Awakening the Church to Social Justice


Course Title: Awakening the Church to Social Justice

Six-Week Online Course

Mondays, May 2-June 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. EDT (class will not meet on May 30)

Asynchronous Work, Plus Six Synchronous Class Meetings (via Zoom)

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation (CSJR) and the Leadership Institute


This six-week, online course is designed to provide exposure to some foundational issues of Social Justice, with a view toward encouraging activism in local churches and communities. While historical and theoretical issues of injustice will be the doorway to engaging a more activist life, the focus of the course will ultimately be on possible avenues of practical application for social justice within the context of ministry.

Presentation and class discussion will be complemented by various special guests invited to engage the class each week. These nationally and internationally renowned scholars and practitioners, who have successfully implemented historic Ministries of Social Justice, will provide insight into their methods and theology through weekly structured and facilitated conversations. Course participants will be provided the rare opportunity for Q&A and interaction with these historic figures. 

This course, open to all, will expose participants to various forms and methods of enacting social justice within their own churches, ministries, and communities.

In addition to weekly class meetings, this course will include reading and assignments. However, as a continuing education course, grades and degree credits will not be issued. Certificates of completion for the course can be provided to those course participants who fulfill the course requirements.


There will be weekly class meetings via Zoom technology. Each registered participant will receive the class meeting link prior to the beginning of the course. The same link will be used for each session. Participants will need an electronic device equipped with a reliable Internet connection, built-in or external microphone, and a built-in or external webcam. Assignments will be posted on Blackboard, the seminary's learning management system. Login credentials will be provided for Blackboard.


Register early, as enrollment is limited in order to facilitate active participation of those in the class. Once the course reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started.

Early Registration (ends April 10): $175

Standard Registration (begins April 11): $225


05/02/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

05/09/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

05/16/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

05/23/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

06/06/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

06/13/22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time