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Becoming Beloved Community: A Symposium on Racial Reconciliation and Social Justice

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

2019 Absalom Jones Symposium and Festal Eucharist

Saturday, February 16, 2019
St. Margaret’s, Trotwood

Featuring: The Hon. Mia Wortham Spells

The Hon. Mia Wortham Spells

The Hon. Mia Wortham Spells is a proud graduate of Wilberforce University and the University of Dayton School of Law. She was elected Judge of the Dayton Municipal Court, Dayton, Ohio on November 3, 2015.

In 1986, Judge Spells earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Dayton School Of Law and began her legal career as a City of Dayton, Assistant Prosecutor. She excelled at trial advocacy and had a 98% conviction rate. After six years as a prosecutor, Spells opened a community-based law office. She is licensed in the State of Ohio, Indiana, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit.

In 1993, as an attorney, Spells successfully used the “battered woman defense” in State v. Kim Reed.  Reed was physically abused by her husband for over 10 years before she killed him. This was the first time the “battered woman defense” was successfully raised in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Spells was one of the few female lawyers in Montgomery County that handled death penalty cases.  She has won judgments in employment discrimination, excessive force, police brutality and ethnic intimidation cases. Her legal acumen is widely recognized by the legal community.

Spells co-produced a video documentary entitled Brown at 50.  This documentary chronicles the NAACP case involving desegregation of Dayton Public Schools; and won numerous awards.

She has won many honors and awards, including the Legal Advocacy Award by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, National NAACP Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, United Negro College Fund Alumni Award and Sinclair Community College Nia Award and Wilberforce University Alumni Award.

Spells is a member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, Wilberforce University Alumni Association, Thurgood Marshall Law Society, American Judges Association, National Council of Negro Women, National Bar Association, NAACP, SCLC and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dayton Alumnae Chapter.

Spells is the proud parent of two sons, Chad and Jordan, and grandson Jordan, Jr.

Judge Spells believes in the power of prayer. Her guiding Biblical verse is: “She did what she could.”  Mark 14:8


8:30 – 9:30      Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45      Introductions and Logistics for the day

9:45 – 10:15    Keynote Address :  Judge Mia Wortham Spells

10:30 – 11:15   Panel Discussion

11:15 – 11:30    Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President, Union Institute and University

11:30 – 12:25   Becoming Beloved Community – Table Discussions

12:30 – 1:45     Annual Absalom Jones Service Awards Luncheon

2:00 – 3:30     Festal Eucharist
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Gerald Cooper, Wayman Chapel AME Church, Dayton, Ohio

Symposium Participants

Keynote Speaker: Judge Mia Wortham-Spells, Dayton Municipal Court
Panel Moderator: The Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia, Christ Church Cathedral Sub-Dean
The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Jones, New Hope Lutheran Church
Dr. Michael Miller, Payne Theological Seminary
The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, Becoming Beloved Community Task Force
The Rev. Canon Karen Montagno, Canon Missioner, Christ Church Cathedral


Bishop Herbert Thompson Chapter Union of Black Episcopalians
Christ Church Cathedral
Beloved Community Task Force
The Faith and Life Commission of the Diocese of Southern Ohio
Dr. Karen Shuster Webb, Newly Appointed Seventh President of Union Institute and University

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St Margaret’s Dayton
5301 Free Pike
Trotwood, OH 45426-2441 US
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Diocese of Southern Ohio
Bishop Herbert Thompson Chapter Union of Black Episcopalians
Becoming Beloved Community Task Force
Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati