A Capacity Building Conversation Led by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training
In 2015, we marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to Montreat with the conference Dr. King’s Unfinished Agenda. Each year since then, we have offered conferences dedicated to intentional conversation about the topic of race and church. In 2018, we added our first antiracism training in partnership with Crossroads, an organization dedicated to dismantling racism and building racial justice in institutions. Our first Crossroads Conference introduced participants to key concepts such as racism, prejudice, power, and dominant culture.
Our goal is to provide participants with capacity-building tools and resources to work for antiracist transformation in their churches and institutions. Participants will finish this anti-racism training with concrete action steps for their congregations and local communities.
This Crossroads antiracism training will specifically address the political challenges facing the church in light of how the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the acute structural inequities of the USA and their impact on communities of color, particularly Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities.
Given the coronavirus pandemic and its disproportionate impact–which we see as resulting from the pandemic of systemic racism in the USA – our antiracism training will also address how the church is called to be a political actor. What and where is the Church being called to do and be?
We encourage you to attend this conference regardless of whether you have attended prior antiracism training, or if this will be your first time attending. Antiracist work is a process. Our goal is also to encourage community building and support among people with like-minded concerns who are thought leaders in their congregations.
At Montreat, we invite you to come and drink from a deep well of spiritual connectedness and build connections in the beloved community.