Women of Color Clergy: The Colloquy Experience
The Women of Color Clergy colloquy is designed for church leaders who are women of color, many of whom are now realizing opportunities for pastoral leadership in contexts previously inaccessible.
Participants will explore and share experiences in mediating dynamics of ethnicity, race, and gender in their work as pastoral leaders and how these experiences influence their self-identity as clergy in the current landscape.
Women of Color clergy will learn how to navigate the transitions of their vocational call. Many transitions in and around the Church are perceived as normative for male clergy but may hold different and unique challenges for women of color.
Lilian “Luky” Cotto, Cynthia Parnell McDonald, and Jihyun Oh are the colloquy’s dynamic and diverse team of Women of Color instructors for both fall and winter colloquy sessions.
McDonald serves as an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research. With over 18 years of ministry experience as an educator and pastor. She is currently the pastor of St. Luke A.M.E Church/Cartersville.
Cotto, a native of Guatemala, serves as a missionary of the United Methodist Church’s GBGM – National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry and is engaged in church planting in New Jersey.
Oh currently serves as Manager, Call Process Support and Assistant Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served as interim pastor, associate pastor and hospital chaplain.
As the climate of change is affecting the inner works of ministry there are some interior design issues that need to be addressed. In-depth conversations need to take place, support systems need to be identified and designed in order for us to be able to better navigate the shift to our roles as women of color in ministry and as ministry leaders. This colloquy is for clergy leaders who are women of color, many of whom are now realizing opportunities for pastoral leadership in contexts previously inaccessible. -Karma Bowen-Johnson
This experience is exclusively for Women of Color clergy. Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions- September 14-16, 2020 and January 25-27, 2021. Registration NOW OPEN. Click here to register and learn more!
The Women of Color Clergy Colloquy is apart of the Colloquy Series Experience provided through the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Pastoral Excellence programs.
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