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Faithful Anti-Racism Leadership Development Cohorts

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship invites individuals and organizations to participate in an online, month-long, facilitator-led cohort in which participants reflect on their cultural context and develop context-specific ways of promoting cross-cultural learning and faithful anti-racism initiatives.

This is an application-based cohort program. Please read the following information.

Dates

We are launching learning cohorts for the months of

  • November (Nov. 2-30, 2020)
  • December (Dec. 1-21, 2020)

Participants

These cohorts are designed for

  • pastors, staff members, lay leaders and elder/trustee boards from congregations,
  • staff and faculty members at Christian educational institutions, including primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, seminaries and divinity schools,
  • leaders, board members, and staff of Christian non-profit organizations, and
  • all persons in any of these contexts responsible for the worship-related ministries within these congregations, schools, or non-profit organizations.

We welcome both individuals and groups from an institution to apply. Both individuals and groups may participate more than once. These cohorts are fitting for individuals and institutions who have taken a prior course on anti-racism or studied materials related to anti-racism and are eager for collaborative support in their continuing work in this life-long calling.

Please note: It works best to not sign up in the same month for both the Faithful Anti-Racism course and the cohort program.

Program Design

These cohorts will be facilitated by Dr. Christina Edmondson and connect online through a password-protected, online learning platform that includes a discussion board and links to instruction materials (video, audio, and text).

Cohort participants will commit to engage in the following ways:

  • convene online the first Monday of the month and conclude on the final workday within the month,
  • learn from each other as participants share the needs and opportunities in their own contexts,
  • join in a mix of synchronous (Zoom calls, coaching conversations) and asynchronous (discussion boards, readings) activities,
  • engage cohort-related readings, videos, and posted discussions for 20-25 hours over the course of the month (or about 45-60 minutes per workday),
  • receive coaching and encouragement related to work on their own contextual needs and challenges,
  • exercise their own agency in choosing specific needs, challenges, or opportunities to address,
  • participate in a concurrent research study by completing a survey and/or interviews about their work, and
  • explore aspects of their own organization’s context, programming, and culture, including devotional and liturgical practices of gathered worship, prayer, and engagement with scripture.

Facilitator

Dr. Christina Edmondson

Application and Deadline

The application (submitted per person) includes the following fields:

  • Basic contact information for person and organization.
  • Describe cultural context
  • Describe past learning about anti-racism
  • List personal goals for participating in this program (in light of program objectives above)

Link to Application Form

October 25 is the application deadline for November cohort.
November 20 is the application deadline for December cohort.

Participants will be contacted once admitted to a cohort and asked to sign a covenant of participation related to the objectives of the program.

FAQ

1. Is there a cost? 
No, during this pilot season, the program is offered at no cost.

2. Is there a course taught online in October and November with a similar title?
Yes, we are pleased to support two distinct, independent ways to pursue learning and growth related to anti-racism.

Begin with a foundational "faithful anti-racism course" through Calvin Theological Seminary and taught by Christina Edmondson which is designed for both life-long learners and those seeking graduate course credit. See the October course or November course.

Continue with this peer-learning "faithful anti-racism cohort" application-based program through the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship that will help you work alongside others as you work on plans for your own community or organization.

3. I still have questions.
Questions may be emailed to cicwdir@calvin.edu.

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