“Without community, there is no liberation.” – Audre Lorde

Today is the day! Please join us today, 6-7:15 pm, British Standard Time, for our seminar on mentoring as a form of exhibiting power on the margins. We will explore the ways we are empowered to be in community with and to strengthen one another.

In anticipation of our time together, I initiated work with a UK university which I will share in our time together. By working with research institutes and universities to create greater stability for Independent Scholars, this creates several links and opportunities for me to share specific information with you. Today’s seminar will focus on academic resources that will support religious academics, students of religion (such as parish ministers), and activists.

Whatever country you are in, we hope you have identified: universities, colleges, schools, research institutes, and grant makers. These resources can be streamlined here for us to share. For those in Religious Leadership, we are looking to explore opportunities for your mentorship through instructors where you seek your degrees, and by creating a network of Black women clergy to support one another. Your work in activism may well be an outgrowth of your work in academia or in parish ministry. However, your work as an activist may be very separate, dealing with housing, voting rights or various forms of economic justice.

Whatever your struggle, we will stand in the gap with you. Click here to attend. We look forward to seeing you this evening, March 14th, 6-7:15 pm, British Standard Time.

The paper today is, “Unbow Your Head Sistah: Leveraging Strength from the Margins.” We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Dr. CL Nash

Please see the enclosed agenda.


  • Welcome and Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Introduction of the Plenary Paper (2 minutes)  
  • Plenary Paper Presentation (15 minutes)
  • Discussant Papers (7 minutes/each)
  • Discussion with Attendees (15 minutes)
  • Publishing Opportunity (5 minutes)
  • Wrap up and Closing Remarks (5 minutes)

Our discussants are Dr. Masaiti-Mukuka and Rev. Deche.  You may read their biographies below.

Dr. Bridget Nonde Masaiti-Mukuka

Dr. Bridget Nonde Masaiti Mukuka was born in Zambia. She worked as a personal assistant to the Presbytery Bishop in the United Church of Zambia. She joined the Circle of Concerned African women theologians in 2002. She studied theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of South Africa. She worked as a lecturer/researcher 12 years at Zakhe Agricultural College in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Bridget received her doctorate degree from Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 2017. In her research, she examined how some Bemba women respond to the male dominated church policy. She is currently the Research Associate in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University. She is also the programs’ officer and researcher in the Make-Way Circle Zambia Program.

Rev. Annie Deche

I am an ordained minister at the Kenya Methodist Church for the last 14 years. I must say God ordained my journey to be in Taunton Deanne and South Sedgemoor circuit in September 2022. It’s now six months and ministry has been very impactful as I go around the different churches bonding, making friendships above all ministering to God’s wonderful people. My passion for ministry goes a long way from actual pulpit ministry to people one-on-one which is proving so precious as we touch on lives. My prayer is to journey on and see how God is expounding our territories as we have a good opportunity to grow spiritually and God leading us to see others coming to join us. I am also particularly intrigued by the vision of Prof Nash who holds Black women in Theology at heart!

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