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Tuesday, June 12
 

3:30pm

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
 
Wednesday, June 13
 

7:00am

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
Wednesday June 13, 2018 7:00am - 9:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

8:00am

Pre-Summit: Prophetic Advocacy
Registration is now open for all to join Sojourners leadership for a morning of prophetic advocacy. The day will begin with a breakfast on Capitol Hill, including a discussion with senators and representatives, followed by a training and targeted meetings with Congressional offices. Sojourners will organize meetings, but attendees are also encouraged to schedule their own meetings to discuss issues related to their work.

ADDING THIS SCHED EVENT TO YOUR SCHEDULE DOES NOT REGISTER YOU FOR THIS EVENT.

RSVP for this event here.

Featured Participants
avatar for Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III

US Representative, Massachusetts, US House of Representatives
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... Read More →
avatar for Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine

US Senator, Virginia, US Senate
Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

US Senator, Massachusetts, US Senate
Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2012, by the people of Massachusetts.Elizabeth is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room 208-09

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.

Wednesday June 13, 2018 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Room 4A

1:00pm

***Forums Description
Trainings: These gatherings feature practical issue based and field-based skills development with some of the best skill-builders available.


Salons: 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.


Convenings: 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?”

Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

1:00pm

Training, Aligning our Thought & Action: A Critical Analysis for Living our Faith Out Loud
There are two things commonly expressed in the work of public theology. One, the evangelical concept that a faith without works is dead. The other is the need to become involved with social justice efforts. But how often have we engaged in social justice work without considering how we align our interior life with these social practices? Without a critically engaged analysis of proclaiming the good news in the public square, our work of social justice falls flat and is mere charity. This session is designed to critically analyze why living our faith out loud is of critical importance during this moment of the tyranny of the now. To do that work, we must engage our interior life of faith and analyze it with a turn toward the public square.

Featured Participants
avatar for Anna Golladay

Anna Golladay

Work of Place
Anna thrives on curating creative, spiritual & entrepreneurial possibility.Via her social enterprise Work of Place she helps urban churches understand how their underutilized facilities can work alongside burgeoning entrepreneurs, often lacking in resource and financing, with the intent of sparking both neighborhood revitalization and an increase in ideators who change their communities. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

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


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6B/C

1:00pm

Training, Bridging Divides
No matter your vocation, we all need tools to be in relationship with our loved ones, our community members, our movement partners, and our fellow humans around the world across differences. In this session, we will learn about—and experiment with—some of the most effective tools and strategies engaged by faith-rooted organizers in justice work. Participants will be supported in iterating a strategy ideally suited for their community or challenge.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Cedric Harmon

Rev. Cedric Harmon

Co-Director, Many Voices
An ordained pastor affiliated with the National Baptist and Missionary Baptist Churches, Cedric served as religious organizer for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. For 13 years, he recruited and trained clergy from around the country to provide legislative testimony... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Brandan Robertson

Rev. Brandan Robertson

Lead Pastor, Missiongathering Christian Church
Brandan Robertson is an author, pastor, thought-leader, and contemplative activist working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He currently serves as Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Christine Y. Wiley

Rev. Dr. Christine Y. Wiley

Pastor, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C.
Reverend Dr. Christine Y. Wiley  is an author, clinician, religious professional, and proponent of addressing intersectional oppression. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband of  34 years. Her biggest joy is her five grandchildren.


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7

1:00pm

Training, Effective Allyship
“Allyship” is an active way of life that exercises bridge-building to ensure equality, opportunity, and inclusion for everyone. Together, participants will learn how to be effective allies for marginalized communities, how to actively influence and educate others, and how to constantly work on bettering themselves.

Featured Participants
avatar for Whitney Parnell

Whitney Parnell

CEO and co-founder, Service Never Sleeps
Whitney is an activist, singer, and founder of Service Never Sleeps, which mobilizes communities to promote “Allyship" through love-in-action.


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5A/B

1:00pm

Training, Intersectional Theology
Intersectional theology is a way of doing theology which takes seriously the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of oppression and hierarchy. As a liberatory practice, Christians must relinquish their individual privilege and work toward the dismantling of systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and ageism. We need to name these intersecting oppressions as sin and move toward reimagining a community which can live out this intersectional theology. This session will explore intersectional theology in the lives of individual Christians, faith communities, and the church. We will examine what an intersectional theology might mean for the church’s internal functions—membership, baptism, communion—and also the church’s work in the world, particularly in our current political climate that has targeted marginalized people, often in the name of God.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Associate Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Assoc. Prof. of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. She received her Ph.D. from the Univ. of Toronto. She wrote 13 books most recently, Embracing the Other. Kim is an ordained PC (USA) minister and writes for Huffington Post, TIME, The Nation and Sojourners... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Executive Board Room

1:00pm

Training, Media and Messaging
Our media training will equip spokespeople, activists, and advocates to communicate effectively in today’s rapidly changing media landscape. Whether you are setting a new communication strategy or need ideas in training colleagues to support communication goals, this training will give you the skills to understand, manage, triage, and respond to media requests. The session will combine traditional media relations, digital media tracking strategies and engagement, and designing metrics to identify opportunities for growth and highlighting your successes.

Featured Participants
avatar for Elleni Almandrez

Elleni Almandrez

Senior Account Executive, Fenton
Elleni Almandrez is a Senior Account Executive, specializing in communications strategies, media relations, events management and crisis communications. Elleni works to advance the issues she is most passionate about including human rights, global health and development and racial... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

3:00pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

3:45pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

4:00pm

Art Gallery Reception: "Constellation of Things" by Marco Saavedra
Join us for the opening of “Constellation of Things,” an interactive art installation by Marco Saavedra commissioned by The Summit 2018. The exhibit uses everyday objects to meditate on what is considered “essential,” and participants are invited to tag, write, and draw on top of the work.

Featured Participants
avatar for Marco Saavedra

Marco Saavedra

Artist
Marco is seeking political asylum in the U.S. after living in this country illegally for 20 years. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and has participated in the immigrant rights struggle through civil disobedience, detention, and hunger strikes. He is the coauthor of Shadows Then... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

5:00pm

Dinner
Wednesday June 13, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

6:30pm

Core Conversation: CENTER
Fifty years ago, in another time of deep conflict, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked: “Where do we go from here: chaos or community?” Movement through chaos and towards community requires a renewal of our roots and identity. The word “radical” comes from the Latin word “radix” which means “root,” so a radical faith literally requires us to address the fundamental nature of things—to create change from the core. To be rooted in radical discipleship is to participate in a movement of justice and peace, as taught and lived in the life of Jesus. This Core Conversation will examine how our identity as radically rooted people calls us to intervene in our current moment.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. Jim Wallis

Rev. Jim Wallis

President and Founder, Sojourners
Jim is the president and founder of Sojourners. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and published his most recent book in 2016: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers serves as general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an African-American interdenominational justice advocacy organization. She has authored a number of articles in areas of religion and sociology and received a ComputerWorld Smithsonian... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Noel Castellanos

Rev. Noel Castellanos

Christian Community Development Association
Noel has worked in full-time ministry in urban and Latino communities since 1982. He is the president of the Christian Community Development Association and the author of Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center.
avatar for Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

ESA
Nikki is executive director of ESA and works with Christians who are motivated to connect their faith with some of the most pressing justice issues of today. She is co-author of God of Justice, coeditor of More than Serving Tea, and a board member of Missio Alliance and Interserve... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

8:00pm

Welcome Reception with Minnesota State Representative Peggy Flanagan
We’ll kick off The Summit with remarks from special guest Rep. Peggy Flanagan. Following these remarks, enjoy live music from local artist duo, BOOMscat, and connect with Summit attendees, Sojourners’ board and staff; and others from the political and policy-shaping communities in Washington, D.C.

Featured Participants
avatar for BOOMscat

BOOMscat

Musical Artist
The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, Washington, DC based, consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection. Since their conception... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Flanagan

Peggy Flanagan

Minnesota House of Representatives
A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy lives in Minnesota with her 4-year-old daughter Siobhan, an aspiring teacher, doctor, and princess. Peggy worked for Wellstone Action for almost a decade, where she trained tens of thousands of progressive activists, community and... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Atrium
 
Thursday, June 14
 

7:00am

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

Featured Participants
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 5A/B

7:15am

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
Thursday June 14, 2018 7:15am - 7:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday June 14, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom

7:30am

Prophetic Advocacy Debrief
This will be an informal conversation over breakfast for those who attended the Pre-Summit Prophetic Advocacy program Wednesday morning. Find our table in the ballroom, it will be marked "Prophetic Advocacy Debrief".

Thursday June 14, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom

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.

Thursday June 14, 2018 8:00am - 8:30pm
Room 4A

9:00am

Bible Study, Acts 15:1: Circumcising Communities of Color to Become Christian
For all peoples of faith, a sustained commitment to building Beloved Community necessitates deep rootedness in the words of sacred scripture. Using a model of co-discernment, we’ll examine the words of the Bible through multiple lenses, with special attention on how the passages intersect with our justice work.

Acts 15:1: Circumcising Communities of Color to Become Christian
To be Christian, communities of color are frequently called to first become white. This circumcision of our own voices and cultural symbols through unquestioned adaptation of Eurocentric hymns, theology, and rituals is damning to our communities and our faith. How do Christians of color reject white Jesus and instead seek salvation?

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre

Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre

Iliff School of Theology
Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, a scholar-activist, filmmaker and author of 33 published book who is Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies and a Fulbright scholar who served as 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics and co-founder the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 6A

9:00am

Bible Study, Jeremiah 29:4-12: Build, Plant, Marry: Rooting in Exile
For all peoples of faith, a sustained commitment to building Beloved Community necessitates deep rootedness in the words of sacred scripture. Using a model of co-discernment, we’ll examine the words of the Bible through multiple lenses, with special attention on how the passages intersect with our justice work.

Jeremiah 29:4-12: Build, Plant, Marry: Rooting in Exile
If exile is “root shock,” this pastoral letter from a prophet urges re-rooting. Embrace the “strange land” as long-haul location? Seek the welfare of the city where we hung up our lyres? Since shalom is hardly the imperial way, this is a deep contention to be sure.

Featured Participants
avatar for Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Detroit Peoples' Water Board
Bill Wylie-Kellermann is a Detroit community activist and Methodist pastor. His most recent books are Where the Waters Go Around: Beloved Detroit and Principalities in Particular (2017). In Jesus he bets his life on the gospel non-violence, good news to the poor, and freedom from... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 2

9:00am

Bible Study, Luke 23:50-56: Leadership as if Faith Mattered: Joseph of Arimathea
For all peoples of faith, a sustained commitment to building Beloved Community necessitates deep rootedness in the words of sacred scripture. Using a model of co-discernment, we’ll examine the words of the Bible through multiple lenses, with special attention on how the passages intersect with our justice work.

Luke 23:50-56: Leadership as if Faith Mattered: Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea was a faithful follower of Jesus. He’s described in all four gospels, yet we seldom hear much about him. Joseph’s act of discipleship provides a good starting place for believers seeking to be “radically rooted” in stewardship by using their wealth, resources, and influence to meet needs.

Featured Participants
avatar for JoAnn Flett

JoAnn Flett

Director, MBA Economic Development, Eastern University
JoAnn Flett is a Senior Lecturer in Management and directs the MBA in Social Impact at Eastern University. Ms. Flett servers on the boards of Capital for Good, and Broad Street Ministry.


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 3

9:00am

Bible Study, Mark 5:21-43: Decolonizing the Gospel
For all peoples of faith, a sustained commitment to building Beloved Community necessitates deep rootedness in the words of sacred scripture. Using a model of co-discernment, we’ll examine the words of the Bible through multiple lenses, with special attention on how the passages intersect with our justice work.

Mark 5:21-43: Decolonizing the Gospel
How do we read the Bible? How do we follow the example of Jesus? And can we find in the gospels, all we need to become like the disciples? They wrote the gospels from the streets, not ivory towers. Can we find in the characters, ways to live more faithfully in the stories of God at work in the world?

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... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 6C

9:15am

Morning Centering
For those in need of a reflective moment before moving into the day ahead, this time will provide an opportunity to focus, as Summit featured artists guide us into a grounded, prayerful space.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

United Church of Christ, Restoration Village Arts
Tracy is a musician, producer, and the minister for community and congregational engagement for the United Church of Christ. She networks with artists, liturgists, and cultural workers, helping congregations become communities of resistance and resilience.


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am
Auditorium

10:00am

Core Conversation: CULTIVATE
In the absence of justice, those who believe in freedom cannot rest. But paradoxically, without rest—and spiritual sustenance—our movements suffer from corrosive cynicism. How do we avoid becoming well-intentioned but disillusioned activists? How do we nurture hope that is stronger than the winds that shake us? In this Core Conversation, we will discuss how to be leaders who cultivate spiritual resilience—not only for ourselves, but for all.

Moderators
avatar for Alexie Torres

Alexie Torres

Access Strategies Fund
Alexie is from the South Bronx, N.Y. with over 25 years of experience in social justice leadership in low-income communities of color. In September 2015, President Obama appointed Alexie to serve on the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Featured Participants
avatar for Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

Volunteers of America
Rita, Rel.M., M.A., and Ph.D., is senior vice president for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America. She was raised in a military family, was the first Asian- American woman to earn a doctorate in theology, and co-founded the Soul Repair Center of Brite Divinity School at Texas... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes

Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes

President Emerita, President Emerita, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Barbara is a spiritual writer, lecturer and author of five books. She served as vice president of academic affairs and dean of Memphis Theological Seminary, president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and as a corporate attorney. She also has a background in theater... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Trinity United Church of Christ
Otis is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he preaches a Black theology that calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. His latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding... Read More →
avatar for Teresa P Mateus

Teresa P Mateus

Co-Founder, Executive Director, The Mystic Soul Project
Teresa is a trauma specialist, contemplative practice teacher, author, and speaker. She is executive director and co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project, a POC-centered approach to contemplation, activism, and healing. She is author of Sacred Wounds and Mending Broken, with a third... Read More →

Movement Honorees
avatar for Rev. Julian Deshazier

Rev. Julian Deshazier

Senior Pastor, University Church of Chicago
Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier is an Emmy-award winning artist, advocate, and senior pastor of University Church, a sanctuary congregation in Chicago. He serves as the inaugural chair of the Community Advisory Council for University of Chicago Medicine, and is a regular contributor... Read More →
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Zahra Billoo

Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA)
Zahra is an attorney and the director of the CAIR-SFBA office. Her work includes providing legal services to individuals targeted by law enforcement and facilitating know-your-rights workshops.


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Auditorium

11:30am

Talkback Session
Join for extended discussion following the Core Conversation. This is an opportunity for follow-up question and response time with featured panelists. Please move to the front of the room if participating, or continue conversation and connection-making outside of the auditorium.

Moderators
avatar for Alexie Torres

Alexie Torres

Access Strategies Fund
Alexie is from the South Bronx, N.Y. with over 25 years of experience in social justice leadership in low-income communities of color. In September 2015, President Obama appointed Alexie to serve on the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Featured Participants
avatar for Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

Volunteers of America
Rita, Rel.M., M.A., and Ph.D., is senior vice president for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America. She was raised in a military family, was the first Asian- American woman to earn a doctorate in theology, and co-founded the Soul Repair Center of Brite Divinity School at Texas... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes

Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes

President Emerita, President Emerita, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Barbara is a spiritual writer, lecturer and author of five books. She served as vice president of academic affairs and dean of Memphis Theological Seminary, president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and as a corporate attorney. She also has a background in theater... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Trinity United Church of Christ
Otis is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he preaches a Black theology that calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. His latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding... Read More →
avatar for Teresa P Mateus

Teresa P Mateus

Co-Founder, Executive Director, The Mystic Soul Project
Teresa is a trauma specialist, contemplative practice teacher, author, and speaker. She is executive director and co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project, a POC-centered approach to contemplation, activism, and healing. She is author of Sacred Wounds and Mending Broken, with a third... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

11:30am

Lunch & Networking Circles
During lunch, join others who share a common professional identity and/or interest for informal networking. We have created the following designated tables based on information shared via registration:
  • Seminarians/Academics
  • Pastors/Clergy
  • Media makers
  • Social work
  • LGBTQIA+ justice
  • Interfaith
  • Global peace
  • Disability justice
  • Gun violence
  • Student activism
  • Parenting

Tables will have large signs in the center of the table if they have already been designated. There will be a map at the ballroom entrance that will show where designated tables are located.

Don’t see a table that interests you? Create your own (materials to do so are found at the Registration Desk just outside the ballroom)!

If you’d prefer to eat quietly or engage in other conversation, look for unmarked tables.

Thursday June 14, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ballroom

12:45pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

1:00pm

Salon, In Conversation with LOVEboldly
Is it possible for Christians with deep theological differences on sexuality and gender identity to move toward one another with deeper compassion and joy? Hear how one group is living into this tension and what lessons they’ve learned along the way. Heidi Weaver- Smith, president/founder of LOVEboldly, will discuss the organizations’ efforts to host dialogues that cultivate courageous, productive conversations. She will share theological concepts that have shaped their work, practical tools and strategies that have helped explore reconciliation, and pitfalls and learning opportunities they have encountered. Attendees will discuss concepts and strategies that can inform reconciliation work in various contexts.

Featured Participants
avatar for Paula Unrau

Paula Unrau

Board Member, LOVEboldly
Paula is mom to LGBTQ+ sons and found a calling for the well-being and faith journey of all LGBTQ+ individuals. Paula is a board member for LOVEboldly, attended the 2016 Reformation Project Leadership Cohort and serves with Safe and Supported for Parents and the Building Bridges Collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Weaver-Smith

Heidi Weaver-Smith

Founder, LOVEboldly
Compelled by Christ's interactions with marginalized folks in the Gospels and disturbed by the stories of LGBTQ+ friends who had been treated poorly by Christians, Heidi founded LOVEboldly in 2011. She has been equipping Christians to engage with Christlikeness in polarizing dialogues... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 3

1:00pm

Salon, The State of the Vote
While there has been progress on certain fronts, there are still real and active efforts to suppress the vote in the United States. Three years after the Supreme Court deemed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unnecessary, citizens in marginalized communities continue to be most vulnerable to these actions—but civic groups like the Brennan Center for Justice continue to challenge this reality in state houses, courts, and in the court of public opinion. This session will examine the current landscape of voting rights, and identify existing opportunities to advance voter protection.

Featured Participants
avatar for Myrna Pérez

Myrna Pérez

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Myrna heads the Voting Rights and Elections project at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and elections administration, a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, and a frequent commentator for mainstream and legal media.


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4C

1:00pm

Salon, The Violence of Othering
Our cities and country are becoming more diverse, but research continues to show that we are hunkering down into communities of sameness. Through the lens of issues like race and poverty, we will explore how to move from the violence of othering to building Christ-centered communities of belonging. We will discuss how to counter the politics of oppression and violence with the politics of justice and compassion. We will talk about the journey of opening ourselves to the other, of embracing him or her in the same embrace with which God has embraced us.

Featured Participants
avatar for Neeraj Mehta

Neeraj Mehta

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


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7

1:00pm

***Forums Description
Trainings: These gatherings feature practical issue based and field-based skills development with some of the best skill-builders available.


Salons: 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.


Convenings: 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?”

Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

1:00pm

Convening, Climate Justice Communities and Natural Disasters
This past year category five hurricanes, extreme heat, and flooding have set a new precedent for natural disasters. But as we remember and rebuild, what about those communities most impacted from the weather? This forum will offer an in-depth look at how this past year’s extreme weather has affected communities in its path, while exploring way of prevention and resilience.

Featured Participants
avatar for Alaura Carter

Alaura Carter

Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator, Sojourners


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Convening, Combating Domestic and Sexual Violence in and through the Church
One in three women and one in six men will experience abuse in their lifetimes, yet only half of churches have a plan to assist someone in an abusive relationship, and few pastors preach about domestic or sexual violence from the pulpit. How have Christians been complicit in cultures of abuse? And how can we now turn to the pulpit, scriptures, resources, policies, and professionals to promote a culture that is safe, healing, and liberating for women and children?

Featured Participants
avatar for Ashley Easter

Ashley Easter

Founder, The Courage Conference
Ashley Easter is a writer, speaker, Christian feminist and abuse-victim advocate who educates churches and secular communities on abuse, safe practices, and effective resources. She also founded The Courage Conference, a healing and educational event for survivors, advocates, and... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm

Convening, Immigration
We find ourselves in one of the most anti-immigrant moments in recent U.S. history, which was fueled by rhetoric during the recent the election cycle and is now being translated into policy: families are being torn apart by the current immigration system; arrests and deportations of law-abiding immigrants are on the rise. Yet faith communities are setting up networks of support to offer love, welcome, assistance, and resistance to block and obstruct mass deportations. Join this strategy session with faith leaders and advocates who are offering support to undocumented immigrants threatened with mass deportation and are advocating for a more humane, comprehensive immigration reform.

Featured Participants
avatar for Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Policy Advocacy Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
Kathryn Johnson coordinates policy advocacy for the American Friends Service Committee focusing on immigration and U.S. engagement with Latin America.
avatar for Myrna Orozco-Gallos

Myrna Orozco-Gallos

Sanctuary Communications & Organizing Associate, Church World Service
Myrna is the Sanctuary Communications & Organizing Associate for Church World Service, where she helps coordinate the National Sanctuary Movement.


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6C

1:00pm

Salon, Building and Investing in Local Inclusive Economies
We live in troubling economic times, with a growing wealth gap and uneven access to opportunity and prosperity. Now more than ever, communities of faith must be actively involved in building and investing in opportunities that are inclusive of all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system. Join us for an interactive conversation between “radically rooted” entrepreneurs and investors whose deep connection to place, and their faith, informs the way they leverage their business and investments to positively impact their employees, their community, and the environment.
 
This will be a highly participatory dialogue featuring a few leaders sharing their experiences and best practices in order to prompt deeper group conversation.  Featured leaders will include Kesha Cash of Impact America Fund, Mike Balderrama of The Potter’s House, and Justin Steele of Google

Featured Participants
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Elissa Sangalli Hillary

President, Local First of West Michigan & Local First Educational Foundation
Elissa Sangalli Hillary works at the leading edge of values-based capitalism, building sustainable local economies that put people first.


Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 5A/B

2:00pm

Salon, Moving Our Communities Beyond Islamophobia
Islamophobia looks different today than it did after 9/11, but many Christians don’t know what media to trust on this important issue. Come learn from Islamic leader Rizwan Jaka about how communities are using multi-faith partnerships for religious freedom to counter bigotry and misinformation. The discussion will include best practices for addressing Islamophobia and false narratives about our Muslim neighbors. Bring your questions for an open conversation to foster greater understanding of Islam and the American experience.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rizwan Jaka

Rizwan Jaka

Interfaith/Government/Media Chair, ADAMS


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Executive Board Room

2:00pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

3:00pm

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

3:00pm

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

Thursday June 14, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
2nd Floor Foyer

4:00pm

Climate Justice Special Program: Beyond the Church Walls: Action on Climate Change for Communities of Color
How do we move toward better climate action in communities of color? This conversation will explore climate change prevention, resilience, and justice from the perspectives of science, faith, and policy experts.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Gerald Durley

Rev. Gerald Durley

Board Member, Interfaith Power and Light
avatar for Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave

Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave

Coordinator of Diversity Development and Inclusion, Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
avatar for Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson

Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP
Currently the Senior Director of NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, the National Black Workers Center, The River Network, and Center for Story Based Strategy and the Center for... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7

4:00pm

Special Program: The Cohabitation of Liberation & Healing: Trauma, Spirituality & Movements in Our Times
Liberation work is critical for the survival of humanity, yet the front lines of movements bring increased stress, burnout, and trauma. Join as we examine ways to integrate healing and deep spirituality into movement-building through a time of dialogue, contemplative practices, and visioning a future marked by bold liberation and powerful healing.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley

Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley

Lead Organizer, Congregate Charlottesville
Brittany is lead organizer of Congregate Charlottesville, which formed in response to white supremacist violence and seeks to equip people of faith for public witness. Brittany is rooted in the subversive way of Jesus and enjoys dancing, deconstructing destructive dominions of dominance... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Al Fuertes

Rev. Dr. Al Fuertes

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Dr. Al Fuertes is an Associate Professor at George Mason University and a field practitioner and consultant working around the world, specializing in psycho-social trauma healing as an integral component in peace-building and conflict transformation.
avatar for Vahisha Hasan

Vahisha Hasan

Executive Director, Movement In Faith
Vahisha Hasan is an activist, professor, and facilitator moving in the intersections of faith, social justice, and mental health. She is Executive Director of Movement In Faith & Director of Human Services at MCUTS. Her first book is Resipiscence: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling... Read More →
avatar for Teresa P Mateus

Teresa P Mateus

Co-Founder, Executive Director, The Mystic Soul Project
Teresa is a trauma specialist, contemplative practice teacher, author, and speaker. She is executive director and co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project, a POC-centered approach to contemplation, activism, and healing. She is author of Sacred Wounds and Mending Broken, with a third... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6A/B/C

4:00pm

Elder Huddle
Limited Capacity seats available

Come meet with one of our elders and talk about their work for justice, seek advice, share stories, and be inspired. These huddles are limited to five participants each to create a space that allows for candid and open dialog.

Adding this Sched event to your schedule registers you for this event.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers serves as general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an African-American interdenominational justice advocacy organization. She has authored a number of articles in areas of religion and sociology and received a ComputerWorld Smithsonian... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Elder Huddle
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come meet with one of our elders and talk about their work for justice, seek advice, share stories, and be inspired. These huddles are limited to five participants each to create a space that allows for candid and open dialog.

Adding this Sched event to your schedule registers you for this event.

Featured Participants
avatar for Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

General Superintendent Emerita and Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church
Jo Anne is general superintendent emerita and ambassador of the Wesleyan Church. An ordained minister, she has served over 30 years in pastoral ministry and is the founder and former CEO of World Hope International. She holds a M.A. in counseling and continued graduate studies in... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 3

4:00pm

Elder Huddle
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come meet with one of our elders and talk about their work for justice, seek advice, share stories, and be inspired. These huddles are limited to five participants each to create a space that allows for candid and open dialog.

Adding this Sched event to your schedule registers you for this event.

Featured Participants
avatar for Edgar Palacios

Edgar Palacios

Pastor, American Baptist
Edgar is the ambassador of El Salvador to the government of Mexico. He previously served as associate pastor of Christian education at Calvary Baptist Church and as a board member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Palacios helped found and served as the executive director... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4C

5:00pm

Dinner
Enjoy dinner with live music from local artist, Elena Y Los Fulanos

Featured Participants
avatar for Elena Lacayo

Elena Lacayo

Musician & founder, Elena & Los Fulanos
A bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC, Elena & Los Fulanos has been creating music since 2011 that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Lation rock. Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

6:30pm

Core Conversation: EMPOWER
We are guided by a great cloud of witnesses, but we face our own unique moment in history. Living out a call to protect vulnerable people forces us into the creative tension between power and powerlessness. What is the appropriate use of power in this time? What strategies and energies are needed for a new civil resistance movement? Featuring perspectives from different movements, this Core Conversation will explore our understanding of power and strategy.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners
Adam is the executive director of Sojourners. He previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, served as a vice president at World Vision U.S., and as a White House fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He is the author of Mobilizing... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Karen Anderson

Rev. Karen Anderson

Senior Pastor, Ward Chapel AME Church/Metropolitan Congregations United
Karen is pastor of Ward Chapel AME Church. She is board president for Gamaliel’s Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU), serves as a board member of Magdalene St. Louis and Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis, and co-founded “The Mother’s March” for justice in Ferguson and... Read More →
avatar for Ash-Lee Henderson

Ash-Lee Henderson

Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 32 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the co-executive director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. She has served in positions of leadership for... Read More →
avatar for Myrna Pérez

Myrna Pérez

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Myrna heads the Voting Rights and Elections project at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and elections administration, a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, and a frequent commentator for mainstream and legal media.
avatar for Justin Steele

Justin Steele

Google.org
Justin Steele is a Principal at Google.org, where he leads Google’s philanthropy in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Prior to joining Google.org, Justin served as Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. site of job training nonprofit Year Up, and he began his career as a management... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Seth Wispelwey

Rev. Seth Wispelwey

Restoration Village Arts
Seth is a grassroots organizer and pastor. He is one of the leaders in Charlottesville who trained and mobilized clergy to confront white supremacy. Seth has organized people of faith for years to engage in public policy advocacy with organizations like ONE, Bread for the World, and... Read More →

Movement Honorees
avatar for Jeanette Vizguerra

Jeanette Vizguerra

New Sanctuary Movement
After fighting off deportation for eight years, Jeanette Vizguerra decided to go public with her story and sought refuge in the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Denver, Colorado. While in Sanctuary, Jeanette continued to organize for immigrants’ rights and in April of 2017... Read More →
avatar for Kesha Cash

Kesha Cash

Founder and General Partner, Impact America Fund
Kesha is founder and general partner of Impact America Fund (IAF), a venture capital firm designed to harness market opportunities overlooked by traditional investors. IAF invests in culturally competent entrepreneurs developing solutions that address economic disparities in Amer... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

8:00pm

Talkback Session
Join for extended discussion following the Core Conversation. This is an opportunity for follow-up question and response time with featured panelists. Please move to the front of the room if participating, or continue conversation and connection-making outside of the auditorium.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners
Adam is the executive director of Sojourners. He previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, served as a vice president at World Vision U.S., and as a White House fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He is the author of Mobilizing... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Karen Anderson

Rev. Karen Anderson

Senior Pastor, Ward Chapel AME Church/Metropolitan Congregations United
Karen is pastor of Ward Chapel AME Church. She is board president for Gamaliel’s Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU), serves as a board member of Magdalene St. Louis and Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis, and co-founded “The Mother’s March” for justice in Ferguson and... Read More →
avatar for Ash-Lee Henderson

Ash-Lee Henderson

Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 32 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the co-executive director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. She has served in positions of leadership for... Read More →
avatar for Myrna Pérez

Myrna Pérez

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Myrna heads the Voting Rights and Elections project at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and elections administration, a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, and a frequent commentator for mainstream and legal media.
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Justin Steele

Google.org
Justin Steele is a Principal at Google.org, where he leads Google’s philanthropy in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Prior to joining Google.org, Justin served as Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. site of job training nonprofit Year Up, and he began his career as a management... Read More →
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Rev. Seth Wispelwey

Restoration Village Arts
Seth is a grassroots organizer and pastor. He is one of the leaders in Charlottesville who trained and mobilized clergy to confront white supremacy. Seth has organized people of faith for years to engage in public policy advocacy with organizations like ONE, Bread for the World, and... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Auditorium

8:00pm

Evening Centering
This open prayer session will provide space to debrief and center at the end of a full day of dialogue and strategy. Creative prayers stations will be set up for personal reflection time; participants are welcome to come and go as they desire.

Thursday June 14, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 2

8:30pm

Spiritual Direction Mini-Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

8:30pm

Special Program: Podcast Recording With Jim Wallis
Listen in as Jim Wallis and guests record a new episode for Soul of the Nation podcast. This episode will review how political operatives hijacked white evangelicalism in the ’80s to create a Republican voter block—and consider whether that phenomenon can be reversed by a new generation, led by evangelicals of color and global church leaders. The conversation will also explore how these changes could impact faith and politics in 2018, 2020, and beyond—and why that matters for all people of faith.

Featured Participants
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 internationally... Read More →
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Nikki Toyama-Szeto

ESA
Nikki is executive director of ESA and works with Christians who are motivated to connect their faith with some of the most pressing justice issues of today. She is co-author of God of Justice, coeditor of More than Serving Tea, and a board member of Missio Alliance and Interserve... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Jim Wallis

Rev. Jim Wallis

President and Founder, Sojourners
Jim is the president and founder of Sojourners. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and published his most recent book in 2016: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge... Read More →
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Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

President, Skinner Leadership Institute
Trusted adviser, public policy strategist, faith and community leader, author, lecturer, educator, executive coach, and mentor, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner has made an indelible imprint in American public policy, government, diversity, and community relations.Considered one of Washington’s... Read More →



Thursday June 14, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Executive Board Room
 
Friday, June 15
 

7:00am

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

Featured Participants
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 5A/B

7:15am

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
Friday June 15, 2018 7:15am - 4:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

7:30am

Breakfast
Friday June 15, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Atrium

7:30am

Women Faith Leaders Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

This 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.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Howard University School of Divinity
Yolanda Pierce is Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity. She is a scholar of African American Religious History; Womanist Theology; African American Literature; and Race and Religion.


Friday June 15, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Room 6A/B/C

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.

Friday June 15, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Room 4A

9:00am

Summit Elders Special Program: Wisdom from the Movement
To stay rooted, we need to learn from our elders—those who’ve prepared the way by fighting injustice, promoting peace, and serving others. Come learn from the ways our Summit elders have navigated defeat and success, and honor these leaders for their legacy and movement contribution.

Moderators
avatar for Sojourners

Sojourners

Communications Director, Sojourners
We Will Speak Out, IMA World Health, and Sojourners share the embargoed results of their national report, to be public on Sept. 18: "Broken Silence 2.0: An Update on Pastors' Attitudes and Actions around Domestic and Sexual violence in the #metoo Era"CONTACT:Jessica Felix-Romero2... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners
Adam is the executive director of Sojourners. He previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, served as a vice president at World Vision U.S., and as a White House fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He is the author of Mobilizing... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

Columbia Theological Seminary
Walter is William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the author of more than 100 books and articles, including The Prophetic Imagination and The Message of the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers serves as general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an African-American interdenominational justice advocacy organization. She has authored a number of articles in areas of religion and sociology and received a ComputerWorld Smithsonian... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Otis is an American pastor, theologian, speaker, author, and activist. He has pastored numerous churches and served as board member and regional director of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He holds an M.Div. from Morehouse School of Religion and... Read More →
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Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

General Superintendent Emerita and Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church
Jo Anne is general superintendent emerita and ambassador of the Wesleyan Church. An ordained minister, she has served over 30 years in pastoral ministry and is the founder and former CEO of World Hope International. She holds a M.A. in counseling and continued graduate studies in... Read More →
avatar for Edgar Palacios

Edgar Palacios

Pastor, American Baptist
Edgar is the ambassador of El Salvador to the government of Mexico. He previously served as associate pastor of Christian education at Calvary Baptist Church and as a board member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Palacios helped found and served as the executive director... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Auditorium
  • Moderator Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, Jessica Felix-Romero

10:30am

Spiritual Direction Sessions (SIGN UP 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; no prior experience is necessary.

There is no additional charge for a session with a spiritual director. Sign up using this link.

Featured Participants
avatar for Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown

Spiritual Director, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Barbara’s spiritual direction developed during her 39 years ministering to diverse ethnicities as a campus minister with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Though retired, Barbara continues to be very active in spiritual direction and prayer ministry.
avatar for Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

Rev. Dr. Sid Fowler

United Church of Christ
Sid is committed to nurturing the spiritual heart and engaging in God’s justice, and has served First Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. He has worked with the national staff of the UCC, adjunct faculty at Shalem Institute, the LGBTQ community, The Faith & Politics Institute... Read More →
avatar for Phileena Heuertz

Phileena Heuertz

Co-Founder, Gravity
Phileena is an author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker, and retreat guide, and has spent her life in social justice work among the world’s poor. For nearly 20 years she served with Word Made Flesh in over 70 countries, building community, and founded Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Emily White Hodge

Emily White Hodge

Director of Operations, New Moms
I'm passionate about people. And though I'm an introvert, I will speak fiercely when it comes to justice & racial equity. Professionally, I've been in the urban nonprofit world for 25 years (Minneapolis, Los Angeles & Chicago). I've got my PHR and my certificate in Spiritual Direction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Trujillo

Mary Trujillo

North Park University
Mary is a conflict transformation facilitator who works in communities to end violence, as well as with groups and individuals seeking spiritual direction. Additionally, she serves as a coach and mentor for graduate students in their writing phases. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
avatar for Eric Leroy Wilson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
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. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

10:30am

***Forums Description
Trainings: These gatherings feature practical issue based and field-based skills development with some of the best skill-builders available.


Salons: 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.


Convenings: 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?”

Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kellogg Conference Hotel 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

10:30am

Convening, Racial Justice = Not a Local Matter!
The number of senseless murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement is an alarming epidemic in this country. The White House has encouraged police officers to be rougher with suspects and has called the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police “a local matter.” But this isn’t a local matter; it’s a national crisis. At the same time, African and Latinx immigrants are experiencing discrimination and harsh treatment, held in substandard conditions in private detention centers and deported at higher rates and for lesser charges. This convening will enable participants to discuss concrete ways the church can combat racialized policing and immigration enforcement, and police violence, drawing upon Black, White and Blue Together, Matthew 25 and other faith-based initiatives.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Terrance McKinley

Rev. Terrance McKinley

Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing, Sojourners
Terrance is the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing at Sojourners, and the Lead Minister at Reid Temple AME Church's Washington, D.C. campus. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and was recognized by the African American Pulpit Journal as one of “The... 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 internationally... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners
Adam is the executive director of Sojourners. He previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, served as a vice president at World Vision U.S., and as a White House fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He is the author of Mobilizing... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 6A/B/C

10:30am

Convening, Restoring Our Faith in Business
Our scriptures offer a robust theology and radical praxis around work, business, moral leadership, and the economy. So why is there a pervasive divide between the world of faith and the world of business? Help us bridge this gap by exploring how the church can better embody a prophetic, practical theology of business. We will also consider how communities of faith and business leaders can be better partners in the growing movement around business as a force for good. During the convening, participants will work in small groups to discuss examples of what is already working well, identify what gaps and challenges still exist, and determine what our individual and collective roles are in making the faith community’s engagement with business more “radically rooted.”

Featured Participants
avatar for JoAnn Flett

JoAnn Flett

Director, MBA Economic Development, Eastern University
JoAnn Flett is a Senior Lecturer in Management and directs the MBA in Social Impact at Eastern University. Ms. Flett servers on the boards of Capital for Good, and Broad Street Ministry.
avatar for Jay Coen Gilbert

Jay Coen Gilbert

Co-founder, B Lab and the movement of Certified B Corporations
The role of business in building an inclusive economy


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Executive Board Room

10:30am

Salon, Gender-Responsive Social Change In Our Justice System
Over the past four decades, the number of women in prisons and jails has increased by more than 700 percent, disproportionately impacting women of color. During this forum, participants will explore how people of faith can work to create a more gender-equitable, trauma-informed, and redemptive justice system. How can we address the unique challenges that women and girls—particularly those of color—face during incarceration and return to their communities?

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Vivian D. Nixon

Rev. Vivian D. Nixon

Executive Director, College & Community Fellowship (CCF)
Vivian D. Nixon is the Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF), and advocates nationally for the return of college-level education to our nation's prisons.


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 2

10:30am

Salon, Upswell Lab: Human Centered Design for High Impact Leadership
High-impact leadership requires emotional intelligence. When innovation is rooted in empathy, new insights emerge that empower leaders to align practical action to their mission. This Upswell Lab will use a model based on the principles of human centered design, and will teach techniques and critical skills for turning insights into ideas and ideas into prototypes you can test in the real world.

Featured Participants
avatar for Pickett Slater Harrington

Pickett Slater Harrington

Manager of Leadership Development and Effectiveness, Independent Sector
Pickett Slater Harrington has spent his career igniting social change. He has served with several national nonprofit social change organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Urban League and Public Allies. He has also served as an adjunct professor and senior consultant... Read More →



Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 3

10:30am

Salon, What Happened to the Christian Anti-War Movement?
Around the world, Christians are implementing strategic, effective nonviolent practices amid armed conflict, resource wars, and structural violence. What does Christian peacebuilding look like in the U.S. today? What happened to Christian leadership against war and war culture? What do people of faith have to offer in the “new normal” of a permanent state of war in the U.S.? How do we act as the Body of Christ in permanent war? Our conversation will focus on sparking a fresh framework for people of faith on war and peace.

Featured Participants
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 writer... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 4C

10:30am

Immigration Special Program: Sacred Resistance: Inside the Resurgent Sanctuary Movement
You’re invited to a screening of Sacred Resistance; a newly released documentary following those threatened with deportation and the faith communities that have responded by providing sanctuary. The screening will be followed by a panel of activists, community organizers, and those previously in sanctuary who will discuss how to join the movement.

Featured Participants
avatar for Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Policy Advocacy Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
Kathryn Johnson coordinates policy advocacy for the American Friends Service Committee focusing on immigration and U.S. engagement with Latin America.
avatar for Myrna Orozco-Gallos

Myrna Orozco-Gallos

Sanctuary Communications & Organizing Associate, Church World Service
Myrna is the Sanctuary Communications & Organizing Associate for Church World Service, where she helps coordinate the National Sanctuary Movement.
avatar for Jeanette Vizguerra

Jeanette Vizguerra

New Sanctuary Movement
After fighting off deportation for eight years, Jeanette Vizguerra decided to go public with her story and sought refuge in the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Denver, Colorado. While in Sanctuary, Jeanette continued to organize for immigrants’ rights and in April of 2017... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 5A/B

10:30am

Meet-up: Artists and Justice
This is a space for artists to talk about or share their creative work, share stories, and maybe even find collaborators. Framing questions will center on the role of cultural workers in ongoing movement work, resilience work and sustaining one’s artistry creatively and practically.

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey

United Church of Christ, Restoration Village Arts
Tracy is a musician, producer, and the minister for community and congregational engagement for the United Church of Christ. She networks with artists, liturgists, and cultural workers, helping congregations become communities of resistance and resilience.


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

12:00pm

Lunch & Special Program, Voter Protection: Lawyers & Collars
This special luncheon will highlight “Lawyers and Collars,” a new initiative pairing faith leaders with election protection lawyers to protect the votes of vulnerable citizens. The National African American Clergy Network, Sojourners, and their partners will equip lawyers to take immediate legal action when individuals are refused the right to vote, and faith leaders—who are among the most trusted leaders in vulnerable communities—to stand with election protection lawyers at the polls.

Featured Participants
avatar for Michele Jawando

Michele Jawando

Vice President, Center for American Progress
Michele Jawando is an attorney and social justice advocate working at the intersection of policy, political strategy, and media. She currently serves as a vice president at the Center for American Progress and a senior adviser for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Starting... Read More →
avatar for Marcia Johnson-Blanco

Marcia Johnson-Blanco

Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project.   She manages the Project’s programmatic and advocacy portfolios which include leading Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program, overseeing the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Terrance McKinley

Rev. Terrance McKinley

Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing, Sojourners
Terrance is the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing at Sojourners, and the Lead Minister at Reid Temple AME Church's Washington, D.C. campus. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and was recognized by the African American Pulpit Journal as one of “The... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners
Adam is the executive director of Sojourners. He previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, served as a vice president at World Vision U.S., and as a White House fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He is the author of Mobilizing... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Core Conversation: CREATE
What does prophetic imagination mean today? Our present civic dysfunction has imposed new barriers on some and provided a wake-up call to others, yet transformative possibilities exist. What does prophetic ministry look like, not just in our biblical traditions, but in response to this moment? This final Core Conversation will consider the meaning of the prophetic vocation today and how it guides our way forward.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. Jim Wallis

Rev. Jim Wallis

President and Founder, Sojourners
Jim is the president and founder of Sojourners. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and published his most recent book in 2016: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

Columbia Theological Seminary
Walter is William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the author of more than 100 books and articles, including The Prophetic Imagination and The Message of the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Terri Hord Owens

Rev. Terri Hord Owens

Disciples of Christ
Terri is the general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the first African American and the second woman to lead this denomination. Previously, she led the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Downer’s Grove, Ill., to become an... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

North Park Theological Seminary
Soong-Chan is the Milton B. Engebretson professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Seminary. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament. He received his B.A. from Columbia, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, Th.M. from Harvard, D.Min. from GCTS, and Th.D... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Reggie Williams

Dr. Reggie Williams

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

Movement Honorees
avatar for Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley

Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley

Lead Organizer, Congregate Charlottesville
Brittany is lead organizer of Congregate Charlottesville, which formed in response to white supremacist violence and seeks to equip people of faith for public witness. Brittany is rooted in the subversive way of Jesus and enjoys dancing, deconstructing destructive dominions of dominance... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Auditorium

3:00pm

Worship & Blessing Ceremony
Join as we gather to give thanks to God with song and prayer, closing our time in a worship service that incorporates the themes and messages we’ve heard over the past three days. At the conclusion of the service, everyone is invited to receive an individual blessing from one of the Summit Elders—a powerful symbol of how those who’ve gone before affirm and commission us all to carry the movement forward. Each annual gathering has concluded with this ceremony, and it has become a special send-off for the community formed at The Summit.

Featured Participants
avatar for Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

Columbia Theological Seminary
Walter is William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the author of more than 100 books and articles, including The Prophetic Imagination and The Message of the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers serves as general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an African-American interdenominational justice advocacy organization. She has authored a number of articles in areas of religion and sociology and received a ComputerWorld Smithsonian... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Otis is an American pastor, theologian, speaker, author, and activist. He has pastored numerous churches and served as board member and regional director of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He holds an M.Div. from Morehouse School of Religion and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

General Superintendent Emerita and Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church
Jo Anne is general superintendent emerita and ambassador of the Wesleyan Church. An ordained minister, she has served over 30 years in pastoral ministry and is the founder and former CEO of World Hope International. She holds a M.A. in counseling and continued graduate studies in... Read More →
avatar for Edgar Palacios

Edgar Palacios

Pastor, American Baptist
Edgar is the ambassador of El Salvador to the government of Mexico. He previously served as associate pastor of Christian education at Calvary Baptist Church and as a board member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Palacios helped found and served as the executive director... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

4:00pm

Grab-and-Go Reception
We’ll say our goodbyes and enjoy some food before returning to our communities. Feel free to take your food with you or stay and talk.

Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Atrium