Women's Theology of Liberation

Part 1: How to Build Women's Faith Power to Heal our Nation Training Vision

The vision for the first training was to bring together a small group of PICO National Network lay-leaders, clergy, staff and allies to begin to ground ourselves in an interfaith feminist, womanist and mujerista theologies of resistance so that we can powerfully organize around intersecting issues relating race, class and gender. For the future we will open this space to men who wish to be allies to women in a faith based movement for justice and we will ultimately cut a campaign issue related to women impacted by the mass incarceration system (including immigrant detention). This campaign will be informed and led by women directly impacted by mass incarceration. 

As the PICO Network celebrates the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United States and reflect on his prophetic message of healing from an economy of exclusion, we continue to mourn the death of Sandra Bland and the four other African-American women who died in police custody in July. Over the past year we have been urged to #SAYHERNAME and bring a gender lens to our work for racial and economic justice.

Women make up over half of those attending our faith institutions and the average Christian in the world today is a woman of African ancestry. * What does it mean to have a movement for faith-based justice when over half of our members are silenced due to the intersecting oppressions of sexism, racism and classism? The leadership of women has been crucial to all major social movements in America from Abolition and Suffrage to the DREAMers and #BlackLivesMatter movements today, If we are serious about winning justice for our families we are going to have to take seriously the leadership of women.

During A Women's Theology of Liberation training sessions  we will come together as women clergy, lay-leaders and staff in the PICO National Network for an interactive workshops on feminist, mujerista  and womanist theologies from various faith traditions, reflect on how gender and race intersect in our work, and developing tangible skills in how we can bring a gender lens to our campaigns for racial and economic justice. 

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Part Two: April, 2016

A Women's Theology of Liberation Planning Team

  • Onleilove Alston, Executive Director Faith in New York
  • Rev. Jennifer Jones Bridgett, Founder PICO “Women’s Prophetic Voices Initiative“ & Pastor Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
  • Joy Cushman, Campaigns Director PICO National Network
  • Denise Collazo, Chief of Staff PICO National Network
  • Mary Obaka, Events Coordinator, PICO National Network
  • Andrea Marta, Campaign Manager LIVE FREE
  • Trineka Greer Director, Communications PICO California
  • Gabby Trejo, Community Organizer Sacramento A.C.T.
  • Lise Afoy, DC Program Coordinator, PICO National Network
  • Cecily Harwitt, Statewide Campaign Director POWER