December 10, 2021
Since 2020, the Leadership Development Team has offered grants for congregational work in building a culture of courageous leadership in focus areas of anti-racism or laity leadership. Grants can be up to $500 and can be used to include anti-racism curricula, training events, or participation in other organizations working against racism. Laity leadership can be promoted through lay servant ministry, organizing events to welcome the community and so much more. In 2021 - 7 grants were awarded to communities across the Mountain Sky Conference including: Tooele UMC in Utah, Young People's Ministry, Littleton UMC, FUMC Prairie Campus, Trinity UMC/Anti-Racist Allyship, UMC of Johnstown, and Columbia Falls UMC in Montana.
Trinity UMC in Denver, Colorado partnered with Littleton UMC to use the Courageous Leadership grant money, awarded by the Leadership Development team, to follow the U. S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service Guide entitled “Dialogues Across Race.” Trinity used this curriculum and provided a free dinner to create a gathering that would grow to include over 72 participants from across the Denver metro area. The series began on September 14th and to date, many tablemates have declared that they will continue their cross-racial relationships with each other into the future.
The Prairie Campus of FUMC Colorado Springs used the grant money provided to host a movie night for families in the community as a way of extending the discussion about inclusion, stereotypes, prejudice and allyship to kids. The “Pizza and a Movie” night was held Friday night, October 15th at the Banning Lewis Prep Academy to a group of about 25 and the discussion was led by Director of Children’s Ministry Alex Kerce.
The MSC Leadership Development Team offers the Courageous Leadership grants annually - look for applications this coming spring, 2022. You can read more of the stories from 2021 on the Leadership Development webpage: https://www.mtnskyumc.org/culture-of-courageous-leadership-grants
Contact Jared O’Kegley-Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about applying for a Courageous Leadership grant in 2022!