Launching Fall 2021, for congregations whose members have participated in WITHIN

In this second phase of our program, we take our learnings from Within and focus them on institutional change in our congregations. In spite of our own, personal efforts to end racism, white supremacy culture still thrives in our congregational systems- in the way we make decisions, in the ways we worship, in our efforts towards social justice. What would it look like to work together to dismantle systems of oppression in our own congregations and build communities that center liberation? 

In Among, participants will work with a dedicated coach and a core group of up to 20 Within alums from their congregation for 8 months to:

  • better understand the ways dominant white culture is woven into the congregation’s systems
  • explore possibilities for change in up to two chosen areas of congregational life
  • learn from examples of others who have made bold changes
  • center the spiritual needs and voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
  • create a plan for change that fits the congregation and context 

Together, we can move our congregations closer to all our values and a vision of the Beloved Community. We are excited to work with congregations who are looking to transform! With that aim in mind, congregations joining the program must have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, a majority of lay and professional leadership who have taken at least one term of Within, and can point to ways their congregation has been accepting of change. 

Who can do Among?

  • Congregations that have had people take at least one term of Within
  • Congregations with an explicit commitment to anti-racism work
  • Congregations whose leadership (staff, board members, chairs, etc.) has taken Within
  • Congregations that apply and who’s application (on the balance) tells us they are ready to transform congregational systems