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Christena Cleveland Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the recently-launched Center for Justice + Renewal, a non-profit dedicated to helping justice advocates sharpen their understanding of the social realities that maintain injustice while also stimulating the soul’s enormous capacity to resist and transform those realities. Committed to leading both in the classroom and in the broader society, Christena writes regularly, speaks widely, and consults with organizations.

Dr. Cleveland holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara as well as an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. An award-winning researcher and author, Christena leads a research team at Duke that is investigating self-compassion as a buffer to racial stress, and is currently working on her third book which examines the relationship among race, gender and cultural perceptions of the Divine. Dr. Cleveland is based in North Carolina where she lives with her spouse, Rev. Jim Dahlin.

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January 18-20 — January Adventure — St. Simons Island, GA

February 20-21 — CEEP Conference — Boston, MA

April 3 — Salvation Army: Nat’l Social Services Conference — Kansas City, MO

April 20 — Wheelock Conference at Dartmouth College — Hanover, NH

May 18 — Leading the Beloved Community Conference — Detroit, MI

July 11 — Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute at Magdalene College — Cambridge, UK

August 16-17 — Community Event with The Red Shoes — Baton Rouge, LA

September 19-22 — Just Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders — Carmel, CA

October 14-18 — Just Leadership Institute for Senior Leaders — Montreat, NC

July 11 — Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute at Magdalene College — Cambridge, UK

August 16-17 — Community Event with The Red Shoes — Baton Rouge, LA

September 19-22 — Just Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders — Carmel, CA

September 26 — Lenoir-Rhyne University — Hickory, NC

October 14-18 — Just Leadership Institute for Senior Leaders — Montreat, NC

January 18-20 — January Adventure — St. Simons Island, GA

February 20-21 — CEEP Conference — Boston, MA

April 3 — Salvation Army Conference — Kansas City, MO

April 20 — Dartmouth College — Hanover, NH

May 18 — Leading the Beloved Community Conference — Detroit, MI