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Courageous Dialogue on Racial Healing and Reconciliation

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Courage & Renewal practices have helped guide conversations around healing racial trauma. By coming to deeper understandings of one another’s experiences, people are building their capacity for empathy, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Seeds of Racial Healing Take Root in Kalamazoo “I came here because I was losing hope. My hope has been restored  Continue Reading »

Turning to Wonder: Hidden Truths Below the Surface

Dear Readers, This week Terry is taking a well-deserved break to spend time with his family. In his place, I volunteered to write a reflection for the Words of Encouragement. This is also my last week with Center for Courage & Renewal after two and a half amazing years on staff, so I offer this  Continue Reading »

The Courage to Talk About LGBTQ Inclusivity

“Turn to two people next to you and talk about a time in your life when you felt different.” That’s how the conversation about LGBTQ inclusivity began between students, faculty, trustees, and staff at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Over the past year, a series of four Courage & Renewal dialogues created vital safe space for provocative  Continue Reading »

Newfound Courage in Kalamazoo’s Latino Community

Slowly Trusting the Circle The Hispanic American Council in Kalamazoo provides advocacy and a range of services to help Latino community members who are in crisis. This support is vital for immigrants, many of whom cannot read or speak English and have difficulty navigating the system when they need services such as legal support or  Continue Reading »

Take Action in Response to Charleston

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please take action on behalf of the nine people murdered on Wednesday, June 17, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.: Top row (L-R): Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons.  Bottom row (L-R): Susan Jackson, Sharonda  Continue Reading »

A Better Way to Talk About Difference

Sherry Watt was looking for a way to navigate difficult dialogue around cultural difference, topics like race and religion that can start dangerous fires. “I needed a way to approach these contentious issues in the classroom without being consumed by it,” she said. Courage & Renewal gave Sherry a framework for changing the classroom into  Continue Reading »

9 Best Teaching Practices for Cultural Competency

Editor’s Note: Teachers have a special leadership role to play with their students, with their colleagues and with the communities they serve. As a new school year begins in the wake of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Teacher Katy Reedy of Educurious offers a powerful call to action in this guest  Continue Reading »

Reconnecting through Reunions

Do you find the talk at class reunions banal? How often do former classmates truly share authentic life stories? Or even show up at all? Wanting to help create a more meaningful experience, I joined the planning committee for my Stanford MBA 25-year reunion. My hope was to introduce the Center for Courage & Renewal’s  Continue Reading »

On Class & Race: Reflections on the White Privilege Conference (WPC)

It has been over a month since I attended the White Privilege Conference for the first time, and I am still filtering the experience, trying to understand how my internalized sense of “whiteness” separates me from the full expression of my own humanity and keeps me unconsciously aligned with the very forces of injustice and  Continue Reading »

Who is Family?

“You can wash the crocodile with green slimy water,” explained a three-year-old girl sitting next to me on the bus this morning. She was curious about my iPhone and said that she knew how to enter the password to get into her mom’s iPad to access this game. Her care provider was nearby and made  Continue Reading »