Foster Structural Change

This course helps congregations foster systemic change.

  • Congregations will understand systemic change and gain capacity to identify methods that create change in systems.
  • Congregations will work to identify factors that consistently lead them astray while attempting to change their systems.
  • Congregations will work to integrate change concepts into targeted areas of congregational life.

Dismantle Racial/Colonial Systems of Oppression

This course helps congregations identify how racism and white supremacy culture operate and reinforce oppressive systems.

  • Congregations will complete assessments in order to identify behaviors that foster white supremacy culture.
  • Based on what is learned, congregations will have capacity to adapt thinking and behaviors that align with goals.

Center Marginalized Communities

This course helps congregations imagine new ways of doing and being, centering needs and voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, all while moving the whole congregation toward radical inclusion and multicultural transformation.

  • Congregations will have access to inspirational materials that remind them of the beauty, possibility, and creativity inherent in multicultural communities. 
  • Congregations will have access to examples from other congregations and communities doing innovative ministries, trying radical experiments, and living into their values of inclusion, centering, and welcome.
  • Regardless of their racial demographics, congregations will be asked to re-envision their ministries with the needs and voices of BIPOC at the center. 

Targeted Area of Focus

This course will ask congregations to explore possibilities for change in up to two chosen areas of congregational life, focusing their time and energy on making strategic shifts in areas of their congregation that are primed for change and where change is likely to make an impact. 

  • Congregations will not be expected to completely recreate these areas of congregational life, but instead to try making a series of shifts (or experiments) that move them towards the long-term goals. 

Spirituality Matters

This course will focus on spiritual practices and resources that inform, nurture, deepen, ground, and complexify the change work and call us back to our religious values.

  • The program will include resources that engage spirit as well as mind, body as well as soul, reflecting the diversity of learning styles, perspectives, and strengths found in our human family. 
  • While engaging theory and innovative practices will be at the core of the work, participants should expect exercises to engage the mind, body, emotional systems, and social relationships.  
  • Congregations will better understand and develop practices that honor the presence of multiple realities and truths that exist in our multicultural/multi-racial communities.