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Colloquy for Clergy Women of Color


  • 701 S. Columbia Drive PO Box 520 Decatur, GA 30031 (map)

This colloquy is for clergy leaders who are women of color in ministry leadership contexts. This is a peer-mentoring experience for those seeking collegial support and challenge. Participants will explore and share experiences in mediating dynamics of ethnicity, race, and gender in their work as pastoral leaders and how these experiences influence their self-identity as clergy in the current landscape. The colloquy will include a focus on navigating transitions during the trajectory of their vocational calling. Many transitions that are perceived as normative for male clergy may hold different and unique challenges for women of color. Participation in both sessions, August 2019 and January 2020, is expected.

Location: Harrington Center 222 and other locations on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary.

With: Karma Bowen-Johnson, Lilian “Luky” Cotto and Jihyun Oh. Bowen-Johnson serves as the Assistant Pastor of Turner Monumental AME Church in Atlanta, GA and Director of Director of Christian Education for both the Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference (ANGC) and the Atlanta East District of the AME Church. Cotto, a native of Guatemala, serves as a missionary of the United Methodist Church’s GBGM – National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry and is engaged in church planting in New Jersey. Oh currently serves as Manager, Call Process Support and Assistant Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served as interim pastor, associate pastor and hospital chaplain.  

Sample Schedule: Monday 1:30 – 5:00 PM, group dinner on campus at 6:00 PM; Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and group dinner out (included!); Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Program Fees: $550, includes two breakfasts, two dinners, one lunch during each of the two sessions.

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Later Event: August 18
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