Becoming Better Together

Equity. Diversity. Community.

“As school board members, we work to co-create the policies that govern the education of our community's children and share the responsibility of ensuring that they reflect and serve ALL the children well. We are helping to shape the world we dream of and the future we hope to see. We're not going back to the way things were. We are moving forward and becoming better together.”

-Donna

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Donna Barber for David Douglas School Board - Position 1, in 2021!

We Ask You to Re-Elect Donna!

Senator Kayse Jama

Aaron Barrow, David Douglas School Board

Stephanie Stephens, David Douglas School Board

Francesca Aultman, David Douglas Teacher

Andreina Velasco, Dual Language Preschool Teacher, David Douglas School District

Chelsea Jones West, HOLLA Mentors

Carmen Brewton Denison, Executive Director of Campus Compact of Oregon

Jared Cetz, David Douglas High School Alumnus

Alex Chiu, Gilbert Heights Parent & Local Artist

Joy Leising, Education Leader

JR Lilly, Native American Community Leader

Sharif Liwaru, Education Community Leader

Joy Leising, Education Leader

Jillana Goble, Every Child Oregon

David Douglas Education Association

About Donna barber

Donna Barber, a preacher, mentor and writer, presently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Voices Project, a national effort that exists to influence culture through the training and promotion of leaders of color and as President of The Voices School for Liberation and Transformation.  Donna is the first African American to be elected to the David Douglas School Board, in Portland, Oregon, a member of the district and Regional School Board Equity Teams, and a published author.  Her book, “Bread for the Resistance: 40 Devotions for Justice People,” a Reader’s Choice nominee, was released in 2019 by IVPress.  She currently resides in Portland, OR.

Books & Articles

Bread For The Resistance: 40 Devotions For Justice People

Daily Wisdom For The Justice-Seeker

“Sometimes we get tired while pursuing this thing called JUSTICE and we just have to pause, to breathe, to steal away until the dust that’s been kicked up in that day’s battle settles.  Sometimes you have to take a moment to feed your soul.”

In these daily devotions, Donna Barber offers life-giving words of renewal and hope for those engaged in the resistance to injustice. When your legs are tired from marching and your knees are bruised from kneeling, you can experience rest and healing.

PURCHASE

Reviews

“Some people write with beautiful words, and others speak through their character. Donna Barber excels at both. She writes with clarity and an unmatched depth of insight and has the reputation and longevity of someone who has something to teach us all. This devotional was exactly what I needed. Bread for the Resistance will refresh your soul and become the one book this year you give to everyone you know.”

Ken Wytsma, author of The Myth of Equality, founder of The Justice Conference

“Donna has experience in sustainable life-giving transformational ministry. Her book has given us the gift of those practices that continue to fuel this work of shalom and justice. Her wisdom is seen in how she invites us to change the world through rebirth, good news, and love while paying attention to the reality of suffering. Donna envisioned and created the devotional that I wish I was given in my toughest days of pastoral and community work.”

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, executive director, Chasing Justice

“Donna Barber has written one of the most timely devotionals of our generation. Bread for the Resistance will help you stay connected to the sustaining power of God’s word so that your prophetic work is always rooted in the grace of God. I guarantee you’ve never read a devotional like this, and you will come to it over and over again.”

Jonathan Brooks, pastor and author of Church Forsaken

“In a world of feel-good soundbites and curated social media lives, Donna Barber offers us words that acknowledge the hard work of justice and hope even when change doesn’t seem obvious. She can do this because she does the work of justice, walking in faith, and I am so grateful for such a wise guide.”

Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice

Bread for the Resistance is a must-read for all Christians committed to bringing about biblically centered justice in the world. These devotionals are powerful readings that help connect our individual faith journeys with our call to transform systems of injustice in the world. In doing so, this book demonstrates the fullness of biblical witness that speaks both to individuals and systems. Donna Barber has provided us an invaluable resource that can be used by church groups, organizers, or individuals for biblically grounding our work for justice as well as expanding our understanding of what biblical justice is. Bread for the Resistance also addresses the personal cost in striving for justice by providing a healing balm and nourishment for the soul when we face barriers, burnout, or discouragement. Read, you will be refreshed!”

Andrea Smith, Evangelicals 4 Justice and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community

“As a Christian leader with a lifelong commitment to whole-gospel discipleship, I often struggle to find a devotional guide that speaks into all aspects of my faith and life. Donna Barber’s book is a treasure. Her courageous honesty and vulnerability, rooted in a profound and vibrant relationship with Jesus that leads her into a life of radical faithfulness, brings me home every time. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who needs bread for the journey.”

Alexia Salvatierra, coauthor of Faith-Rooted Organizing

Liberating Advent: Reflections On Hope, Peace, Love And Joy

In preparation for Advent, enjoy these encouraging and compelling devotions from three leaders of color centered on hope, peace, love, and joy.

Articles

Lenten Practices In An Age Of Anxiety
Missioalliance.Org, April 2020 

The Well – Be Still And Know
The Well Intervarsity, December 2019 

Experience

Occupation: Executive Director, The Voices Project; Speaker, Writer & Author, “Bread for the Resistance: 40 Devotions for Justice People.”

Occupational Background: Co-Founder, The Voices Project; Director, Champions Academy for The Portland Leadership Foundation; Consultant, Every Child Oregon; Speaker, Trainer, Coach; Former Worship Leader, Community Life Church Atlanta.

Educational Background: Temple University, BA in Communications; Georgia State University, MS in Education-Urban Teacher Leadership; DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, Certificate

Governmental Experience: David Douglas School Board Member

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