Sunday Service:  August 7 10:15 am

"A Journey South: Life Lessons on Race and Reconciliation"

with Alisa Orduna

Alisa Orduña, PhD, is a practitioner, policy analyst, collaborator and thought leader in homelessness services in the United States. It is her life’s mission to re-imagine neighborhoods as beloved communities where residents experience belonging and have access to resources to thrive. She has worked on the cutting edge of nonprofit and public sector homelessness policy and programming in Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; and Santa Monica, CA. She has also advised international guests from Brazil, Mexico, and China.



Dr. Orduña entered the homelessness policy field as a program manager at a large family provider in Philadelphia. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2011 where she has since been at the forefront of homelessness policy and racial equity through prominent roles at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and most recently the Santa Monica City Manager’s Office. She currently manages her own consulting firm, Florence Aliese Advancement Network, LLC, where she works with US cities and counties to develop homeless response systems through a racial equity lens.

 

Dr. Orduña is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (BA-English), the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (MPIA- Social and Economic Development), and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PhD and MA-Depth Psychology with a specialization in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychology). Her dissertation, Òṣun Consciousness: Unearthing Anti-Black Biases in the Homeless System Soul as reflected in the Sacred Histories of the African American Experience introduced an Afro-Feminine Indigenous approach to understanding and resolve the complex social phenomenon of homelessness and its impact on African Americans in the United States.

 

Alisa is the author of Oshun’s Calabash, Dancing Across Cuba into the Memory of the Embodied African Soul & Finding Home and Unearthing the Feminine. Learn more: https://www.adordunaatwork.com/

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MINISTER: Reverend Janet Gollery McKeithen

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MUSIC: Music Director Louise Dobbs and Dr. Kim Harris

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