RISE Together Mentorship Network

Renew | Inspire | Support | Empower

A National Mentorship Network
for Women of Color in Ministry

RISE Together Mentorship Network is an initiative of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in collaboration with the Women of Color in Ministry (WOCIM). This initiative is made possible thanks to generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.


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.

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.

RISE Together seeks to address the need for  cross-cultural, intergenerational and interdenominational female-centered webs of connection which empower women to  excel in ministry leadership. Anchored at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.in collaboration with the Women of Color in Ministry (WOCIM) Project, RISE Together provides WOCIM a  network of mentoring communities with the goals of building bridges and creating safe, cross-cultural spaces.

Thriving in Ministry Webinar Series

This dynamic leadership series aims to help ensure women of color have access to empowering expertise, skills, and resources to thrive in ministry.

Learn more about the upcoming RISE Together webinars below. 

Apply To Be A Mentee!

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, and to the larger community of support made available as a member of the Mentorship Network.

Each regional cohort will include 3 cross-cultural, ecumenical and interdisciplinary mentors and 12-15 mentees.  This is a two-year (2) commitment, of female-centered community support and empowerment.

RISE Together cohorts, both Mentees and Mentors, can expect monthly face-to-face meetings, as well as virtual leadership events and spiritual formation activities. Every other year, in collaboration with Network partners, a National RISE Together Leadership Forum will be held at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

RISE Together Mentee Applications for the inaugural class are no longer being accepted. Applications for the second cohort of RISE Mentees and Mentors will be available in early 2020.  

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