“May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir – not our voices only, but our lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to God”
Romans 15:5-6 (The Message)
Calling High School Students!
Join us Saturday, April 23, 2016 for a day of engaging conversation while we explore how the intersections of race, LGBTQ, and interfaith issues come together to create our unique society.
This day event (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) will include speakers, small group discussions, teambuilding games and boating (weather permitting).
Fee: $10, includes lunch, snack, and engaging faith programming
Ashley Birt is the Director of Christian Education at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York, NY. In addition to graduating from Union Theological Seminary, she also holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified ready to receive a call in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her interests include the intersections of racial justice, children and youth, interfaith communication, LGBTQ+ issues (particularly the B), and Christianity. Besides church work, Ashley also blogs for Believe Out Loud, serves as a board member for More Light Presbyterians, and does freelance lighting and sound design.
Kate Jones Calone
Rev. Kate Jones Calone is the Founder and Director of Open Door Exchange, a mission of the Setauket Presbyterian Church that seeks to rebuild hope for Long Islanders in need by furnishing their homes. In the fall of 2015, she organized an interfaith youth retreat on racial justice that brought together a diverse group of young people from across Long Island for a training on confronting barriers to racial equity. Kate is a member of the Public Issues Committee of the Long Island Council of Churches and the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association. Prior to her ordination, she was a practicing attorney in the areas of criminal justice and criminal defense.
The Rev. Katie Mulligan completed her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She currently serves as a youth and young adult pastor for two churches, working with young people in and around Trenton, New Jersey. She is also a Chaplain at Rider University and the communications director for the United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO). She is a regular blogger at http://insideouted.blogspot.com and the author of several published essays, including “Queer” in There’s A Woman in the Pulpit, “A Ministry of Discomfort” in From Each Brave Eye: Reflections on the Arts, Ministry, and Holy Imagination. She is the mother of two sons and three cats and has finally gotten used to winter.
Victor Aloyo, Jr. is currently the Chief Diversity Administrator and Director of Multicultural Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of two multicultural and multilingual congregations, United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield, NJ and Organizing Pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. Victor has provided several seminars and conferences on church development in multicultural contexts, and seminars on inclusive excellence to provide a greater conscious of the realities of diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education.