REM 2020 Invitational 

Plenary Speakers 

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Friday Plenary Speaker

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. Dr. Walker-Barnes has earned degrees from Emory University (B.A., Psychology and African-American/African Studies), the University of Miami (M.S. and Ph.D., Clinical Child/Family Psychology), and Duke University (M.Div., Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry). She is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes served on the faculty at Shaw University Divinity School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. A candidate for ordination in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, she is licensed to practice psychology in Georgia and North Carolina.

Dr. Walker-Barnes began her career as a research psychologist who focused on adolescent development and ethnic minority families.  Upon being called to ministry, she left that vocation to attend seminary, where her focused broadened to racial and gender identity, community development, and reconciliation. In her teaching and writing, she draws upon her diverse experiences as an interdisciplinary scholar, a clinician, and a minister to advocate for individual, family, and social healing in the body of Christ.  Her work is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences.  

In her first book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, Dr. Walker-Barnes seeks to heighten awareness about the inordinate burden that the icon of the StrongBlackWoman places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African American women.  Her second project will focus upon racial reconciliation.  Her articles have been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the Journal of Pastoral Theology, the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Horizons: The Magazine for Presbyterian Women, and Geez.  

Dr. Walker-Barnes is an Atlanta Native (“Grady Baby!”) who recently returned to her hometown after an 18-year-absence.  She is married to Delwin Barnes, a mechanical engineer, and they are the proud parents of one son, Micah.  And despite having been a Hurricane, Gator, Tar Heel, and Blue Devil, she is still not a sports fan.

Event Information

The Racial, Ethnic, Multicultural (REM) Community of Practice will host its 2020 Invitational February 6-8, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Attendees will engage in meaningful dialogue, consultation and support of one another in celebration of our diversity and commitment to inclusion; working together to impact, nurture, challenge and advance healthy spiritual care practice within CPE and ministry overall.

Reserve Your Room Today - Reserve by January 20
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA will host the REM Invitational. A block of rooms have been reserved for February 6-8, 2020. The special room rate will be available until January 20 or until the group block is sold out.

Please note the following meals are included in the registration fee: 
Thursday - Lunch and dinner
Friday - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Saturday - Breakfast

Reserve your hotel today

Workshop Descriptions

Workshops will be held on Friday, February 7 from 10:45a-12:00p and again from 1:30p-2:45p
Multicultural Diversity Workshop
Dr. Pat Wilson-Cone

It’s critical that we have these conversations for the sake of ourselves and others. Start these conversations today in your CPE centers, homes, families, with friends, partners and significant others, faith spaces, with all races, creeds, genders, believers and non-believers. Start the critical conversations and let’s stop hiding behind what we know is hindering us from growing, knowing and exploring. The time is now to write about what you are hearing, seeing, feeling and even smelling day to day when it comes to Multicultural Diversity. Dr. Cameron Byrd one of our esteemed founders of REM states the following: “Look deeply into your own souls and spirits to discover the roots of multicultural diversity and the impact it has on your own life; In the midst of today’s forces which tend to denigrate various cultures and ethnicities,…there is a light in the darkness.” So please come to this workshop to wonder and explore together about what that LIGHT is for you and me. Peace shalom shalom


Caring For The African American S.E.L.F. In CPE Supervision 
Dr. Danielle Buhuro 

We live in a perilous time of police brutality, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia. How do we supervise African American CPE students during a time of extreme hatred extending all the way from the Oval Office? This workshop will highlight how to supervise African American CPE students’ specific Social, Emotional, Life meaning and purpose, and Faith (S.E.L.F.) needs. The goal is that we as educators provide a holistic approach to supervising and caring for African Americans students especially in an age of #BlackLivesMatter. 

Resumes that Get Noticed & Job Search Success 
Richard Thorne

In the first portion of this two part workshop, writing resumes that both get noticed and are informative will be the primary focus.  The second portion of the workshop will be a wide-open Q & A on any and all things pertaining to managing a job search that gets results. 

Facilitator: Richard Thorne.  Richard is a Head Hunter and Certified Career Coach specializing Spiritual Healthcare Placement. 


Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health: Insights from CBCT®, Emory University's Program in Compassion Training

Workshop participants will be introduced to Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) as well as to Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health (CCSH ™).  Emory University’s CBCT program is a contemplative approach to cultivating the multiple conditions that contribute to one’s capacity to sustain and extend compassion in a healthcare setting toward patients, colleagues, and toward one’s self.

CCSH is a collaboration between Emory’s Spiritual Health at Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics.  CCSH aspires to support the offering of Spiritual health, individually and collectively, through strengthening and sustaining the skills of compassion rooted in the awareness of our common humanity.

Facilitators:  Maureen Jenci Shelton, Director of Education Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare  ACPE Educator and CBCT Instructor; Jose Montenegro, Spiritual Health Clinician, Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare and  CBCT Instructor; Timothy Harrison, Associate Director of CBCT at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics of Emory University


Spiritual Alignment
Dr. Urias Beverly
We as REM celebrates are not celebrating year 1923 nor limiting our celebration to year 2020 or even year 2099.  Our history was a part of the beginning of ACPE (which was not its beginning either.  The point is that now that we have shown ourselves competent, claimed our heritage and tasted the fruit of our future we cannot and must not stand still or place limitations on all we have lived through and are living with as a community of REM travelers. We are at the crossroads of our past and our future.  We must become spiritually aligned so we can bring to bare all that we have given and gained to our next landing of hope.  So, you ask, what do you mean by spiritual alignment?  I’m glad you asked.  We will discover the answer together at the workshop.