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Thursday, June 23
 

10:45am

A Call to Listen to Voices on the Margins CANCELLED
This session has been cancelled.

Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 6C

10:45am

A Celebration of Sisterhood: Building Bridges Across Faiths 
Can the spiritual daughters of Eve find common ground to celebrate their sisterhood? As we look to the women of our sacred texts, we discover how the threads of their unique experiences connect women across boundaries of class, culture, race, and denomination. This salon features three women faith leaders—Jewish, Christian, and Muslim—who will share their efforts to promote understanding among different faith traditions and cultures. Join in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for engaging faith communities as bridge builders for healing and action.

Forum Facilitators
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Rosetta Robinson

Rosetta Robinson was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1995. She serves on the Board of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington and is a member of the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County. She joined the the staff of Interfaith Works in 1995... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 5A

10:45am

A Peculiar Dilemma: How the Bible & the Constitution Thwart Racial Healing 
Racism in the U.S. has its own sordid history, but that history is exacerbated by the fact that two documents revered by many Christians—the Bible and the Constitution—have placed the value of white supremacy into our very life blood. We seldom give credence to the powerful influence of these texts on our psyches. This session will focus on how these two sacred documents have held us captive to an ideology that ultimately says it is God who ordains and sanctions racism. This session will also encourage dialogue on how we get past the words and directives of the documents we hold so dear.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith

Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith

Rev Dr Susan K Smith is the founder of Crazy Faith Ministries and also serves as a communications consultant for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. She is currently working on a biography of civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 7

10:45am

Hush Harbors: Self-Care for Women of Color
Self-care and resiliency have been core concerns of many current justice movements including Black Lives Matter. Yet we still lose faith leaders and activists to burnout and suicide. We must rethink the idea of self-care as a solitary endeavor and instead think of it as a communal effort. The Hush Harbors Initiative was born out of a desire to make healing, resilience, and self-care in community central to social justice work. We focus on healing for black women in social justice and faith work. However other women of color are also welcome to come and re-envision self-care and healing.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Faith Matters Network
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 U.S. Bailey is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal... Read More →
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Micky ScottBey Jones

Faith Matters Network
Micky ScottBey Jones is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, communal self-care... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

10:45am

Meet the Elders
Come listen to this amazing group of leaders and be inspired! Elders are people we have identified as mentors for the next generation of activists and they are willing to impart the lessons they have learned from their hard work and experience. These individuals have worked tirelessly in their respective areas to fight injustice and promote peace. This will be a time of sharing, learning, and gleaning wisdom from true servant leaders. Don’t miss this special opportunity with an amazing collection of spiritual leaders who have been speaking truth to power for decades.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Simone Campbell

Simone Campbell

NETWORK
Sr. Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK – a national group of social justice advocates inspired by Catholic Sisters that lobbies in D.C. to mend the gaps in income and wealth in the U.S. She has led four cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips, focused on... Read More →
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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 →
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Dr. John Perkins

The John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation
Dr. John Perkins has been married to his wife Dr. Vera Mae for 65 years (1951). In 1983, while in California, John and Vera Mae, along with a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development (now called John and Vera... Read More →
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Norma Pimentel

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Norma Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for more than 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and services in the... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Auditorium

10:45am

Praying the Questions: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction 
Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry that focuses on one’s relationship with God and engagement with the world. With care and confidentiality, a director journeys with you to discover how God is present and working in your life. This session will consider the role of prayer, awareness, silence, and relationship; explore aids to help with discernment and growth; examine how spiritual direction differs from counseling and coaching; and help participants think about finding a director.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Yonce Shelton

Yonce Shelton

Being with Between
I help individuals and communities with calling, discernment, and transition.  I believe the spiritual life is about honoring experiences, gifts, and desires - and being available to new ones.  My calling to help with the inward journey came after a decade focusing on the outward... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 6B

10:45am

Sharing Your Story for Media 
In the modern media landscape, social action cannot be limited to local spaces alone. Activists must also have a vision for how their efforts will be communicated across a number of media platforms—many of which are out of their direct control. Every action, every image, tells a story. Making decisions about that story in advance of the action can increase impact. In this session, we will discuss some key ways to think about narratives and how to begin incorporating story shaping into your action plans.

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.

Sponsors

Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 4C

10:45am

The Artist Path of Resistance 

How do our theories of change influence our creative work? How might resistance theology frame our understanding of vocation or calling as artists? How might being deeply engaged in advocacy and activism feed our faith and creative process and vice versa? What are the risks for artists in publicly speaking out and aligning themselves with justice movements? Participants will be invited to share examples, concerns, and challenges in addressing these questions and will imagine together the artist path of resistance in dismantling racism and injustice.


Artists
avatar for Jay Beck

Jay Beck

Carnival de Resistance
Jay Beck is a percussionist, vocalist, drum-maker, and educator who has been performing, teaching, touring. and recording professionally for many years. He was a longtime member of psalters and seeks to aid resistance movements and serve reconciliation through studying the art forms... Read More →
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Tevyn East

Director, Carnival de Resistance
Tevyn East seeks to integrate her artistic gifts with the journeywork of faith-led resistance. Under the banner of Holy Fool Arts, Tevyn produced and performed a one-woman show, entitled "Leaps and Bounds," that animates a critique of the growth-oriented economy, its impact on... 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 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 5B

10:45am

The Politics of Integration and Gentrification 
At a time when metropolitan growth patterns are changing and gentrification pressures are rising in cities across our country, how do we develop more comprehensive analysis and discussion about what it takes to effectively and equitably advance racial justice for people of color and the places where they live today? Together we will explore the historical trajectory of federal policymaking and the narratives of race and poverty that guide so much of our decision making. Find out what it will take to make persistent, durable investments that benefit communities of color in our cities and regions.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Neeraj Mehta

Neeraj Mehta

Director of Community Programs, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota
Neeraj Mehta works at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota and teaches at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Executive Boardroom

10:45am

The Power of Place-Based Investing: Economic Justice Through Innovation & Racial Equity 
This interactive discussion features innovative business and financial leaders from Baltimore, Greensboro, and New York who are changing the way that capital works, moving away from a system that perpetuates inequality and toward place-based models of investing that build community wealth, create jobs, provide equitable access to opportunities, and transform neighborhoods through inclusive growth. Come away with concrete ideas for how you can implement similar models in your own community.

Forum Facilitators
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Andre Robinson

André Robinson is a cultural organizer, producer, director and community activist who serves as executive director of Mt. Royal Community Development Corporation, primary sponsor Innovation Village – Baltimore.
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Thurman White

Board of Directors, Progress Investment Management Company LLC
Child of God. Business and investor for social impact and MWBE inclusion and opportunity.
avatar for Edward Whitfield

Edward Whitfield

Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‘s when he was a student activist at Cornell University. He was the chairman of the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission for 9 years and formerly board chairman of Greensboro’s Triad Minority Development Corporation. In his work with F4DC, Ed helped initiate the formation of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP) and their annual CoopEcon conferences aimed at networking and training among people interested in developing a cooperative new economy in the US South. He has visited and studied worker cooperative activities from the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, OH to the massive Mondragon Cooperatives Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. For Ed, helping people in communities engaged in meaningful, democratic, just, sustainable and productive activities is a key motivation., Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfield is a long time social justice activist who came through the late sixties black student movement to do labor, community and anti - war organizing in the South. In 2007, Ed Co-founded The Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) whose mission is to strengthen authentic democracy... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 4A

1:45pm

Beyond Business as Usual: Unlocking Workforce Potential & Productivity Through Diversity and Inclusion 
There is a need for a more inclusive model of human resource development, driven by the demands of increasingly diverse workplaces and communities, as well as the continuing expansion of the global economy. This includes the ability for leaders to host the courageous conversations around race, diversity, and equity that help their organizations function. This session will highlight best practices for creating an inclusive workplace that prioritizes organizational diversity in a variety of sectors including corporations, nonprofits, churches, and philanthropy. Learn practical tips and skills on how to make your workplace not only more diverse, but also more racially just.

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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Michael Hyter

Michael C. Hyter (Mike) is a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting based in the Firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Hyter has a wide range of knowledge and experience in areas of human resources and leadership with Fortune companies that has resulted in organization-wide... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Executive Boardroom

1:45pm

Bridging with Difference: Decentering Whiteness in the LGBTQI Movement 
The LGBTQI movement has historically been driven predominantly by white concerns and financed largely by cis, white, gay men. This has produced a movement that has propelled us toward marriage equality at the expense of those on the margins and the issues that affect them most immediately. How can a queer non-binary Trans*gressive Latin@ and a cis white lesbian build a sustainable bridge to decenter the overwhelming logic of whiteness that frames our movement? This session will explore our ongoing collaboration and commitment to bridge building that decolonizes the logic of dominance and intentionally lives into the politics of radical difference.

Forum Facilitators
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 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 5A

1:45pm

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Beyond the Black/White Discourse 
As the demographics of the U.S. take on kaleidoscopic dimensions, new binary experiences are emerging (e.g., Black/Brown, Black/Asian, Middle Eastern/U.S.) but old ones remain (e.g., indigenous peoples/colonizers). This salon will explore how people of color who are not white or black engage issues of racial justice and kindom (sic) building.

Forum Facilitators
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Kathy Khang

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Kathy is a writer, speaker, and activist based in the north suburbs of Chicago. She serves as a board member of Evangelicals for Social Action and Sojourners, and partners with other Christian leaders to highlight and move the conversation forward on issues of race, ethnicity, and... Read More →
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Michael Mata

Director, MA in Transformational Urban Leadership, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael began his ministry career over 30 years ago, working with youth in Los Angeles. He trained for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, guided the development of World Vision’s Youth Empowerment Program, taught in the Fuller Youth Institute, and serves on the boards of youth-oriented... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Auditorium

1:45pm

Entering into the Practice of Lament 
Why would anybody want to practice lament? We want to be happy, joyful people. Yet part of the human condition is suffering—for some more than others. At its heart, the practice of lament is about dialogue with a God who is faithful, gracious, and merciful. It is commonly done in community, because the suffering we are connected to is not just individual but personal and communal. This session is primarily an experiential session about prayer, lament, and ethnic diversity.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

Mariposa Prayer House
Barbara Brown’s strong attraction to prayer was nurtured through parachurch groups in high school and college. As an InterVarsity campus staff member, she has spent the past 15 years in prayer and spiritual formation. Currently, Brown is an intercessor at the Mariposa Prayer Ho... Read More →
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Nina Lau-Branson

The Missional Network/Fuller Seminary
Nina currently works with The Missional Network in coaching and consulting, Fuller Seminary in mentoring and leading small groups in the integration of theology and practice, and in a private practice of spiritual direction (for individuals and groups). She is part of the leadership... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 4A

1:45pm

E’race’ing Bodies: How Digital Medias Impact Race, Formation, and Identity 
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, presidential election politics, and the ways racialized violence is accepted, mediated, and confronted, digital medias have significantly changed the engagement of race as a social construct in the U.S. This salon is an opportunity to dialogue and develop a framework for understanding the new landscapes of race, formation, and identity. Participants will also explore tools to begin strategizing for regional and national movements to leverage new knowledge on the aforementioned issues.


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 4C

1:45pm

Feminism Beyond Borders: Building a More Diverse Gender Justice Movement 
The mainstream understanding of feminism in the U.S. has often focused on the needs of white women, including the “right to choose.” But for the majority of women around the world, the biggest feminist/womanist question centers around the “right to survive.” How do women worldwide survive poverty, war, and sexual and gender-based violence? How can people of faith in the U.S. engage in global issues that impact women seemingly a world away? Come explore these questions as we discuss how to use faith as a framework for achieving a broader, more inclusive, and global understanding of feminism and womanism.

Forum Facilitators
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Rev. Amy Gopp

Vice President for External Relations, IMA World Health
The Rev. Amy Gopp is the Vice President of External Relations for IMA World Health. Gopp is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development. A passionate global activist for girls and women’s... Read More →
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Paula Penebaker

President/CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
Racial/social justice issues, women's rights, strengthening faith


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 6C

1:45pm

Millenials and Baby Boomers: Multigenerational & Multiracial Collaboration for the Common Good 
Millennials in the U.S. are diverse in race and religion, and yet our churches and organizations don’t reflect this diversity. Millennials are tired of the polarized Christianity that too often marks our churches, and they want something new. This new approach must include those of other faiths and must reach beyond the bigotry and fear of the “other.” This interactive salon will hear from Millennials and Boomers on how inclusive voices and action can give new energy to efforts. Together we will identify tools and approaches to develop more inclusive organizations and advocacy.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Christopher Hale

Christopher Hale

Executive Director, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
I'm the executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the co-founder of Millennial. I also am a columnist for TIME on faith and politics. My first book "Rebuild My House: Pope Francis and the 2016 Election comes out in August. My favorite topics are Pope Francis... Read More →
avatar for Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson

Executive Consultant, Parliament of the World's Religions
Issues of interfaith, wealth gap, environment, community development. I am active in Christian Community Development Association, in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), and advocacy.


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 6B

1:45pm

Our Daily Bread: Theological Economics, Systemic Inequality, and Race
What are the opportunities for individuals across the U.S. to move matters of racial justice forward when many misunderstand the power dynamics of inherited racial privilege, group silence, wealth accumulation and distribution, and universal complicity? How are non-marginalized faith communities theologically compromised by a lack of critical analysis of vested interest in maintaining their privilege within the American status quo? This salon is an open discussion for leaders from any background who are interested in the intersection of race, economics, and inequality. Participants will engage in substantive discussion about how Western economic principles and culture drive inequality and modern segregation.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Demetrius Brooks

Demetrius Brooks

Pastor, Revelations of Christ Kingdom ministries
Pastor Demetrius Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Revelations of Christ Kingdom Ministries and founder of We Are Light Inc.
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Xavier Ramey

Senior Assistant Director for Social Innovation and Philanthropy, University of Chicago
Xavier Ramey serves as the Senior Assistant Director for Social Innovation and Philanthropy at the University Community Service Center at the University of Chicago. A department launched under the leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama in 1997, the Center engages students and communities... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

1:45pm

Race, Gender, and Violence: Using Media to Tell the Story 
This salon features a trailer for an upcoming documentary about Recy Taylor, who was abducted at gunpoint and gang-raped by seven white men in Abbeville, Ala., in 1944. Her story echoes today in the case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who targeted and sexually assaulted poor African-American women. Special emphasis will be placed on how this film can support black women of faith in their churches and how media can be used by faith-based changemakers to educate, raise awareness, and find a path to justice.

Forum Facilitators
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Nancy Buirski

Founder and Director of the “Full Frame Documentary Festival” for 10 years, she is also the Director and Producer of “Sidney Lumet” (2015) which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Among her many credits as an independent film maker are the Peabody and Emmy Award... Read More →
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CarolAnne Dolan

CarolAnne is Head of Factual Programmin at Odyssey Networks. She is responsible for development of new factual specials and series at Odyssey Networks, has a diverse background in factual television. She’s worked in many genres including history, investigative docs, reality, pop... Read More →
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Anne Faustin, Odyssey Networks

Anne is the Director of Impact Campaigns at Odyssey Networks. She has over a decade of experience in strategic planning and development in both the private and non-profit sectors. She previously served as the Outreach Producer for Bring It to The Table a Talking Eyes Media documentary... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 5B

1:45pm

We Gonna Be Aight: Calling on Our Artful Muse 
Worship isn’t just on the Sabbath. Worship is every day of our lives. It is how we show up in each moment. Embodying our worship ensures we utilize a holistic approach that continuously empowers and energizes us not only within our social justice work but also in our personal lives. Join in as we engage in peer learning to explore the critical need for embodying worship, brainstorm how to embody it through didactic problem solving, and discover how to identify our muse through a guided exercise.

Forum Facilitators
avatar for Faith Bynoe

Faith Bynoe

Senior Associate, Marga Inc.
Faith Bynoe is a faith leader whose life mission is supporting the development of people as they strengthen their communities. She focuses on the intersectionality of integrative health and spiritual formation through a womanist lens. It’s at this intersect, Faith believes people... Read More →
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Terence Mayo

Faith Community Specialist, DC Government
Terence Mayo is a Faith Community Specialist with the DC Department of Human Services. He works with DC area congregations around the issues of poverty and affordable housing. He is a recent graduate of Howard University where he received his Master's in Divinity with a focus on Ethics... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 7