Multiracial & Crosscultural Courses

At Meadville Lombard Theological School, we know that building beloved community requires the ability to cross cultural boundaries. We would like to offer you the opportunity to explore anti-racism and anti-oppression work in our intensive format classes. Join us for any or all of these upcoming classes!

African American Humanist Theology: July 13-17, 2015

Dr. Anthony B. Pinn

Author of thirty books on African American religion, theology and humanism, Dr. Pinn brings his extensive work on African American Humanism to Meadville Lombard. This course utilizes both academic texts and works of fiction to explore the history and content of African American Non-theistic Humanist Theology.  In the on-going quest to make meaning of our existence, this course examines how those who lead faith communities can look to African American Humanism as a source for both challenge and inspiration.

Walking the Talk: Developing Competency in Cross-Cultural Communication: January 2016

Dr. Mark A. Hicks and The Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Dr. Hicks is the Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Leaders in Faith and Learning and Rev. Takahashi is the co-author of The Arc of the Universe is Long, chronicling the UUA's journey toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural movement.  This weekend, skills-based course provides an opportunity for seminarians and social justice workers to identify and improve their ability to communicate across various cultural orientations. The course is highly experiential and emotionally intensive, giving learners multiple opportunities for real-time engagement with difficult expressions of cultural conflict. 

African Americans and the Universalists, Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists: January 2016

Dr. Mark D. Morrison-Reed

Dr. Morrison-Reed is author of several books, including Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, an important look at racism within liberal religion. This course familiarizes you with the African-American experience within the liberal religious community. Who were these African-American women and men? When and how did they become part of the liberal religious movement? What were the attitudes they encountered among Anglo-Americans and what was the institutional response? This course offers students opportunities to hone their skills in both doing historical research and leading faith communities.