Racial Justice and Healing Academy

Spring 2023 Racial Justice and Healing Academy

The Racial Healing and Justice Academy began a new cohort in January 2023.

You can still sign up for any of the following events.  

Registration: Click Here

The Academy includes:

  • Tools, inspiration, and support from other members to create or support racial justice and healing efforts in your local church or community

  • Pre and Post ICI assessments (Inclusion Competencies Inventory)

  • An ICI administrator as a coach during the academy

  • Several books authored by those who will be facilitators of the workshops

  • Cohort reunion 3 months following the end of the academy to share progress

  • More than 55 hours and training

  • 5 CEU’s Awards for full participation (attending at least 5 out of the 6 modules, contact us for information on CEUs for fewer modules)


Session 1: Anti-Racism Workshop - THIS EVENT IS FULL

Top level anti-racism workshop with a highly sought-after facilitator

  • The event took place on January 27 and 28


Session 2: Radical Reconciliation with Curtiss Paul DeYoung and Allan Aubrey Boesak

Hear from these two leading authors, activists and theologians on how we can move beyond political pietism and Christian quietism to radical reconciliation.

  • February 18

  • 9am to 12pm (In Person, Virtual option may be available)

  • Location: Central UMC - 501 MLK Jr. Dr, SW, Atlanta, Ga 30314 

  • Cost: Free

Register for this event only at https://forms.gle/usemQfB8WCaYB3qE8

(If you’d like to attend more than one Academy event, please register with the link above)


Session 3: Civil Rights Heritage Tour with SCLC WOMEN

The two-day Evelyn G. Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Educational Tour traces the steps of the Civil Rights Movement throughout Alabama. The tour traces the paths of history by visiting the historic sites in Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Whitehall, Montgomery, Tuskegee, and more. Viewing the landmarks, meeting the people who made history, and reliving events which brought about dramatic change in our country. Hear the stories of the guides who were there in 1965, see the sites, and meet the people of the movement.

  • March 4 and 5 – Saturday and Sunday

  • From Atlanta to Alabama

  • Costs: $350 per person, includes transportation, lodging, admissions, and meals

  • SPACE IS LIMITED (25 spots left)

Special Note: A few weeks ago Selma, Alabama was hit very hard by a tornado. St. James UMC Alpharetta is in contact with a church in that area that has expressed that the needs continue to be great.  St. James invites everyone on the tour to contribute water, paper supplies, diapers and cleaning supplies to be delivered to the church near Selma during the tour.


Session 4: Anti-Racism 4REALS Workshop 

Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real change with Sheila Beckford and Michelle Ledder

  • April 15

  • 9am to 3pm

  • In Person

  • Cost: $50, includes lunch and the book


Session 5: Lessons from Churches on Racial Justice and Healing

  • May 20

  • 9am to 3pm

  • Virtual

  • Cost: free


Session 6: Racial Healing Framework Workshop

  • June 17

  • 9am to 3pm

  • Virtual

  • Cost: free


Email any questions to Rev. Brian Tillman at brian.tillman@ngumc.net