May 7, 2019
@ 3pm EST
Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia
Rev. Kymberley Clemons-Jones
Racism in Fundraising
This May, the Collective Energy webinar series will present a free webinar on Disrupting Institutional Racism in Fundraising. The conversation will be led by Larissa Kwong Abazia and Erin Weber-Johnson, board members of the Collective Foundation. These powerhouse leaders will reflect on the Collective Foundation’s current project of collecting research on fundraising practices in Christian communities of color. Best fundraising practices in the church have been created by qualitative and quantitative work with, by, and for white dominant North American culture. This has put communities of color at an immediate disadvantage.
This webinar will explore how the Collective Foundation is collaborating with Christians of color to address this research deficit. Larissa and Erin will be joined by the Rev. Kymberley Clemons-Jones, a participant in one of the research gatherings, who will share her reflections on the impact of this work as a faith leader.
About the Speakers
Larissa Kwong Abazia
Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Larissa has since served congregations in New Jersey and Queens, NY. She has also served as the Director of Church Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Throughout her life and career, Larissa has been dedicated to racial and gender justice. She is interested in the ways that the intersection of all parts of one's identity can be embraced as strengths. This work brought her to denominational leadership, including serving as the Vice-Moderator to the 221st General Assembly, where she was able to challenge the current structures and assumptions of life together. Larissa is a regular speaker and preacher throughout the denomination.
Erin has facilitated national and regional workshops, preached in congregations across denominations, provided plenaries and workshops at conferences, and led church leadership retreats. As Senior Program Director of Strategic Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation, she served as lead on a creative team to develop a diagnostic assessment tool for congregations in determining where to strategically begin utilizing resources in the area of leadership, finance, and vision/planning. Erin spends a great deal of time thinking about what keeps faith communities healthy and sustainable. Erin worked as a grants officer at Trinity Wall Street in New York City from 2009-2013. Prior to Trinity Wall Street, she worked at the General Theological Seminary and also previously served as missionary of the Episcopal Church. Erin holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.
Rev. Kymberley Clemons-Jones, known as Rev. KC, has always been dedicated to helping people see themselves as praise-worthy. She weaves her passions for ministry, coaching, and advocacy to help people reach their highest potential by helping them align with the Spirit. An avid learner, KC is currently building on her Master's in Educational Counseling (Hunter College) and Master or Divinity (Union Theological Seminary) as a Doctorate in Ministry student (Louisville Seminary). KC's current ministry takes many forms. She is the pastor of Valley Stream Presbyterian Church and is Moderator of the Presbytery of Long Island. She is the founder of the Community Healing and Caring Center Inc., a non-profit center, and initiated the W.A.N.T.E.D Project, a mentoring program for young men in New York and Ghana. Her book, "Cured but Not Healed" was chosen for the United Methodist Women's Reading Program in 2016 and she released a book of poetry in 2017.
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Fear of the Feminine
Rev. Thia Reggio
Rev. Larissa Kwong-Abazia
Over the course of one hour, powerhouse female pastors—the Rev. Thia Reggio and the Rev. Larissa Kwong-Abazia — bring their perspectives and experiences to the webinar table on navigating the power of the feminine in their ministry, both as pastors and consultants. How do we talk about feminine aspects of the divine? What about all those oppressive images and relentless pronouns? Are there still gender issues in ministry? (pro tip: Yes!) Join us to face the feminine without fear.
Justice in the Congregation
Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen
Two vibrant voices for justice and reconciliation — The Reverend Dr. Derrick McQueen and Erin Weber-Johnson — bring their perspectives on grounded, effective social justice campaigns to a one hour webinar. Claiming both the wounds and the triumphs of their own faith journey, these two leaders share their insights about what allows social justice work to be authentic and resonant across a range of congregational settings from Harlem to the Midwest.