Students learn and practice leadership skills through discussion, facilitation and directed practicum work in small groups. Through community and peer learning, this course centers and affirms the collective wisdom, lived experiences and intercultural voices of women of color. Students engage in a thriving ministry journey focusing on the reality of ministry, ecclesial structures, multidimensional oppression, impact on pastoral/personal identities and leadership. Through the lens of race, gender, age and culture and a researched informed curriculum, this course creates a safe and sacred community learning space for theological and ethical reflection.

Prerequisite: Restricted to first- or second-year students. Permission of the instructor. Acceptance into RISE Together Mentorship program.

Note: Fulfills concentration requirement for Religion and the Black Experience students. All students register for waitlist. Spans across three consecutive semesters for a total of three credits. May be repeated with different topics.