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Exciting news!  I have released my first book, The Color of Hope.  This work was originally a dissertation that I completed for Apex School of Theology entitled: “Educating the African American Church Toward Those with Disabilities to Have an Attitudinal Change” in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Studies.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

Watch the Facebook Live In-person Book Launch Party:

https://www.facebook.com/reginavituousladi/videos/10223999953048196

 

Watch “The Color of HOPE” Promotional the Videos: 

https://youtu.be/1XGy9BMUOds

https://youtu.be/xDCfv68pk80

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lotus Flower Book Club

    

Beginning Thursday, March 11, 2021 

Time: 7:00pm EST or 6:00pm CST

 

Do you love books? Are you often looking for people to discuss literature with? Lots of people love to read, but it can be hard to find someone to discuss the book you're reading. If you're having a hard time finding people to talk with about your reading material, you might want to consider joining Virtual Lotus Flower Book Club with emerging author Dr. Pamela Robinson. 

Initially, our book club will meet weekly. We have an open-door policy, allowing members to invite interested friends as the spirit moves you.  Books will be focused on an array of culturally relevant topics centered around Christian marriage, self-empowerment, mental health wellness, and faith. This is not a substitute for coaching, therapy, or counseling. This is for strictly for fun. 

How to Join

Click on the following link, then follow the prompts.

www.facebook.com/groups/drplotusflower/

Or you may contact Dr. Pamela Robinson via one of the social media handles.  Please leave your name, social media contact, and email address. dr.pamela.r.robinson@gmail.com

 

Where will the Lotus Flower Book Club meet?

The Book Club will meet on live on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/drplotusflower/

Beginning Thursday, March 11, 2021 

 

​How will books be chosen?

Books will be chosen as a group and by the club leader. Our first book will be The Color of HOPE; African American Mental Health in the Church by Dr. Pamela Robinson.  The book is available on Amazon.com at: amazon.com/author/emerginghope 

The second book that we will discuss on May 20th will be Becoming by Michelle Obama.  Becoming is the memoir of former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.  You may purchase the book on Amazon or at most bookstores.  

If you are interested in receiving additional information or would like to submit a speaker's request, please contact Dr. Pamela Robinson via email:dr.pamela.r.robinson@gmail.com

Please indicate in the subject line (Prayer Request, Ministry Consultation, or General Inquiries).

Social Media Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reginavituousladi/

Contact Dr. Robinson 

If you are interested in receiving additional information or would like to submit a speaker's request, please contact Dr. Pamela Robinson via email:dr.pamela.r.robinson@gmail.com

Please indicate in the subject line (Prayer Request, Ministry Consultation, or General Inquiries).

Social Media Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reginavituousladi/

Facebook: Emerging HOPE Ministries

https://www.facebook.com/emerginghopefsp

Instagram: dr_pamela_robinson

Twitter: @HopeEmerging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotus Flower

Podcast

Begins: Monday

March 8, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/7Lwnk70yE9kCnZBRZf7hxL

 

Tune in on RSS Feed:

https://rss.com/podcasts/lotusflower/

 

Tune in on our website:

https://www.emerginghopefsp.org/podcast

 

New Episode Every Week

Join Dr. Pamela in thought-provoking conversations that will encourage you to discover purpose, embrace your identity, and engage faith tenaciously.  You do not want to miss this empowerment session!

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5th Annual African-American

Book Expo

Sponsored by

Detroit Book City

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Dr. Pamela Robinson will be one of the featured guest authors during the 5th Annual African-American Book Expo Sponsored by Detroit Book City

Founded in 2017, Detroit Book City Annual A-A Family Book Expo event is Michigan's largest independent Black book fair. We attract hundreds of authors across the country and an extraordinary crowd of book attendees during the third week of February in Detroit.

Meet Over 40 African American Adult & Children's Authors

Jambo! Get ready to shop books at DBC's exciting, three-day 5th Annual A-A Family

Book Expo 2021

...featuring African-American Indie book authors.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

Watch for FREE via Zoom. Register today!

Go to the Detroit Book City Website for Zoom Link:

www.detroitbookcity.com/aaexpo2021

Date Time:

Saturday ~ Feb. 20th 12 noon -3pm EST

Sunday ~ Feb. 21st 2pm-5pm EST

Founded in 2017, Detroit Book City Annual A-A Family Book Expo event is Michigan's largest independent Black book fair. We attract hundreds of authors across the country and an extraordinary crowd of book attendees during the third week of February in Detroit.

Description: Join us LIVE at this culturally rich, virtual book expo during Black History Month. For two-exciting days, we connect you to a fierce group of Black writers of adult & children’s books from Detroit & across the country.

Starting Feb. 1st, visit our website to scroll the 2021 Virtual Author Exhibition at: www.detroitbookcity.com/aaexhibit2021 -- click to view the author's website, watch their video, view sample book & purchase book with the BUY NOW button!

Enjoy the Author’s Boardroom! A host of "live stream events"... open-mic poetry, author pitch sessions, storytelling, read-ins, and cultural entertainment each day! Download free coloring sheets for the kids featuring African American legendries & leaders who helped shape America.

Watch for FREE. Register today! This virtual book event starts promptly at the scheduled times. So, be on time and don't miss a thing.

Here's Saturday's 2021 Weekend schedule ~

Sat. Feb. 20 ~ 12 noon - 3pm ET

"The Next Generation "... The Black Family, Parenting during the Pandemic & Higher Education

12:20pm Featured Guest Author: Rochelle Riley

1:00pm Author Aesha LaViolette, Love. Empower. Inspire.

1:20pm Author Jonathan Wynne, Impact Parenting during Pandemic

1:40pm Author Noni Ervin, Kwanzaa Year-Round for Kids

2:00pm Dr. Shelley McIntosh, Urban School Theory-Youth

2:20pm Author Krystal Banks, Handing Legal Sticky Situations

2:40pm Dr. Pamela Robinson, Culturally Responsive Mental Health

3:20pm Author LaShone Grimes, Empower Women to Love

This is an annual Black History virtual event you don't want to miss!!!

 

 

past events

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Pastoral Ordination Ceremony

December 8, 2019

Ordination Committee

Apostle, Dr. James A. Rorie, Founder & Overseer

Faith Deliverance Cathedral Ministries, Inc.

Hollywood / Miami, Florida

Pastors Martin M. & Adeleane S. Dixon,

Faith Deliverance Cathedral Ministries, Inc.

Miami, Florida - Ordination Officiant

Pastor LaQuando L. and Evangelist Thamika Minor, Sr.

Living Water Christian Church

Chicago, Illinois

Pastor Traycie Small

Co-Pastor, Regional Prophetic Minister and Women’s Leadership Advocate at Women's Breakfast Club

Pastor Bobbett Hampton, Fresh Fire AME Church, Kalamazoo, MI

 

“A very special thank you for sharing this special day with us as

we begin our new Pastoral Journey together. The memories of

our Ordination Service will last forever in our HEARTS.

Your Love & support will always be cherished.”

With our deepest Love and Gratitude.

January 19 – January 24, 2020

Faith Deliverance Cathedral Ministries, Inc.

Apostle, Dr. James A. Rorie, Founder & Overseer

Hollywood, Florida

36th Annual Fellowship Convention and 

Ministerial Licensing and Spiritual Impartation Ceremony for:

Reverend Curtis L. Robinson, Sr.

Reverend Dr. Pamela Robinson

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Emerging HOPE Forum

 September 2014

 

The 7th Annual Emerging Hope Spirituality and Mental Health Forum, a panel discussion on the impact of spirituality on people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities was held on  September 13, 2014 at the Kalamazoo Public Library.

 

The gathering was hosted by Robinson and her husband, Minister Curtis Robinson Sr., co-director of Emerging Hope. Mona Lisa Watson, manager of diversity and inclusion at Bronson Methodist Hospital, was moderator of the discussion.

 

From left, Ministers Curtis and Pamela Robinson, with moderator Mona Lisa Watson in the background,  field questions as part of a panel discussion.Al Jones | MLive/Gazette

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/09/better_understanding_of_mental.html

 

 

Pamela Robinson and her husband Curtis talk with Health Reporter Valerie Lego about their Emerging Hope Family Strengthening Program in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) – You may remember the story of Kimberley Haymon. She had been missing since January. She was last seen getting off of a bus at Fulton and Division. Hours later someone found her purse on the walkway near the Grand River outside the Ford Museum. Her body was found last month in the Grand River.

 

Her sister and legal guardian, Pamela Robinson, and her husband, Curtis, talk with Health Reporter Valerie Lego about their Emerging Hope Family Strengthening Program in Kalamazoo.

 

There is a forum this Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 12 p. m. to 4 p. m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s downtown branch. The forum is for people and families living with mental health issues.

 

Click on the link to view the televison interview -http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/2015/04/16/mental-health-medicare/25882415/?fb_ref=Default

 

 

Panel Discussion

“Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

In collaboration with the WMU MLK Celebration month, Emerging HOPE hosted its third annual panel discussion entitled: “Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

 

Emerging HOPE Forum

 January 2013

A panel of human human service professionals consisting of:
Daniel Cunningham, Pastor of Greater Faith Empowerment Center, Math Professor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

 

Merry Battles, Founder/CEO Merry Battles Counseling Center
Mollie Peterson, Department of Human Services Teen Specialist
Marida Little, Social Work Student at Western Michigan University
Paul Frazier, Founder/CEO International Profyle Barbershop, Founder/CEO

 

The Fishin’ Weather Project
Jeno Williams, Youth Specialist at Kalamazoo Juvenile Home

offered their opinions and advice on understanding relationships patterns in minority families, how distal risks factors create difficulties for urban families ability to provide adequately for and prepare their children to function optimally in society and in what ways do these distal factors constrict opportunities for upward mobility and contribute to the growth of an intergenerational transmission of membership within the urban underclass?


The cutting-edge discussion was held on Monday, January 23, from 6-8pm at Greater Faith Empowerment Center 5805 Oakland Drive Portage, MI.

EMERGING HOPE COMMUNITY FORUM

 

WHAT CAUSES MULTI-GENERATIONAL POVERTY AND WELFARE DEPENDENCE?

January 2009

    

This web based class examines the root causes of multi-generational poverty and welfare dependence.  How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist? What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty?


The Hidden Rules of Class, How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America

Youth for Christ Mentoring Presentation

March 2012

 

OBJECTIVE – Mentors gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty. Mentors gained an understanding on how to more effectively work with urban youth.

 

The discussion included:


How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist?
What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty
The Hidden Rules of Class
How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring.

 

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work.


The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America.

Catholic Family Services Youth Advisory Board

March 2012

 

OBJECTIVE – The Youth Advisory Board and mentors gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty.

 

The discussion included:
How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist?
What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty
The Hidden Rules of Class
How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring

 

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work.


The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America.

April 2012 

 

A panel of human service professionals (Latashia May, Founder and CEO Women of Worth Mentoring Program, Alice Sigfrids, President and CEO of Galaxy Training, LLC and Demarra Gardner Change Agent Consulting President/Lead Consultant) offered their opinions and advice on understanding relationships patterns in minority families, how distal risks factors create difficulties for urban families ability to provide adequately for and prepare their children to function optimally in society, how these risk and may compromise the ability of families to protect their children adequately, and in what ways do these distal factors constrict opportunities for upward mobility and contribute to the growth of an intergenerational transmission of membership within the urban underclass?

 

 

Despite the enhanced risks associated with their social and familial contexts, many urban African American families maintain high levels of functional competency and raise healthy, competent children. Panelist will discuss the question infrequently asked: what makes these families better able to cope with the debilitating stresses to which they and their children are exposed?


Purpose: To show how resiliency, compassion, and loving, safe environments can be found in challenging situations.

 

Audience Members:
Gained insight into what makes urban families resilient despite challenging obstacles.


Learned about factors that contributing to the resiliency of children.
Learned how to building confidence in children.

 

Outcomes are available our Emerging HOPE website at www.emerging-hope.com.

Resilenant Youth

Project Connect Participate


Project Connect Participant

 

January 2008 – December 2010

Pamela participated on multidisciplinary team of expert planning professionals from Kalamazoo County to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment in relation to a range of challenges faced by improvised community members. The committee addressed the issues of social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design. We focused our energies on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available. I was responsible for coordinating parenting programs to participate with Project Connect. Project Connect is collaboration between the Kalamazoo area government agencies, community based service and faith-based organizations, and local businesses. Begun by the Local Initiatives Service Corporation / Affordable Housing Partnership in 2009 to reach the homeless population, Project Connect is currently targeted towards any area resident in need of the offered services.

Project Connect Kalamazoo County

Planning Committee Member (2008-2010) 

Project Connect Kalamazoo County

January 2008 – April 2012;  January 2013 – November 2013

 

Emerging HOPE hosted an interactive parenting education booth during Project Connect’s annual event. Parents were given educational information; shown an interactive power-point presentation entitle “Poverty is More than a Lack of Money;” offered free summer camp scholarships; and informed of Emerging HOPE’s services.

 

Camp Day Out Event

 

 

March 2013

 

Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program hosted a free “Camp Day Out” event on March 23 at the Kalamazoo Public Library Van Duesen Room. The purpose of the event was to inform urban families with youth (ages 5-18) of camping opportunities that are available to their children. This 4th Annual family friendly event consisted of on-site camp registration, free summer camp scholarships, music, door prizes, face painting, opportunities to make books, and other fun activities. Parents and youth met one-on-one with camp directors from an array of camps including Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Indian Trails Camp, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Boys and Girls Club, Beechpoint Christian Camp, West Michigan Glass Society, Sherman Lake Camp, Camp Wakeshma and many more. There where hands-on interactive activities for the youth. One of the youth’s favorite activities was when Mr. Jeff, Director of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, taught them children how to make and bind books their own books.

One parent said during the event: “The camp scholarship program is such a blessing. I am a single parent without extra money to be able to afford to send my child to camp. I am so grateful that you offered me the scholarship. I really wanted my child to have something I never had, something that would really impact her life.” — Deion, Emerging H.O.P.E. scholarship recipient camp parent.


 

Panel Discussion – “Urban Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

January 2013

 

Emerging HOPE Panel Discussion Committee Members 2013

 

In collaboration with the WMU MLK Celebration month Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program hosted a panel discussion entitled: “Urban Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.” Pastor Mike Larkins, Direct Response Worker at the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, Sherry Thomas-Cloud, form Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services Director, Reverend Sandra Douglas, Associate Minister at Westwood United Methodist Church, Patrick Naswell, Executive Director Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative, Reverend Denise Poise, former Pastor of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, and Pastor Micheal T. Scott, Senior Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church were the distinguished panelist.

 

The panelist offered their opinions and advice on how some urban under-resourced children are able maintain high levels of academic and social competency despite dysfunctional homes, behavior problems, early academic difficulties to more insidious and debilitating problems, such as early initiation into substance use and abuse, delinquency, school failure and dropout, adolescent parenthood, and early violent death.

 

We have summarized the dialogue on emotional development and resilience of African American children and youth, with special attention to emotional regulation, self-esteem, competence and efficacy, and perspective taking as individual protective factors.