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Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Parish

Applegate Consulting Group was chosen to assemble a team of experienced racial educators and consultants to co-design key facilitative and capacity building aspects of the 45th annual Trinity Institute conference – Listen for a Change – Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. Trinity Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological and social perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue and reflection. Participants from all faith perspectives are welcomed. Applegate Consulting Group developed the arc of three small group conference breakout sessions. Conference participants will start with how they relate to the issues presented, then consider how the issues affect their communities and institutions, and finally to ask what action is or can be taken as a response.  The goal is for conference participants to reflect on and respond to the insights of the speakers, and to personally connect to the conversation from a place of openness. The facilitators will support participants share through a Polarity Thinking lens to move toward a sense of possibility and calling. Polarities such as Mercy and Justice; Intent and Impact; and Honoring Personal Boundaries and Willingness to be Vulnerable are embedded in the historical and social construction of racism. We hope to ignite a duty to respond. Applegate Consulting group will also co-develop and produce a video that will be used in connection with the institute and shared with partner sites and other parishes across the country. Finally, Applegate Consulting Group will develop the training curriculum and provide on-site training to volunteer small-group facilitators who will create brave spaces for conference participants.