bound together. And the intersections upon which our issues meet is where justice can be found. This convening seeks to identify and move forward key gender justice issues—sexual and domestic violence, equal pay, reproductive access, leadership in the church and beyond, etc.—all while making more room for the voices and lived realities of women of color.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Inez Torres Davis

Inez Torres Davis

Director for Justice, Women of the ELCA
Inez Torres Davis is an Indigenous Latina working within and for the whitest religious affiliation in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Women of the ELCA’s core racial justice/anti-racism trainer since January of 1997. She is completing training for... Read More →
avatar for Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey

Women & Girls Campaign Director, Sojourners
Elaina is honored to be a part of the Sojourners community. Through her previous experiences as a youth minister in the South Bronx and a community organizer for various nonprofits and campaigns—including Campaign for Change, the Jubilee USA Network, and Women’s Action for New... Read More →
avatar for Katey Zeh

Katey Zeh

Strategist, Writer, Educator, Sacred Worth Consulting
Katey Zeh, M.Div is a strategist, writer, and educator who works with nonprofits and faith communities on organizing for a more compassionate world. Her book Women Rise Up will be published this fall with the FAR Press.


Friday June 24, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 5A