Discipling our Imagination: Interrupting our Biases

An Online Formation Experience hosted by Discipleship Ministries in partnership with Diversity 2 Inclusion

Workshop dates: August 24, 31 & September 7
7:00-9:00pm Eastern

.6 CEU available through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership

Registration fee $100

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It is generally agreed that we all have biases. Sometimes these biases are conscious preferences, such as liking pie better than cake. Yet, at other times, these biases are subtle and take place below our conscious awareness. Far from being neutral, these biases frame the way we experience other people and shape our attitudes about them. Implicit biases inhibit meeting people as made in the image of God and flatten them into one dimensional persons so that they fit within our mental categories.

The vision of the scriptures, where all are gathered in the name of Jesus regardless of ethnicity, class, and gender is both beautiful and difficult. Belonging together in the name of Jesus takes intentional effort to interrupt our biases so that we might begin to view and relate to others as God’s beloved people.

This workshop is an effort to disciple our imagination so that our implicit biases can be reshaped and interrupted. Through recorded and print resources, participants will learn about how status and bias inhibit belonging together in the name of Christ. Then, during live video conferences, participants will prayerfully share together and explore practices intended to identify biases and reshape our attitudes and actions. The goal of this workshop is not shame, but humble and transformational growth.

This workshop will utilize resources in a variety of media, including video, PDF, and Zoom conference calls. Participants will engage recorded and print materials prior to each session through Flipgrid and access workbooks provided by Diversity 2 Inclusion. Participants will join together in conversations through live Zoom conferences.

Jessica Oladapo

Leadership

Jessica Oladapo is the founder of Diversity 2 Inclusion, an organization that seeks to foster greater inclusion in our society, workplaces, and everyday lives. Through Diversity 2 Inclusion, Jessica leads professional development sessions, team development workshops, and one-on-one coaching. Jessica is also a professor of sociology and holds degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lewis University, and DePaul University. 

Joshua Brockway

Joshua Brockway is director of spiritual formation for the Church of the Brethren and co-coordinator for discipleship ministries. Joshua teaches and writes on a variety of topics including spiritual practices and faith formation. He holds degrees from Bethany Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, and The Catholic University of America. He teaches courses in history and ministry for Bethany Theological Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and Northern Seminary.