“Imagine every church and ministry in the diocese as a gracious place for truth-seeking on race and other important issues of our time. This movement will enable the diocese to not only empower every local community to move toward wellness and reconciliation but also enable our churches and ministries to be truly missional — manifesting Christ to our broken world.”
– The Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law, Kaleidoscope Institute
“The only way we are going to see change in our increasingly violent world is by building bridges, not barriers, between cultures, economic systems and faith communities, among other societal groups.”
– The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno
Ever since the tragic shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas in 2016, the Kaleidoscope Institute has been praying and discerning ways to respond that can be impactful, gracious and long lasting in the midst of our polarized communities.
With the election and the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the need for gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences is even more urgent, not just on race but also other issues such as women’s rights, human rights, health, immigration status, freedom of press, religion, speech and assembly and others that directly impact our community.
Building Bridges is a carefully designed and ever-expanding resource that empowers Kaleidoscope-trained facilitators to create courageous environments and encourage honest sharing of individuals’ diverse opinions, perspectives and experiences. The emphasis on listening to understand each person’s contribution to the topic being addressed can feel counter cultural in an environment that values a debate.
Come and join us in establishing your church/organization as a gracious place for honest dialogue on challenging topics. Expand the possibilities for reconciliation and transformation.
+ Recruit and Train Facilitators:
Invite at least 2 members of your church/organization to come to the Building Bridges Facilitator Orientation Training. (8 hours)
Upon completion of the Orientation Training,
Facilitators will be given a password to access material from our website for the first 3 dialogue sessions
A KI coach will be assigned to each set of facilitators to assist them in preparing and implementing the dialogue sessions.
+ Form Dialogue Communities:
Facilitators invite a group of 10-12 people from the church and neighborhood community to attend an initial dialogue on race relations. The goal is to achieve mutual understanding through deep listening and to explore further commitment to continue meeting as a dialogue group.
+ Further Facilitator Training:
Facilitators participate in monthly webinars. Each webinar will include:
Introduction to new dialogue session
Additional facilitation skills
Feedback and support for preparing future dialogue sessions.
Upon completion of the webinar, facilitators will be given a new password to access material for the additional dialogue session.
One Day Facilitator Orientation Training: $75/person
Follow-up monthly facilitator training webinar: $20/webinar
Church team rate:
Facilitator Orientation Training for a team of 5 people $325/team
Follow-up monthly webinar for the team $50/team
Ways to get a Facilitator Orientation Training in your area:
Complete the form on the KI website to express your interest in starting a Building Bridges program and we will get back to you to explore how we can make it happen.
Recruit at least 16 facilitators, contact the KI office and we will provide a Building Bridges coach/trainer to conduct orientation in your area.
Recruit at least 5 churches in your area and commit to making your churches gracious places for dialogue in your community. Then contact the KI office and we will send a coach/trainer to provide the training.
Contact the KI Regional Director nearest your location and ask whether a Building Bridges Facilitator Training is being scheduled in your area.
Wisconsin-Minnesota-Illinois region – The Rev. Mark Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio-Indiana-Michigan region – Linda Young: email@example.com
California Region: The Rev. Jake Pomeroy: firstname.lastname@example.org
East-Coast Region: The Rev. Bill Cruse: email@example.com
Southern Region: Jeannie Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Opportunity to be Trained as a Building Bridges Facilitator:
May 15 – 17, 2017
Gracious Leadership at the KI Wisconsin/Illinois Institute
Location: Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie Street, Racine, WI
An intensive 3-day training to learn skills and process for building inclusive community. The course will qualify participant to access and facilitate the Building Bridges dialogue process.
July 19-20, 2017
Building Bridges at the KI Summer Institute
Location: Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA
An intensive 2-day training for becoming a dialogue facilitator plus additional essential skills for creating gracious and courageous environment for dialogue.
Register at: http://www.kscopeinstitute.org/summer-institute/