Women of Color CCDA Post-Conference Retreat

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To be a woman of color committed to racial reconciliation and social justice in the Christian church––whether evangelical or mainline––is to be a perpetual outsider. Many of us are culturally and theologically isolated in the spaces where we live, work, and minister. Our existence at the intersection of race and gender invites unique experiences, different from those of our White sisters and our brothers of all races. Sometimes those experiences include struggling to be heard and valued by the very communities and organizations that we serve. When the burden of isolation becomes too much, we are tempted to walk away from CCD ministry and give up on the vision of beloved community.
This post-conference retreat is an opportunity for women of color to come together to:

  • Share the blessings and burdens of being women of color in Christian social justice ministry
  • Form strategies to sustain personal and professional wellness in the midst of cultural trauma and isolation
  • Renew our commitment to justice and reconciliation in the body of Christ
  • Enjoy fun and fellowship as sisters in Christ

*Be sure to check this site frequently as new information will be added regularly



  1. For Women of Color Who Have Considered Quitting when the Isolation Is Enuf by Chanequa Walker-Barnes (Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University) The large, flat package was sitting in the front entryway when I returned home after three days away at an evangelical social justice conference. The return address listed “S. Gay” as the sender. It was a minute or two before I remembered placing the order. It was a print by a local artist, Shanequa Gay. I had learned of her work several months earlier, intrigued by this talented woman who shared my name.



Saturday, November 14th

12:30pm Registration Opens
  1:00pm Main Session
  2:30pm Break
  2:45pm Main Session
  5:15pm Dinner Break
  6:30pm Evening Session
  8:00pm Optional Evening Event

Sunday, November 15th

  8:00am Main Session
  9:45am Coffee Break
 10:00am Main Session


Steering Committee

Christena Cleveland

christena-cleveland Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for reconciling across cultural divisions. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School where she is also the faculty director of Duke’s Center for Reconciliation. Christena earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Erna Hackett

erna-hackett Erna spent the last 20 years living in Los Angeles and loving college students. She specializes in building multi-ethnic communities, diverse approaches to worship, and bridging college students and the inner city. For ten years, she worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Black Campus Ministries. She recently moved to Portland, Oregon where she is pursuing her Masters in Intercultural Studies under the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). She is the Director of Worship for the Urbana 15 Missions Conference and continues to work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She blogs at In another life, she worked as a singer in LA––her music can be found at

Zakiya Jackson

zakiya-jackson Zakiya has been involved in Christian Community Development for over 10 years, working in education, youth and leadership development and social entrepreneurship. Zakiya is a lover of words—and creatively uses them by entertaining her friends with stories, speaking or performing in front of a crowd or contemplatively writing poems and blogs. Nashville is her hometown but you can now find her all over the US, traveling for work and for visiting her incredible nieces, nephews and other family members.

Mayra Macedo-Nolan

mayra-macedo-nolan Mayra grew up in East Los Angeles and currently lives in Pasadena, CA, serving on pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church. She has spent the past 16 years leading in her local community and inspiring and casting vision of Kingdom-neighbor-loving. Her experience and passions range from youth and leadership development, non-profit management, cross sector collaborations for community transformation, organizational dynamics, race & faith, and the challenges of women and minorities in church leadership. She was most recently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CCDA. A primary focus of her current ministry is mentoring younger leaders of all racial/ethnic backgrounds. She is married to Chris and they have four children ranging from a 4-yr-old to newlyweds.

Emily Rice

emily-rice 100px Emily Rice (Ikalahan, Philippines) lives in Portland, Oregon where she has spent over 15 years organizing at the intersections of racial justice, Indigenous solidarity, gender justice and theology in her local communities and beyond. She has worked with several faith-based organizations and justice collectives and currently serves on the board of Evangelicals 4 Justice. Emily holds a BA from Wheaton College, a MBA from Portland State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Studies from North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS).

Chanequa Walker-Barnes

chanequa-walker-barnes Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. She is currently Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength. She has earned degrees from Emory University, the University of Miami, and Duke University. She is a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church.


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