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

We are not currently accepting new applications for our Among program for 2022/2023. As we consider creative solutions and partnerships to preserve the excellence, impact, and financial sustainability of Among, we anticipate reopening the application process for the 2023-2024 church year and look forward to welcoming new congregations into the program at that time.

In this second phase of our program, we take our learnings from Within and focus them on institutional, anti-racist systemic 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? We will explore this together in Among!

In Among, participants work with a dedicated Among Coach and a core group of up to 20 Within alums from their congregation 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 alignment with 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 applying to 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 where a majority of the 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