I designed the ACTION Project, an experiential learning program, that was selected by the Minnesota Council of Churches for their Truth and Reparations program.
Faith communities register for a three-year social justice journey to learn from the authority, wisdom, and experiences of BIPOC educators who use cultural methodologies.
These themes are the focus of this three-year program, with some of the emphases described below.
Year A HISTORY: We ask the question “How did we get here” through experiential learning facilitated by BIPOC educators.
Year B LIFE AND FAITH: We explore the current climate and offer training in community organizing and local government.
Year C SOLIDARITY: We provide consultation for your congregation’s reparations ministry.
Each year of the ACTION project includes meetings, support, and action steps:
Monthly Community Action, a gathering with other participants and a trained ACTION educator
Monthly Cohort Meetings with the congregation led by its pastor with additional support for BIPOC participants
Monthly Bible Study and Support for pastors of participating congregations as they lead, including ideas about connecting faith and justice in the pulpit
Weekly Action Invitations for participants to listen, explore and connect this work to life in their community
ACTION participants discover new and different ways to change the social justice conversation as they take action in their own communities.
Congregations pay $3500 annually to host a cohort.
Each congregational participant pays $300 annually.
Many BIPOC educators have a long history of receiving minimal or no compensation for their training and leadership work. Registration costs for ACTION ensure that trained educators are compensated fairly.