Crossroads Antiracism Training

What’s Essential: Discerning the Church’s Work Amid the Twin Pandemics of Structural Racism & COVID-19

October 23–25, 2020AdultContinuing EducationVirtual
In partnership with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training

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.

Chat With Conference Leaders

We sat down with three of the leaders for the conference to learn more about them, their experience, and their expectation of the conference. Click the links below to view the videos.

A Conversation with Dr. Reggie Williams

View The Conversation

A Conversation with Jessica Vazquez Torres

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A Conversation with Elona Street-Stewart

View The Conversation



We understand that these are shifting and uncertain times, and we are prepared to offer this conference as an onsite/online hybrid so that participants can choose how to engage: in Montreat or at home. If you select the online option, the same large group sessions (such as keynotes and panels), small group options, and conference materials will be available to you digitally. Please select the option that works best for you on our Rates & Registration page.

SCHEDULE (* all times Eastern)

Friday, October 23

2:45 pm  -- Welcome
3:30 pm -- Racial Affinity Groups
5:00 pm -- dinner break
6:30 pm -- Regathering followed by Welcome and Introduction to Opening Panel
7:00 pm -- Panel Discussion followed by Q/A
8:30 pm -- Closing Vespers

Saturday, October 24

9:45 am -- Welcome
10:00 am -- Keynote with Dr. Reggie Williams
11:00 am -- Q/A with Dr. Williams
11:30 am -- break
11:45 am -- Using a Race Equity Lens
12:30 pm -- lunch break
2:00 pm -- Welcome
2:15 pm -- Q/A with Crossroads
3:00 pm -- Working Session: Case Studies
4:00 pm -- What did we learn?
5:30 pm -- dinner break
6:45 pm -- Welcome
7:00 pm -- Panel Discussion
8:30 pm -- Closing Vespers

Sunday, October 25 - Sabbath Morning

10:00 am -- Welcome
10:15 am -- Collective Debriefing
11:30 am -- Q/A followed by closing prayers

*If you have purchased a conference center meal package, dinner in the Galax Dining Room is served at 5:30 PM, breakfast begins at 7:30 AM, and lunch is at 12:15. All meals are served for one hour and guests are encouraged to arrive on time.

**Guests are welcome to remain and enjoy the conference center grounds, but guests staying in conference center housing must checkout by 11 AM on Sunday.

Rates & Registration

We understand that these are shifting and uncertain times, and we are prepared to offer this conference as an onsite/online hybrid so that participants can choose how to engage: in Montreat or at home. Please select the option below that will work best for you.

Comprehensive Rate

Comprehensive rates below include conference fee of $100, room in Assembly Inn (Friday and Saturday nights), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Friday supper through Sunday breakfast), plus a $2 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Participants staying in the Assembly Inn will have a private room and access to internet and meals. Conference leadership will not be onsite, and will be conducting the lectures via webcam. Guests will not be required to gather in meeting spaces. You may wish to review our Guest Health and Safety guidelines, available here: https://montreat.org/visit/guest-health-and-safety. We know this will be a different kind of conference experience, and we are glad you're going to join us in this adaptive way of being!

Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Friday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Sunday.

Assembly Inn

Single Occupancy, Private Bath $315.00
Single Occupancy, Connecting Bath $285.00

Full Conference, Virtual Attendance
$175 per person. Online only participants will receive the same materials and have the same access to small groups, panels, keynotes, and conference materials. This rate rate does not include lodging or meals. To help us cover the costs of offering this conference online, this rate is higher than the in-person rate.

Keynote Only, In-Person and Online
$40 per person. We have invited Dr. Reggie Williams from McCormick Theological Seminary to share his insights with us. Should you wish to view only the keynote portion of this conference, you may also register for just the keynote, with the option to choose between in person or online viewing.


Scholarships are available for this conference.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at barrye@montreat.org or call 828.419.9815.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by September 9 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 9, but on or before October 16 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable), less $40. No refunds will be issued after October 16. All requests must be made in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Guest Health and Safety

We have put measures in place to protect you and ourselves from Covid-19. This, unfortunately, means that your stay will not be normal as usual. Please click the link below to see the changes we have made and our expectations of you during your stay in beautiful Montreat.

We are aware of some registration issues happening after the updates we made to our reservation system. We are working hard to get this resolved. If you are trying to register for a conference and are unable, please contact the conference registrar for that program. Your conference registrar's email address can be found on your conference event webpage. They will get you registered.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


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