BEYOND THE BOOK

A NEXT Church CohortEmbodied Practice Designed for White People
Antiracism is a behavior. It is an embodied practice. It’s a set of habits lived out loud and over, and over, again.
– excerpt from “Antiracism as Daily Practice”

A book about justice is only powerful if it is a catalyst for actual change. Jennifer Harvey’s new book “Antiracism as Daily Practice” sets the table for meaningful conversation among white folks seeking to live in a way that grows racial justice. Led by the author (Jennifer Harvey) and NEXT Church Coaches (Chip Low and Jen James), join other white folks from across the country to discuss the content of Dr. Harvey’s new book and engage its actionable reverberations over 6 cohort sessions.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Antiracism as Daily Practice illustrates the many ways white Americans―those newly waking to the crisis of racism in 2020 and those already aware―can choose behaviors in our everyday lives to grow racial justice. Full of real life stories, this book shows how vital it is for white people to engage in and with our families, through our social networks, in our neighborhoods, and at our jobs to make antiracism a daily living commitment. We have real power in our relationships with other white people―and not enough of us have used it.

Dr. Harvey explains why we white people struggle with knowing what to do about racism, and explores how grief, anger, and shame impact our ability to partner in justice with Black communities and other communities of color. Her guidance helps white folks transform their relationship with racism and these emotions, knowing that such transformation is vital not only to the well-being of U.S. democracy but to the freedom and wholeness of all people.

COHORT DETAILS

  • Each cohort session will be shaped by 30-minutes of author-led discussion along with 60 minutes of group coaching and smaller group discussion with a focus on actionable implementation.
  • Participants who register by July 10 will receive a free signed copy of the book. After July 10, participants are expected to secure their own copy of the book.
  • Participants will receive the reading schedule for the book in early September.
  • This cohort will meet approximately every other week on Wednesdays this fall from 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT) on September 18, October 2, 16, 30, and November 13, 20.

Registration opens on Wednesday, June 6.

Registration closes on Friday, September 1, or when the cohort fills. 

This cohort is filled and no longer available for registration.

If you would like to be placed on a waitlist or notified when the next cohort opens, let us know.

TIME

Wednesdays

1:00-2:30pm ET

(10:00-11:30am PT)

DATES

September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, November 20

COHORT

Every participant will engage in author-led discussion, group coaching, and smaller group conversations.

COST

$499 full cost

$299 reduced cost

MOVING TOWARDS IMPACT 

NEXT Church values opportunities that lead to impact as a way to interrupt a consumer culture. In a consumer culture, participants sit back and consume what an expert is saying without ownership for learning and growth. But if we want to transform our communities, our churches, and ourselves, we must play an active role to create impact.

NEXT Church also believes the hard work of learning that leads to justice is best done in accountable community. As people of faith, we believe community is essential for faithful discernment, support, and mutual accountability. Cohort participants and leaders are invited to challenge and hold one another accountable.

By registering for a cohort, you accept the invitation into this community as an active learner with a commitment towards actionable next steps.

REGISTRATION

Why tiered pricing? We recognize the disproportionate access to funds across the Church and offer tiered pricing based on this access.

FULL COST – $499

This is the actual cost it takes to cover the expenses for the cohort. Any individual with access to professional, church,  presbytery, or personal funds should select this tier.

REDUCED COST – $299

Because NEXT Church is an incredibly lean organization, we request you check with potential sponsoring bodies before selecting this tier. Individuals without access to professional, church, presbytery or personal funds are invited to select this tier.

LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Harvey

author and cohort leader

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to her time at Garrett, she served for nearly 20 years at Drake University as professor of religion, Faculty of the Crew Scholars Program and ultimately as Associate Provost of Campus Equity and Inclusion. She received her PhD in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in 2004. Dr. Harvey’s teaching and scholarshipfocuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

Dr. Harvey’s books include the New York Times Bestseller Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. Her public intellectual work has been published in the New York Times, CNN and other publications and she has appeared on nationally syndicated televisions and radio programs, including Good Morning America and CNN’s Town Hall on Racism with Sesame Street and NPR’s“All Things Considered” with Michel Martin and “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. Her newest book Antiracism as Daily Practice: Refuse Shame, Change White Communities and Help Create a Just World will be published by St. Martin’s Press in summer 2024.

Chip Low

cohort coach

Chip Low (he/him) is a Professional Certified Coach with Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ICF). He coaches individuals and teams on a variety of topics, including leadership formation, organizational change, transition, and development, healthy conflict, stewardship development, and other topics related to leadership, teams, and organizations. Concurrently, Chip is ordained in the PC(USA) for over 23 years and now serves as the co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Heights, NY. He leads coach training and mentor coaching for various organizations, including as a Financial Leadership Coach with the Presbyterian Foundation, the CREDO program of the Board of Pensions, ReKindle: A Congregational Development Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. A pilgrim at heart, Chip enjoys exploring integrative spiritualities, connecting with creation, hiking mountains, and walking ancient pilgrimage routes. Those experiences inspired his coaching company, Compass Coaching.

Jen James

cohort coach

Jen James (she/her) is on staff for NEXT Church as the Director of Programs and Operations. She is a facilitator, trained coach, and Educator-at-Large who loves working with congregations to help church leaders vision, assess, and strategically transform ministries. She holds a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and will gladly tell you she went to seminary because she loves learning, not to be a pastor like everyone else! When she’s not working in the church world, Jen is offering unsolicited political commentary, cheering on her twin boys at the pool and soccer field, and conjuring up a new house project with her husband, who is a finance guru and Methodist pastor.

For questions about the coaching cohort, contact Jen James.