Religious Leadership For Anti-Racism & Social Transformation Course

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Date(s) - 05/21/2018 - 06/23/2018
All Day

A collaboration between the 223 General Assembly of the PCUSA and Eden Theological Seminary

Course Description
St. Louis stands at the middle of the racist history and legacies of our
nation’s deliberation over human rights-particularly as they have been shaped
around issues of criminal justice, education and housing. This course seeks
to engage students preparing for religious leadership in a time of reflection
and experiential education on how their ministries can be informed by greater
attention for anti-racism work for social transformation.
– Hear stories of clergy who have worked in social justice
– Move around St. Louis meeting with leaders and activists
– Learn from the Movement
– Draw on experiences in worship, Bible study, plenary

Includes a distance educational component in the weeks prior to the 223 GA.
– Readings, discussion forums
– Bible study
– 15-page critical reflection paper

Upon successful completion of this course,  you will receive three credit hours of elective course in Ministry.

Important Dates

May 15 – Course registration deadline

May 21 – Online course begins

June 18-23 – 223 General Assembly of the PCUSA in St. Louis, Missouri

June 30 – Bible study outline and paper due


Downtown St. Louis as a part of the 223 GA

Eden Theological Seminary

475 E. Lockwood Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63119

Various locations around St. Louis

Registration Requirements

You must demonstrate good standing registered student status in an ATS accredited theological school by completing the Eden registration form linked below. No additional CND admission process is required.


  1. Register as a student for the 223 GA Click here to register for the 223 GA
  2. Complete Class Registration Form and return with deposit Click here to open and print Eden registration form
  3. The Eden Seminary Registrar will confirm registration and provide additional instructions


223 GA student registration: $25

Eden Seminary Deposit: $500

Eden Seminary Balance Due: $1,255

Total Cost: $1,780

Course Professors

Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause is Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Deborah’s teaching and scholarship focus on methods of biblical interpretation and their roots in critical theory, theology, and politics. She teaches courses in the gospels, early Jewish exegesis, the Deutero-Pauline and pastoral epistles, and feminist-womanist, post-colonial, and postmodern biblical interpretation. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Deborah serves the church through social justice and anti-racism work, teaching, preaching and scholarship.

Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker has a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington DC and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and her Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology, both in St. Louis, MO. Dietra serves as Program Coordinator for Advocacy & Activism for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition she is the organizer of Metropolitan Congregations United’s, Break The Pipeline Campaign which aims to end the criminalization of black youth with school, police and juvenile court reforms. Dietra was the clergy caucus co-leader when MCU resourced clergy engagement during the Ferguson Uprising. Dr. Baker serves as adjunct professor at Eden Theological seminary and Dean of the Chapel for Spring 2018.

Rev. Dietra has been a church planter, youth pastor, and chaplain having served Episcopal City Mission’s incarcerated youth ministry for 14 years.

For additional information contact:

Michelle Wobbe


Eden Theological Seminary

Phone: 314-918-2599


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