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:
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.