The Black Mountain School of Theology & Community

A new educational institution that counters systems of oppression and alienation through practices of co-learning and co-action to advance the pursuit of higher goods, the formation of durable communities, and the generation of faithful, structural change.

Course Offering

Course Title

Intersectional Leadership: Navigating Race, Gender, and Identities in Faith-Based Institutions and Organizing

Course Description

We live in a current cultural space where “intersectionality” and “identities” are often framed on the right as vague but real threats to the status quo or on the left as thinly understood declarations of progressive credibility. In both cases, other than reactive fear or enthusiasm, the links between intersectionality and action remain muddied and opaque. In this class, we explore intersectionality and identities from lenses of theology, leadership, and social change to better understand our present social world and to translate intersectional awareness into concrete actions of leadership and community organizing for a more just and equitable world.

Course Dates

June 30th – August 11th (Every Thursday) @ 7-8:30pm EST

Course Tuition

$500  *Limited scholarship funds available for those with need

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What Else is Coming

We are currently developing exciting new opportunities for:

Congregational training and collective learning for institution building and social change.

Theologically-informed community courses that center on current social and political issues.

Mentored and action-research based theological education programs for congregational leaders, community organizers, and civic activists.

Gathering scholars and activists in incubators of focused dialogue and co-learning aimed at fostering collaborative efforts for justice and inclusion within and outside the walls of the church.

Who’s Involved

tim conder

Tim Conder, PhD

Tim Conder has worked for over three decades in ministry, community organizing, and academics. He has been a church-planter and was a co-founder of EmergentVillage. He is a theological ethnographer researching theo-political social movements, the identity development of publicly engaged pastoral leaders, and community organizing.

Angela Cowser, PhD

Angela Cowser is Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry programs; Associate Professor of Black Church Studies at Louisville Theological Seminary. An ordained PCUSA minister, Dr. Cowser is also the co-founder of the Institute for Christian Socialism with extensive experience in community organizing.

charles marsh

Charles Marsh, PhD

Charles Marsh is the Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and the Director of the Project on Lived Theology. With deep expertise in the civil rights movement and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles brings to the project a resounding vision of the social consequences of theological commitments.

bishop tonyia rawls

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Tonyia Rawls is a national faith leader and social justice activist. She founded both Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte and Sacred Souls United Church of Christ in Charlotte, NC. She was one of the first women bishops in Unity Fellowship’s history. She is also Founder and Executive Director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice, a partner organization of the Black Mountain School.

dan rhodes

Dan Rhodes, ThD

Dan Rhodes is Associate Professor of Contextual Education at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral studies. He has developed innovative programs in theological education grounded in theological action research. Prior to Loyola, he served in ministry for 9 years and has extensive experience as a leader in community organizing.

Imelda Salazar

Imelda Salazar is an organizer with Chicago’s Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP). Originally from Guatemala, she has a background in organizational management and expertise in leadership development. She is one of the fourteen recipients of the 2019 Leaders for a New Chicago Award given by The Field Foundation of Illinois and McArthur Foundation.

stan wilson

Stan Wilson, DMin

Stan Wilson is an ordained Baptist minister with over 25 years of pastoral experience. His interests and training are in congregational formation and missional leadership. He has been involved with the Ekklesia Project for twenty years, serving as a board and staff member.

Help Us Build

We are developing relationships with denominations, individual congregations, interested individuals, and organizations for the purpose of refining curriculums, co-learning with communities, and creating new networks of collaborators as we build the Black Mountain School.

Ways you can participate now

Explore becoming a collaborating congregation or community

Our “studios” are co-learning opportunities that range from half day consultations to weekend events and are designed to foster dialogue, relationship building, and critical reflection in your congregation focused on mission and community engagement.

Share your story with us

Narrate the educational challenges and needs that you and your organization face and/or your vision for a community-based form of theological education that could support your goals.

Join an incubator

Want to connect and dialogue with other scholars, leaders, and activists for developing collaborative efforts at making real, social change? We’re planning an event for 2022.

Invest financially in this new endeavor

All donations are tax deductible. If you, your congregation, or your organization are interested in helping create a new kind of theological educational institution, consider becoming a financial partner/sustainer.