In March, the Bi-District announced the creation of the Do No Harm Workgroup, made up of Clergy and laity focused on learning and information around the issues of race, ethnicity and culture. The Workgroup is divided into four areas, led by a task force charged with developing training, education and information for the churches of the Bi-District.
The force areas are:
- Race, racism, and social justice
- Inclusion, diversity, equity, access (I.D.E.A)
- Cultural competence and cultural humility
- Cross-racial /cross-cultural (CC/CR) ministry
As the Do No Harm Workgroup begins their work, the first area of focus will be the cross-racial and cross-racial ministry. Cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) appointments are appointments of clergypersons to congregations in which the majority of their constituents are different from the clergyperson’s own racial/ethnic and cultural background.
In the Bi-District, we are extending this definition to include staff and lay leadership. As our communities become increasingly diverse and as churches begin the work of moving from mono-cultural to multi-cultural, it is important that our churches have the training, tools and resources they need. These resources are offered to all churches but are required for some churches.
The Train-the-trainer format will allow the clergy and leadership of the church to be able to train their own congregations in ways that are contextual, develop policies and procedures for CR/CC ministry and develop a system for annual training and development. Every church will be trained by the end of 2022.
More details will be available in May, if you have questions or would like to be a facilitator for CR/CC ministry, please contact Michelle Holmes Chaney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed timeline for the CR/CC ministry taskforce for 2021/2022:
|April 2021||The CR/CC Taskforce is created and includes 8-10 clergy and laity from the Bi-District|
|May 2021||The taskforce develops a train-the-trainer curriculum on CR/CC Ministry for church leaders and staff|
|June 2021||CR/CC facilitators will schedule and deliver training to all churches receiving a CR/CC pastor July 1.|
|July –August 2021||CR/CC facilitators will schedule and deliver training to all churches that currently have a CR/CC pastor, staff person or lay leader.|
|July 2022||CR/CC facilitators will schedule and deliver training to all churches that are not yet trained.|
For more Information
Contact Michelle Holmes Chaney