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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.

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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 Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at Grace and Peace Church and lives on the west-side of Chicago with her husband and two boys. She is a preacher, liturgist and activist reimagining the intersection of worship and justice. Sandra served with Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program, and Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe) of InterVarsity. Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through preaching globally on topics such as worship and formation, justice, racial identity and reconciliation. Sandra is a board member for CCDA and holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her most recent books include Still Evangelical 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).

Ekemini Uwan

M.Div from WTS & Truth's Table podcast Co-host

Ekemini Uwan received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. She is the co-host of Truth's Table podcast alongside Michelle Higgins and Dr. Christina Edmondson. During her time at WTS, Ekemini won the 2015 Greene Prize in Apologetics Award. As one who is passionate about sound theology, Ekemini has a fierce commitment to biblical orthodoxy and its implications for issues pertaining to racial injustice, anti-black racism, and white supremacy.

Ekemini believes that theology can and does speak to the culture, social, and political issues of our present day. As a result, she often speaks, opines, and writes about the aforementioned for various online publications. Ekemini's voice has been sampled on Lecrae's album, All Things Work Together and Sho Baraka's The Narrative.

Her writings have been published in the Huffington Post Black Voices, Christianity Today, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective to name a few. Her insights have been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mashable, and The Huffington Post Religion. In 2018, Christianity Today named her among ``10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing.”

In her spare time, she enjoys discipling women, spending quality time with loved ones and working out. As a self-proclaimed part-time fashionista, she has a penchant for thrift shopping.

Dr. Sandra Morgan

Director, Global Center for Women and Justice

Dr. Sandra Morgan, an educator and nurse, is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. Dr. Morgan’s experience serving missing and exploited children includes direct care as a pediatric nurse, a volunteer with Doctors of the World (Athens, Greece) and as a past Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). Her expertise is recognized locally, nationally and internationally and includes such venues as Asia, Russia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She serves on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce's Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee. She also serves the Orange County CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) Steering Committee partnering with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. In her role as Faculty and Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, she has built capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She consistently brings together diverse groups to collaborate during annual Ensure Justice conferences as well as special focus summits. Her Ending Human Trafficking podcast has been recommended by the National Administration of Youth and Family Services Clearinghouse and is a great way to get up to speed on the complex issues of combatting human trafficking.

Vickie Reddy

Executive Producer of The JUSTICE Conference

Vickie has a strong passion for connecting people and ideas, driving creative & entrepreneurial endeavors from TV programs to events & conferences, gathering community & endeavoring to be catalysts in whatever sphere she lands. Vickie is Executive Producer of The JUSTICE Conference; founder of Australian based arts, faith & culture community SPARC and recently spearheaded a movement to mobilize the faith community in the west in response to the current global refugee crisis Vickie lives in Chicago with her husband Mark and daughters, Jada & Mischa.

Joyce Del Rosario

Joyce is currently a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Her research is focused on Mary mother of Jesus and how she impacts new models for ministry with marginalized groups like teen moms. Previously, Joyce ran youth programs in various immigrant and low-income communities for over 20 years. She was the Executive Director of New Creation Home Ministries and has also served as an Area Director for Young Life. Joyce also has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a ThM from Fuller Seminary. She is on the board of directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Her favorite activity is sharing delicious food with friends and family.

Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 40 years of experience in congregational (English and Spanish) and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing and legislative advocacy. She serves as Affiliate Faculty for the Centro Latino and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary and ongoing Adjunct Faculty for the Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University and Masters in Urban Transformational Leadership program at Azusa Pacific University, and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of other colleges and seminaries in the US and overseas. In addition to coordinating the Welcoming Congregations Network/Guardian Angels Project and assisting at Hope Lutheran Church, she serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including co-founding the national Evangelical Immigration Table, the 2007 New Sanctuary Movement, the Guardian Angels project, and the Matthew 25 Movement. From 2011-2014, she served as the Director of Justice for the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA under Bishop Nelson. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement and the “Our Children” project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.

Before CLUE-CA, Rev. Salvatierra founded multiple programs and organizations, in the US and overseas. These included a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth, a community computer center and an intergenerational community garden where the elderly taught at-risk youth to grow produce for sale as well as a collaborative of UC students, homeless leaders and congregation members providing emergency services in the streets of Santa Cruz and the migrant farmworker camps in Watsonville. She was founding director of the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless, a program that integrated social services, community organizing, pastoral care, and economic development for the homeless that was replicated in six US cities. In the Philippines, she trained urban poor women in Manila to serve as chaplains to their neighbors. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Irene Cho

Program Administrator for the Fuller Youth Institute

Irene Cho serves as the Program Administrator for the Fuller Youth Institute. She holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral and General Ministries from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University. At FYI Irene is the point person for Urban Youth Ministry leadership training and resources. Having served 25 years in youth ministry, Irene speaks all over the country at major conferences and retreats, authors curricula, articles, and is currently co-authoring a book with Daniel White Hodge.

Tara Beth Leach

Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena

Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
She is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, The Table Magazine, Reflecting the Image Devotional, Renovating Holiness, and most recently a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective with other contributors including N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Scot McKnight, and Bruce Longenecker. Her chapter is entitled “The Symphonic Melody: Wesleyan Holiness Theology Meets New Perspective Paul.” Tara Beth is also the author of the Beacon Hill Press book, Kingdom Culture and the InterVarsity Press book, Emboldened.
She has two beautiful and rambunctious children, Caleb and Noah, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.

Dr. Laura Harbert

Affiliate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Seminary

Laura is a clinical psychologist and an ordained Presbyterian minister. Her B.A. is from Wheaton College (1981) and M.Div. (1986) from Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D.(1988) from Fuller‘s Graduate School of Psychology. Laura is the former Dean of Chapel and Spiritual Formation at Fuller Seminary. She is currently an Affiliate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Seminary. She has a private practice in Pasadena and works one day a week at Homeboy Industries doing therapy with former gang members. Laura has been on the church staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL and the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. She is in the process of becoming a spiritual director, being trained by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange, CA.

Her doctoral dissertation was on the role of forgiveness in emotional healing. Laura’s passion is integrating her work in clinical psychology with spiritual growth and discipleship. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to preach, teach, and lead retreats on subjects that integrate psychology and faith. Laura and her husband Mike have five children between the ages of 25 and 32. She loves reading, exploring on her tandem bike with her husband, cooking, hiking, and trying to become a gardener.

Dr. Mary Glenn

Co-President of Cities Together

Mary is a bridge builder, chaplain and educator. As an urbanologist, she regularly leads Los Angeles urban immersions and Downtown LA city walks. Mary loves cities, in particular Los Angeles (L.A.), where she calls home. She holds four degrees: D.Min. (Bakke Graduate University), M.Div. (Fuller Theological Seminary), M.A. (Regent College), B.A. (San Diego State University). Mary is an affiliate professor with Fuller Seminary (Fuller Youth Institute/School of Intercultural Studies) and an adjunct professor with Bakke Graduate University and Azusa Pacific University (MA Transformational Urban Leadership). Mary has served as a law enforcement chaplain since 2001, is a police chaplain trainer and an ordained pastor (with over 20 years of pastoral experience). She previously worked as the Co-Director of City Net and served as a board member with Central City Community Outreach in DTLA/Skid Row and CCDA

September Penn

Co-founder, CEO and artistic director of The Power of Song

September Penn is the co-founder, CEO and artistic director of The Power of Song Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida with an affiliate in Pasadena, California. September wrote Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song in 2014 from her experiences working with Stanford University history professor, Dr. Clayborne Carson. Carson was personally commissioned by Coretta Scott King to edit Dr. Martin Luther King’s papers, which resulted in him founding and becoming the director of the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute. Carson chose September to be his music director for his play Passages of Martin Luther King. September served as co-music director for the play with the National Theater Company of China in Beijing and the Palestinian National Theater in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In addition, September, a singer, songwriter and recording artist, has produced two CDs, and performed in numerous theatrical projects including the original production The Cardboard Stories, a tale about the faces of homelessness for which she wrote the music.

September is an M. Div. student at Fuller Theological Seminary where she is studying Worship, Theology and the Arts as well as Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation. She directs the choir at Fuller and also serves on the worship teams at Fuller and Montrose Church, where she is an artist-in-residence. She was invited to participate in the Fujimura Fellows Program headed by Mako Fujimura, who serves as the director of the Brehm Center. She is a staff member of the Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. September earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Tech. She is married to Ivan and enjoys being a mom to Ivy, Isaiah and Immanuel.

Inés Velasquez

Inés is an ordained pastor, preacher, reconciler and speaker. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She grew up in her home country of Nicaragua. She has 17 years combined experience in church-planting and pastoral staff leadership in multi-ethnic churches in Arkansas. She has a passion for racial reconciliation in and through the local church and the full inclusion of women in pastoral leadership. Inés has spoken in local church pulpits across the nation, as well as national and regional conferences regarding multi-ethnic church planting, racial reconciliation and cross-cultural competency. Some of these conferences include the Mosaix National Multi-Ethnic Church Conference (Dallas, TX), Technicolor (Duluth, Georgia) and Discipleship/Leadership Development (Nicaragua, Central America). Inés has also written as a Latina for SheLoves Magazine and as a contributing writer for She Is: Biblical Reflections on Vocation workbook for Fuller’s DePree Center. She lives with her husband Rob of 14 years and her son Nash, in Pasadena.

Mayra Macedo

Mayra grew up in East Los Angeles, currently lives in Pasadena, CA, and serves on pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church, a large congregation that has been at the same location for nearly 120 years. 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 serves on various local and national boards and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). A focus of her current ministry is mentoring young leaders as change agents in the local church and community. She is married to Chris and they have four children ranging in age from 7 to 28. Besides Jesus, Mayra loves her community, the challenging and sacred call of pursuing

Tonya Ingram


Tonya Ingram is the 2011 New York Knicks Poetry Slam champion, a member and co-founder of NYU's poetry slam team, a member of the 2011 Urban Word-NYC team, the 2013 Nuyorican Grand Slam team and the 2015 Da Poetry Lounge Slam team. She is a six-time poetry slam finalist, a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of Growl and Snare. She is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, a Bronx-bred introvert and is a recent graduate from Otis College of Art & Design where she obtained her MFA in Public Practice.

Lisa Gungor


Lisa Gungor started loving music and art as a child. After college, she began recording and traveling with the band that eventually turned into the Grammy-nominated musical collective simply known as “Gungor.”
Lisa now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two beautiful and wild girls, Amelie and Lucie. She continues to write for Gungor, Planet Moon, and The Liturgists, plus contributes to a handful of other publications.

Mer Young


Long Beach artist Mer Young has created a body of artwork manifested in collages, drawings, paintings, and public artworks. Young's artworks aim to inspire, celebrate and elevate repressed indigenous, first nations and native cultures and women of color. Her works also focus on matters immigration.
Young’s works have been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her public art works can be found in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach, CA, in The Sixth and Ninth District of Long Beach, CA, in The City of Glendale, CA, The City of South Pasadena and in the Art District of Los Angeles.

News articles such as Random Length News, San Pedro, CA, and The Manifold Magazine, Honolulu, HI, The Long Beach Post, News Sincerity, and The Long Beach Gazette have all issued reviews of her works. She was awarded and recognized by Mexico's Municipal Directorate Against Addictions (DIMCA), Baja California as a contributing artist to the 20th District of Tijuana, Mexico.

She is a current member of The National Foundation of Independent Artists (NFIA), she holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts from Long Beach City College and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Southern California.


8:30 AM
10:00 AM-11:15 AM
General Session 1
11:15 AM-11:30 AM
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
General Session 2
12:30 PM-1:45 PM
Lunch on your Own
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
General Session 3
3:15 PM-4:15 pm
  • Breakouts 1A “Self-Care as a Spiritual Practice of Justice”
  • Breakouts 1B “In the Battle: Exercising Spiritual Disciplines when Facing Misogyny”
  • Breakouts 1C “Understanding Womanism, Feminism, and Gender Language”
  • Breakouts 1D “Raise Your Voice! How to Find your Voice and Use it”
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
  • Breakouts 2A “Separating from a Male-Centered Theology”
  • Breakouts 2B “Emboldened: You are not an Imposter”
  • Breakouts 2C “Dismantling Systemic Racism and Sexism”
  • Breakouts 2D
5:30 PM-7:00 PM
Dinner on Your Own
7:30 PM-9:30 PM
An Evening of Arts & Justice featuring Lisa Gungor, Mer Young and Tonya Ingram
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
General Session 4
11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
  • Breakouts 3A “#ChurchToo: A Journey of Personal Healing”
  • Breakouts 3B “Building Leadership & Influence as a Woman”
  • Breakouts 3C “Working in Male-Dominated Spaces”
  • Breakouts 3D “Breaking from the Status Quo: Getting Uncomfortable in Order to Invest in One Another”
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
  • Breakouts 4A “Getting Unstuck: Facing Challenges, Managing Conflict, & Overcoming Roadblocks”
  • Breakouts 4B “Families Belong Together: Advocating for the Strangers Among Us”
  • Breakouts 4C “Raising Up the Next Generation: Generational Empowerment”
  • Breakouts 4D “Spiritual Homelessness: How Women are Finding Church Outside of the Sanctuary”
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Closing Session

An Evening of Arts & Justice

Join us for a night celebrating the Arts and Justice including music, spoken word, and visual art by Lisa Gungor, Mer Young and Tonya Ingram. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15.00. The faculty, staff and student rate 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

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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

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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.