Filling out the application for Among is part of the congregational preparation for building capacity for doing anti-racist work. Thank you in advance for the commitment this application signals.
REMINDER: The Among Phase is for congregations engaged in congregation-level systemic change work. This application should be filled out by someone representing a congregation, after consultation with congregational leadership and other Within alums from the congregation and a group decision is made to apply. If you are an individual Within alum who is interested in Among, but other members of your congregation, including key leaders, have not done Within, we would encourage you to organize other folks to take Within, so that you can apply as a congregation in the future. In the meantime, we would welcome you in another term of Within, if you haven’t completed both terms, or in our new Within+ Exploration Stations, launching this Fall!
We are excited to work with congregations that are looking to transform! And we are committed to setting congregations up for success in that endeavor. With that aim in mind, congregations joining the program must have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, a history of learning and action around issues of racial justice, a majority of lay and professional leadership who have done some personal learning and taken at least one term of Within, and can point to ways their congregation has been accepting of change. We believe these factors, among others, will help congregations create effective, healthy, transformative change and make moves to eradicate white supremacy culture and racism in their congregational systems. We also want to know more about the congregations that choose to engage our program, so we can match them with an appropriate coach who will be a good companion, cheerleader, and accountability partner on the journey.