The School for Formation invites you to dive into 5 free self-paced online short courses, aimed at helping you go deeper into the 2017 Mission Opportunity: Hearing Our Stories, Healing Relationships: Engaging God’s Mission of Racial Reconciliation.
These courses are led by nationally recognized teachers, professors and priests. Each course consists of short readings, videos and online quizzes and discussions — you can get through everything in about 45 minutes. Now it’s easy for you to learn from the best and the brightest on the topics that are relevant to you.
There are two ways to learn.
Learn online individually
Take one or two or all 5 on your own. You can do one lesson at a time, or spend an afternoon finishing a class entirely. Learn at your own pace and at a time that works best for you.
The best thing? You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas. We’re not here to judge.
Gather a group to watch and discuss together
Use the readings and videos as the curriculum, and dive into a course with a group. Whether you have an established small group looking to learn together, or you want to start a new group to dive into this topic. By talking through what you’re learning, you deepen your understanding and deepen community.
Okay, so you might not be able to wear your pajamas for this, but still, it’s EASY!
Courses are available at ecmn.pathwright.com
Here’s what you can learn about:
Theology and Racial Justice – J. Kameron Carter
Get a deeper understanding of racial justice by examining its theological roots. In this course, theologian and author J. Kameron Carter reveals and explains many of the theological underpinnings of racial injustice.
Whiteness and Racial Justice – The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Learn how the dominance and privilege of whiteness impacts our desire to bring racial healing to society. Kelly Brown Douglas leads us through a historical and sociological journey to better understand and bring about reconciliation and justice.
Spirituality and Racial Justice (for groups and individuals) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Learn about the spiritual dimensions and responsibilities inherent in building racial justice. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, provides a sobering yet hopeful outlook on both the sin of racism and the reconciliation of working towards a more just world.
Reparation and Racial Justice – Jennifer Harvey
Learn why decades of talking about reconciliation have failed to lessen racial tensions in America and how a new paradigm based on reparation may help. University professor and writer Jennifer Harvey provides a hopeful alternative to bringing about racial justice.
Racism and Racial Justice – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Learn how racism persists in America today. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says it’s subtle, it’s harmful, it’s growing, and there are things that can be done to address it.