First National Project for ALL Women of Color in Ministry

The Women of Color in Ministry Project (WOCIM), an effort designed by Reverend Martha Simmons (creator of The African American Lectionary, head of the African American Pulpit Journal, and co-author of “Preaching with Sacred Fire” which is the African American Anthology of Preaching), is led by The African American Pulpit, Inc., along with collaborative partners Union Seminary of New York, and Sisters Chapel of Spelman College. The over-arching aims of the project are to provide women of color clergy around the country educational assistance, mentorship, advocacy, and employment assistance. The Ford Foundation is a project sponsor.

To announce the project nationally, the WOCIM Project will host an event on October 17 and 18, 2014 at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, in Harlem, NY. Preachers, lecturers, and workshop leaders include renowned women such as: Dr. Nikki Toyama-Szeto (author of “More than Serving Tea,” and Director of Biblical Justice Integration and Mobilization for the International Justice Mission), Bishop Vashti McKenzie (the first AME female Bishop), Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas (seminary professor at Vanderbilt and head of the Black Religious Scholars Group), Dr. Boyung Lee (seminary professor at Pacific School of Religion), Patricia Hernandez (National Director, American Baptist Women in Ministry/Transition Ministries) and many others.

Please contact Reverend Nikita McCalister at and by telephone at 781-985-6855 or the project via email at if you will join us in this much needed and unique effort. Our website is You can also find the project through its Facebook page or on twitter #WOCIMIN. If you are interested in being present for the event, the registration cost is only $25.00 per person; you can only register through the project website.