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CFTs 50th Anniversary Gathering

Celebrating Sophia

Presenters

Confirmed presenters are listed below. Check back to learn about presenters as they are added to the lineup.

Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison
Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison

Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison

Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison is a listener, a friend, and a voice for the voiceless (until they find their voice!). She is the pastor of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lindenwold, NJ, and has worked as an addictions counselor, death doula, hospice spiritual care counselor, and bereavement program coordinator.

Leslie is passionate about helping people live into their dreams and purpose. She realizes life is not about the quantity of our days but the quality of each one. She deems herself an influencer – helping members of communities come together to listen to the stories of the hopeless, discouraged, and privileged. Rev. Harrison is a world traveller interested in cultural norms, not only those we experience in the western world, but those we see internationally, particularly Africa. Her writings and sermon transcripts, often reflecting on the intersectional view of self, God, and community, have been highlighted/published in various denominational magazines and publications. In 2018, Rev. Harrison received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University.

Pamela Blevins Hinkle
Pamela Blevins Hinkle

Pam Blevins Hinkle

Pam Blevins Hinkle is a songleader, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arts administrator. She facilitates judgement-free, paperless singing experiences that prioritize participation and community building over perfection and performance. She believes that singing together is the medicine we need for these times, helping us metabolize the joy and grief of being alive.

Pam is certified by the Community Choir Leadership Training program of the Ubuntu Choir Network and has 30+ years’ experience leading college, congregational, and community choirs, including 13 years as Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. Her current projects include SongSquad Indianapolis (a non-auditioned, all ages choir), the Indy Winter Solstice Celebration, and Spirit & Place, a project that brings together the arts, humanities, and religion to spark conversation, collaboration, and community building. Visit her website.

Janene Cates Putman
Janene Cates Putman

Janene Cates Putman

Janene Cates Putman grew up the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor. She says, “After 20 years of raising kids and failing miserably to measure up to the ideal woman of Proverbs 31, I stepped out of the conservative box and into the person God created me to be.” She enrolled in Bible college in her forties and began to rewrite her life. She enthusiastically describes how life has changed: “I now live my dream, writing about faith and feminism on a little slice of heaven in the east Tennessee mountains I share with my ‘Hot’ Husband.”

Rev. Gail Ricciuti
Rev. Gail Ricciuti

Rev. Gail Ricciuti

The Rev. Gail Ricciuti is Professor Emerita at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where she taught preaching and practical theology for 23 years. During the 25 years preceding her teaching career, she served churches in Massillon and Hanoverton, Ohio; and with her husband Anthony, pioneered the field of egalitarian co-pastoring in Byron, New York and at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, she earned degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Princeton Theological Seminary and holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity conferred by Keuka College. She is a past moderator of Genesee Valley Presbytery and was Vice Moderator of the General Assembly (UPCUSA, 1977), the first clergywoman and youngest person ever to hold the post.

Alena Amato Ruggerio headshot
Alena Amato Ruggerio

Dr. Alena Ruggerio

Alena Ruggerio, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Cinema at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. For her work teaching courses such as persuasion, argumentation, advanced public speaking, gender and communication, and feminist rhetorical theory, Alena received the distinguished teaching award from SOU and was recently nominated for the Western States Communication Association distinguished teaching award.  She has also been recognized with SOU’s distinguished service award for her leadership on the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council; the Ethnic and Racial Studies curriculum initiative; and the Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of the National Communication Association.  The editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Press), Alena’s most recent book is Feminism in Practice: Communication Strategies for Making Change, coauthored with Karen A. and Sonja K. Foss (Waveland Press).  As a longtime member of Christian Feminism Today, Alena served for eleven years in various positions on Council, including one year as CFT Coordinator, and she currently sits on the Nancy A. Hardesty Scholarship committee.