Presbyterian Intercultural Network


PIN Conferences and Workshops

Looking through the workshops and conferences we've led might give you ideas, spark your imagination, or help you figure out how to organize an event or workshop of your own.

The "All In" theme of the 2017 Intercultural Regional Conference was meant to capture the level of commitment that intercultural work requires - all in, no holding back.  The workshop descriptions outline from this brief outline may start your own wheels turning. 

In 2015, we focused on Advocacy and went deep into the topic of racism during our Intercultural Pre-conference prior to that year's Big Tent. The outline of that service is posted here, but you can find the two worship services that were integral to the conference under the Worship tab. 

The "Take-home Worship Stream" is adapted from a two-day series of workshops focused on multicultural/intercultural, worship that was led by Cláudio Carvalhaes and Laurel Underwood
at the 2010 Multicultural Conference. 

The 2009 PCUSA  "Big Tent" Multicultural Worship pre-conference was a very participatory, experiential, communal exploration of community, diversity, and worship that led to a very unique worship service. Laurel Underwood, Cathy Cummings Chisholm, and Melva Costen led the event. You may find the notes that recorded the various discussions (included in the document) as interesting and informative as the pre-conference outline. There's a page of resources near the end, along with some "Folk Song Psalms" that can be sung simultaneously for a musical parable of diversity!

This rough Leader's outline of Worship and Liturgy in a Multicultural Setting: "Variety as the Spice of Worship Life" was for a single workshop led by the same three people later in that  2009 "Big Tent" conference.

The "Through the Looking Glass" workshop led by Laurel Underwood at the 2008 Multicultural Conference began by giving participants an "outsider's" view of the church through an immersive experience in which they attended a worship service spoken in a language that none of them knew. Some had bulletins only in that foreign language; others at least had bi-lingual bulletins. The language used in the workshop was Korean, but any language unknown to the participants would work. 

Available online

There are online training resources that we haven't used, so we can't vouch for them personally, but what they offer looks good and interesting, so they might be worth checking out.

A site called "Training for Change" is well-organized and has lots and lots of topics, including "Diversity and Anti-Oppression," and clicking on any one of the topics opens up a long list of resources, exercises, training materials, and more.  

The "Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change" website also offers an extensive section of anti-oppression articles, resources, tips, and exercises. 

For children...

...there's even a 1-2 day workshop for grades 3-5 that's available. It's called "Dare to be Different."

The children explore questions like: "What is prejudice? Why do some people judge others because of their differences? How can we make positive choices that reflect understanding, acceptance and tolerance?" The goal is for students to learn about these issues and have a chance to “dare to be different” by altering their appearance for a day.

"Me Against My Brother: An Exploration of Genocide" is recommended for grades 8 and up and can be taught over a period from several days to several weeks. Students explore genocide, its broader impacts, and develop a means for taking action to prevent or address genocide. 

"Racism Alphabet" is recommended for grades 8-12 and would take the equivalent of several class periods. Here students are exploring examples of racism, considering perspectives about racism by writing a story, and discussing ways to eradicate racism in our society. 

Dismantling Racism

The Presbytery of Baltimore will be ahead of the game when the Decade for Intercultural Transformation begins in 2020. By the end of that year, all the staff and minister members of the presbytery and at least some of the elders will have participated in a day-long training workshop on dismantling racism. View the presbytery's new policy, passed in September 2018, that mandates participation in the training every three years!