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Mid-Atlantic Regional Virtual Conference: Liberating Love Through Prayer and Action

October 23-24 (Friday 7:00 p.m. USA Eastern – Saturday, 7:00 p.m. USA Eastern)

Ruby Nell Sales, Peter and Rondesia Jarrett-Schell, Ana Hernandez, Emily Richards

Program fee: $50 Fee is nonrefundable.

Registration limited to 100 people. Scholarships are available, click here for more information and the form.

Program check-in: 6:30 Friday 10/23

This is a virtual conference. Participants are responsible to ensure that they have computer/tablet, microphone, camera, and internet capability to support participation. See here for more info.

Registration: Online booking is available using credit cards. Click the green box below to register online. Click here for US Mail-in Registration form (Checks only). If you are applying for a Scholarship, do NOT register until you hear the decision.

As Companions we are committed to the ways that prayer and action intersect in the world and to finding our places in all of it. Liberating Love through Prayer and Action leads us into the way ahead, especially in these challenging times.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference will explore the divine power of love that is released through our Companion life of prayer, the love that stirs us to action. Liberating love changes our hearts and guides us as we continue to pursue social justice.

We begin Friday with gathering time, music, and prayer. Saturday continues with inspirational messages, deep listening, and conversation. Music and worship, led by Ana Hernandez and Emily Richards, will grace our time together.

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Ruby Nell Sales

Rondesia and Peter Jarrett-Schell

Ana Hernández, SCHC

The Rev. Emily Richards

Ruby Nell Sales answered her call to social justice at Tuskegee University as a teenager. She views her extensive civil rights, social justice, gender, and inter-generational work as a calling rather than a career. Dr. Sales received her B.A. degree from Manhattanville College and attended Princeton University for graduate studies in history. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School where she was an Absalom Jones Scholar. Sales felt compelled to make a difference locally, nationally, and even globally. Through her hard work and dedication, she has been recognized with numerous awards and honorable mentions. As a social justice activist, Sales’ work is cited in several books, journal articles and films such as Taylor Branch’s At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68; Broken Ground: A Film on Race Relations in the South; Dan Rather's American Dream Segment; and Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Several of her more recent and notable mentions are her inclusion in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and in the Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. After divinity school, Sales founded and continues to direct a national nonprofit organization called the SpiritHouse Project. Ruby Sales’ dedication, intelligence, networking, and hard work established her as a renowned and respected public theologian, writer, and social critic. Her interview with Krista Tippett, “Where Does It Hurt,” draws on Black folk theology to set forth a radical language and paradigm that makes spirituality the heartbeat of social justice. Funded by the Duke Endowment, she is currently creating Racial Justice Cafes in North and South Carolina.

Peter and Rondesia Jarrett-Schell are Episcopal priests serving in Washington, D.C. Rondesia has over 20 years' experience in anti-racism education, and Peter serves as the chair of the Reparations Task Force for the Diocese of Washington. They will guide our discussions in afternoon group sessions.

Ana Hernández, SCHC is a musician, activist, and facilitator focusing on racial justice as deep inner work. She is also a song leader for the New York State Poor People’s Campaign. Her activism is grounded in contemplative practice and presence.

The Rev. Emily Richards serves as rector of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She is a native Kentuckian and graduated from The School of Theology at The University of the South. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. She has served as Chaplain of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. Emily has been blessed with a fruitful and varied ministry as a priest of the Church. At the heart of her ministry is her call to witness to Christ’s love for all people.


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