Eastern District Conference
Mennonite Church USA

Leadership Training


Damascus Road

Changing Racism

Healing the Wounds
of Racism

Racial Healing
Task Group

Tools for Racial Healing

EDC Scholarship


Undoing Racism Leadership Training

With growing ethnic diversity in the communities served by Eastern District Conference (EDC) churches, the Conference Administrative Board (CAB) has made it a priority to arrange for leadership anti-racism training. CAB members participated in training sessions in 2008; now we encourage all pastors and church leaders to sign up for basic anti-racism training.

Undoing racism training is also a national priority for Mennonite Church USA.

Scholarship assistance is available for Mennonites who are members of MCUSA congregations. See details about the scholarship program below, or contact Warren Tyson [warrent@easterndistrict.org; 267-932-6050].

If no forthcoming training events are listed for any of the programs below, please contact us for assistance.

Schedule of training sessions
See with New Eyes
See See with New Eyes for program details and registration information. Registration cost is $215 (plus some meals and housing expenses).
  • February 22-24, 2013 (Philadelphia Mennonite High School)
  • (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon)
    in Philadelphia, PA. Join us for an in-depth study of systemic racism and a dismantling process that is slowly transforming the Mennonite Church. Program details and registration information are available at franconiaconference.org. For further information contact Sharon Williams, 610-277-1729, sharonw@cavtel.net

Schedule of training sessions
Damascus Road

The name "Damascus Road" refers to the biblical story of Saul, who experienced a process of transformation on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31). While Damascus Road (DR) provides space for individual transformation, the entire program is designed to work toward long-term transformation of institutions through the work of teams.

See Damascus Road for program details and registration information. Registration cost for the 2 1/2 day program is typically $225 to $300 (plus some meals and housing expenses).

In September 2012, the Damascus Road anti-racism analysis training was spun off from Mennonite Central Committee to become an independent program under a new non-profit corporation, Roots of Justice Inc. Roots of Justice offers several training programs which are described here. Currently there are no training sessions scheduled for Pennsylvania (but see the links above for the national training schedule).

Schedule of training sessions
Changing Racism

This basic anti-racism workshop session runs for 2 1/2 consecutive days (e.g. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon). Registration deadline for the session is two weeks before the session begins:

  • April 5-7, 2013 (Fri.-Sun.) - registration closed
  • November 1-3, 2013 (Fri.-Sun.) - registration closed
  • April 4-6, 2014 (Fri.-Sun.)
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Changing Racism: A Personal Approach to Multiculturalism, Inclusion, and Equity
    Location: National Christian Conference Center
    1485 Valley Forge Road
    Phoenixville, PA 19481
    Cost: $300.00 - including single room and meals!
    Each training begins with Friday dinner at 6:30 p.m. and ends by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. See EPA announcement for details and registration.

Schedule of 2011 training sessions
Healing the Wounds of Racism

No training events are currently scheduled for 2012 or 2013.

See HWOR for program details and registration forms. Registration cost is $200, including housing and meals.

Racial Healing Task Group (RHTG)
Tools for Racial Healing

The "Racial Healing Task Group" (RHTG) of MCUSA has made available some new tools for dominant/white church groups and congregations to continue racial healing. One tool, "the Four I's of Oppression" provides a simple framework for conversation about how racist or other oppressive behavior is perpetuated, and how to break the cycle.
Another tool is a sample collection of role plays that help groups identify unintentional racist behavior. The RHTG has also compiled an extensive list of other resources, many of them web-based. The RHTG does not yet have a web page, but these tools are available from RHGT member Joanna Shenk, JoannaS@MennoniteUSA.org. You may also contact the Peace & Justice Committee for help getting started with these tools or connecting with antiracism training programs.

Eastern District Scholarship Program for Leadership Development

EDC (and MCUSA) pastors and other church leaders may apply for scholarship assistance for anti-racism training. In general, the leadership development fund of EDC provides matching funds with congregations and conference-related ministries subsidizing educational opportunities for pastors in active assignment, persons aspiring to pastoral ministry seeking additional training for their service, and staff of conference-related ministries aiming to improve their skills and leadership abilities in order to more effectively carry out their ministries.

Contact Warren Tyson [warrent@easterndistrict.org; (267) 932-6050] with questions about eligibility or the application process.


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Last Updated: 11/27/2012
Created: May 18, 2008