Rev. Marianna Sempari 

The World Is About to Turn

Rev. Marianna Sempari &
Rev. Shayné M. Flowers

July 1, 2018

Scriptures for today:
Psalm 130 (NRSV) | Mark 5:24b-34 (NIV)

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Rev. Marianna Sempari is a native New Yorker. She and her wife, Rev. Izabella Sempari moved to the West Coast to continue their seminary education. Rev. Marianna received her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion; with a concentrated field of study and training in Spiritual Care/Counseling, with a focus on trauma related issues, addiction, recovery and healing. Rev. Marianna is ordained in the Disciples of Christ; serves as Associate Pastor at The Table Berkeley; and an Anti- Racism Trainer for the Regional Office Christian Church, Northern California/Nevada.

In addition to her ministerial work with the Disciples of Christ, Marianna serves as an Interfaith Chaplain for Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP), spearheading a specialized program for US Military veterans experiencing moral injury and PTSD. Along with her work with veterans, Rev. Marianna provides spiritual care and accompaniment to individuals living on the streets, encampments, shelters, and BFHP transitional housing programs.

Rev. Shayne M Flowers, is the founder and director of Flowering Justice Ministry: An Anti-Racism Ministry of Hope, Reconciliation and Healing.  Flowering Justice Ministry is an emerging ministry within the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and does anti-racism and cultural diversity training; spiritual direction with an emphasis on healing the spiritual injuries caused by racism; system analysis for churches, ministries or organizations wanting to be more diverse and accountable to people of color; and training focused on leadership development, especially for people of color.

Rev. Shayné was ordained in 2002 in MCC, and holds dual standing in MCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ))   She received her BA in Social Work from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and her M.Div. and Post-Master’s in Spiritual Direction Degrees from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. While living in Seattle, she served on the staff of MCC Seattle (now Emerald City MCC) and All Pilgrims Christian Church. In 2009, she moved to California and from 2010-2014, she served as the Associate Pastor at New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley.

Rev. Shayné currently lives in Oakland, CA with her partner of almost 23 years, Quynh, their 4 year-old daughter, Saya, and their soon to be adopted 16 month old foster son, Applejack. She is an anti-racism trainer for the DOC, Chairperson of her Regional DOC Recognition and Standing Committee and a member of the DOC’s Regional Reconciliation Ministry.  She serves as a Spiritual Director to those who reach out to her and also views this as part of her social justice work. Shayné’s commitment to anti-racism and social-justice work calls her to live by the scripture Micah 6:8 – “…what does God require of you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God” (CEB).