Renew | Inspire | Support | Empower
A National Mentorship Network
for Women of Color in Ministry
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RISE Together Mentorship Network founded as an Initiative of Union Theological Seminary in collaboration with the WOCIM Project, is a female mentorship network that connects women of color seminary students and early to mid-career clergy to experienced women ministers, senior pastors, faculty, and community leaders.
Through mentoring relationships, intergenerational and peer support networks, RISE members experience safe spaces for Renewal, Inspiration, Support and Empowerment.
This initiative is made possible thanks to generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.
About RISE Together Mentorship Network
As the multicultural and gender landscape of our nation rapidly changes, so does the racial/ethnic and gender make-up of theological education. Following these trends, there is a strong and steady call for female mentorship; as well as a need for local and national woman-centered networks of support to connect women of color in ministry. This signals more than just an increased need for professional development; it speaks to larger issues of justice and equity in the arenas of practical ministry and academic theology.
In March 2018, RISE launched 10 mentorship cohorts in 9 cities. Members of each cohort committed to a 2-year cycle of 10 monthly 3-hour gatherings each year. In the regional cohorts, women of color journey together to learn from the wisdom of mentors, peers, an intergenerational female-centered community and a multidisciplinary network of national experts. Through the lens of race, gender, age and culture, RISE sister-only gatherings lay the foundation for reflection on women’s ways of knowing and thriving in ministry.
RISE Together provides a multicultural mentorship network for female ministers, scholars, and activists to foster interdisciplinary, ecumenical connections and leadership development opportunities designed to overcome the challenges of age, race, and gender inequalities.
RISE Together envisions a vibrant network of women of color in ministry who are committed to mutually advancing the professional and personal effectiveness of participating mentors and mentees so that they may be Renewed, Inspired, Supported, and Empowered.
“As a young woman in ministry, RISE has been the sacred community I’ve longed for and the protective incubator I never knew I needed.”
-Atlanta Rise Cohort Member, Class of 2020
The RISE Together Mentee Application is Now Open
RISE Together is seeking early and mid-career ministry leaders, pastors, scholars, and community activists to connect, as mentees, with one of EIGHT (8) regional cohorts. Each regional cohort – Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Lancaster, PA, Nashville, TN, New York City, NY, Northern California (San Francisco, Contra Costa, Oakland), Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, – will include cross-cultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary mentors and 12-15 mentees.
This is a two-year commitment, beginning in September 2022, of female-centered community support, sisterhood, and empowerment. Accepted RISE applicants should plan to attend the National Virtual Gathering, The Power of Our Voices, in March 2022.
At present, cohorts are expected to meet virtually, with the hope of moving to in-person gatherings soon. Accepted RISE participants will be required to adhere to any COVID-19 guidelines, based on the host institutions’ visitor policy for in-person gatherings.
Photos from the RISE Together Conference The Power of our Voices: For such a Time as This
To view photos from the RISE Together Inaugural Conference and Launch in 2018, click here.