The Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas. Dr. Douglas is the Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Goucher College and a leading voice and pioneering figure in the development of a womanist theology.
Essence magazine counts Douglas “among this
country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and counselors.” In addition to numerous articles, Dr. Douglas’ published books include Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, Testifying to the Blues: Sexuality and the Black Church, and Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective.
Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson
Ronald E. Hopson is Associate Professor of Psychology and Divinity at Howard University. He holds a joint appointment in the department of Psychology, and in the School of Divinity where he currently serves as Interim Academic Dean. He teaches courses on Psychopathology, the Philosophy of Science, Psychotherapy, the Psychology of Religion, and Pastoral Care.
Dr. Hopson received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. He attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and was ordained to Christian ministry in 1988. Dr. Hopson has published in the areas of Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse/Drug Addiction, Christian Fundamentalism in the U.S., and Pastoral Care. His most current work is in the area of Sexuality and the Black Church. Dr. Hopson has presented his professional work and conducted workshops in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Africa.
Rev. MacArthur Flournoy
Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, theologian, author, and preacher is the Director for Faith Partnership and Mobilization for the Human Rights Campaign. MacArthur served as the Faith Director for Marylanders For Marriage Equality. Rev. Flournoy has more than thirty years of non-profit management experience, also serving local government, state and federal governments.
MacArthur has worked in Nigeria & Ghana, West Africa, Spain, Italy and Australia conducting workshops on human rights, access to health care and changing cultural norms on the role of women, people affected by numerous health disparities, such as HIV/AIDS, advocacy for racial/LGBT justice and equality specifically within a Faith-based context. MacArthur voluntarily serves as the National Minister of Public Policy for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, an international coalition of open and affirming ministries, where the Presiding Bishop is Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder.
MacArthur holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union. As the father of five amazing children, MacArthur is a new grandparent. Reading, writing, traveling, and collecting West African art are his favorite past times.
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson
Dr. Cari Jackson is the founder and director of Center of Spiritual Light, which provides interspiritual resources for individual and organizational transformation and growth. She has served as senior pastor at First Congregational Church of Stamford, interim senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, associate pastor at The Church St. Paul and St. Andrew (United Methodist), interim pastor and adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, and associate worship coordinator at The Riverside Church in New York City.
Prior to professional ministry, Dr. Cari had an extensive career in leadership coaching, staff development, management training, organization development, and mediation in business and community organizations, including AARP, United Way, and Prudential. She is the author of four books: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt (2013); For the Souls of Black Folks (2013); For the Least of These (2012); and The Gift to Listen, The Courage to Hear (2003).
Dr. Cari earned her PhD in Christian Social Ethics (Drew University), MDiv (Union Theological Seminary), JD (University of Maryland), and BA in Psychology and Sociology (Oberlin College).
Rev. Tonyia Rawls
Rev. Carolyn Mobley
Rev. Mykal Slack
The Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack is the founder and lead organizer of 4LYFE, an ecumenical, consultative ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches that provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum, inviting everyone to Live Your Faith Everyday. He also serves First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist as a Worship Leader and Community Life Coordinator, supporting their efforts to become a multiracial, multifaith, justice-making community. As part of his ministry, Mykal is the Director of Spiritual Outreach for the Trans People of Color Coalition, the only national organization that seeks to promote the social and economic equality of all black and brown transgender and gender non-conforming people. Before ministry called him, Pastor Mykal spent several years in public service, clerking for the Honorable Marilyn D. Go at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and serving as an attorney for the ACLU LGBT & HIV/AIDS Rights Projects. He currently blogs on mendingdrybones.com and is a recently featured blogger on Believe Out Loud, an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson