KOINONIA School of Race & Justice


KOINONIA – a Greek word meaning “fellowship”, “communication”, and “contribution” – is a program designed to equip people in three ways: to engage in transformative and self-reflective ways regarding race; to engage in constructive dialogue regarding issues of race and justice; and to engage in the larger community to promote social justice. Koinonia also represents the community formed through honest dialogue and shared lament for our collective historical experience of racism and injustice.


This year’s program will consist of four daylong seminars, two in the fall and two in the spring, and a 48-hour retreat to culminate the year. Gatherings will include guest lecturers, small group discussion, community engagement, and personal reflection time. We will explore broad topics related to race and justice, such as history, diversity, shame, grief, lament, trauma, privilege, class, education, and media.


The Koinonia School of Race and Justice intends to be a part of God’s ministry of racial reconciliation and is grounded in the Christian tradition. We believe everyone can engage in reducing racism by being instruments of justice in their own sphere of influence. You may sign up for the entire year at a cost reduction or register for each retreat independently. All are welcome.

Calendar and Cost

The day-retreats are scheduled for Saturdays from 9-4 on September 23, October 28, March 24, and April 21.  The cost for each Saturday retreat is $50, which includes lunch.  The weekend retreat will be held from Friday at 4 to Sunday at 4, May 4-6, 2018, at a cost of $195. Tuition is $350 to register for the entire year.  Scholarships are available. We will attempt to make certain that persons who are called to this program are able to afford it. Payment schedules can be arranged. Please note that every effort will be made to create a group balanced by denomination, race, and gender.


The six to eight faculty members of the Koinonia School of Race and Justice represent various cultural experiences, backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. They facilitate the curriculum content through creative instructional strategies.


For further information or an application, contact Qasarah Spencer, Dean of the Koinonia School of Race and Justice (804-783-7903); koinonia@richmondhillva.org.

To register for the September day-retreat or the entire year, please call the Richmond Hill office at (804) 783-7903 or email retreats@richmondhillva.org.