2018 CFT Gathering Presenters
Alicia Crosby (Racial Justice)
Alicia Crosby is the cofounder and executive director of the Center for Inclusivity (CFI). Her passions for justice, spiritually engaged activism, and community engagement led her to pursue an M.A. in Social Justice and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management & Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago. Read more…
Julia Stronks, J.D., Ph.D. (LGBTQ Justice)
Julia Stronks is a professor of political science at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She has practiced law, and her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the definition of religion in First Amendment jurisprudence. She writes about the intersection of faith, law, and policy and most recently has focused on protection for LGBTQ members of society. Read her articles on Christian Feminism Today. Read more about Dr. Stronks.
Nicole Cortés, J.D., and Sara John (Immigration Justice)
Nicole Cortés, J.D., is cofounder of the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA), an organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. Sara John is the program coordinator for the Interfaith Committee on Latin America. Both organizations are based in St. Louis.
Dr. Christy Sim, Dr. Michelle Panchuk, Dr. Katie M. Deaver (Domestic Violence)
Dr. Christy Sim is an independent consultant and trainer who provides healing tools for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Dr. Michelle Panchuk is an assistant professor of philosophy in the English and Philosophy department at Murray State University. Her current research projects cluster at the intersection of philosophy of religion with trauma theory, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of disability. Katie Deaver earned her Ph.D. in Feminist Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her dissertation explored the connections between the Christian understanding of atonement theology and the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States.
Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons (Feminist History)
Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton is an author, teacher, hymn lyricist, and chaplain who serves as adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and Richland College, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons is an associate professor of Religion and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University. Kendra and Jann will be discussing their new book about the life and work of Letha Dawson Scanzoni.
Deborah Saxon, Ph.D. and Mark M. Mattison (Extracanonical Texts)
Deborah Saxon, Ph.D., teaches at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the author of The Care of the Self in Early Christian Texts. Deb researches newly discovered Christian texts, women’s voices, the inclusive perspectives they reveal, and the intersection of gender and religion. Mark M. Mattison is an independent writer and scholar. He is the author of The Gospel of Judas: The Sarcastic Gospel; The Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation for Spiritual Seekers; The Gospel of Mary: A Fresh Translation and Holistic Approach; and The Goblin Gambit. He was one of the creators of the Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament.
Rev. Leslie Harrison (Sunday Sermon)
Worship Service Presenter
CFT Executive Council member, Rev. Leslie Harrison, earned her M.Div. from Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works as a hospice chaplain, substance abuse counselor, life coach, and preacher.
Rev. Darcy Metcalfe (Eco-Womanism)
Rev. Darcy Metcalfe was our 2016 Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship recipient. She is attending the University of Iowa working toward her doctorate. Her special interests are ethics and bioethics surrounding genetic research with historically disempowered populations.
Erica Saunders (Transgender Justice)
The 2017 Nancy A. Hardesty Scholarship recipient, Erica Saunders is an M.Div. student at Wake Forest Divinity school. After completing her M.Div., Erica aspires to be ordained in the Baptist tradition and to pursue a Ph.D. in New Testament. Her research interests include feminist and decolonizing approaches to the New Testament and the Pauline epistles, particularly the Corinthian correspondence.