The MCL (Master of Community Leadership) is inspired by Theological Imagination and empowered for Social Transformation. The MCL supports social justice leaders in their development to equip leaders through Justice Informed Care.
Eden’s faculty has infused the curriculum with core capacities for Progressive Religious Leaders:
- Capacity for leading communities in pursuing racial equity and intersecting struggles for human freedom (anti-racism, sexism, heterosexism, colonialism, and imperialism)
- Capacity for doing that work collaboratively with people of different faith and no faith
- Capacity for pursuing one’s vocation with resilience, purpose, and joy
Justice-Informed Diversity Equity and Inclusion (JDEI) Concentration
This concentration is committed to equity, inclusivity, and anti-racist leadership formation useful within organizations, such as congregations, local hospitals, not-for-profits, small businesses, and large corporations. Organizations, communities, and congregations daring to bend the arc toward justice require leaders who are passionate for and trained in the work of organizational transformation for racial, gender, and cultural equity.
“Justice-Informed DEI are seeds of faith and practice creating the infrastructure for lasting accountability. Justice demands a shifting towards equity and an imagination that includes the gifts found in and through human engagement.”
Sonja B. Williams, Dean of the Seminary and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Eden Theological Seminary
Eden is recognized for alumni who are change agents. Our assessment demonstrates that Eden graduates lead in multi-faceted ways working alongside justice seekers in their communities. Through deepening relationships and training leaders from communities like your own, both faith and practice can be activated to create accountable avenues towards justice. The inclusion of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) into this program is an invitation to deepen one’s own self-awareness and hear more clearly the violent traditions and lean in and support whole communities through justice and trauma informed care.
Community Organizing Concentration
This concentration strengthens leaders who seek to equip their communities with capacities drawn from community organizing. Organizing empowers congregations, not-for-profits, small businesses, large corporations, and other groups to clarify their purpose and align their mission to collaborate with others for social justice transformation in their communities. Leaders who know how to organize can awaken the organizations they serve to deeper relationships and impact.
“The moral arc of the universe is long, and it bends towards justice.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The arc doesn’t bend on its own, we have to organize to do that.” DeMarco Davidson, Community Organizer, MCU and Eden Alum
Eden is recognized for alumni who are change agents. Our assessment demonstrates that Eden graduates lead in multi-faceted ways working alongside justice seekers in their communities. Through deepening relationships and training leaders from communities like your own, both faith and practice can be activated to create accountable avenues towards justice.