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Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Ross Paved the Way as Scholar and Mentor

by: Katie Tait

October 16, 2020

By Jessica Love Growing up in Dorchester, South Carolina, a young Rev. Dr. Rosetta Ross watched the civil rights movement unfold before her eyes. I was in elementary and high school during that time,” Ross recalled, “I can remember how significant the implications of the Civil Rights Movement were… for Black people’s possibilities in the

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Little Reimagines Holistic Salvation for Black Women

by: Katie Tait

October 2, 2020

By Jessica Love Georgia native Lahronda Little’s call to ministry began in the seeded, colorful rows of her grandparent’s garden. “I always start with my grandparents garden,” Little said. “Everything that I know about God was formed in that context…Everything I’m doing right now goes directly back to those years in the garden with my

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Lee Works for Trauma-Informed Pastoral Counseling

by: Katie Tait

September 25, 2020

By Jessica Love Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Jin Lee’s love for music drew her to the church. “I loved music and singing songs,” she said. “I was raised in a non-Christian family, and one of my friends asked, ‘Hee Jin, do you want to join a choir; why don’t you go to

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Sun-Ah Kang Breaks Gendered Barriers in Theology

by: Katie Tait

September 18, 2020

By Jessica Love South Korea native Sun-Ah Kang vividly remembers the moment God called her to be a champion for women in ministry. “When I was in high school, I went to this retreat and the guest speaker was a male, very old, retired pastor,” Kang recounted. “He talked about how sin came to the

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Kang Finds God’s Love in the ‘Layers’

by: Katie Tait

September 11, 2020

By Jessica Love The daughter of a single mother with breast cancer, Hayoung Kang’s own traumatic experiences inspired her call to ministry. Now, as an Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color (WOC) Scholar, she is empowered to create political theology and philosophy to help others navigate trauma. The Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color (WOC)

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Bonilla Closes Gaps in Seminary Education

by: Katie Tait

September 4, 2020

By Jessica Love Rev. Patricia Bonilla learned at an early age how important it is to see color and acknowledge differences. “In high school, I was one of two Mexican students in my whole grade,” she said. Now Bonilla, who is an ordained deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference, is researching and celebrating those differences

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Dellinger ‘Writes the Book She Wants to See’

by: Katie Tait

August 28, 2020

By Jessica Love Dr. Lisa Dellinger recently earned her Ph.D. in theology, history and ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, making her the 49th graduate of the Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color Scholars program. Dellinger, who is working toward ordination as a United Methodist elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, is

#ColortheConversation Campaign Makes Space for Dialogue

by: Katie Tait

August 20, 2020

On August 20, 2020, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) began #ColortheConversation as a new discussion and listening campaign to address racism in higher education and ministry. The campaign will elevate and center the voices and experiences of people of color in our agency and affiliated institutions. It is important to acknowledge

GBHEM: Our Road Reimagined

by: Katie Tait

August 12, 2020

Today, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) launches a new guiding structure for its long-held mission of preparing leaders for the Church, the academy and the world. “Our Road Reimagined” is the result of a months-long process to survey and remodel the agency. This effort included a complete program evaluation, a cost-savings

‘Connecting people to opportunities’: Rust College’s first woman president

by: GBHEM

August 7, 2020

By Jessica Love Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas Dr. Ivy Taylor, was recently elected as Rust College’s first woman president. She is the 12th president in the college’s 154-year history. Rust College, founded in 1866 in Holly Spring, Mississippi, is the oldest of the 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities supported by the United

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