The Anti-Racism Team leads, develops, promotes, and/or monitors theological frameworks, healing action, structural accountability, theological education, leadership development, and partnerships of Northeastern Minnesota Synod as they relate to the ELCA’s 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 leads workshops that explore 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
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.
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.