Welcome to the Leading by Centering the Margins Spring Workshop

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Leading by Centering the Margins

Leading by Centering the Margins is committed to a university that sees itself as a venture aimed at transforming society by gravitating towards the margins. Meet our facilitator – Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson III – invite a team of leaders to accompany him in this workshop series! 

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Effective leadership today must center those who have been marginalized in society. Doing so acknowledges the moral and practical harm of marginalization in the Commons and enables restitution through moral and institutional accountability.  The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University invites two conversations focused on lifting the voices of committed community leaders whose work reflects the needs of today. 

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson, III

Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson, III is the Director of Doctor of Ministry for the School of Theology and Ministry of Seattle University where he serves as core faculty, teaching in multiple degree programs. Currently serving as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Family Worship Center Int’l, he is the Presiding Prelate of Freedom Assemblies Worldwide. He is the current President of the United Ecumenical College of Bishops while concurrently serving as Dean of The College of Affirming Bishops. Dr. Donalson is also the Bishop of Operations for the P.U.R.E. Ministries International Fellowship Churches and served on the City of Kent Community Police Race Relations Taskforce.  

Thursday, April 27 – The Narrative of the Lie: White Christian Nationalism and Rage – Meet the Presenters

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Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse

Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse is a parish consultant working with congregations in the areas of strategic planning, spiritual discernment, and leadership. Rev. Dr. Rouse is a certified Spiritual Director and ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and on the Advisory Council of CEIE. 

Watch the recording from Session 1: The Narrative of the Lie: White-Christian Nationalism and Rage —>

Thursday, May 25 – Trans-Formation: Trans Kids, Parents and the Communities They Call Home – Meet the Presenters

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DeAnza Spaulding, PhD, MA, LMHC

Dr. DeAnza Spaulding (She/Her) is the founder of Renew Therapy & Consultation. Dr. Spaulding is a trauma therapist whose practice centers mental health services for the BIPOC community and domestic violence. She holds a BS in Sociology from Central Washington University, a MA in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and a PhD in International Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Spaulding is an Adjunct Professor at The Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine.

She currently serves as Pastor for Congregational Care and Table Turning at Valley and Mountain

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Aries Dial

Aries Dial has served within affirming faith-based organizations from a Minister of Music to most recently as an Assistant Regional Coordinator within TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Dial is on the board of directors for the Lavender Rights Project and a Chicago native at home in the PNW for the past thirteen years.

Dial shares that "My identities as a Black transgender woman intersects on the outskirts of the margin and because of that reality, I have learned how to lead with love, compassion and a sense of belonging. It is my passion to uplift my Black and Brown siblings as we do this most important work for and within our communities and families." 

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