KOINONIA School of Race & Justice

A stop at the Reconciliation statue (15th and E. Main) while walking the Slave Trail.

The KOINONIA School was developed in order to create a place for people of all races and backgrounds to have safe conversations around difficult topics pertaining to race and justice. The school and its programs are an opportunity to explore how our faith (beliefs and values) connect with the work of racial reconciliation.

KOINONIA is a Greek word meaning “fellowship”, “communication”, and “contribution” and the school is designed to equip people in three ways:

  • to engage in transformative and self-reflective work around race;
  • to engage in constructive dialogue regarding issues of race and justice; and
  • to engage in the larger community to promote social justice. 

The 2017 school introduced some significant modifications that is hoped will make possible for more to participate.  The program now consists 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.

The cost for each Saturday retreat is $50, which includes lunch. The 48-hr weekend retreat (Friday at 4 to Sunday at 4) has a cost of $195 and includes housing and meals. Tuition is $350 to register for the entire year.

For further information, please contact Rev. Janie Walker or Rev. Joel Blunk (804-783-7903).

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

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