We: Embodied Ministry, Justice, & Reconciliation

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us…”

As people who hear this from the Gospel of John, this is good news for all living beings now hallowed by the incarnate Word.

As young, ordained women who proclaim this good news in many forms of ministry, we experience the reality of the enfleshed good news in Jesus Christ, while navigating the world of expectations around what we should look like or how we should behave.

As participants in the global culture of today, we witness those times when bodies are disregarded and injustice is pervasive in our neighborhoods and around the world.

Join Young Clergy Women International this summer to experience with Karoline Lewis and Traci Blackmon what embodied ministry feels like within the rich setting of St. Louis. Our hope is that you will return to your context with a sense of our collective “we” of ministry, embodied to work together for reconciliation wherever we serve.

Karoline Lewis

The Rev. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave, She also hosts karolinelewis.com for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.

Traci Blackmon

The Rev. Traci Blackmon will be joining us on Tuesday afternoon of our 2018 Conference!

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 159-year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. A registered nurse with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Rev. Blackmon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham – Southern College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (2009).

A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach!