Announcing Fall Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

June 20, 2022

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The Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort includes 7 monthly sessions facilitated by a diverse Guide Team, who also coach and journey with the church teams throughout the program. Guide Team member Rev. Dr. Tory Butler explained, “Racial Healing and Reconciliation work is the work of the Spirit. It helps us live into our Baptismal vows that beckons us to ‘resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.’ Through our cohort we are challenging local churches to live into who they say they are by their baptism and by their membership.” The framework for the Learning Cohort is a 6-step process for racial healing and reconciliation developed by Rev. Brian Tillman of the North Georgia Conference of the UMC. “Without racial healing, the wounds of racism will remain and will continue to inflict those who endure racism and those who benefit from it. We all need healing. It is the path to beloved community,” stated Rev. Tillman.
The curriculum includes topics such as team formation and development, strategic planning, partnerships and collaboration, strategies for dealing with conflict, funding opportunities and resources, as well as sustainment planning. Sessions focus on theology, theory and practice of the 6-step process, and feature guest speakers sharing their own racial healing and reconciliation journey. Guide Team member Mr. Bert Giles observed that “churches need to remember to start where they are. They may have a vision and desire to be much further down the road, but the focus should be on taking the next step. Don’t get frustrated if it feels too slow, but keep doing the work in order to move forward.” Outcomes for the learning cohort include:

  1. Equip and enable churches to read reality with compassion and rigor
  2. Develop a community of truth through honest and respectful relationships
  3. Implement the 6-step process for racial healing and reconciliation in participating churches
  4. Change the culture within participating churches through changing narratives
  5. Form community partnerships for churches to sustain racial equity efforts
  6. Use our collective voice to speak truth to power and privilege, resisting systemic racism in our churches and communities
Interested churches are invited to complete an application providing basic information and describing their local church’s efforts in racial equity and justice. Applications will be received on a rolling basis through August 31, 2022, or until the cohort is full. Current session plans include two in-person 3-hour sessions in September and March, and five 1.5-hour Zoom sessions from October through February. Once the cohort is formed, we will finalize the course schedule. To learn more or ask questions, please contact Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact, at 336.209.1570 or