The Board of Directors
In their own words. Why the members of the Board are dedicated to racial justice and healing and the mission of Interwoven Congregations.
Brother John Anderson, Kansas City, Missouri
Motivational storyteller, cultural historian, producer and co-host of Legacy Alive Testify, founder and CEO of Rajpa Motivational Ministries
I work for racial healing to provide a higher conscience-minded voice and perspective to help dispel ignorance and fears that (as an African American) were perpetrated upon me. I promote what Dr. King espoused, a day when I and anyone will "Not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." My hope is to exist in a world where we recognize that, though we're so uniquely different, we can embrace our commonalities.
Rev. Charles Booker, Bethesda, Maryland
Pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, social justice activist through National Capital Presbytery, prior leader two multi-racial congregations in Arizona & California
Serving on staff in two churches dedicated to interracial ministry, I discovered that the heart of Jesus' message conjoins spiritual with communal needs. That deep river of the prophets guides and inspires me to serve on the board of Interwoven.
Yenny Delgado, Bethesda, Maryland
Public theologian, psychologist, writer, and co-founder of Umbrella Initiatives Foundation, a nonprofit that supports educational opportunties in Latin America
As Christians, we must denounce injustice and seek greater equity and racial justice because regardless of skin color we are all made in God's image.
Rev. Pat Jackson, Bethesda, Maryland
Co-Executive Director of Interwoven Congregations, pastor, nonprofit community leader, Peace Corps Volunteer
I'm involved in this work of racial healing because of joy -- for when we truly join hands, our hearts swell and we catch a glimpse of the Kingdom. I'm involved in this work because of heartbreak -- for injustices too long denied and too present to ignore. And I do this work out of hope -- that one relationship, one partnership, and one action at a time, by God's grace, will draw us closer to the Beloved Community we seek.
Roxane Rucker, Arlington, Virginia
Organizer, activist, nonprofit leader, community builder
I’m convinced that healing our country from the damage of centuries long systemic racism requires that we change hearts and policies. There is no worthier mission for people of faith than to work towards changing the hearts of those within our congregations and the communities that we touch.
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, Bethesda, Maryland
Civil rights leader, pastor emeritus of mutli-racial congregations, author and national speaker, Senior Advisor to Honda of North America
There are times when you just want to wring your hands and say 'I've had it!' But I offer this quote to give us the courage, the wisdom, the love, the determination to go forward. 'I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I cannot accept.'
-- As quoted in Listening for the Sound of the Genuine by Hildi Hendrickson