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Join us for George Fox University's student multicultural leadership conference on Friday, OCT. 9 and Saturday, OCT. 10.

The Voices Project Conference will highlight multicultural and multiethnic leadership in the U.S. It's open to all students and faculty, community members and to several other universities in the area. Workshops and main sessions will focus on what it means to engage communally, theologically, and intersectionally.

Registration is now open!

Register Here

 

Sample of Schedule of Events



Friday, October 9

5:30 p.m.
Tune in on Zoom
Link will be sent via email
6 p.m.
Worship session
Zoom
Opening worship session with Stillwater, spoken word, and testimony from George Fox students!

Saturday, October 10

10 a.m. Plenary Speakers
11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
3:20 p.m. Closing Session

Breakout Session Topics

Attendees can choose two of the following:

  • “Influence the culture” (Sunia Gibbs)
  • “Support Representative Leadership” (Andrea Smith)
  • “Engage the Systems” (Lisa Sharon Harper)

Notes and Directions for Visitors


Visiting Panelists and Musicans  

Kathy Khang

raquel polanco

Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher based in the north suburbs of Chicago. Khang is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up (IVP, 2018) and Alabaster Guided Meditations, Psalms Vol. 1 + 2 (IVP, 2020), a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine, and a contributing author of More Than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006). She blogs at www.kathykhang.com, tweets and Instagrams as @mskathykhang, posts at www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor, and partners with other bloggers, pastors, and Christian leaders to highlight and move the conversation forward on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender within the Church.
Ms. Khang has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked as a reporter in Green Bay and Milwaukee, WI before working more than two decades with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. She currently serves as the vice-chair for the board of Evangelicals for Social Action.

 


Robert Chao Romero

maria jose soerens

Robert Chao Romero (PhD, University of California at Los Angeles; JD, University of California at Berkeley) is associate professor in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of "Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity," "The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940," "Jesus for Revolutionaries: An Introduction to Race, Social Justice, and Christianity," and "Mixed Race Student Politics."Â Together with his wife Erica, he is co-founder of Jesus 4 Revolutionaries, a ministry among activists.

Sunia Gibbs

maria jose soerens

Sunia Gibbs is an artist and faith leader in pursuit of creative innovation that promotes connectivity and belonging. As an abstract painter and musician, she creates from conversations and experiences anchored to people and place. A founding pastor with The Groves at Sunnyside UMC in Portland, Oregon, she is currently reimagining and developing old church facilities as creative arts and inclusive neighborhood spaces.
Instagram: @suniagibbsart
Website: suniagibbsart.com

Michelle Lang & Still Water

stillwater

MLSW is an urban-contemporary blend of R&B, Hip-Hop, Inspirational and Soul wrapped around a sound Gospel message.


Ekemini Uwan

Ekemini Uwan

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian who received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. She is the co-host of Truth's Table podcast alongside Michelle Higgins and Dr. Christina Edmondson. During her time at WTS, Ekemini won the 2015 Greene Prize in Apologetics Award. In 2018, Christianity Today named her among "10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing.”

Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Black Voices, Christianity Today, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective to name a few. Her insights have been quoted by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker among other publications.

As one who is passionate about theology, Ekemini has a fierce commitment to biblical orthodoxy and its implications for issues pertaining to racial injustice, anti-black racism, and white supremacy.

Ekemini believes that theology can and does speak to the culture, social, and political issues of our present day. As a result, she often speaks, opines, and writes about the aforementioned for various online publications. Ekemini's voice has been sampled on Lecrae's album, All Things Work Together and Sho Baraka's The Narrative.

In her spare time, she enjoys discipling women, spending quality time with loved ones and working out. As a self-proclaimed part-time fashionista, she has a penchant for thrift shopping.


Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany to South Africa to Australia, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action. 

Ms. Harper is the author of several books, including Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat (The New Press, 2008); Left Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Elevate, 2011); Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014); and the critically acclaimed, The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right (Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016). The Very Good Gospel, recognized as the “2016 Book of the Year” by Englewood Review of Books, explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines. She writes extensively on shalom and governance, immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, climate change, and transformational civic engagement. 

Ms. Harper earned her Masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City, and served as Sojourners Chief Church Engagement Officer. In this capacity, she fasted for 22 days as a core faster in 2013 with the immigration reform Fast for Families. She trained and catalyzed evangelicals in St. Louis and Baltimore to engage the 2014 push for justice in Ferguson and the 2015 healing process in Baltimore, and she educated faith leaders in South Africa to pull the levers of their new democracy toward racial equity and economic inclusion.


Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith is the coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice and the board member of NAIITS: An Indigneous Learning Community. She is also part of the community of scholars for the Voices School of Liberation and Transformation.


“The Voices Project Conference was an amazing way to engage in healthy conversation about the steps we need to take as Christians to stand by all our brothers and sisters.”

- Grace Matteson '19