Building Bridges Across Culture and Race

Choose your session: FALL 2020 or SPRING 2021

Fall Session:

  • Online: September 14 – November 2, 2020
  • Videoconferences:
    Thursday, September 24, evening
    Thursday, October 1, evening
    Saturday, October 3, morning
    Thursday, October 22, evening
    *Please note, these are subject to change, based on conversation between the instructor and those enrolled in the course.

Spring Session:

  • Online: February 1 – March 22, 2021
  • Videoconferences: 
    Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8
    Thursday, February 25, 6:30-8
    Saturday, March 6, 9:30-11am
    Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8 

Instructors: Richard Webb M.Ed. and Carrie Carroll M.A.

Take the next step into racial reconciliation by building bridges across culture and race.

This course builds on the work of listening and storytelling from the 2016 Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Meaningful steps toward dismantling racism start with understanding our own cultural lens and learning to listen deeply in relationship with others.

This course trains you to build your ability to recognize and reconstruct your own cultural and racial bias.  Through the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment, learning plan and one-on-one coaching,  you’ll gain increased awareness, understanding, and skills in navigating race and culture.

The course incorporates materials and mixed methodology for living effectively in cultural and racially diverse settings.  The School for Formation offers this course through a partnership with Webb and Carroll Consultants. Richard Webb and Carrie Carroll offer this course out of their expertise and experience in helping Christian organizations improve cultural and racial competencies.

Required materials:

  • The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh
  • Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism In America, Catherine Meeks, ed.


What previous students in this course said:

“Richard and Carrie were phenomenal! Love their interaction with each other, their car videos and their interaction with us. They pushed, but not too hard. This is not your every day diversity/racism training. If you are scared about learning something new, learning more about yourself, and being uncomfortable, this is not the course for you! …Thank you Richard and Carrie for teaching me so much, about myself, my assumptions, my beliefs. You have given me the tools to re-start and re-think my journey in building bridges, and I am now challenged with carrying that forward.”

“I didn’t expect it to be so personally focused. But this personal focus did not bother me; indeed, I think this was the only way to approach the topic of race — within the concept of cultural identity. We all have a cultural context from which we view others. Laying this out so clearly was very revealing and productive.”

“I believe I will be a better facilitator within my community having had this course. I do intend to take some of the materials to continue discussions in my faith community around the issues of race and white privilege.”

“This was a completely new experience requiring adjustments in study habits/class participation. The fact I could contribute at any point, at any time, works for night owls like me.”

“It was helpful to meet everyone in person and to do “hands on work” about what we were learning.”

“I learned a lot. I felt like the time and energy I spent on this course was well worth it. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like I was supported in my learning.”