Gathering As One

A Virtual Outdoor Ministry Conference

November 17th-19th, 2020

Live Zoom Workshop #2

Your Two Choices for 3:45-4:30pm EDT on Wednesday, November 18

Sacred Conversations to End Racism

Rev. Dr. Velda Love will offer a workshop and facilitate conversation based on the United Church of Christ’s Sacred Conversations to End Racism curriculum. It is a guided resource based on cultural immersion and cultural perspectives and is a restorative justice journey moving people beyond anti-racism conversations to active engagement. This resource provides new language, strategies, and realities that engage all the intersections of our lives to unmask, dismantle, and eradicate racism. The ongoing impact of racism and xenophobia in contemporary society requires Christians to commit to a journey of restoration and repair among God’s people impacted by individual and systemic oppression and marginalization.


Rev. Dr. Velda R. Love currently serves as Minister of Racial Justice in The Justice and Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ. Velda has a working knowledge of critical race theory and creates comprehensive and strategic approaches for UCC national conferences, congregations, and staff colleagues to explore and understand the intersection of racial justice with other justice issues. Velda brings an African-centered approach inclusive of biblical and theological knowledge in liberation and womanist perspectives.

Employee Management in the Time of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and financial conditions, many sites faced difficult staffing and operations decisions in 2020. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the considerations and human resources best practices related to furloughs, dismissals, employee compensation, and staffing in 2021.


Katherine Hamilton began her career in Human Resources as an HR Generalist and a Benefits and Payroll Specialist at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and Trion. Her experience providing strategic advice to employers on benefits and benefits administration led Katherine to her current role as the Strategic Relationship Manager at The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Katherine’s unique background in Human Resources and Consulting, as well as her experience as a healthcare consumer and cancer survivor, are the foundation of her passion for helping employers and employees alike, navigate the complexities of employee benefits and healthcare literacy.