One Miami Church

SCUAD

Social | Cultural | Unity | And | Diversity

About Us

Modeling the example of Acts 6, the One Miami Church leadership appointed faithful men and women of various backgrounds, ages, professions and gifts in the local congregation to advise, strategize and journey toward complete unity.

Mission

  • EDUCATE the body of Christ on how the history of race and culture in the United States impacts present‑day church and society
  • SERVE as a safe space for disciples to discuss racial and cultural issues that emerge within and outside the church
  • ADVISE the One Miami Church leadership staff in the development and implementation of spiritual strategies to promote unity in the faith across all races, ethnicities and cultures

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:2-3

Meet The Team

Felecia TheUNE
Co-Chair

Felecia Theune was baptized in Jacksonville, FL in 1991. She and her husband, Demetrius, have called Miami home since 2001. Felecia is the Director of Research and Strategy for the Division of International and Continuing Education at the University of Miami, where she also teaches courses on race/ethnicity and culture in the Department of Sociology. She serves as a board member and grant writer for Exchange for Change, which provides educational opportunities for incarcerated men and women in Miami-Dade County correctional institutions. Felecia is a lifelong learner who resigned from her job and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami at the age of 50. She enjoys reading, writing and being a friend.
Ann W. Deam
Co-Chair

Ann Deam was baptized in 1977. She and her husband, Doug, have been members of the Miami church since 1989, where Doug now serves as an elder. Ann has her bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida, and recently obtained an LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University, publishing articles highlighting ongoing areas of human rights violations. A most rewarding personal experience has been serving as a volunteer in education at Everglades Correctional Institution, where she feels she has learned far more from the individuals incarcerated than she has taught them. Ann enjoys spending time with family (including a new grandson!), traveling, and trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends.
Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez earned his Ph.D. with distinction in U.S. History at Florida International University in 2017. His dissertation is entitled “The Bible Against American Slavery.” Richard is a social studies teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and a part-time lecturer at Florida International University. Baptized in 1981, Richard is a deacon and lay leader of the One Miami Church. He also serves on the national ICOC Diversity Team (SCUAD) and has spoken at various churches throughout the United States. He married Debonaire in 1990 and has 4 children. In 2019, Richard published the book “An Unsealed Indictment: How American Slavery Violated the Scriptures,” which can be purchased at http://www.r2rockpublishing.com/.
Camilo Caceres

Camilo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was baptized in Orlando, FL in 1994, and moved to South Florida in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Science Art Teacher Education degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science Art Teacher Education degree from Florida International University. He has taught elementary and high school students since 2004. Camilo and his wife, Elisa, have been married since 2008 and have a daughter and a son. A true servant in heart and spirit, Camilo has served in various ministries – Campus, Kingdom Kids, Youth & Family Worship and the Spanish Ministry.
Shafeah Morrison

Shafeah Morrison, DNP, APRN-C, FNP-BC, has been a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2008 and received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Villanova University in 2014. Her dissertation researched the “Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress on Women with Anxiety and Depression.” Shafeah, with nearly three decades in the field of medicine, owns the mission “Helping People Live Healthier Lives.” She teaches nurse practitioner students, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, and traditional nursing students at the university level. She also believes in educating her patients to take charge of their own health and seeking to understand what emotional, psychosocial, physical factors impact their overall health and wellness. Shafeah was baptized in 1996 and has been married to her husband, Bryan, since 1998. They have three sons.
Kelly Hernandez

Kelly Hernandez is an Academic Writing Coach at the Medical Campus of Miami Dade College. She has extensive experience in leadership, volunteerism, and multicultural communication. Kelly received the Diversity Professional certification from Cornell University in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and received a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Michigan State University. She earned her doctorate at the University of Miami in Higher Education Leadership. Kelly volunteers with Women of Tomorrow, Ronald McDonald House, and Crossroads Prison Ministry, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Many Hands International and the Advisory Committee of the Miami Chapter of HOPE Worldwide. Her hobbies include playing backyard badminton, experimenting with new recipes (50% success rate), and watching NPR Tiny Desk concerts. Kelly is married to a music enthusiast / accountant, and their son has a black belt in taekwondo.
Margalie Viélot

Margalie Viélot is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haïti. She immigrated to the United States in 1978 and joined the church in 1983 as a campus student and single mother. In 1989, she helped start the church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moved back to Miami in 1994. Margalie has served as an usher, Kingdom Kids coordinator and as an active member of the vibrant singles ministry. She is now a proud grandmother and serves in the mature disciples ministry – The Silver Eagles 🦅. Margalie is a computer technician and business owner. She feels very privileged and grateful to be a member of the OMC SCUAD.
Jordani Pluviose

Jordani Pluviose became a disciple in 1990 in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of Florida International University (FIU) with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Management Information Systems. Jordani currently works for Miami-Dade County. Jordani spearheads Many Hands International (MHI), a nonprofit organization he started on 2008 that provides high quality academic and vocational education for children in Haiti. He has sent 185 underprivileged children to the MHI-sponsored school in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Jordani lives by the motto: “You fail only when you stop trying.” To learn more about MHI, visit https://www.ourmhi.org.

Resources

Video Playlist

Michael Burns: Website
Disciples Today: Race & Culture
Disciples Today: YouTube Channel
Harvard University: Implicit Bias Tests
Richard Rodriguez: Unsealed Indictment

Book Resources

  • The Bible
  • “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Escaping the Beast” by Michael Burns
  • “A Crown That Will Last: A 7-Week Devotional on Cultural Humility” by Michael Burns
  • “Faithful Anti-Racism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change” by Christina Barland Edmondson and Chad Brennan

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