The Justice Institute

The Justice Conference is excited to take a deeper look at Women’s empowerment at our Los Angeles event of The Justice Institute. We believe that it is crucial for us to listen to and learn from women in theology, women in leadership, women in business, and women in the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Join us as we center justice for women at The Justice Institute in Los Angeles.

Women’s Empowerment
Justice Institute LA || SEPT 28-29 2018

Justice Institute LA || Speakers

The speakers for this year’s Justice Institute LA will be speaking on the topics of Women’s empowerment.

Alma Zaragoza-Petty

University Prof. & Co-host of The Red Couch Podcast

Los Angeles native, and first born of immigrant parents, Dr. Alma L Zaragoza-Petty currently works in the Los Angeles area as a first generation student retention specialist in higher education. She is co-host of The Red Couch Podcast, a brown-eyed social and political commentary with a hood twist. She is an expert in educational policy and social context

Mimi Haddad

President of CBE International

Dr. Mimi Haddad is president of CBE International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude). She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University awarded Mimi an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2013.
Haddad is part of the leadership of Evangelicals for Justice. She is a founding member and leader of the Evangelicals and Gender Study Group at the Evangelical Theological Society. She was a convener of the Issue Group 24 for the 2004 Lausanne III Committee for World Evangelization.
Haddad is an award-winning author and has written more than one hundred academic and popular articles and blogs. She is author of Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal? with Sean Callaghan. She has contributed to twelve books, most recently: “Examples of Women’s Leadership in the Old Testament and Church History” in Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry, part of the Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series 21 (Brill NV, 2016) and “The Invisible Power of Culture to Oppress: What Every Christian Needs to Know about Gender and Justice” in The Campbellsville Review 8 (2015-2017). She is an editor and a contributing author of Global Voices on Biblical Equality: Women and Men Serving Together in the Church. Haddad has contributed to Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity, edited by Curtiss Paul DeYoung.
Haddad has published with the Ashland Theological Journal; Christian Ethics Today, CBE's journals, Mutuality and Priscilla Papers; the Evangelical Fellowship of India and the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief; Her.menuetics; Sojourners; and the William Carey Development Journal. Her most recent article, ``A Life of Silence Breaking: Katharine Bushnell, MD`` was published in Catalyst.
Haddad is an adjunct assistant professor of historical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Olivet University Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies. Mimi has taught for colleges and seminaries around the world. She currently serves as a gender consultant for World Vision International, World Relief, and Beyond Borders. She has appeared on podcasts with Fuller Theological Seminary's president, Mark Labberton; G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice; and Red Letter Christians. Mimi and her husband, Dale, live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sandra Van Opstal

Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community

Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.

In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice in the world. Sandra served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship).

Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation, and global mission. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. Sandra is also the Worship Director for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta, Summer 2016.

In addition to her ministry experience, Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has been published in multiple journals. She has authored Small Group Leader’s Handbook, God’s Graffiti Devotional, The Mission of Worship and The Next Worship.

Kathy Khang

Writer & Speaker

Kathy Khang is the mother of three. Wife of one. I love Jesus. I really, really like yoga & deep breaths, nail polish & lipstick, and girlfriends & our laughter and tears.
I am a writer, speaker, coffee drinker, and now yoga teacher, and this journey began in childhood diaries & journals, moved into newsrooms, and then to a co-authored book entitled More Than Serving Tea. The book is about the intersection of faith, culture and gender, and it tells just part of an important story of Asian American Christian women.
The title of the book tells as much about the content as it does about me. It connects the hope of “more” to that of a stereotypical image of both “Asian” as represented by the West – submissive servant – and “women” as represented by the West, the East, and by some interpretations of Biblical womanhood. I can still serve others, enjoy tea (I prefer coffee), embrace my complex ethnic/cultural/racial identity and my womanhood, all the while loving Jesus while living and leading in an imperfect world.
I have spent more than 20 years in parachurch ministry working with college students and training organizational and church leaders. Before that I was a journalist in Wisconsin.
Most recently I authored Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up to challenge and encourage everyone to find and use their influence to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

Andrea Smith

Coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice

Andrea Smith is a coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice and a board and faculty member of the NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies). She has been involved in the anti-violence movement for over 30 years and was a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She is the co-editor (with Mae Cannon) of the forthcoming book, Evangelical Theologies of Liberation (IV Press) and author of the forthcoming book, Unreconciled: The Christian Right and Racial Reconciliation (Duke University Press).


8:30 AM
9:30 AM
General Session 1
11:30 AM
Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM
General Session 2
2:30 PM
5:00 PM
Dinner on Your Own
7:00 PM
An Evening of Arts & Justice featuring special guest performances
10:00 AM
General Session 3
11:30 AM
Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM
3:30 PM
Closing Session

An Evening of The Arts & Justice

Join us for a night celebrating the Arts and Justice including spoken word, music and special guest performances. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15.00. Student/ Faculty price is $8.50 (Please have your Student/Faculty ID with you when you check-in at registration). Want to attend for free? Register to attend The JUSTICE Institute in LA.

Travel Information


Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Time & Date:

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)

Hotel & Travel:

The Westin Pasadena –  191 North Los Robles Pasadena, CA 91101

Click Here for Room Block

Upscale Pasadena Hotel located just a ¼ mile walk from Fuller Theological Seminary. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/28/18 – 9/30/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 8/28/18.

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel – 303 Cordova St Pasadena,  CA  91101

Click Here for Room Block

Upscale Pasadena Hotel located just a ¼ mile walk from Fuller Theological Seminary. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/28/18 – 9/30/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 8/28/18.