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    Miroslav Volf

    Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale Divinity

    Miroslav Volf Volf

    Miroslav Volf is a Croatian Protestant theologian and public intellectual who is often recognized as one of the most celebrated theologians of our day. Volf currently serves as the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His book Exclusion and Embrace was named by Christianity Today as one of the 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century. He has served as an advisor for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and co-taught a course at Yale with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on globalization. Volf is a frequent commentator on religious and cultural issues in popular media outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera.

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    James Linfield

    Partner, Cooley LLP Denver

    James Linfield Partner, Cooley LLP, Denver

    James Linfield is a partner in the Business Department of Cooleey LLP. His practice focuses on representation of public and private technology companies and venture capital and private equity funds. A frequent speaker on financing strategies for emerging companies, corporate governance and public securities matters among other areas of expertise. He was recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the categories for Venture Capital Law, Securities Regulation and other areas. He will be addressing CEEPS endowment trustees on Wednesday 2/24/16.

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    Becca Stevems

    Founder, Magdalene House and Thistle Farms

    Becca Stevens Founder, Magdalene House and Thistle Farms

    Becca Stevens is one of the premier speakers in the US, proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms. In the anti-human trafficking movement Stevens believes in a housing first model with economic independence for survivors. She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women. She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South.

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    Erin Weber-Johnson

    Capital Campaigns, Episcopal Church Foundation

    Erin Weber-Johnson Episcopal Church Foundation

    Erin Weber-Johnson joined the ECF as a capital campaign consultant in 2009. In addition to capital campaigns Erin has facilitated diocesan and vestry retreats on annual stewardship and the development of a spiritual ethos for giving. She is also a grants officer at Trinity Wall Street in New York City, has a Master’s in public administration from NYU, and has served as a missionary in Taiwan. She will be leading a workshop on the subject of developing strategic resources.

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    Michael Curry

    27th Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

    Michael Curry Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

    Elected Presiding Bishop on June 17, 2015, Bishop Michael Curry has always been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality. He has a national preaching and teaching ministry and has been featured on The Protestant Hour and North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, as well as on The Huffington Post. Curry is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, Yale, and, most recently, Episcopal Divinity School. He served on the Taskforce for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church and recently was named chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors.

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    Mike Slaughter

    Chief Dreamer, Ginghamsburg Church

    Mike Slaughter Chief Dreamer, Ginghamsburg Church

    Mike Slaughter (UMC), is lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is in his fourth decade as the chief dreamer and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. Mike’s call to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted will challenge attendees to wrestle with Goad and their God-destinies. When Mike arrived at Ginghamsburg Church in 1979, worship attendance hovered at 90 with 118 members and an annual budget of $27,000. Now, 4000 attendees on average worship weekly at Ginghamsburg and the multi-million dollar budget helps resource a faith community committed to serving the poor, lost and disenfranchised. Mike’s attendance at CEEP is being sponsored by EO Tours.

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    Noah Bullock

    Director, Foundation Cristosal, San Salvador

    Noah Bullock Executive Director, Foundation Cristosal, San Salvador

    Noah Bullock, Executive Director of Foundation Cristosal in San Salvador began implementing a rights-based approach to development and human rights to form the Foundation’s three programs: the Global School, the Community Development Program, and the Human Rights Program. He graduated with honors from the University of Montana in Peace and Conflict Studies, and has a Masters in Local Development from the University of Central America José Simeón Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador. He will be discussing justice and how to implement it in every day life.

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    Lisa Kimball

    Director, Center for Ministry of Teaching, VTS

    Lisa Kimball Director, Center for Ministry of Teaching, VTS

    Lisa joined the VTS faculty in 2009 as Director of the Center for Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership. Prior to VTS, Lisa held a position as Research Scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis where she focused on adolescent spiritual development and program evaluation. She holds a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership and an A.B. in Human Biology with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Communications from Stanford University. Lisa’s published writing includes articles, book reviews and professional publications such as Vestry Papers and Giving.>

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    Pastor Gary Mason, UMC

    Peacemaker, Belfast, Ireland.

    Pastor Gary Mason, UMC Peacemaker, Belfast, Ireland

    Rev. Gary Mason. is the former pastor of Springfield Road Methodist Church. Belfast, Ireland - a Church which sits directly on the "Peace Line" between that city's Protestant and Catholic communities. Living in this complex and at times very dangerous spot, he led his church to be an agent of healing within a divided sectarian society. He was involved in the behind-the-scenes peace process in Ireland, offering both sides an alternative to violence for softening the enmity between the two groups.

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    Chris Harris

    Congregational Development, St. Bart's, Poway, CA

    Chris Harris Congregational Development Minister St. Bart's, Poway CA

    Currently studying for ordination, Chris is expected to be ordained to priesthood in early 2017. Following his ordination, he will serve St. Bart's as assistant rector. Harris received his BA in Arts, Economics and Politics from the University of California, and his J.D. from California Western School of Law. Prior to joining the staff at St Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, Chris founded a law firm which specialized in tax law. He also served as Chairman of the Alpha Project for the Homeless, a multi-service homeless outreach agency recognized by the President of the United States as the country's 185th Point of Light. He is on the board of directors for The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, and speaks on stewardship and congregational development around the country. .

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    Mary Parmer

    Invite.Welcome.Connect

    Mary Parmer Invite.Welcome.Connect

    Mary Parmer is a congregational development consultant/coach, speaker and retreat leader.. She currently serves as project consultant for the Diocese of Texas Newcomer Ministry Project where she authored the popular evangelism program "Invite.Welcome.Connect." and as Director of the Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership gathering of young Episcopal clergy.

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    Jason Merrittt

    Director of Marketing and Communications, Kanuga

    Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications, Kanuga

    Jason oversees all of Kanuga’s marketing and communications operations, including advertising, print and electronic newsletters, Kanuga.org, social media, public relations and the organization’s brand image. Jason specializes in brand strategy, social media integration and visual communications, with a background in design and photography. He is a member of the Episcopal Communicators Board of Directors (2014-2017).

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