Upcoming Events

The Power of Our Voices: For Such a Time as This

March 5, 2020 – March 7, 2020 all-day
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Schedule  |  Speakers  |  Leadership Round Tables  |  Workshops

The Power Of Our Voices: For Such A Time As This Conference, hosted by the RISE Together Mentorship Network, is a three-day mentorship and leadership development opportunity for women of color ministry leaders.  RISE national cohorts, network members, partners and women of color in ministry from across the country will gather in community and sisterhood. During this sistering conference, the voices and experiences of women of color in ministry will be centered and affirmed.

Through networking, inspirational worship, dynamic panel discussions, workshops, and leadership roundtables, women of color ministers will be empowered and inspired to navigate difficult spaces, overcome barriers, and embrace the fullness of God’s call on their life. RISE Network partners will also recognize the inaugural Class of RISE sojourners, and hold an induction ceremony for the RISE Together Class of 2022.  The Power of Our Voices: For Such A Time As This Conference is open to all women of color ministry leaders.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 5

6:00 – 8:00 pm  |  Opening Ceremony and Welcome

8:00 pm  |  RISE Network Reception

Friday, March 6

7:00 – 8:00 am  |  Breakfast Meet-Up

8:30 – 9:20 am  |  Leadership Roundtables

9:30 – 11:00 am  |  Worship Service

11:00 – 12:00 am  |  Regional/Cross Regional Networking

12:00 noon  |  Brunch

2:00 – 5:00  |  Concurrent Workshops  |  Workshop titles to be announced

5:00 – 7:00 pm  |  Dinner on Your Own

7:00 – 8:30 pm  |  RISE Table Talk

9:00 pm  |  Millennial Preaching and Power Talks

Saturday, March 7

8:00 – 9:00 am  |  Breakfast Meet UP

9:00 – 10:30 am  |  Worship Service

10:45 – 11:30 am  |  Leadership Roundtables

11:30 am – 2:00 pm  |  RISE Together Network Brunch  |  Graduation and Induction Ceremony

 2:00 pm  |  Sending Off and Blessing and Benediction

Featured Speakers to Include

Rev. Dr. Myrna Thurman Malone            Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale                              Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan
Rev. Dr. Renita Weems                            Jessica Vazquez Torres
Rev. Laura M. Cheifetz                            Rev. Natosha Reid Rice
Attorney Rhonda Joy McLean

Leadership Round Tables

Location: Cascade Room (Lower Level)

Pastoring in Public Spaces
Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, Esq.

Embracing the Power of WE-Women Entrepreneurs
Rev. Dr. Gail Davis                          

Worship as Pastoral Care: The Use of Scripture, Song, and Sermon
Rev. Catherine Williams, PhD

Many Styles of Leadership: Knowing When to Mix It Up 
Attorney Rhonda Joy McLean, Esq.

How Can They Hear Without a Womanist Preacher? 
Rev. Kelly Farrow, PhD

Location: Highland Ball Room

Top Mistakes Clergy Make: How to Protect Your Work 
Rev. Leah Jackson, Esq.

Leading from the Second Chair: Associate Pastor or Administrator
Rev. Audrey Atkins

Church and Academy: The Tapestry of an Interwoven Ministry
Rev. Dr. Mary Young

The Process of Recovery: Creating Ministries of Healing
Rev. Myrna Thurman Malone, THD

“Fitting Nowhere: Meditation on Ministry, Wisdom, and Leadership”
Rev. Laura Cheifetz

Concurrent Workshops

Session I 3:00 – 4:15

Considering Ministry Beyond the Pulpit?  |  Reverend Dr. Patricia Murphy

Trauma Informed Ministry: Creating Healing Spaces  |  Reverend Dr. Myrna Thurman-Malone & Reverend Dr. Jessica Brown

Pastor as Preacher, Prophet, and Priest  |  Reverend Dr. Leslie Callahan

Session II 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Ministry, Marriage, and Motherhood  |  Reverend Natosha Reid Rice, Esq.

Weary Throats and New Songs: Proclaiming God’s Word  | Reverend Dr. Teresa Fry Brown

Millennial Women of Color Spiritual Leaders: Doing Social, Creative, Conscious Ministry in the 21st Century  |  Reverend Lyvonne “Proverbs”

About RISE Together: The RISE Together Mentorship Network connects women of color seminary students and early to mid-career clergy to experienced women ministers, senior pastors, faculty, and community leaders. These connections create much needed safe spaces and mentoring relationships where the collective wisdom of women-centered communities promote experiences of Renewal, Inspiration, Support, and Empowerment.