We Believe Transformation is Possible When We

Know the Story Own the Story and Change the Story.

Our Transformational Model

“When we lack historical understanding, we lose a part of our identity. We don’t know where we came from and don’t know what there is to celebrate or lament. Likewise, without knowing our history, it can be difficult to know what needs repairing, and what needs reconciling.” -Latasha Morrison, Be The Bridge

How did we get here? What is this thing called race? Where does racism come from? We must do the work of ‘Knowing the Story’ to discover how the narrative of racial difference was created, so that we can understand its impact on us today.

The pen of the Civil Rights Movement, James Baldwin, stated, “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” We are a product of our history. We are the sum total of our experiences, both individually and collectively. We must know this story if we are to move forward toward a reconciled church.

“Repentance is the change of mind, heart, and will that involves confession of specific sin and a change in our affections. Remorse is the heartfelt response when the weight of sin is understood (2 For. 7:10). Lament ties repentance and remorse together. It vocalizes deep sorrow for past wrongs, especially our own.” - Mark Vroegop

Owning the Story is the process of moving toward God and community by availing one’s heart for transformation. Owning the Story is the exploration of 6 Christian distinctives: cultural humility, intercession, lament, confession, forgiveness, and repentance. Essentially, we expound on the vertical and horizontal work that must take place to live into reconciliation.

“You cannot solve systems without changing narratives...and addressing the same narratives that led us to this mess to begin with…” - Dr. Soong Chan Rah

We must change the story. In this phase of the transformation journey we invite believers to change the story for future generations through leveraging their power, position, and privilege in keeping with Philippians 2:1-9.

Together, we can raise the prophetic consciousness of the Church back to the Father’s standards. But, we must all do our part. Change is never easy and should never be pursued lightly.

Reconciliation 101

Know The Story of The Gospel & Reconciliation

What is reconciliation? What part do I play? How do I engage with this work? Reconciliation is a thoroughly Gospel idea and should be the pursuit of every believer. During this course, we will seek to understand both vertical and horizontal reconciliation. We will spend time unpacking the Gospel and applying it to culture and your everyday life. ​

This is a 4-session journey.

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Oct. 19th, 2021 – Nov. 9th, 2021

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Reconciliation 201:

Know The Story of Race & Racism

How did we get here? What does the Gospel have to say about race and racism? During this course, we will explore the history of America and the Church seeking to understand the construct of race and the invention of racism. Through KNOWING the story, we will diagnose where we are, and our part in working toward reconciliation. ​

This is a 4-session journey.

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Nov. 16th, 2021 – Dec. 14th, 2021

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Reconciliation 301

Own the Story by Owning your Cultural Identity

What does the Gospel have to say about our cultural identity? How are we discipled out of the culture that shaped us? Reconciliation 301 will equip you to unearth your cultural identity and recognize how a culture built on racism has shaped us. We will explore the concepts of white supremacy and whiteness following Peter’s journey in the book of Acts and why Paul opposed him in Galatians 2 in Antioch. ​

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Feb. 1st, 2022 – Feb. 22, 2022

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Reconciliation 401

Own the Story through Lament, Confession, Repentance, and Forgiveness

Confess. Lament. Repent. Forgive. As believers, we are invited to face the truth about sin, both personally and systemically. Reconciliation 401 will equip you to allow the Holy Spirit to do a deep work through confessing our complicity with racism, lamenting the impact of racism on culture and the church, repenting of the ways in which we’ve been complicit, and how to extend forgiveness to those and systems that perpetuate racism. ​

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Mar. 1st, 2022 – Mar. 22nd, 2022

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Reconciliation 501

Change the Story with a Wholistic Gospel

The church is called to live into the ministry of Christ reconciling “all things” as we announced that the Kingdom of God is at hand. What does this mean? During this course we will examine the biblical mandate for doing justice because of Christ’s commands to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Our effort is to demonstrate how justice is a thoroughly biblical idea and that we are invited to play our part. ​

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Apr. 5th, 2022 – Apr. 26, 2022

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Reconciliation 601

Change the Story through Restorative Justice

It’s time for change. It’s time for justice. It’s time to reconcile. During this course we will talk about the implications of changing the story. We will talk about where we go from here as we live into the heavenly vision of Isaiah 65 and Revelation 21. ​

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May 3rd, 2022 – May 24th, 2022

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