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Thursday, March 12, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic organized its first ever program “Ain’t I a Leader? Women in the Pulpit,” presented by the Interchurch Center and hosted by its president and executive director, Paula Mayo. This historic event was held in the chapel of the Interchurch Center, located at 475 Riverside Drive in New York City. The invocation was rendered by the Rev. Pamela L. Ward, pastor and founder of Grace Alive Christian Fellowship.

The Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard, founder and president of the Project People Foundation, was recognized by her peers for her many years of continuous service, ministering in the pulpit at the Riverside Church in New York City. Attendees then participated in a frank conversation about the “Trials and Triumphs Facing Women in the Pulpit.” Mayo also moderated the panel discussion, which included the Rev. Kanyere Eaton, pastor at Fellowship Covenant Church; the Rev. Dr. Barbara E. Austin-Lucas, pastor at Agape Tabernacle International Fellowship; the Rev. J. Elise Brown, senior pastor at Advent Lutheran Church; and Rabbi Dr. Jo David, adjunct professor at Berkeley College.

Attendees also learned about resources available to women at Auburn Theological Seminary from the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president, and Lisa Anderson, director of Women’s Multifaith Education; New York Theological Seminary from the Rev. Dr. Eleanor Moody-Shepherd, dean of student affairs and professor of women studies; and Union Theological Seminary from Nichelle L. Jenkins, associate dean of admissions and financial aid.

The Rev. Sylvia Gail Kinard Esq. closed the program with an inspirational “Amen” benediction.