This event is only available to members of the RISE Together Network. Participants will explore how as faith leaders women of color in ministry can respond to issues of justice observed in their communities, as well as, how to educate and empower congregations and faith-based organizations to bring about positive social change. Discussions format can include a panel of local clergy, faith-based community leaders and scholars.
About Rev. Emma Jordan Simpson’88
Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson is the Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation’s oldest interfaith, peace and justice fellowship, which explores the transformative power of nonviolence in the resolution of human conflict.
Rev. Jordan is a graduate of Fisk University (Religious and Philosophical Studies and Music, 1985), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv 1988) and has earned the Certificate in Not for Profit Management, Executive Level from the Columbia Business School Institute for Not for Profit Management (1995). Rev. Jordan also earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological Seminary ( 2009.)
Rev. Jordan currently serves as the Executive Pastor for Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Brooklyn, NY). When she was ordained in 1989, she became the second woman in the church’s history to lead Gospel Ministry. The passions of her life are reflected in some of her writings, which include the foreword to Rizpah’s Children, by Rev. Dr. Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett and a meditation entitled, “Loving Our Daughters,” for Sister to Sister: A Devotional for African American Women. ‘ Loving Our Daughters’ has now been adapted and published in “Standing in the Need of Prayer: a Celebration of Black Prayer,” by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Coretta Scott King.
Throughout her pastoral ministry, she has used her voice as an advocate for social justice as the Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund – New York and Girls Incorporated of New York City. She has also served as executive vice president for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Read Rev. Jordan’s full bio here.