About

Three-Fifths is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 

Who Are We

I am pleased to announce a new concept set to debut by the end of the first quarter of 2021. It is a stand-alone Magazine named Three-Fifths. Why the name “Three-Fifths?” The inspiration for the concept of three-fifths was inspired by a series of articles in the Accord1 Blog. The articles identify the constitutional pillar of the devaluation of African Americans’ humanity and its extrapolation into a system of injustice. 

The Three-Fifths Compromise written into the constitution in 1787 allowed southern slave states to enumerate the African Slave population’s bodies to bolster their representation in the federal government. Yet, this population was apportioned out of the American experiment by a mathematical equation that stated that the African slave population would require five, i.e., the Three-Fifths Compromise for every three white people. All the while, they had no vote.  

Why a magazine and why now? Three-Fifths is simply the next progression on the way to the ultimate goal of Building the Bridge Together. Through a thoughtful conversation involving societal reckoning, racial equity, historical perspective, and spiritual insight, it is the hope that this magazine will become one of the many tools used to dismantle Systemic Racism. Understanding that Systemic racism involves the inequity affecting many brown, black, and indigenous people across America, Three-Fifths offers a voice of clarity in an ambiguous world of racial bias.  

Three-Fifths is not just a vehicle for following the latest story of injustice, police shootings, etc. though we will remain current. We want to speak from a 50,000-foot big picture perspective to inspire the readers to empower and motivate stakeholders, fostering real change. With our launch, we want to speak from the heart with entries about tangible ways that communities of the majority can reach out in partnership with marginalized communities of color in ways that are not patronizing but collaborative.

“And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8b New King James Version

Our contributors bring varied and unique experiences, worldviews, and intellect, not only to identify the problem but to offer solutions to this continuing difficulty America faces. They represent the ethnic diversity that guarantees a multiplicity of thought equal to the comprehensive problem’s task while paving a way toward solutions.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin 

PUBLISHER/EDITOR AND FOUNDER

KEVIN ROBINSON

Kevin Robinson has been a pioneer in the area of diversity, having lived it being raised in Perry Township, Ohio as a young child of the first African American Family in the area and school.

With all of the negative realities of pre-nineteen-seventies suburbia serving as a focal point in his life, he chose unity over division. Many years in the making through a long career as a professional Fire Fighter, 1985-2018), bachelor degreed senior co-pastor (1993-2001), staff pastor (2004-2006), evangelist, consultant, and mentor/mediator to many in the area of multicultural ministry.

Kevin and his wife, Beverly, have established a track record of building up multi-ethnic congregations and Building Bridges in the corporate world. Kevin and Beverly are also Authors of the book entitled The Coat of Many. Colors.

Kevin has been a consistent voice for the voiceless and a “Bridge Builder” in the founding of Accord1. In this perspective, the initial apparatus to promote Synergy could offer the development of intersections between various ethnic communities, i.e., “Building the Bridge Together” over the ethnic-cultural divide.”

The term Synergy describes the pattern by which phenomena relates to each other including how people relate to each other and other phenomena. A synergistic pattern brings phenomena together interrelating them, creating an often unexpected, new, and greater result from the disparate, seemingly conflicting parts.” 

Synergy, Healing and Empowerment Richard Katz 2012

 With the events of the 2020 Racial Reckoning, Kevin continued to elevate as a voice for those who have been left behind, inhibiting a true synergy. The urgency of the moment dictated a need toward the call for racial justice to achieve a genuine and lasting synergy. Kevin has led many groups and town hall meetings on racial justice as a traveled speaker, both domestically and internationally. Kevin has facilitated as a discussion leader and built small group ministry models for ministries both large and small. He has also led many larger group conversations/workshops of books and video series, including White Fragility, The Color of Compromise, Divided No More, etc. Henceforth the founding of Three-Fifths Magazine became an independent apparatus for working toward racial justice by embodying the principles captured in the scripture of Micah 6:8 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 NKJV

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS

DR. KECIA BROWN

Dr. Kecia C. Brown Author, Poet, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Podcast Host, Dr. Kecia C. Brown (“Dr. Kecia”) is a Lecturer in the Department of Leadership Studies for the School of Leadership Education Studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Kecia is a scholar-practitioner whose areas of interest are spirituality, career and leadership development, workplace learning, adult education, transition management, and diverse talent pipeline program design. While her work pulls from the latest in theory and research, the roots of her work are in her story. Kecia was born and raised in Inglewood, California, where she developed her skills of inquiry & research, relationship building & management, resourcefulness, and negotiating while navigating hostile environments.

Her podcast, More Than Metaphors is a virtual Love Space for those poetic and poetic-ish voices to examine the question “What happens when we find the courage to live our poetry out loud?” The podcast combines guest interviews and posts from her blog, which focuses on transformative learning, love, justice, and liberation. Each episode of the podcast provides encouragement for leading more meaningful, spirited, and poetic lives and streams on all major podcast platforms and can be viewed on YouTube.

Kecia’s first book Humanity’s Cup: Tales From the Inner Circle was published in 2006. Her first children’s book, The Love of 10,000, where her child Makaila Imani served as both Inspiration and Editor of the book, was published in 2019. The Love of 10,000 is a heartfelt visual poem from a mother to her daughter. The book was informed by the poem “Our Grandmothers,” written by Dr. Kecia’s self-appointed patron saint, the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Kecia is set to publish three new works between 2021 and 2022: The Future Is Waiting for You, There’s Room in the Kitchen for You: Words of Love to Men of Color and Emancipation Papers: A Poetic Journey of Truthtelling, Awakenings, Healing, and Transformation

As a proud first-generation college graduate, Kecia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and earned a Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Kecia believes her gift to the world is to create experiences that help us to heal, laugh, and live our poetry/liberation out loud.

JOEL A. BOWMAN

Joel A. Bowman, Sr. is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Social Work degree, in 1991, and his Master of Social Work degree, in 1992, from Wayne State University. Joel also graduated from Moody Theological Seminary- Michigan Campus, in 1999. That same year, Joel began his pastoral ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 2001, he has served as founder and senior pastor of the Temple of Faith Baptist Church, in South Louisville.

Joel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with many years of experience. He has practiced as a clinician in the states of Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana.  Currently, he is a therapist with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), providing mental health treatment to America’s military Veterans. His experience also includes clinical work within the Department of Defense (DoD), public school systems, child welfare agencies, community mental health centers, and a private practice setting.

Because of his unique bivocational identity, Joel is in high demand as a presenter. He has guest lectured at the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville, and Campbellsville University, for its Marriage & Family Therapy Program. Joel has traveled internationally, preaching, teaching, and lecturing. He presented at the Baptist Seminary of Zimbabwe on the topic of The Church’s Response to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Joel  formerly served as a board member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW). He is a thought leader, free-lance writer, blogger, poet, and voiceover artist.

Joel and his beloved wife, Nannette Mitchell Bowman, are the proud parents of 2 daughters, Kayla Michelle and Katie Malia, as well as 1 son, Joel, Jr.

GABRIELA BUITRON

Gabriela Buitrón is faculty teaching undergraduates at a large online university. Her education career spans more than twenty years and includes high school and college teaching and multiple teaching awards. Gabriela has a BA in Communication Education and an MA in Communication Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Technology and Design.

Gabriela is a native of Quito, Ecuador. Raised in the upper-middle, privileged mestizo “majority” of Ecuador, she experienced racism and “otherizing” for the first time when she moved to the USA at 16. She came to faith in a White evangelical church, married a White pastor, and adopted two Black children, becoming a binational, multi-racial, bilingual, adoptive family.    

Over the years, her experiences as a Latina woman in this country, a profound disappointment with the response of the evangelical church to the racism, both personal and systemic, that exists in our society, and a fierce desire to help create a better world for her children have driven her to dedicate every aspect of her life to the work of racial justice and its intersection with faith.

Gabriela’s professional work and research interests focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in online education, particularly as they benefit underrepresented undergraduate students. In October 2021, she presented a session on compassionate teaching strategies at the 28th HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference. She is also the lead author of a chapter called The Students We Have: Compassionate Grading in Online Courses to be included in the book Advancing DEI and Creating Inclusive Environments in the Online Space, which will be published in the Fall of 2022.

Gabriela homeschools her children and is passionate about providing them with an education that highlights the history and beauty of their ancestry and is not Eurocentric and Western-driven. This passion has led her to volunteer to be part of a team of administrators of a social media group called The Rest of the Story that curates diverse and inclusive curricula for homeschooling families.

Gabriela’s hobbies include writing, reading, and talking through movies with her family.

LISA COLON DELAY

Lisa Colón DeLay is a writer, designer, teacher, speaker, and host of the broadcast Spark My Muse. (sparkmymuse.com) She holds an MA in Spiritual Formation and is the author of “The Wild Land Within” published with Broadleaf Books.

DOC COURAGE

Doc Courage! (also known officially as Dr. Angela Courage-Mellott) is the CEO of Courage! Communication 4 Change, author, speaker, and university teaching faculty member.

She holds a Master of Arts in communication with focus in interracial and intercultural communication.  Her Doctorate in Higher Education with emphasis in College Teaching and Faculty Leadership equip her to empower student, pastors, church leaders, and employers to build bridges of communication in the classroom, organizations, community, and across cultural groups.

Her intentionally multiethnic and multicultural life experiences and lifestyle led her to focus on the science of interracial and intercultural communication, which together uniquely qualify her to lead healthy conversations that empower people to better communicate with diverse others.  

Dr. Courage creates, facilitates, and speaks at events as a dynamic educator on interracial & intercultural communication, conflict & faith’s role in personal and organizational inclusion, diversity, and creating equity by amplifying the voices of marginalized people groups, and educating audiences to connect history with modernity. 

Dr. Courage has co-authored “5 Blinders to Seeing Colorr” with her friend and colleague Dr. LaTonya Jackson, and has written a study guide to accompany the “Loving Our Neighbors” workshop which she designed and facilitates at faith based organizations. Her “Loving Our Neighbors” workshop, is a resource to help faith-based organizations become more representative of the Kingdom of God in behavior towards diverse people groups and diversity within local church bodies and the larger community.

Dr. Courage’s mantra is, “The quality of your communication dictates the quality of your relationships.”

RENATA HILL

Renata Hill spent 20 years in technical writing and marketing communications for software companies, then transitioned to social justice journalism in 2014 after the death of Eric Garner compelled her to focus on systemic racism. She is part-Indigenous (Mvskoke) and differently abled with a deep understanding of the struggles created by marginalization, intergenerational trauma and adverse childhood experiences. With multiple mental illness diagnoses, she is a peer to everyone who struggles with mental health needs. After the COVID reset, she focused on mental health journalism because she has lost relatives, friends and colleagues to suicide. Each time, it gets worse, and supporting people in recovery from trauma and suicidal intensity has become her Why. 

With fierce determination and the support of several national journalism organizations and generous Founding Members, she has leveraged her life experiences and skills to create Moodfuel Newsa digital publication with the mission to increase health equity and access to mental healthcare in Colorado through original and curated, inclusive and solutions-based journalism – for those with lived experience by those with lived experience. Moodfuel News strives to empower Colorado residents to improve their own resilience regardless of ethnicity, ability, language or economic status.

DR. TAMMY HODO

Dr. Tammy Hodo is the founder and President of All Things Diverse LLC, which provides consulting
services to businesses, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government entities
who value diversity and want to develop a high performing inclusive workforce. All Things
Diverse, LLC is dedicated to helping organizations realize the full potential that can only be
achieved through deliberate action. The company is committed to helping its clients create a
workplace culture of belonging where everyone can thrive. Some of the services her company
offer include diversity, equity, and inclusion training and workshops, assessments and surveys,
strategic diversity planning and diversity audits.
Tammy earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies, with a
minor in Sociology in which she specializations in Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity. She
obtained her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University, and
bachelor’s from Albany State University. She worked in academia for over 18 years in a variety
of positions, including faculty and university administrator. Tammy continues to be active in
academia as she writes academic articles relevant to the experiences of minorities in America.
Her most recent publications (2021) are two chapters In African American Families: Research,
Theory, and Practice, which was published by Cognella Academic Publishing. She wrote about
“The Urban Experiences of African American Families” and “Theoretical and Methodological
Issues of Studying the African American Family. Currently she is writing a book with a
colleague entitled: Having the Hard Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Social
Justice in Workplace and Educational Settings, which is due to be published this year (2022) by
Routledge.
Her company has had contracts with the City of Jacksonville addressing policing and trust with
minority communities (Safer Together). The City of Tampa training employees on Diversity and
Implicit Bias as well as the federal government division of Veterans Administration in which we
teach employees about Cultural Competency, Microaggressions and Communication Styles,
Dr. Hodo has written course content for an educational vendor on Implicit Bias and
Microaggressions https://www.vectorsolutions.com/resources/blogs/implicit-biasmicroaggressions-higher-education/ She recently wrote course content for Discrimination
Awareness in the workplace https://www.vectorsolutions.com/course-details-edu/discriminationawareness-in-the-workplace/ss-staff/course-discrimination_awareness/. As a TEDx speaker, she
discussed the Social Implications of Race https://youtu.be/a4jPGhN5TCM.
She is also a service-connected disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy.

TOBIAS HOUPE

Rev. Tobias K. Houpe is a licensed and ordained minister and a native of Columbus, OH.  He is the current VP of the International Fellowship of Faith Ministries (IFFM), and recently appointed as the Director of Operations for Tel International based out of Dallas, TX.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from, The Ohio State University in 1983 and studied extensively in the department of Black Studies holding memberships in several Black Student organizations and represented the college of Fine Arts on the Student Government during his senior year. In 2003, Rev. Houpe was requested by then Ohio Senator Ray Miller to work as his Legislative Assistant, where he served at the State House.

Upon graduating from OSU, Rev. Houpe joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (currently Cru) and functioned as Campus Director for Clark Atlanta University at the Atlanta University Center (AUC), and expanded his ministry to include Tuskegee University. After leaving the ministry of CCC, Rev. Houpe started his own 501c3 international ministry, called the African American Christian Connection (AACC) and began a ministry to incarcerated youths and mentoring gang members. 

In 1989, as a staff member of CCC, Rev. Houpe made his first international missions trip to South Africa while the nation was under Apartheid and in a state of emergency.  He relocated to Cape Town, South Africa in 1994 during the nation’s first all-race election. Upon his return to the United States and in the latter part of 1994, Rev. Houpe became an investigative journalist and columnist for the Call & Post and Columbus Post newspapers and has been the guest on several radio broadcasts, and a local TV talk show.

As a missionary, Rev. Houpe has had an extensive national and international travel schedule including Turkey, India, Italy, England, Dominican Republic, and several nations throughout the continent of Africa.  He also partnered with a Christian Native American missions team in 1995 and took part in 14 summer mission projects in Arizona and New Mexico on Navajo Reservations.

In 2007, Rev. Houpe took on a life partner and married Kingston, Jamaican native, Althea Bernardette Leslie.  He is currently working on writing 3 books: an auto-biography focusing on his experiences as an African American Missionary; a book and lecture series on the topic of racism, entitled “Hoodwinked,” addressing the origins of American racism/white supremacy and its’ current day ripple effects; and racism/white supremacy in the hijacking of Christianity and its’ role in colonization, American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and beyond.

DR. BELINDA KENDALL

Dr. Belinda Kendall is the CEO and Founder of Promise Media Group. She has received an honorary doctorate for her community service, which has led her to be a licensed Chaplain. She serves on many Executive Boards of Directors, 20 years of Management for fortune 500 companies as a Sr Executive and she is a Social Media Influencer. Some of her posts on LinkedIn  have gotten over 3-8 millions of views in a matter of weeks, from all over the world. With a following on LinkedIn with 30,000 connections, over 150,000 followers, and over 450,000 friends and followers on Social Media. This has led her to be on the cover of magazines internationally and here in the USA. She has been interviewed from all over the world about her success as a social media influencer. She is looking forward to being a guest lecturer at a few colleges in the Fall. She will be the first to tell you she has had many “But God” moments, where it looks like it was over, But God always steps in on time. She likes to say, “I have an advantage, called the Holy Ghost.” Just recently her quotes have been published in a book called, “28 Credentials of Entrepreneurs,” which won her an award. This is a book of quotes from Entrepreneurs from all over the world. She will also be published in a book called, “2022 World Book of Peace” among the 100 top influential personalities globally.

REV. DR. MICHELLE LEWIS

Rev. Dr. Michelle Lewis is the Executive Director of the Peace Garden Project and also leads spiritual formation groups at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about the intersection of religion and the environment, as well as helping people and communities reach their full potential through creativity that engages the spiritual and the natural worlds. She is an award winning filmmaker and hosted the Radio Show Unpacking Faith that examined connecting our spirituality with daily life. Michelle is the first person of color to hold joint Master’s degrees in Religion and the Environment from Yale and she completed her Doctoral work at Emory University. She Lewis is a current candidate for the United States Senate in North Carolina. In her free time, she writes, rides her bike, tells jokes, and bakes cakes.

STACY MARTIN

Stacy Martin is a health and human services executive with over 15 years of leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. Her work and interests reside in the arena of how all aspects of the social determinants of health affect individual and community well-being. Applying a gender-racial equity lens to her work, Stacy brings to Three-Fifths a particular expertise in helping our readers connect systems to health and healthcare access.

STEPHEN MATLOCK

Stephen Matlock is a full-time editor and part-time author and gardener, often overwhelmed by both words and weeds. Along the way to adulthood (a promised destination and not a requirement of the journey), he has tried his hand at many things, from running a restaurant to technical writing, where the goal is to tell people what to do, but nicely. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest and has seen his children fly away to build their own lives, although they do return regularly for food, advice, and help on finding what that pesky sound in the car engine means other than money. Like most people in his faith community, is still working out the details of what it means to follow Jesus.

CARL MCROY

Carl McRoy is an ordained minister, a frequent feature writer for Message magazine, author of Yell at God and Live, R U TUFF ENUFF?, and Impediments to Power: What’s Blocking Your Blessings?, and founder of the “Your Liberation Library” video/podcast series.

DR. MEDINA-CORTES

Dr. Medina-Cortes is an agent of change who believes everyone should have access to an education. Dr. Medina-Cortes graduated from Columbia Southern University with a Doctorate of Business Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Criminal Justice Administration, and Eastland-Fairfield Police academy, where she was voted to lead as the class President, ensuring everyone in her class passed the Ohio Peace Officer State exam.  Dr. Medina-Cortes has worked in the criminal justice system for over fifteen years seeing the justice and injustices of individuals.  Dr. Medina-Cortes has over 10 years of experience as an investigator of financial – white-collar crimes.  Dr. Medina-Cortes is also an educator, Adjunct Instructor, and police academy instructor who has taught on community policing, interview and interrogation, domestic violence, and a few other topics.

Dr. Medina-Cortes has spearheaded a translation committee to obtain translated brochures in Spanish in order to better equip and educate the Latino-Hispanic community on available resources.  In her efforts of being successful in the creation of the translation committee, Dr. Medina-Cortes and team were awarded a teamwork award.

Dr. Medina-Cortes has dedicated many years of her life to volunteering within the community where she resides, serving and educating those underserved and underprivileged communities.  An advocate and a voice for the unspoken.  A native of Puerto Rico, and the first and only family member to obtain a doctoral degree. 

NAPHTALI RENSHAW

Naphtali Renshaw is a connector and an innovator, which means that she often finds herself setting tables with one hand and flipping tables with the other. She spent a good deal of her childhood surveying the world through a moving van window, often somewhere between Oregon and Texas. It is very possible that a childhood of shallow roots and transitional belonging prepared Naphtali to do the work that she most loves to do: identify and create spaces and opportunities for belonging where there are few.  Usually, these spaces exist somewhere in the places between communities of faith and communities who have been historically marginalized.

Naphtali has a bachelor’s degree in English and Cross-Cultural Studies, and a graduate degree in Global Development and Justice, with an emphasis in Peacebuilding. She has been a newspaper columnist, a barista, and a maverick librarian. Naphtali has volunteered in various capacities in churches of various denominations, was almost a youth minister, and once ran a concession stand at a summer camp, but only once. She is a public innovator and has participated in and helped launch several grassroots initiatives related to societal justice, community development, and church engagement.

Alongside her partner of 15 years, Naphtali has been both a foster and adoptive parent, and has become an ardent advocate for the transformation of public systems. She and Jared have a total of 4 children and are at home in Eugene, Oregon where Naphtali serves as Area Community Connector and Innovator to extend relational engagement efforts of local Wesleyan congregations and to amplify voices of unheard communities.

FRANK ROBINSON

Frank Robinson is a retired pastor from California who has a diverse and unique background in both rural and urban ministry. Frank’s life from a young age has been one of crossing barriers, of learning and dealing with diversity, race and many related issues. In 1984 Alabama, not long after a local lynching, he married his wife Sandra. Theirs is an interracial marriage, which was a scandal at the time. Their first child was born across the state line so no one would kill him. In 1992 Los Angeles, Frank was at his desk on Crenshaw when, following the Rodney King beating verdicts, the city went up in flames. He went into the riot area each day, then helped organize and work community clean up. He is a fine artist and a writer, the author of Letters To a Mixed Race Son, which began with the idea that if someone killed Frank, he could speak wisdom, love, purpose and direction to his son. Frank and his wife Sandra now live in Texas. They have four lovely, intelligent, grown children. Their home is a blessed home.  

SARAH L. SANDERSON

Sarah L. Sanderson is a writer, editor, teacher, and speaker who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, which focuses on Oregon’s history of anti-Black exclusion and the impact of that history on her own formation as a White person, is due out from WaterBrook Press in 2023. Sarah holds a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. Links to her other published work may be found at www.sarahlsanderson.com

GENA RUCCO THOMAS

Gena Thomas is a writer, a faith wrestler, a wife, and a mom. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 13 years and they have two elementary-aged children. Gena works as a program coordinator for World Relief’s Immigration Programs team. She has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in USA Today and Christianity Today among other publications. She published her first book, A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices in 2016 which merges international development practices with short-term missions. Published in 2019, Gena’s second book, Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child’s 3,000-Mile Journey unpacks the story of reuniting her Honduran foster daughter with her family after separation at the US border. Alisa & The Coronavirus is Gena’s first children’s book, self-published in April 2020. She is working on an upcoming book about God’s abundance.

REV. KRIS WATSON

Rev. Kris Watson is the founder of Nurturing Justice, Inc. She is a nationally certified trainer in the Sacred Conversations to End Racism curriculum of the United Church of Christ, working with clergy and lay people nationally in the important work to dismantle racism. Rev. Kris currently serves as an Associate Minister at Safe Haven UCC in Ridgewood, NY. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Association of the NY Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Rev. Kris is a graduate of Vassar College, and the Fordham University School of Law. She started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office after which she entered into the private practice of law specializing in criminal defense and family law. In 2013, she obtained her Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary.

In addition to the private practice of law, Kris is a mediator, mediation trainer, non-profit leader, organizational consultant, training consultant and change manager. She founded Nurturing Justice to advance the notion that there is no hierarchy of human value based on skin color, and to encourage relational transformation between different cultural groups. Nurturing Justice brings together a diversity of people who desire to be part of a nurturing community that pursues justice and racial equity through education, support, and action. 

Nurturing Justice website: Nurturing Racial Justice through Relational Transformation (nurturingjustice.org)

Safe Haven UCC: Safe Haven United Church of Christ – A Haven of help, healing and hope! (safehavenucc.org)

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

STEPHEN ALLRED

Stephen Allred, an attorney and ordained minister, served as an academy Bible teacher and church pastor for more than 14 years before taking a hiatus from church employment to practice law. On the side, he hosts the Do Justice podcast and serves as of counsel for the Church State Council, the advocacy and legal services ministry of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Steve is also the religious liberty liaison for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is the author of Do Justice: The Case for Biblical Social Justice. He and his wife, Cheri, live in Northern California with their three children.