The Anti-Racism Team was formed in 2020 as a Bishop’s initiative in response to the needs for social reform. Work of the Anti-Racism Team is guided by the ELCA’s Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity adopted in 2019 by the Churchwide Assembly
The Anti-Racism Team leads, develops, promotes, and/or monitors the:
Leadership Development, and
Partnerships of NEMN Synod
as they relate to the ELCAs Strategy for Authentic Diversity by working in partnership with Synod staff and ministry leaders (rostered and lay) to align ministries (congregational and synodical) in a way that yields systemic change so that authentic diversity is reflected and embraced.
The Anti-Racism Team provides learning opportunities through events like the Intercultural Development Inventory Cohort process and workshops digitally or in person within congregations, youth groups, camp ministries, and the broader community.
What is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Cohort?
The Anti-Racism Team sponsors two qualified IDI Administrators. Using the IDI assessment as a tool to increase intercultural awareness, we accompany our synod to be more equitable and diverse through individual and corporate awareness. In the cohort process, participants take the IDI assessment, receive results from a qualified administrator, and grow in cohort groups. These cohorts are meant for confidential discussions based on the IDI results. Cohort members usually share stories about how they experience their results and what they are doing to develop greater intercultural awareness. Cohort groups often also look at real life instances where greater awareness can benefit any given situation - including both personal and professional settings. There is no reporting out. Instead, cohorts are meant to garner meaningful discussion and provide a safe place for personal growth.
What kinds of workshops do you lead?
The Anti-Racism Team is available to assist you in creating space for healthy conversation and learning to occur, whether in person or digitally. We work with leaders and employees in a variety of settings, including congregational settings, schools, and government departments. We lead book studies, confirmation classes, cultural sensitivity training, and workshops. Workshops we’ve led in the past have explored a variety of topics, including:
Understanding Implicit Bias
Effects of Intergenerational Trauma on Public Health
What is Justice and How Do We Have Peace?
Mindfulness, Bias and Justice
The Intersection of Racism, Inequality and the Environment
Reach out to schedule a workshop or inquire about the IDI today. We’d love to work with you to design an experience that will meet your needs in your context.