Clergy Debriefing Room

Summer Sessions

Working for Racial Justice

This session, facilitated by two of the co-editors of the book resource, Trouble the Water, will explore how to start and continue racial justice work in our congregations and ministry settings.

Facilitators: Michael-Ray Matthews & Cody Sanders

Cody J. Sanders is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, where he also serves as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, & Ethical Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was co-editor alongside Michael-Ray Mathews and Marie Onwubuariri of Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice. 

Michael-Ray Mathews (he/him/his) brings over 30 years of leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as Deputy Director for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). He is the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast, where he engages multi-faith leaders in conversations about cultivating communities of belonging and sacred resistance to injustice. Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive movement for justice and healing, and co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice. A visiting professor of public theology at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, he is also a senior fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. Michael-Ray is co-founder of and public theologian-in-residence with Sympara, a multifaith/interspiritual community of practice, repurposing spiritual assets for the common good.

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