Scholar in Residence


Soulful Justice:

Racial Identity Development as Lovingkindness


A Transformative Community Weekend



Christena Cleveland, PhD


Author, Social Psychologist, Theologian

and Director of the

Center for Justice and Renewal


Friday August 16 7-9 pm

Saturday August 17 10 am-5 pm

Location: To Be Decided - Check our Website


My passion is integration.

I integrate justice and reconciliation,

hope and lament,

social psychology and theology,

research and practice,

pro-blackness and pro-humanity,

truth and love,

and contemplation and action.


In pursuit of a new reality

in which all people have an empowered seat at the table,

and there is no longer us and them

– but simply us.

- Christena Cleveland


At the intersection of social justice and spirituality, we find wellsprings of hope and sustenance. Although facing inequity and injustice may take us to some dark places not previously traveled, Christena Cleveland will offer us a sense that we are holding hands with the Divine. Teachings from diverse spiritual traditions such as Mindfulness, the Divine Feminine, Centering Practice, Native American prayer, Christianity, Buddhism and other spiritual paths will illuminate our journey.


As spiritual beings, we yearn to practice lovingkindness, but to practice authentically, we must understand the ways we have been shaped by our racially-stratified society. Integrating social science research and spirituality, Dr. Cleveland invites people of all races to assess our racial identity development and identify the pathways to greater connection to self and others. Awaken to a courageous practice of justice that is sustained by love and not fear, a oneness that affirms the particularity of individual experiences as well as the common humanity of us all. Together, we will face our truths with new awareness.



Facilitated by Christena Cleveland, Ph.D. Christena has held faculty positions at several institutions of higher education — most recently at Duke University’s Divinity School, where she led a research team investigating self-compassion as a buffer to racial stress. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart, and is currently working on her third book which examines the relationship among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine.


Early Bird: Full Seminar paid by August 1 $70

Friday only $20 /  Saturday $65 / Full Seminar $80

Click on the picture below to watch Dr. Christena Cleveland give powerful voice to justice and equality