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FAITH. DIALOGUE. MOTION. ...using dialogue as a catalyst for social change.


Pastoral and prophetic leaders, scholars, community activists, and seminary students are gathering on Thursday, March 8 to Saturday, March 10 to launch the groundbreaking initiative, RISE Together: A National Mentorship Network. Conference registration available here

This three-day Launch and Leadership Forum will achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide safe, supportive spaces and networking opportunities for women ministers and community leaders, scholars, activists, and students. 
  • Offer a social justice and pastoral voice in support of women of color.
  • Facilitate professional connections for innovative and non-traditional ministry.
  • Empower and equip participants with the knowledge and practical tools that benefit the Church, academy, and community.

The RISE Together Launch and Leadership Forum is free and open to the public. Some meals will be provided for a fee (Breakfast $8 | Lunch $15). For those traveling to New York City from out of town, there is a special rate for RISE Together conference attendees at the Aloft Harlem  ($175 king | $190 double beds | book before 2/15) and at the Marriot Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park ($189.00  single bed | $209 double bed | book before 2/8).

Click here to RSVP!

RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, March 6

Conference Schedule 

(6:00 – 8:30 PM)

Conference Registration Opens at 4:00 PM

Opening Program Begins at 6:00 PM
Self-Care for Pastoral and Prophetic Leadership with Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond
Presidential Reception

(8:30 AM – 8:30 PM)

Conference Registration Opens at 8:00 AM (For those who do not register on Thursday Evening)

Continental Breakfast (Optional $8 – 8:30 – 10:00 AM)

Opening Worship | Reverend Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin (10:00 AM)

Lunch (Optional – $15)

Workshop Session 1 (1:30 to 3:00 PM)
Option A: The Spiritual Formation of a Preacher | Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart
Option B: Called to Do What: Discerning Vocational Possibilities | Reverend Jihyun Oh, Reverend Dr. Patricia Murphy and Dr. Su Pak

Workshop Session 2 (3:15 – 4:30 PM)
Option A: 
Claiming Your Preaching Voice for 21st Century Leadership | Reverend Dr. Martha Simmons
Option B: Adaptive Leadership: Using Your Courageous Voice to Manage Change | Reverend Dr. Amy Steele
Option C: Creating Safe and Sacred Spaces to Empower Women | Reverend Dr. Maritz Ortiz Cruz & Reverend Dr. Myrna Thurman-Malone

Dinner (On your Own)

Community Conversation (6:30 – 8:00 PM)
The Status of Women of Color in the Church and Academy: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
Conversation Partners:
Reverend Gail Song Bantum
Dr. Leslie Callahan
Dr. Teresa Delgado

(8:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Continental Breakfast (Optional $8 – 8:30 – 9:30 AM)

Sessions 1 (9:30 – 10:00 AM) 
Emerging Entrepreneurs RISE

Session 2 (10:00 – 11:30 AM)
A Life Well Lived: A Conversation About Hope, Resilience and Ministry with Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems

Closing Worship  Service (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)


Mar 08 2018 - Mar 10 2018


06:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 08 2018 - Mar 10 2018
  • Time: 17:00 - 12:00

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Union Theological Seminary


Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY, USA
Lisa D. Rhodes


Lisa D. Rhodes
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