Dr. Amanda Kemp

Photograph of Amanda KempDr. Amanda Kemp will be our plenary speaker. Amanda presented a one-woman show at Annual Sessions in 2009, a workshop at Woolman Hill in 2017, and visited Sessions last year, so some Friends are familiar with her and her work. Dr. Kemp is a passionate advocate for racial justice and healing, and for empowering cross-cultural dialogue on the issues, who blends activism and spirituality, theatre arts and history. She holds a doctorate in race and performance from Northwestern University. Amanda is also the bestselling author of Stop Being Afraid! 5 Steps to Transform your Conversations about Racism, and Say the Wrong Thing, a collection of personal essays about racial justice and compassion. You can learn more about Amanda on her website.

Cherice Bock

Photograph of Cherice BockCherice Bock will present the Bible Half-Hours. Cherice lives in Oregon, on the traditional lands of the Kalapuya (now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). She is adjunct professor of ecotheology at George Fox University and Portland Seminary, and she works as the Creation Justice Advocate at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. A recorded Quaker minister, Bock sees environmental concerns as one of this generation’s most important social justice issues. Her academic work focuses on nonviolent theology, Quakerism, contextual theologies, feminism, environmental justice, and ecotheology. You can learn more about Cherice and her work on her website.