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Pillars of a Reconciling Community

Gain shared knowledge and language to cultivate a shared vision of reconciliation

Workshop Summary

This workshop equips organizational leaders and their teams with the context and tools needed for building a reconciling community. Anchored in a biblical vision of reconciliation, and including an exploration of race in America and its impact on our society, this workshop equips your team with the shared knowledge needed to understand the role of a reconciling community, the shared language to compassionately and effectively talk about the issues involved, and the tools to develop a shared vision for reconciliation that will shape your organization’s path forward. 

Pillars of a Reconciling Community is led by two Arrabon facilitators and uses group interaction and personal reflection to unpack the Five Key Components for a Reconciling Community in the context of your community: 

  • Reconciliation is Spiritual Formation
  • Building Cultural Intelligence
  • Understanding Historical Context
  • Working Across Difference
  • Creating New Culture
Cultivating a Space for Reconciliation

Arrabon workshops cultivate a space for reconciliation and transformation by grounding our content in Scripture, prayer practices, and trauma-informed principles of engagement. 

IN-PERSON: 2 days

  IN-PERSON: 2 days

Session 1: The Reconciling Community House

1. Define what a reconciling community is and how it operates.

2. Assess how your community currently embodies the key features of a reconciling community.

3. Discuss the potential effects of not operating as a reconciling community.

4. Compose a list of reasons why the call to become a reconciling community is important for your organization.

Session 2: Reconciliation is Spiritual Formation

1. Analyze what has shaped our perceptions of reconciliation (particularly in relation to race)

2. Define reconciliation from a biblical standpoint

3. Examine where you may tend to lean towards false forms of reconciliation

4. Discern the top strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats around building Reconciliation as Spiritual Formation as your foundation

Session 3: Building Cultural Intelligence

In this session, we will:

1. Ground our understanding of culture through Scripture and helpful definitions

2. Construct a list of cultural norms within your organization

3. Assess how your cultural norms impact your ability to be a reconciling community

Session 4: Understanding Historical Context

In this session, we will:

1. Consider how the imago dei impacts our ability to empathize with the lives and experience of others.

2. Consider how aspects of our identity and formation impact the way we interpret our American racial landscape.

3. Explore key moments in American history around race and culture.

4. Define important terminology around race and our racial history.

5. Discuss why common language is important in the life of a reconciling community.

Session 5: Working Across Difference

In this session, we will:

1. Identify barriers to positive cross-cultural interactions and collaborative opportunities

2. Discuss the importance of both serving and being served

3. Evaluate the four models of cross-cultural engagement and how they are operating within your context

Session 6: Creating New Culture

In this session, we will:

1. Discuss the importance of imagination in the life of a reconciling community

2. Ground culture-making in a theology of creativity

3. Design a vision for your impact as a reconciling community

4. Review takeaways from this course and consider some next steps

Going through Race, Class, and Kingdom of God with our small group empowered us — and subsequently our church — to better understand and get more engaged in seeing racial healing as part of our spiritual formation.”

Jenifer Healy, Restoration Anglican Church, VA

List of organizations who have taken the course:

  • Mercy Multiplied
  • Westmont College
  • The HE Butt Foundation
  • The Colossian Forum
  • and more…

Empower your team for transformation

Strengthen your leadership and transform your organization with the help of our team training.

Create lasting cultural change

Discover ways to innovate and create together towards reconciliation.

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