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.


Each school year runs for nine months, August through May. A lecture and retreat format is used to explore broad topics related to race and justice, including, but not limited to, history, diversity, shame, grief, lament, trauma, privilege, class, poverty, media and law.

The faculty teams work with guest lecturers present lecture material. A small group format is used to provide a safe space for participants to engage in further sharing. The small group is also a place for community building and asking questions of ourselves and each other. The program is grounded in the Christian tradition and welcomes all.


Koinonia School of Race and Justice intends to be a part of God’s ministry of racial reconciliation. We believe everyone can engage in reducing racism by being instruments of justice in their own sphere of influence.

• Will be personally interviewed by members of the Koinonia faculty
• Are willing to be honest in dialogue about their personal experiences of race and justice
• Are willing to make a nine-month commitment to the Koinonia community


The 2017-18 Koinonia school year begins with a 48-hr retreat from 4pm Friday, August 25th until 4pm Sunday, August 27, 2017. Lectures will be held on the fourth Mondays in the months of September, October, November, February, March and April beginning at 7:30pm. Subsequent retreats will be held on designated weekends after each lecture. (A detail schedule will be provided upon applying.) A 48-hr retreat from 4pm on Friday, May 4th until 4pm Sunday, May 6, 2018, closes the school year.


The program is open to 24 persons. The total cost is $1200. 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. Applicants will be selected after interviews. 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.