FAITH & EQUITY

FAITH AND EQUITY INSTITUTE 3 DAY CONFERENCE and MONTHLY COLLECTIVE

Faith and Equity Institute Conference and Collective is a place for Christ-followers to be rooted in healing and transformation. Faith and Equity conference is a place where worship, healing and truth-telling are centered as Christ-Followers explore their spiritual, personal and cultural relationship to race, identity and the Church. A critical look at our Christian Historical timeline and present day events will frame our analysis in unpacking systemic Christendom, historical racial trauma and American exceptionalism.

Through spiritual practices centered on healing and liberation participants will come away emboldened to live in a shared integrity and responsibility to walk out our mandate to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. When we surrender to the long stillness and leading of the Spirit we are drawn toward a wholeness that has the power to have an inclusive impact on the world. As we lean in to scripture and spiritual practices as the basis for a conversation and response to race, identity and justice -we collectively discover the wholeness found in being full image bearers of God.

Building upon the formation of a community of spiritual resistance from the Faith and Equity 3-day conference, monthly follow-ups have been designed to engage ongoing learning and

implementation. Each monthly follow-up is designed to develop tools, practices and transformation for the Believers personal and ministerial calling.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Spiritual practices that align our hearts to God and one another
  • Historical analysis of the Church as an Institute of White Colonization and Supremacy
  • A focus on healing, transformation and liberation
  • Space and pace for healing and leading of the Holy Spirit
  • Reflection of personal story and cultural narratives as Image Bearers
  • Affinity Groups to hold and unpack the effects of a racist society
  • Restorative Justice Circles to support healing and restoration

Day 1-Sacred Engagement:

Conversation and Calling Around Faith and Race

As we seek to confront the sin of past and present racism in the Church, protocol, truth-telling, repair and restoration are essential. Entering into conversations about race and racism is risky and vulnerable. However, norming and naming our connections and proximity to the personal, cultural and institutional impacts of racism are building blocks in doing and becoming the work of racial justice and reconciliation. You will leave this session anchored in agreements and guiding principles that both connect and challenge your conversations and engagement in this work. You will also have the opportunity to connect deeper to your own racial autobiography and calling.

Day 2-FIRST DECEITS:

Exposing the Lie of Christian Purity in Colonization

Taking a deep dive into this countries Christian historical timeline we will peel back the myths, exploitation and indoctrination of colonial conquest and whiteness in the name of faith. We will begin to locate and name present-day cultural and systemic policies and practices that keep us tied to and participants of status quo of White Saviorism and white supremacy dominance. Exercising our spiritual practice of prayer and lament we will seek God to hear and hold our heart cries. Recognizing the impact, trauma and faith required in not repeating the past we will prayerfully commit to a reconciliation process that upholds, repentance, repair and relationship.

Day 3-LIVING IN COLOR, LIVING IN FEAR

Unpacking Internalized Oppression and Internalized Supremacy

Understanding that our goal of racial unity is central our collective process is different. The infiltration of white dominance in the Church has left Christ-followers out of integrity in their faith and in their communities. For many people of color internalized oppression has left them assimilated, tokenized and silenced. For white folks internalized supremacy has left them living out lives of isolation, entitlement and superiority. In this session we will reflect on lies, beliefs and patterns connected to internalized racism and lean into tools, spiritual practices and community that will hold us accountable and in integrity with ourselves, our God and our witness.

FOLLOW-UP SESSION

  • LOCATING WHITENESS IN THE CHURCH
  • DECENTERING WHITENESS IN THE CHURCH
  • RACE AND EQUITY
  • SHALOM AND RACE
  • EXAMINING A NEW MODEL OF RACIAL RECONCILIATION
  • BUILDING YOUR FAITH AND EQUITY TOOL KIT