Program Structure

This first Within phase of Beloved Conversations: Virtual is broken up into two terms, Fall and Spring, which will each contain different content. You may begin either in Fall or in Spring.

Each term is comprised of:  

  • 6 Online Lessons with resources for learning, including videos, readings, music, and artistic resources, as well as questions for reflection and projects to explore your inner landscape vis-a-vis racial justice. These online Lessons are available via the learning platform Teachable and a new Lesson will become available approximately every 2 weeks. Participants may take as much time as they need with each Lesson. Lesson content will be available for up to a year following the start of the term  
  • 6 Learning Pod Gatherings where you will engage this material in small groups of 4-5 other folks from this learning community. Pods will be self-facilitated and meet approximately every two weeks online. A suggested agenda and discussion questions for your Learning Pod will be included in each Lesson. We will be assisting you in connecting with folks in your same time zone and racial caucus to form a Pod. You will receive an email with contact information for the members of your Pod before the first Lesson.  
  • 3 Meaning-Making Sessions, where we will come together in a large group via Zoom (in our racial caucuses) to worship, learn, and share our evolving understanding of this journey. Meaning-Making Sessions will be facilitated by members of the Fahs Team and our partners. Details about the timing of these sessions is below under Important Dates.  

This curriculum does not require you to sign up as part of a larger congregation or community. However, if you choose, you can agree to engage the curriculum with folks you are already in relationship with from your congregation or community.  

Given the additional challenges of leading anti-racism work in congregations and communities, religious professionals will be sorted into and gathering in religious professional-only Learning Pods and Meaning-Making Sessions.  

PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual learning opportunity. Basic skills with email, simple websites, and the online meeting platform Zoom are essential to successful participation in this course.

Spring Term 2021 Pricing

Spring Term 2021 Registration: February 1-26, 2021

Prices are per term—Fall Term and Spring Term will have different content. You may complete one or both, but please register per term during the specified registration period for each term.

Sliding Scale Pricing (ages 18+)

  • $250 US dollars per person 
  • $300 US Dollars per person*
  • $350 US dollars per person*/**

Full and partial scholarships are available for those who need them (see more info below).

*Reparations Note: White participants with the means to do so are encouraged to consider paying an additional $50, in recognition of the historic legacy of racist economic policies and the ways in which generational wealth and greater access to economic opportunity have privileged white people as a group for hundreds of years. These extra funds will go towards providing scholarships to those who need it to participate in this program.  

**Interdependence Note: Regardless of your racial identity, if your class privilege and/or professional expense budget allows you to pay more so that others may pay less, please consider adding an additional contribution to your total. These extra funds will go towards providing scholarships to those who need it to participate in this program.

Equity Note: Regardless of your racial identity, full and partial scholarships are available to those who need them. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us at belovedconversations@meadville.edu before registering, to request a scholarship. 

Refund Policy

We will be glad to issue a full refund, for any reason, within 30 days of the payment date. After 30 days, we cannot issue any refunds.