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Wednesday, June 21
 

11:30am

Registration (11:30AM - 6:00PM)
Come to the registration desk, check in, and get your program book for The Summit.

Wednesday June 21, 2017 11:30am - 6:00pm
Atrium - 1st Floor

12:00pm

Childcare 12:00pm - 8:30pm (REGISTER HERE)
This year, childcare service will be provided by Corporate Kids.  We are offering it at a subsidized rate of $75 per child for the course of The Summit.  Childcare is available during most of The Summit programming.  Refer to each day for the times it is offered.  

Register for childcare here: https://thesummit2017childcare.eventbrite.com

Wednesday June 21, 2017 12:00pm - 8:30pm
TWO (Childcare)

1:00pm

**TRAININGS: Description
These gatherings feature practical issue based and field-based skills development with some ofthe best skill-builders available.

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gallaudet University

1:00pm

Courageous Conversations
The profound level of global conflict, the apocalyptic disruptions in human and civil rights, and the vitriolic tensions in the U.S. call us to confront the power of our spiritual practices and strengthen our capacity to hold conversations and create dialogue across our different experiences. In order for us to continue creating the Beloved Community, we must increase our ability to listen, hear, understand, analyze, and empathize with those who possess different social identities and worldviews. This interactive session is designed to provide not only practical tools but opportunities for self-reflection on addressing the barriers that prevent us from having courageous conversations. Be ready to share, listen, be challenged and inspired!

Facilitators and Moderators
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 eight thousand individuals and organizations representing: colleges, universities and K-12 educational institutions; local, state, and federal governmental agencies; socially responsible businesses; religious institutions, multi-national corporations; community based organizations; philanthropic entities and foundations; and arts and culture institutions... Read More →
MK

Matt Kayhoe

Kayhoe Consulting
Matt is determined that his work help make the world a better place. As a result, he focuses on mission-driven organizations and the people who lead them: those driving social change, providing social services, and innovating with a social purpose.   A highly experienced consultant, Matt is effective in any sector, and is comfortable working with community members, clients, front line staff, senior management teams, and Board members. This comes from a unique and diverse set of career experiences as a Board member, volunteer, employee, manager, and consultant. For example, his health care delivery sector ranges from helping to build a medical clinic for migrant farmworkers to being the strategic thinking partner and coach for the CEO of a major urban... Read More →
avatar for Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman is a designer, facilitator and trainer in participatory leadership and action learning experiences that leads to transformational learning and social innovation. Her academic background is in clinical psychology and strategic leadership towards sustainability. Her intent is to steward a world that is more whole, interconnected and in alignment with our true selves for wiser + conscious... Read More →

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6AB

1:00pm

Faith-Rooted Organizing
Faith-rooted organizing brings God’s people together to create systemic change in our communities, contributing all of the gifts—from our deepest wells to broader movements for justice. If you want to practice whole-gospel discipleship that changes the world on multiple levels, this training will give you concrete tools for engaging your church or ministry in doing justice that is both faithful and powerful. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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 Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork
Rev. Salvatierra is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World”.  She is Affiliate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, adjunct at four additional institutions.  In addition to pastoring locally, she trains/consults interna... Read More →

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5

1:00pm

Media Training for Leaders of Faith and Moral Courage
Whether you’re ready to jump into today’s news cycle, start blogging or tweeting, or prepare your community’s leaders for the inevitable crisis communications moment—our award-winning media training equips leaders of faith and moral courage to communicate effectively in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.
 
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
  • Find your voice
  • Develop messaging strategy
  • Answer the toughest interview questions
  • Harness the power of story

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Erica Williams Simon

Erica Williams Simon

CEO, EWS Strategies, LLC
Erica Williams Simon is a social impact strategist, millennial expert and media personality. She is the CEO of EWS Strategies, LLC a social impact consulting firm, and the creator of “Impact Academy” an education and training program for next generation change-makers. Previously, Erica served as Senior Strategist at Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL). Listed by Politico.com as one of 50 Top Politicos, she was also the co-founder of Progress 2050, a first of its kind project at the Center for American Progress that develops policy and engagement models for an increasingly diverse America. Erica is an NAACP 40 under 40 leader, a Case Foundation Social Citizen Ambassador and O Magazine... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6C

1:00pm

Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
This workshop-style training will give organizers an understanding of the moral philosophy of militant nonviolent civil disobedience, real-time tactics, and the infrastructure necessary to support movement leaders who risk arrest. The workshop will be led by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, who trained as a teenager at the Highlander Center and was tutored in nonviolence by Rev. Dr. James Lawson. Sekou has helped train more than 5,000 activists in nonviolent resistance throughout the United States.

Artists
avatar for Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Sekou sonically guides listeners through the politic behind every drum beat, the integrity that forges human connection and possibility, the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice. This band is a re-imagination of how liberation ca... Read More →


Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

5:00pm

Dinner
Wednesday June 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

6:15pm

Welcome Announcements
Wednesday June 21, 2017 6:15pm - 6:30pm
Gallaudet University

6:30pm

Core Conversation: Story
The stories we tell about ourselves, our world, and God hold the power to unite, heal, and transform. This opening Core Conversation will bring together leading storytellers to explore the power of story to shape a more just world.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Joshua Dubois

Joshua Dubois

Values Partnerships
Joshua DuBois led the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2009-2013) and was called President Obama's "Pastor in Chief" by TIME Magazine. Afterwards, he wrote The President’s Devotional and launched Values Partnerships, which develops faith and community partnerships for... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

O. W. Toad
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014).  Her MaddAddam trilogy – the Giller and Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam... Read More →
avatar for Nikole Lim

Nikole Lim

Freely in Hope
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As our Cofounder and International Director, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation. | Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Steven D. Martin

Rev. Steven D. Martin

Director of Communications and Development, National Council of Churches USA
Rev. Steven D. Martin is the Director of Communications and Development for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.  He has served United Methodist Churches as pastor for twenty years and is a graduate of Candler School of Theology. He has produced several films for public television, including... Read More →
avatar for Amena Brown Owen

Amena Brown Owen

Sol Graffiti, Inc.
Amena Brown Owen is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation... Read More →


Wednesday June 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Auditorium

8:00pm

Welcome Reception & Artists Showcase
Featuring remarks from special guests, this opening reception brings together Summit attendees, Sojourners’ board and staff, and others from the political and policy-shaping communities in Washington, D.C., to kick-off The Summit and deepen our relationships.


An artist showcase will follow, featuring appetizer-length sets from our Summit musicians, with a chance to meet the artists.

Featured Participants
avatar for Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-MA

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-MA

Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast. |   | As a member of the influential House Energy... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
avatar for Sharon Irving

Sharon Irving

A Chicago native, Sharon Irving is a songwriter and spoken word artist. She was shaped by her preacher grandfather’s powerful singing and sermons and the artistry of her father, famed jazz musician Robert Irving III. She is an inspiring “voice for the voiceless,” a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, motivated by her personal experiences and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Irving participated on Season 10 of... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton serves as Associate Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and throughout the diaspora. She is founder and organizer of Cleveland Action, a bridge organization and resource in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a preacher, poet, social critic, and community organizer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved Community. Recently Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its... Read More →
avatar for Amena Brown Owen

Amena Brown Owen

Sol Graffiti, Inc.
Amena Brown Owen is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation... Read More →
avatar for The Sanctuaries

The Sanctuaries

The Sanctuaries is the first interfaith arts community in the country. Founded in Washington, DC in 2013, the community's 140+ artists harness the sacred power of the creative arts for personal growth and social change. The Sanctuaries also mobilizes the next generation of sacred arts activists through its intensive training program known as The... Read More →


Wednesday June 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Atrium - 1st Floor
 
Thursday, June 22
 

7:00am

Morning Yoga
Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that compliments any faith tradition. In a Christian context, yoga can be understood as “body prayer.” Join us for an hour of centering the mind, heart, and body through body movement and breath work. You’ll enjoy gentle stretching and intentional breathing as a way of bringing your whole self in service to God.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 5

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday June 22, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom

7:30am

Women Faith Leaders Breakfast
This special breakfast gathering seeks to advance the voice and contributions of women faith leaders. Come network and support one another as we discern needs and explore possibilities together. All women faith leaders—clergy and laity—are invited to join us in dialogue as we look toward the future together.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli

Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli

Senior Pastor, Foundry United Methodist Church
In 2014, Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli became the first woman to serve as Senior Pastor of historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC. Her ministry has encouraged spiritual growth and engaged discipleship—emphasizing radical hospitality, shared ministry, spiritual practices, and solidarity with the poor and oppressed. Ginger contributed to and served on the editorial board for The CEB... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry

Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry

Liaison to Worship and Arts Ministries, Trinity United Church of Christ
Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry is the Liaison to Worship and Arts Ministries at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. She is the creator of shepreaches, a virtual community and professional development organization that aspires to uplift African-American millennial women in ministry through theological reflection, fellowship, and liturgical curation. She was listed as one of... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Room 6

8:00am

Childcare 8:00am - 8:30pm (REGISTER HERE)
This year, childcare service will be provided by Corporate Kids.  We are offering it at a subsidized rate of $75 per child for the course of The Summit.  Childcare is available during most of The Summit programming.  Refer to each day for the times it is offered.  

Register for childcare here: https://thesummit2017childcare.eventbrite.com

Thursday June 22, 2017 8:00am - 8:30pm
TWO (Childcare)

8:30am

Morning Centering
A spiritual director and a featured artist will guide us into a grounded, prayerful space. We'll focus on the themes ahead and prepare to move through a day of discussion, listening, and collaboration. [8:30-9:00 am on Thursday and Friday]

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown Owen

Amena Brown Owen

Sol Graffiti, Inc.
Amena Brown Owen is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation... Read More →

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Auditorium

9:00am

Core Conversation: Truth
We live in an era of transformation. In the age of post-truth, fake-news, alternative facts, and legitimate challenge to white male Christian hegemony, how does the Gospel inform our understanding of truth and our call to confront dominant cultural and political narratives? In this Core Conversation we will engage how we understand, seek, relate to, and communicate truth in this time.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Dr. Gail Christopher

Dr. Gail Christopher

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Gail Christopher is senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this role, she leads the foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise and serves on the president’s cabinet that provides overall direction and leadership for the foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2007, Gail has served as vice president for program strategy with responsibility for multiple areas of programming, including Racial Equity; Food, Health... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Hip Hop Caucus
Mustafa Santiago Ali is Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for Hip Hop Caucus.  For more than 17 years, he has served as a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social and environmental justice issues. Prior to joinin... Read More →
avatar for Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The ONE Campaign
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism and coauthor of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. Gerson serves as a Fellow at ONE, a bipartisan advocacy organization fighting extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson served as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning, where he was a key administration advocate for the... Read More →
avatar for Lovelyn Nwadeyi

Lovelyn Nwadeyi

Head of Research: Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, MTN Group
Lovelyn Nwadeyi is a young and vibrant Nigerian-South African woman who hails from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. | | She holds a BA International Studies degree from Stellenbosch University and an MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies degree from Uppsala University in Sweden... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Mercer University
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Mercer University McAfee School of Theology. The author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, she is a prophetic voice for healing, justice, and reconciliation. She is cu... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
avatar for Isabel Castillo

Isabel Castillo

Isabel Castillo, a “DACAmented” immigrant from Mexico, has lived in Virginia for over 25 years. Isabel holds a Master’s in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and advocates for the rights of immigrants and students. She has organized a march on Washington and staged a sit-in at former Senate Majority Leader Harry... Read More →
avatar for Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimentel oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville. In 2014 she responded to the surge of refugees seeking asylum in the United States with The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX, where countless volunteers have welcomed more than 71,000 individuals from 31 countries. Sister Norma Pimentel earned a... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Auditorium

10:30am

Morning Break
Thursday June 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Gallaudet University

10:45am

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
avatar for Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
TBA

11:00am

**SALONS: Description
In order to sharpen the group’s thinking about the intersections and implications of resistance and healing, thoughtful cross-sector practitioners kick off salon conversations with a particular topic and then open it up to the rest of the group.
 

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Gallaudet University

11:00am

A Ministry of Service: Healing Bodies/Repairing the Soul
We will offer participants a chance to think about and contribute to the ideas that are growing around the concept of Moral Stress and Moral Injury.  The facilitators will offer a brief definitions and ask for participants to share ideas about how the faith community can work toward a practical theology of healing from trauma.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Rev. Harry Quiett

Rev. Harry Quiett

Volunteers of America
Harry Quiett is an ordained United Methodist minister and vice president for ministry development at Volunteers of America. Previously, he served as associate pastor of All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., and as director of volunteer services and employee relations at Whitman W... Read More →
avatar for Cori Williams

Cori Williams

National Director of Education &Training for Ministry Development, Volunteers of America
Cori Williams is the National Director of Education & Training for Ministry Development at Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Virginia. Cori received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. While studying at Princeton he also served in the University&rsquo... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4C

11:00am

From the Margins to the Heart of our Public Witness – Faiths for Climate Action
Over the past decade, faith community engagement on climate and environmental issues has gone from a marginal concern to an emergent top‐tier priority, with more and more faith groups investing energy and resources in this area. Religious‐environmentalism is now poised to evolve to a new level of reach and impact, with local faith communities coming together to join the new "glocal" (global‐local) climate and environmental movement. This session will trace key factors in the development of the religious‐environmental movement, analyze the current context, and offer a vision for the movement's future that creates opportunities for holistic eco‐discipleship that will represent a foundation for church development in the anthropocene era.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jasmine Huggins

Jasmine Huggins

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Church World Service
Jasmine has worked as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at Church World Service since 2011 and currently works on Haiti and Climate Change.   She also co-chairs  the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) a working group of international development, faith based, human right and social justice organizations that since the 2010 earthquake has advocated for fair, transparent and people centered policies on... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Associate Minister, Bethel AME Church
For 13 years I was the Executive Director of a youth social justice arts group called Project HIP-HOP. I have done a lot of work on criminal justice. Currently I am focused on ecological justice work with the specific goal of engaging churches, and particularly churches of color... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 5A

11:00am

Generations and Racial Reconciliation
For more than 50 years, African Americans and people of color have longed for the day when we will move beyond the racial struggles of the ‘60s. The reality is that even in the church, the hope for racial reconciliation has not been realized. What is holding us to our past? Can baby boomers move us forward? Is the church capable of offering hope for racial reconciliation? What would it take?

Facilitators and Moderators
BC

Bishop Carroll A. Baltimore

President, ​Progressive National Baptist Convention
Bishop Baltimore is a well respected global Interfaith Leader, Humanitarian, Missions Leader and Educator.  He serves faithfully as the Senior Pastor and Leader of the International Community Baptist Churches, USA and the Philippines. Bishop Baltimore served with distinction as t... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Malavé

Carlos Malavé

Director, Christian Churches Together in the USA
The Reverend Carlos L Malavé is Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT). CCT is the broadest Christian forum working for the unity of the Church in the USA.
avatar for Mar Muñoz-Visoso

Mar Muñoz-Visoso

Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mar Muñoz-Visoso is executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. Prior to that, she was assistant director of Media Relations for USCCB. She holds a bachelor of arts in communications with a major in jour... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley

Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley

Executive Minister, Reid Temple AME Church
The Reverend Matthew Lawrence Watley serves as the Executive Minister of Reid Temple AME Church under the dynamic leadership of Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, Senior Pastor.  A Holy Spirit-filled, gifted preacher, lecturer and author, he is nationally and globally recognized as an i... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4A

11:00am

How to Persevere: Wisdom from Our Honored Elders
The room for this salon is updated from the program booklet. It will be held in Room 6C.

Come meet this extraordinary group of faith leaders! These are four individuals who have devoted their lives to fighting injustice, promoting peace, and serving others. Find out what keeps them motivated. How do they deal with challenges, disappointments, and defeats? What brings them joy? Who inspires them? This is a time for listening and learning from those who have earned the admiration and respect of all of us in the movement.

Elders and Movement Honorees
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Reformed Church in America
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years, from 1994-2011.  Earlier in his career he served as the Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, and then as the Associate Editor of Sojourners Magazine when it was... Read More →
avatar for Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimentel oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville. In 2014 she responded to the surge of refugees seeking asylum in the United States with The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX, where countless volunteers have welcomed more than 71,000 individuals from 31 countries. Sister Norma Pimentel earned a... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ruby Sales

Dr. Ruby Sales

Dr. Ruby Nell Sales, founder and executive director of the SpiritHouse Project, views her civil rights, social justice, and intergenerational work as her calling. Sales received her B.A. degree from Manhattanville College and attended Princeton University for graduate stu... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Senior Minister, Shiloh Baptist Church
The Reverend Doctor Wallace Charles Smith is the Senior Minister of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith graduated from Villanova University in 1970, and received both of his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith traveled and preached extensively in South Africa, serving as a member of a reconciliation team that worked to bring black and white Baptists together. Facebook... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 6C

11:00am

Movement Making in the Church
Since the 2016 election we have seen a surge in political participation and activism among communities around the country. How do we continue to bring new audiences into this work for justice? This discussion will explore the different approaches and messages needed to move faith communities along the stages of readiness for taking action.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Ashley Peterson

Ashley Peterson

Founder and Executive Director, Faith in Women
A native Mississippian and a lifelong United Methodist, Ashley Peterson is the founder and Executive Director of Faith in Women, a network of faith leaders working to make Mississippi a better, more equitable place for women and girls. A graduate of the University of Mississippi... 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 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

11:00am

Praying with the Body
As leaders, facilitators, ministers, caregivers, citizens – people – our lives are inundated by information, noise and heavy responsibility. Care practitioners are seeing an all‐time high in individuals desperately seeking support simply to maintain their daily lives. Traditional ways of worship, prayer, and community are often "not enough." Coping strategies often entail numbing out and holing up. As our brains work overtime to negotiate and critically attend to the barrage of multiple experiences, our bodies often suffer neglect. Trauma theorists have discovered that the body interprets experience differently than the mind, developing a code that is uniquely scripted and in desperate need of its own discharge. Theorists and practitioners have also long attested that restoring the body first often allows the mind and the soul to follow. In this workshop we will learn to slow down, to discover the language of the body. We will learn several body prayer techniques and somatic and neuro‐kinetic exercises that will allow us to connect to centering breath, to release the mind, and to balance the nervous system. By entering into sacred movement we will allow for our bodies to usher us into a deeper experience with God.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Executive Boardroom

11:00am

Race, Identity and Spirituality
This discussion will explore the nature of human identity, particularly with respect to issues of race, followed by a conversation exercise that allows participants to practice engaging with others around those difficult topics. The session is designed to encourage deep reflection and consultation on race and racism from a spiritual perspective and to equip participants to implement their insights in practical ways.

Facilitators and Moderators
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Naseem Kourosh

Human Rights Officer, U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs
Naseem manages the office’s human rights work, engaging with colleagues and partners in discourse and advocacy around a range of civil and human rights issues. Before joining the Office in 2011, Naseem practiced commercial litigation at law firms in New York City, clerked in fe... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4B

11:00am

Rape as a Weapon of War
In this powerful and interactive discussion participants will dive deeply into several key questions: Where is rape as a weapon of war happening sanctioned by governments? Is it coming to the United States? What are the personal, cultural, and systemic affects? And how can we stop it?

Facilitators and Moderators
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Kimberly Smith Highland

President, Make Way Partners
I am Kimberly Smith Highland, President of Make Way Partners & author of Passport through Darkness. I have worked most of the past 13 years in Sudan and South Sudan. I will lead a conference at the Summit titled, "Government-Sanctioned Rape as a Weapon of War" Through dynamic d... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 6B

11:00am

The Role of Just Business in Driving a Just Economy
Business is a powerful social institution that has the power to transform lives and livelihoods. And there are transformational movements in business to completely change the measurements for business and for the global economy, including B Corps certification standards, impact investing, environmental sustainability, and much more. However, business as a tool for justice is not often discussed in church and religious circles. This salon will be an interactive discussion with business leaders and practitioners centered around identifying tangible solutions and opportunities to engage with business on a personal, structural, and church-wide level.

Practitioners helping launch discussion are Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-founder of B-Corporations; Kesha Cash, Founder and General Partner of Impact America Fund; and Alfa Demmellash, CEO and Co-Founder of Rising Tide Capital.


Facilitators and Moderators
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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 the... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 7

11:00am

Welcoming Strangers: Lessons Learned from Helping Refugees
Sanctuary churches courageously provide shelter for refugees facing deportation. Yet many of the 250,000+ congregations in the U.S. are unable to make that level of commitment. There must be an alternative for those who want to help!
 
The Safe Harbors Network (SafeHarbors.NET) is a modern alternative that enables congregations, individuals, and organizations to sponsor and/or host refugees (documented or otherwise).
 
Christ Ministry Center (CMC) became a “refugee camp” in the heart of San Diego when 6,000 Haitian refugees unexpectedly crossed the U.S./Mexico border in 2016. More than 5,000 of these refugees found shelter, food, clothing, and essentials at CMC.
 
This session will share lessons learned in this humanitarian crisis, especially in providing refugees their most immediate need: shelter. Learn how Safe Harbors can provide a much-needed update and alternative to the Sanctuary Movement.
 

Facilitators and Moderators
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William Jenkins

Director, Christ Ministry Center
Dr. Bill Jenkins, Director, Christ Ministry Center, San Diego, an author, minister, and technology educator, has focused his ministry upon social justice, racial, gender and immigrant rights. Beginning with student teaching at an all-Black Mississippi Delta school, Bill has worke... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 5B

12:15pm

Special Lunchtime Conversation: Is this a ‘Bonhoeffer Moment’?
In his 1939 book Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "Without Christ there is discord between God and man and between man and man . . . Christ opened up the way to God and to our brother." While he wrote this at a time in Germany when levels of discord were arguably greater than in our current American context, the great injustices visible in the United States have some wondering, "Is this a Bonhoeffer moment?"

In asking this question, further questions arise:
1. What would such a moment mean for the church when white Christians overwhelmingly supported the current President? How can Bonhoeffer's proposition that Christ reduces discord be true? 
2. Does "Bonhoeffer moment" imply that conditions are becoming serious enough to warrant violence to prevent much greater violence?
In short, what do Letters and Papers from Prison and Life Together offer us in thinking through our present situation?

Facilitators and Moderators
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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 has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. | His latest book is "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America." Wallis has written 10 previous books, including "The (Un)Common Good" and the New York Times bestseller... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. Lori Brandt Hale

Augsburg College
Dr. Lori Brandt Hale is an Associate Professor of Religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section and the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group of the American Academy of... Read More →
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Dr. Reggie Williams

McCormick Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams is an Assistant Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. Williams’ book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic, published by Baylor University Press, examines the impact of exposure to Christianity in the Harlem during, the Harlem Renaissance, on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was killed by the Nazis in 1945 for his activism against them. Dr... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
avatar for Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
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Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

**CONVENINGS: Description
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 
 

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Gallaudet University

1:30pm

Artists
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Sekou sonically guides listeners through the politic behind every drum beat, the integrity that forges human connection and possibility, the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice. This band is a re-imagination of how liberation ca... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 4C

1:30pm

Climate Justice I
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Mustafa Santiago Ali

Hip Hop Caucus
Mustafa Santiago Ali is Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for Hip Hop Caucus.  For more than 17 years, he has served as a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social and environmental justice issues. Prior to joinin... Read More →
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Alaura Carter

Climate Justice Associate, Sojourners

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 6B

1:30pm

Global Peace
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Rose Berger

Rose Berger

Senior Associate Editor, Sojourners
My roots are in California; my wings in D.C. I'm a Catholic feminist. I'm a student of nonviolence--strategic and Christian--and part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. I live in the Anacostia watershed in D.C. I've been at Sojourners for more than 30 years. I'm a poet and w... Read More →
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Martin Brooks

Director of Partnerships, Peace Catalyst International
Martin is the Director of Partnerships and the Midwest Regional Director for Peace Catalyst Intl. He is based in Louisville KY, where he works to create safe spaces for Muslims and Christians to form genuine friendships, mutual respect and understanding. He is very interested in diversity issues. Martin is a PhD student studying Education and Social Change and an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University. He sits on the board of Interfaith Paths to Peace in Louisville KY. He has lived with his family in Mozambique, Ghana, Portugal, and Turkish Cyprus where he received a Master of Arts in International Relations from Near East University. He has supervised missionaries and humanitarian projects in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Morocco, Tanzania, and Ghana. Martin created a cross-cultural training program for westerners desiring to live and work internationally. More recently, he has worked with the... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

1:30pm

Immigration I
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Jessica Cobian

Immigration Campaign Associate, Sojourners
Jessica Cobian was raised in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, until the age of 12. Her exposure to immigrant issues and economic inequality inspired her to advocate for underserved communities. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, Jessica was a Resident Advisor for the Chicano/Latino Hall and a community leader with the Inland Congregations United for Change, where she learned about faith-based community organizing. | | In 2013, Jessica became involved in research meetings and actions for immigration reform. After graduating, she went on to become a Community Organizer with PICO National Network in Riverside, where she enjoyed working with agricultural workers in the Coachella Valley for immigration and health care justice. Before joining Sojourners, Jessica was a Lead Organizer for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment in San Diego, where she worked developing community leaders from low-income and working families. | | Jessica is pursuing her... Read More →
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Hannah Evans

Legislative Representative for Immigration, Friends Commitee on National Legislation
Hannah Graf Evans is the Legislative Representative for Immigration at the Friends Committee on National Legislation – a multi-issue, non-partisan Quaker lobby based in Washington, DC. Hannah lobbies for federal immigration policies that empower immigrants and the American comm... Read More →
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Jen Smyers

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Church World Service
Jen Smyers serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, and has been with CWS for more than ten years.  A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 6C

1:30pm

LGBTQIA
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
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Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Pacific School of Religion
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD | Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Robyn draws on their identity and heritage as a queer Latin@ in everything that they do.  From doubt to divine and everywhere in between, their call as an activist-theologian demands the vision to disrupt hegemony... Read More →
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Julie Rodgers

Julie is a writer, speaker, and advocate for full inclusion for LGBTQ people in the church. She considers both the church and the LGBTQ community her family, so she's worked to be a peacemaker in the midst of our country's culture wars. She previously served on staff in the Chapl... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 4A

1:30pm

Philanthropy (by invitation only)
If you identify as a funder or a philanthropist and would like to receive an invitation to this convening, please email Kaitlin Hasseler (khasseler@sojo.net)

While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Nadia Brigham

Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Nadia C. Brigham is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Nadia serves on the foundation’s Racial Equity and Community Engagement team and is responsible for developing and coordinating strategic grantmaking activities aimed at addressing racial equity, community engagement, and systemic barriers existing for historically marginalized communities and vulnerable children. The focus of the racial equity and community engagement portfolio includes building the capacity of community-based organizations to execute against racial equity and community engagement strategies; changing the narrative surrounding communities of color; strengthening and supporting collective action of racial equity anchor institutions; and decreasing the disproportionate impacts of harsh school disciplinary policies on children of color. Prior to joining the Racial Equity and Community Engagement team, Nadia was responsible for bringing the... Read More →
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Emily Nielsen Jones

Co-Founder & President, Imago Dei Fund
Emily is a donor-activist engaged in promoting human equality, justice, and peace around the world. She is particularly passionate and engaged in the nexus of faith, gender, and development and working to mobilize our faith traditions to more fully and unambiguously embrace gender equality. In her role at the Imago Dei Fund, Emily has helped the foundation adopt a... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Gallaudet University

1:30pm

Racial Justice I
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Note: This session is full. Please refer to our Convenings schedule to select another offering. 

While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Aundreia Alexander

Aundreia Alexander

Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace, National Council of Churches
Rev. Aundreia Alexander recently joined the National Council of Churches as the Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace. She leads the organization on its initiative to reverse the rising trend of mass incarceration in the United States. Before her move to the NCC Rev. Alexander served as the National Coordinator for The Office of Immigration and Refugee Services with the American Baptist Home Mission Societies of American Baptist Churches, USA. She led the denominational efforts to advocate for a comprehensive humane immigration reform and addressed human rights and religious liberty issues related to the diaspora of the ethnic peoples of Burma. Rev. Alexander has a history of working with ecumenical, interfaith, government and grassroots entities such as the United Nations, World Council of Churches, Church World Service and others, on a variety of justice issues. She has preached, lectured and facilitated workshops throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, and South Korea. Advocating for justice and systemic change has always been important to Rev. Alexander and she is serious about being where she feels God is calling... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie serves as General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the third largest Black Baptist convention in the nation.  A former pastor, university chaplain, and college and seminary professor, Dr. Boddie brings a unique skill set to the PNBC... Read More →
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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 →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

1:30pm

Student Movements
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Daniel José Camacho

Daniel José Camacho

Contributing Opinion Writer, The Guardian U.S.
Daniel José Camacho is a Contributing Opinion Writer at The Guardian U.S. He writes mostly about politics and religion. His articles have appeared in Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners, Duke Magazine, and TIME, and his commentary has appeared in the New York Time... Read More →
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Erica Puentes Martínez

Erica Puentes Martínez is a proud daughter of Ecuadorian and Colombian immigrants and a proud native of West Baltimore. Her background has informed her passion for social justice. Erica is a student activist at the University of Maryland, College Park where she majors in Afric... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 4B

1:30pm

Women and Girls I
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Note: This session is full. Please refer to our Convenings schedule to select another offering. 

While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jenna Barnett

Jenna Barnett

Women and Girls Campaign Associate, Sojourners
As Women and Girls Campaign Associate, I facilitate opportunities for people to put their faith in action to lift up the voices of women, break the stained glass ceiling, combat gender-based violence, and advocate for gender justice. I have spent most of the past few years pursui... Read More →
avatar for Lani Prunès

Lani Prunès

Deputy Director of Communications, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Lani comes to the Summit having been immersed in various advocacy fields ranging from education inequality, gun and firearm laws, and environmental justice, as well as having a hand in award-winning publications and local literary journals. As Deputy Director of Communications, s... Read More →
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Rev. Maria Swearingen

Senior Co-Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Rev. Maria Swearingen is Senior Co-Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. where she shares life and ministry with her wife, Rev. Sally Sarratt. She is particularly passionate about fostering conversations that invite churches to reckon with their own painful histori... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 7

2:45pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual
 

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
avatar for Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:15pm

Sponsors Reception
This is your chance to meet with the sponsors who help make The Summit possible. Sojourners editors will also be available to share about Sojourners magazine and online publication. Complimentary coffee, other beverages, and snacks make this a great opportunity to mix and mingle.

Thursday June 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Atrium - 2nd Floor

3:45pm

Elder Huddles (REGISTER HERE)
Here is your chance to meet in an informal setting with one of our Elders and talk about their life’s work, seek advice, or share stories. The Elder Huddles are limited to five participants each to create a space that allows for candid and open dialogue. Take this unique opportunity to meet with one of this year’s honored leaders: 
  • Rev. Dr. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Room 5B *on Thursday*
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, Room 6B *on Thursday*
  • Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, Room 6A *on Thursday*
  • Dr. Ruby Sales, Ballroom *during Friday lunch*

There is no additional charge for Elder Huddles. Register for one of our Elder Huddles using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-elder

Elders and Movement Honorees
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Reformed Church in America
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years, from 1994-2011.  Earlier in his career he served as the Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, and then as the Associate Editor of Sojourners Magazine when it was... Read More →
avatar for Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimentel oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville. In 2014 she responded to the surge of refugees seeking asylum in the United States with The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX, where countless volunteers have welcomed more than 71,000 individuals from 31 countries. Sister Norma Pimentel earned a... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Senior Minister, Shiloh Baptist Church
The Reverend Doctor Wallace Charles Smith is the Senior Minister of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith graduated from Villanova University in 1970, and received both of his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith traveled and preached extensively in South Africa, serving as a member of a reconciliation team that worked to bring black and white Baptists together. Facebook... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:45pm

Sacred Space
Space is deemed sacred when it is set apart—consecrated and dedicated for God’s generative breath to enter our lives and world. We have carved out this Sacred Space as time for you to receive what you need for your own soul. Visit with a spiritual director. Join a huddle with an elder. Find a spot on the patio or on the grass outside and breathe…and listen. This is space for you—for connection with yourself, with others and with God.

Thursday June 22, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Gallaudet University

4:00pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
avatar for Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Dinner
Thursday June 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

6:00pm

Evening Break
Thursday June 22, 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Gallaudet University

6:30pm

Core Conversation: Resistance + 'The Art of Resistance: The Cry, The Call, The Push'
This session will feature several artists who will call out the realities of our world and help us dream. Following this artistic expression of resistance, scholars and movement leaders will discuss resistance strategies from inside and outside of today’s power structures.

The Art of Resistance: The Cry, The Call, The Push

Directed by Lisa Sharon Harper
Artists: Waltrina Middleton, Nikole Lim, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Witness this 30-minute live-art collage crafted by artists of the movement. Through spoken-word, music, and visual art, these featured artists reveal the grit, determination, connection, direction, and spirit of the resistance in our times.

Core Conversation: Resistance
The normalization of injustice and disenfranchisement calls the faithful to resist. What can we learn from similar historic movements? What does resistance require today? In preparation for the siege, the arts provide one of the most powerful tools we have. Artists help society to dream and visualize a more just world.   

Facilitators and Moderators
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 →

Featured Participants
avatar for Nkosivumile Gola

Nkosivumile Gola

The Warehouse
Nkosivumile Gola is an activist, guerrilla gardener and dreamer of a South Africa that looks different for all its citizens. He works at The Warehouse, challenging the status quo, leading contextual bible studies, walking alongside church leaders, prophetically imagining a city w... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Reformed Church in America
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years, from 1994-2011.  Earlier in his career he served as the Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, and then as the Associate Editor of Sojourners Magazine when it was... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork
Rev. Salvatierra is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World”.  She is Affiliate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, adjunct at four additional institutions.  In addition to pastoring locally, she trains/consults interna... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Nikole Lim

Nikole Lim

Freely in Hope
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As our Cofounder and International Director, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation. | Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton serves as Associate Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and throughout the diaspora. She is founder and organizer of Cleveland Action, a bridge organization and resource in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a preacher, poet, social critic, and community organizer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved Community. Recently Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Sekou sonically guides listeners through the politic behind every drum beat, the integrity that forges human connection and possibility, the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice. This band is a re-imagination of how liberation ca... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
avatar for Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour

MPower Change, Women’s March on Washington
Linda Sarsour is an award-winning Palestinian Muslim American racial justice and civil rights activist born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPowerChange.org and recent co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, large... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

8:45pm

Rev. Sekou and The Seal Breakers in Concert
When. Rev. Osagyefo Sekou isn't leading nonviolent civil disobedience, he's appearing at art venues, churches, and concert halls with The Seal Breakers, sonically guiding listeners through the "politic behind every drum beat . . . the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice." 
Rev. Sekou and The Seal Breakers in Concert will re-imagine how liberation can sound. Join us at the midway mark of The Summit for an evening of music, to dance and sing about today and prepare for tomorrow.

Artists
avatar for The Seal Breakers

The Seal Breakers

Music is an outburst of the soul. Music is what “feelings” sound like. Music has the ability to convey that which cannot be expressed. Rising urban pop collective The Seal Breakers create musical murals with their songs. The group has a mature soul with a hip, young, contemporary attitude. The Seal Breakers approach every note with fearless class. With a dynamic vocal range and a no-nonsense approach, The Seal Breakers are definitely on the rise. The crew won the award for Best... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Sekou sonically guides listeners through the politic behind every drum beat, the integrity that forges human connection and possibility, the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice. This band is a re-imagination of how liberation ca... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Auditorium
 
Friday, June 23
 

7:00am

Morning Yoga
Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that compliments any faith tradition. In a Christian context, yoga can be understood as “body prayer.” Join us for an hour of centering the mind, heart, and body through body movement and breath work. You’ll enjoy gentle stretching and intentional breathing as a way of bringing your whole self in service to God.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 5

7:30am

Breakfast
Friday morning breakfast will be served in the Auditorium Atrium and patio. 

Friday June 23, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Auditorium Atrium

8:00am

Childcare 8:00am - 5:00pm (REGISTER HERE)
This year, childcare service will be provided by Corporate Kids.  We are offering it at a subsidized rate of $75 per child for the course of The Summit.  Childcare is available during most of The Summit programming.  Refer to each day for the times it is offered.  

Register for childcare here: https://thesummit2017childcare.eventbrite.com

Friday June 23, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
TWO (Childcare)

8:30am

Morning Centering
A spiritual director and a featured artist will guide us into a grounded, prayerful space. We'll focus on the themes ahead and prepare to move through a day of discussion, listening, and collaboration. [8:30-9:00 am on Thursday and Friday]

Featured Participants
avatar for Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Auditorium

9:00am

Core Conversation: Disruption
From government to business to church, institutions are experiencing a profound crisis of credibility. How can public trust be restored in the institutions responsible for the common good? And should it be? This Core Conversation will engage leaders in deep discernment regarding the ways our institutions reinforce injustice. Panelists will discern whether our institutions can regain integrity or if they must be re-imagined, rebuilt, or replaced. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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 has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. | His latest book is "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America." Wallis has written 10 previous books, including "The (Un)Common Good" and the New York Times bestseller... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. René August

Rev. René August

The Warehouse
A veteran of the anti-apartheid movement and an Anglican priest, René August is a reconciliation trainer with The Warehouse, a worshipping community organization in Cape Town, South Africa that walks alongside churches as they seek to respond to the issues of poverty, injustice, and division in a city that struggles with some of the worst inequality in the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie serves as General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the third largest Black Baptist convention in the nation.  A former pastor, university chaplain, and college and seminary professor, Dr. Boddie brings a unique skill set to the PNBC... Read More →
avatar for RuthAnna Buffalo

RuthAnna Buffalo

Honor the Earth; Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Since 2004, Ruth Anna Buffalo has been working in tribal communities to improve the quality of life. She has led a wellness program for seven years at a tribal college to forming coalitions against substance use. Her public health background and indigenous perspective guide her work to address the social determinants of health. Ruth believes poor health is a result of poor policy. She recently ran for public office in 2016 as a candidate for ND Insurance Commissioner. Ruth Anna completed work for the ACLU of North Dakota which focused on Standing Rock. | | She is a new board member to the ND Human Rights Coalition. Ruth is an alumni of several... Read More →
avatar for John J. DeGioia

John J. DeGioia

President, Georgetown University
For almost four decades—as faculty member, senior administrator, and President—Dr. DeGioia has helped to strengthen Georgetown as a premier institution for education and research. He remains dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, commitment to its C... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Velda Love

Rev. Dr. Velda Love

United Church of Christ
Velda currently serves as Minister for Racial Justice in The Justice and Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ. Velda has a working knowledge of critical race theory and creates comprehensive and strategic approaches for UCC national conferences, congregations and staff colleagues to explore and understand the intersection of racial justice with other justice issues. Velda brings an African-centered approach inclusive of biblical and theological knowledge in liberation and Womanist... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
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 in the DC region. He is a board member at the African American Denominational House at Chautauqua Institution and Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc, and was featured in... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Auditorium

10:30am

Morning Break
Friday June 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Gallaudet University

10:45am

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual
 

Spiritual Directors
avatar for Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
avatar for Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
TBA

11:00am

**CONVENINGS: Description
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Gallaudet University

11:00am

Academics and Theologians
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Lovelyn Nwadeyi

Lovelyn Nwadeyi

Head of Research: Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, MTN Group
Lovelyn Nwadeyi is a young and vibrant Nigerian-South African woman who hails from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. | | She holds a BA International Studies degree from Stellenbosch University and an MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies degree from Uppsala University in Sweden... Read More →
avatar for Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.

Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Azusa Pacific University
Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D. is Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and Program Director of the Religious Studies program at Azusa Pacific University, and co-founder of the Postcolonial Network, a network of scholars who engage postcoloniality and evangelicalism in their rese... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4B

11:00am

Business
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for JoAnn Flett

JoAnn Flett

Director, MBA Economic Development, Eastern University
I am interested in the role of business in society. More specifically, in the form of business that combines social mission and market activities to bring about societal change for ‘people at the base of the pyramid’ (BoP). So if you are interested in Social Entrepreneurship, the... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4C

11:00am

Climate Justice II
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Hip Hop Caucus
Mustafa Santiago Ali is Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for Hip Hop Caucus.  For more than 17 years, he has served as a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social and environmental justice issues. Prior to joinin... Read More →
avatar for Alaura Carter

Alaura Carter

Climate Justice Associate, Sojourners

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 6B

11:00am

Disability Justice
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Bauer

Cynthia Bauer

Executive Director, Kupenda for the Children
As the founder/director of Kupenda I spend my time advocating for children with disabilities in Africa through churches, government groups, and families. Much of our work involves correcting misconceptions about disabilities that have resulted in neglect and sometimes murder of... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 5A

11:00am

Immigration II
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jessica Cobian

Jessica Cobian

Immigration Campaign Associate, Sojourners
Jessica Cobian was raised in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, until the age of 12. Her exposure to immigrant issues and economic inequality inspired her to advocate for underserved communities. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, Jessica was a Resident Advisor for the Chicano/Latino Hall and a community leader with the Inland Congregations United for Change, where she learned about faith-based community organizing. | | In 2013, Jessica became involved in research meetings and actions for immigration reform. After graduating, she went on to become a Community Organizer with PICO National Network in Riverside, where she enjoyed working with agricultural workers in the Coachella Valley for immigration and health care justice. Before joining Sojourners, Jessica was a Lead Organizer for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment in San Diego, where she worked developing community leaders from low-income and working families. | | Jessica is pursuing her... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Evans

Hannah Evans

Legislative Representative for Immigration, Friends Commitee on National Legislation
Hannah Graf Evans is the Legislative Representative for Immigration at the Friends Committee on National Legislation – a multi-issue, non-partisan Quaker lobby based in Washington, DC. Hannah lobbies for federal immigration policies that empower immigrants and the American comm... Read More →
avatar for Jen Smyers

Jen Smyers

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Church World Service
Jen Smyers serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, and has been with CWS for more than ten years.  A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 6C

11:00am

Poverty
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Michael Mershon

Michael Mershon

Director of Advocacy and Communications, Sojourners

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 5B

11:00am

Racial Justice II
Limited Capacity full
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While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Aundreia Alexander

Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace, National Council of Churches
Rev. Aundreia Alexander recently joined the National Council of Churches as the Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace. She leads the organization on its initiative to reverse the rising trend of mass incarceration in the United States. Before her move to the NCC Rev. Alexander served as the National Coordinator for The Office of Immigration and Refugee Services with the American Baptist Home Mission Societies of American Baptist Churches, USA. She led the denominational efforts to advocate for a comprehensive humane immigration reform and addressed human rights and religious liberty issues related to the diaspora of the ethnic peoples of Burma. Rev. Alexander has a history of working with ecumenical, interfaith, government and grassroots entities such as the United Nations, World Council of Churches, Church World Service and others, on a variety of justice issues. She has preached, lectured and facilitated workshops throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, and South Korea. Advocating for justice and systemic change has always been important to Rev. Alexander and she is serious about being where she feels God is calling... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie serves as General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the third largest Black Baptist convention in the nation.  A former pastor, university chaplain, and college and seminary professor, Dr. Boddie brings a unique skill set to the PNBC... Read More →
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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 →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 5B

11:00am

Social Work
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Kevin Brown

Director of Prison Programs, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Former psychotherapist with the Minirth Meier Clinics. Christian community developer in Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. Associate professor of Social Work at NOBTS. Directs five undergraduate degree programs inside maximum security prisons in four states. Author of... Read More →
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Rick Chamiec-Case

Executive Director, North American Assn of Christians in Social Work (NACSW)
I work for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Our mission is to equip our members to integrate Christian faith professional social work practice. I would be interested in conversations about the role and contribution of Christians social workers to the w... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 4A

11:00am

Women and Girls II
While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jenna Barnett

Jenna Barnett

Women and Girls Campaign Associate, Sojourners
As Women and Girls Campaign Associate, I facilitate opportunities for people to put their faith in action to lift up the voices of women, break the stained glass ceiling, combat gender-based violence, and advocate for gender justice. I have spent most of the past few years pursui... Read More →
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Lani Prunès

Deputy Director of Communications, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Lani comes to the Summit having been immersed in various advocacy fields ranging from education inequality, gun and firearm laws, and environmental justice, as well as having a hand in award-winning publications and local literary journals. As Deputy Director of Communications, s... Read More →
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Rev. Maria Swearingen

Senior Co-Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Rev. Maria Swearingen is Senior Co-Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. where she shares life and ministry with her wife, Rev. Sally Sarratt. She is particularly passionate about fostering conversations that invite churches to reckon with their own painful histori... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 7

11:45am

Spiritual Direction Sessions (REGISTER HERE)
Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit. No prior experience is needed—our directors are skilled at introducing the practice to beginners.
There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Register using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-spiritual
 

Spiritual Directors
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Barbara Brown

By college, Barbara began to learn about being directed by the Spirit.  That learning continued to be developed in 39 years of campus ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  Ministering to diverse ethnicities and combining various ways of hearing from the Spirit developed her unique spiritual direction... Read More →
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Sid Fowler

Sid Fowler is the Senior Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. His training as a spiritual director came from Shalem Institute where he also has served on the adjunct faculty in the spiritual direction and the clergy program.  Sid has served as a small group facilitator with the Faith and Politics Institute, a spiritual director within the LGBTQ community, as the editor of... Read More →
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Phileena Heuertz

Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena’s first half of life was formed on the streets of more than 70 countries, building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides. Drawing on 40 years of collective experience fighting global poverty and injustice... Read More →
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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →
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Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California.  Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the Huffington Post.  He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director.  His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington... Read More →
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Naisa Wong

Naisa is a soul care practitioner specializing in spiritual direction, trauma care, and restorative justice. Drawing from a 16-year career as a professional artisan, Naisa is committed to healing and transformation through the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and... Read More →

Friday June 23, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:15pm

Lunch
Friday June 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

12:15pm

Elder Huddles (REGISTER HERE)
Here is your chance to meet in an informal setting with one of our Elders and talk about their life’s work, seek advice, or share stories. The Elder Huddles are limited to five participants each to create a space that allows for candid and open dialogue. Take this unique opportunity to meet with one of this year’s honored leaders:
  • Dr. Ruby Sales, Room 4B *during Friday lunch*
  • Rev. Dr. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Room 5B *on Thursday*
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, Room 6B *on Thursday*
  • Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, Room 6A *on Thursday*

There is no additional charge for Elder Huddles. Register for one of our Elder Huddles using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eacaa28a3f94-elder

Elders and Movement Honorees
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Dr. Ruby Sales

Dr. Ruby Nell Sales, founder and executive director of the SpiritHouse Project, views her civil rights, social justice, and intergenerational work as her calling. Sales received her B.A. degree from Manhattanville College and attended Princeton University for graduate stu... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 4B

1:30pm

Core Conversation: Healing
Sustainable dissent must also include reconciliation with our bodies, our relationships, and God. This closing Core Conversation will tap deep wells of wisdom from practitioners in spiritual formation. They will share with us how to remain spiritualty and emotional rooted in the face of oppression.

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jatrice Martel Gaiter

Jatrice Martel Gaiter

Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Volunteers of America
Jatrice Martel Gaiter is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs for Volunteers of America.  Ms. Gaiter builds national awareness and support for providing programs and services that enable people to reach their full potential.  She provides managerial and strategic oversi... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. Iva Beranek

Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland
Iva Beranek was born in 1978 in Zagreb, Croatia. She studied at a Jesuit University and was involved in local ecumenical initiatives. In 2005 Iva moved to Dublin, Ireland, where she completed M.A. in Classical Spirituality and Ph.D in Christian Spirituality. Her research focuses... Read More →
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Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice... Read More →
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Elizabeth Medicine Crow

First Alaskans Institute
Elizabeth Medicine Crow is Vice President of the First Alaskans Institute and a member of the Tinglit and Haida tribes. Crow works with her peers in Alaska to construct an atmosphere of dialogue that confronts divisive environments of hate... Read More →
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Rev. Harry Quiett

Volunteers of America
Harry Quiett is an ordained United Methodist minister and vice president for ministry development at Volunteers of America. Previously, he served as associate pastor of All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., and as director of volunteer services and employee relations at Whitman W... Read More →
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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 journey via politics, faith-based advocacy, and bridge-building with diverse political and theological... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
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Dr. Ruby Sales

Dr. Ruby Nell Sales, founder and executive director of the SpiritHouse Project, views her civil rights, social justice, and intergenerational work as her calling. Sales received her B.A. degree from Manhattanville College and attended Princeton University for graduate stu... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Senior Minister, Shiloh Baptist Church
The Reverend Doctor Wallace Charles Smith is the Senior Minister of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith graduated from Villanova University in 1970, and received both of his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith traveled and preached extensively in South Africa, serving as a member of a reconciliation team that worked to bring black and white Baptists together. Facebook... Read More →
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Jenny Yang

World Relief
Jenny Yang provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday June 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium

3:15pm

Closing and Blessing Ceremony
Come hear reports from multiple movement streams on the common commitments and plans for action crafted during The Summit. And join us as we give thanks to God, closing our time together in a liturgical worship service that incorporates the themes and messages we’ve heard over the course of The Summit. The music and arts team will lead this time, which will culminate in the blessing ceremony with our Elders. You don’t want to miss this celebration!

Featured Participants
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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 →
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Kathy Khang

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and coffee drinker based in the north suburbs of Chicago, co-author of More Than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006), blogs at www.kathykhang.com , tweets and Instagrams as @mskathykhang, posts at www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor , and partners with Christian influencers to move forward on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender within the Church. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor | Twitter and... Read More →
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Adam Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor serves as the Chair of the Sojourners Board.  Taylor formerly served as the Vice President for Advocacy at World Vision U.S. and as a White House Fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs.  He was the Senior Political Director at Sojourners and served as the Executive Director and co-Founder of Global Justice, a human rights and economic justice organization. Taylor is an Associate Minister at Shiloh Baptist... Read More →
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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 has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. | His latest book is "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America." Wallis has written 10 previous books, including "The (Un)Common Good" and the New York Times bestseller... Read More →

Artists
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Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
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Sharon Irving

A Chicago native, Sharon Irving is a songwriter and spoken word artist. She was shaped by her preacher grandfather’s powerful singing and sermons and the artistry of her father, famed jazz musician Robert Irving III. She is an inspiring “voice for the voiceless,” a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, motivated by her personal experiences and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Irving participated on Season 10 of... Read More →
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Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton serves as Associate Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and throughout the diaspora. She is founder and organizer of Cleveland Action, a bridge organization and resource in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a preacher, poet, social critic, and community organizer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved Community. Recently Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its... Read More →
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The Sanctuaries

The Sanctuaries is the first interfaith arts community in the country. Founded in Washington, DC in 2013, the community's 140+ artists harness the sacred power of the creative arts for personal growth and social change. The Sanctuaries also mobilizes the next generation of sacred arts activists through its intensive training program known as The... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
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Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma Pimentel oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville. In 2014 she responded to the surge of refugees seeking asylum in the United States with The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX, where countless volunteers have welcomed more than 71,000 individuals from 31 countries. Sister Norma Pimentel earned a... Read More →
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Dr. Ruby Sales

Dr. Ruby Nell Sales, founder and executive director of the SpiritHouse Project, views her civil rights, social justice, and intergenerational work as her calling. Sales received her B.A. degree from Manhattanville College and attended Princeton University for graduate stu... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith

Senior Minister, Shiloh Baptist Church
The Reverend Doctor Wallace Charles Smith is the Senior Minister of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith graduated from Villanova University in 1970, and received both of his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith traveled and preached extensively in South Africa, serving as a member of a reconciliation team that worked to bring black and white Baptists together. Facebook... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Auditorium

4:30pm

Grab-N-Go (or stay) Reception
Bid farewell to one another and enjoy some food and sustenance as we return to our communities, renewed and refreshed for the journey ahead. Feel free to take your food on the road or stay and linger in conversation.
 
Thank you for attending The Summit 2017.

Friday June 23, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Atrium - 1st Floor