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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell …
UPC WELCOMES SHANEA LEONARD
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Worship @ 11 am
Anti-Racism Training @ noon, Great Hall (attendance limited to 40 persons)
We are excited to announce our fall training on anti-racism will be conducted by the Reverend Shanea D. Leonard, B.A., M.Div. Shanea is currently the National Associate for Gender & Racial Justice for the PC (USA) in Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Shanea will preach Sunday, September 8, 2019, on the topic of Passing the Peace, next in our series on worship. Please plan to participate in the anti-racism training conducted by Shanea immediately following worship in the Great Hall.
Training attendance is limited to 40 person. Please email the church office [email protected] to check for space availability.
About Reverend Leonard
Reverend Leonard is a pastor, teacher, consultant, community activist, and justice warrior. Shanea has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over twelve years. A native of Philadelphia, she received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She currently carries out her justice mandate as the National Associate for Gender & Racial Justice Pastor Leonard has done extensive work within urban areas to eradicate systemic oppression in the areas of race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic despair, and has done international outreach in Africa, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Shanea believes that God has given her a burden for people whom others have disregarded, oppressed, forgotten, or simply don’t even see.
A modern-day abolitionist, Shanea is the founder & former pastor of JUDAH Fellowship, Western Pennsylvania region’s only predominantly Black affirming faith community. Reverend Leonard is also the founder of the Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium, the city’s inter-faith cohort of faith leaders with an affirming theology towards advocacy for the LGBTQIA community. Shanea has served other organizations as: past board chair of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, member of the Pennsylvania State ACLU Board of Directors, and chair of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s LGBTQIA Advisory Council, as well as leadership in other arenas around Western PA. Pastor Leonard is an often-quoted media contributor and an active, outspoken faith voice for justice.
Shanea is also the founding director of Diversity Consulting, an organization that focuses on the education and coaching of individuals and groups around intersectional advocacy and issue- based leadership in the areas of faith, race, gender, and sexual orientation. She has received numerous awards including the recent 2018 Coro Pittsburgh Martin Luther King Jr, Leadership Award, the 2018 YWCA Racial Justice Leadership Award, and the 2015 National Black Caucus Innovation in Ministry Award. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky, but travels extensively for the cause of liberation of marginalized people. She lives her life by the mantra of Assata Shakur which sates, “…it is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win…we have nothing to lose but our chains!”