CDSP Students of Color meet with Clergy Mentors

On Friday, September 7 at St. Paul's, Oakland, as the new school year began, six CDSP seminarians of African American, Latinx, Filippino, and Native American backgrounds met with eleven clergy of color. Most of the clergy were from the Dioceses of California and Northern California, and included the Revs. Eric Metoyer, Mauricio Wilson, Liz Munoz, Debra Low-Skinner, David Ota, Leonard Oakes, Paul Allick, Kwasi Thornell, and Carolyn Bolton.

In a full day of conversation and prayer clergy and seminarians discussed topics which included: student challenges of adjusting to academic expectations, the frustrations about not feeling understood and accepted in a predominantly white academic/Church culture, and recognized their need to celebrate and support one other. The clergy present volunteered to be mentors and offered pastoral support and prayer. Contact information was shared and a follow up meeting will be planned later in the school year.
 
Thanks were given to Dean of Students Andrew Hybl, seminarians Ed Stewart and Medene Presley for their support in organizing the event.

Photos and story submitted by the Rev. Debra Low-Skinner, Christ Church Sei Ko Kai.