2018 Symposium | Sessions and Speakers

Micky ScottBey Jones - the Justice Doula - is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, pilgrimages, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, communal self-care, contemplative activism, intersectionality and theology from the margins. Micky has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. She is the Director of Healing Justice with the Southern-based collective Faith Matters Network. Micky was named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com

Chapel Title: A Revolutionary Love Story: Jesus, the Table and Race

Workshop Title: Brave Space: Co-Creating Beloved Community

Louis D. Colon has been pastoring in the inner city of Rochester NY since 2005. There he has experienced the joy of doing ministry in a multicultural setting with people from difference races and different cultures. “I feel like multicultural ministry gives me a glimpse of what it will be like when all tribes, nations, and tongues will be worshiping the Lamb for eternity!” Louis has had the privilege of being in different cultures and forming close relationships with people from different races and backgrounds. Louis is passionate about seeing people become champions for Christ.   Louis recently married Amy, and they have 2 children, Daniel (11), and Sara (4). They are also expecting a baby boy in February.

Workshop Title: The Beauty of Multicultural Ministry

Abstract: There are real issues of race in our nation and frankly around the world. These issues have been here for many years and recent tensions seem to be boiling over. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., once said many years ago "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning.” Could this still be true? The dream I have always had in my heart about church is a multi-cultural dream. During this workshop my goal will be to share my experience as the pastor of an inner city church in Rochester NY that is multi-cultural, multi ethnic, and attempts to appeal to people from all races and cultures. I want to share that it is possible to have people who are different from each other join together towards a common cause and a common dream. Our dream at Heart and Soul is to “build Champions…”   We have seen that people’s hearts long to be used by God no matter where they come from or the color of their skin. We will speak honestly about the challenges and amazing opportunities that come from doing church in a multicultural way.    

Justin K. Jose serves as the Director of Multicultural Education and Initiatives at Grove City College. He originally hails from San Diego, CA, and has lived in four different regions of the United States: Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, South. These life experiences have helped shape his perspective and given him more appreciation for ethnic, regional and familial culture. Justin has been married to his wife Liz for a year and a half. They both work in Student Development at Grove City College where Liz is a Residence Director in one of the schools residence halls. Justin has earned an M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College. He enjoys reading, cooking, is an avid Southern California sports fan and basketball junky, loves trying new ethnic restaurants with his wife, surfing when near an ocean, and is a Chick fil-A enthusiast.

Workshop Title: “The Good News of Ethnic Diversity”

Abstract: God created man in His image, and His image comes in countless different skin pigmentations, experiences, and values—all reflecting His diverse beauty. Though all ethnic cultures are marred by sin, they are also all God’s creation and bring Him glory. Imagine the picture displayed in Revelation—God’s people from every tribe and nation in unison celebrating and praising Jesus Christ who sacrificed Himself on their behalf. What a picture of Christ-exalting diversity! To celebrate the good news of diversity is to value and learn from the various perspectives and stories that make up the body of Christ. We’ll discuss why diversity is important and how to celebrate cultural diversity.

Rev. Judith Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of At Liberty Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization established to build communities that act as both caregiver and prophet among populations impacted by institutional/structural racism.  She has also served as the facilitator of Black and White Churches Addressing Institutional Racism, which is now known as the Movement for Anti-racist Ministry and Action (MAMA). Rev. Davis is a member of MAMA’s Steering Committee and one of the instructors for MAMA’s ten-week anti-racist educational series entitled Education for Action. Rev. Davis serves as Supporting Clergy at Community of the Savior in Rochester, New York where she works on the Mission and Social Justice Committee. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She received her Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and graduated from Colgate with Distinction.

Workshop Title: What Happened to the Rest of the Gospel?

Abstract: Is being anti-racist a part of the work of the gospel? Are members of the church to pursue social, political, economic, and cultural equity for all or personal salvation and piety only? We'll take a look at Ephesians 2:14-16 and discuss the second reason why Jesus died on the cross.

Änna Pettway, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and anti-racist educator. She is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Houghton College where she teaches a course on the Psychology of Race and Racism. She completed her B.A. in psychology at Spring Arbor University and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to coming to Houghton, Dr. Pettway taught at the collegiate level for four years at various colleges and universities, both in Michigan and in Tennessee. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in diagnostic assessments in Atlanta, GA. She has a wide range of clinical experiences that include inpatient, outpatient, and court settings; she particularly enjoys working with children and families with difficult diagnostic questions. Dr. Pettway enjoys running, shopping, drinking expensive coffee, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Workshop Title: Where Do We Go From Here? Practical Tips for White People Who Seek Racial Justice

Abstract: Are you a white person who yearns for a Revelation 7:9 vision of a multiracial community but is unsure of how to move closer toward that heavenly vision while living in a fallen world? Have you wanted to be a part of the change but been unsure of what you should do or not do? Do you acknowledge that racism is systemic but feel overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible task of changing those large systems? Does learning about the church’s complicity in racism and maintaining racist structures leave you unsure of whether you even want to be a part of the church anymore? Have you recently become aware that you benefit from white privilege but you’re not quite sure how to use that privilege for good? If you said yes to any of these questions, or if you are intrigued by them at all, this workshop is for you (note: if you are a person of color, you are warmly welcomed as well). In this session, we will explore practical tips for what White Christians who seek to be anti-racists should do and not do as they strive toward racial justice.

Eric W. Logan serves as the IT Infrastructure Manager for the City of Rochester, NY, and provides Strategy, Leadership, and Management of the City’s technology computing environments. A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Eric has been with the City since 2010 and brings a wealth of IT and Project leadership from his former role as a manager at Eastman Kodak. Eric has a strong focus on developing leadership and technical excellence, and enjoys leading and empowering colleagues to help make Rochester “The Best Mid-Sized City in America”.

Eric has also serves the greater Rochester community as Board Secretary for Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and the United Way of Greater Rochester Governance Committee. He has also served the community in previous roles as President of the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Board of the Susan B. Anthony House, Mayoral appointee and Co-Chair of the Rochester-Monroe Freedom Trail Commission, and as Chair of the WXXI Community Advisory Board. He serves as a member of the Music Ministries team of his local church, New Hope Free Methodist Church. He is also a vocalist with the Rochester Oratorio Society, and musician with Rochester’s Bureau Cats Blues Band.

 Workshop Extract:

Racially based discrimination in the workplace:

  • What is it?
  • Why does it matter?
  • How can we identify it?
  • What is the real importance of diversity in the workplace?
  • Should Christians participate in reducing racism and fostering diversity in the workplace?
  • If yes, how?

We’ll explore these and other questions in a session that will dig a bit deeper into answers that might seem obvious on the surface, but may have more subtle implications. This is NOT a “White Guilt” session but will instead acknowledge that racism in the workplace affects everyone, and will seek answers to “how do we get out of this, together”. This session will not provide all the answers, but will help us ask better questions that will lead us to more effective solution

Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation.  Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist forNative News Online and is the author of the popular blog "Reflections from the Hogan." He served on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and is a former Board of Trustee member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), has served as the pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver CO and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” (CRU, IVCF and CICW)

Mark is active on Facebook,Twitter,YouTube and Instagram under the username: wirelesshogan