Praxis Cohorts

Praxis Cohorts: supporting and training lay and clergy religious leaders for the contentious 2024 election season ahead

With the 2024 election less than a year away, the Walker Leadership Institute in partnership with the Bridge Alliance is launching the Praxis Cohort program. This program’s focus is on training and supporting lay and clergy faith leaders to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly as they lead in the contentious election season ahead. This training is especially suited for those who are in purple spaces, whether those are in your congregation, community, or family.

The training features religious and community leaders skilled in maintaining their commitments to justice and peace work in the challenging 2024 election season.

Online training begins with a virtual workshop on Saturday January 27th, followed by the launch of a network of support through the Praxis Cohorts

On-going training, and the opportunity to be a part of cohort-based communities of practice through the 2024 election season is offered as a continuation of the Praxis Cohort work. Cohorts will be convened around common contexts and concerns.

The cost of the training workshop is $50. Participation in the year-long cohort program and on-going training is $200. Limited scholarships are available.

Workshop Overview

Welcome and overview of the workshop:      10:00 am – 10:15 am
Rev Dr. F. Willis Johnson, Jr of The Bridge Alliance & Rev Steve Lawler of the Walker Leadership Institute @ Eden Theological Seminary social ethicist

Session 1: Working in the Public Sphere:      10:15 am – 10:45 am
The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders III

  • Dr Sanders is the Chief Equity Officer – City of Denver, an equity professional/consultant, social ethicist, theologian, passionate servant-leader, change-agent, and community builder.

Session 2: Working Across Boundaries:      10:50 am – 11:20 am
A conversation with the Rev Dr. Marian Edmonds-Allen & Professor Kristen Leslie

  • Rev Dr. Marian Edmonds-Allen is the executive director of Parity, Blessed by Difference, and Holy Dialogues.
  • The Rev. Dr Kristen Leslie is Harold Peters Schultz Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Seminary.

Session 3: Working in Rural Communities:     11:30 – 12:00 pm
A conversation with Sarah Melotte and the Rev Patrick Poole

  • Sarah Melotte is a geographer and journalist based in the rural Western North Carolina mountains. She is a staff writer for the Daily Yonder, the online source for rural news.
  • The Rev. Patrick Poole is the pastor of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, a farming community of 150 in Monroe County, Illinois.

Session 4:  A Spirituality to Sustain:      12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
A conversation with the Rev Aaron Rogers & Heidi Kim

  • The Rev. Aaron Rogers is a passionate priest, pastor, and nonprofit leader based in St. Louis. He serves as Priest-in-Charge of Stephen’s Episcopal Church and as a consultant for the Vandersall Collective.
  • Heidi Kim provides consulting, coaching and capacity building for inclusion and lifelong learning. She served as The Episcopal Church’s staff officer for racial reconciliation from 2014 – 2019.

Praxis cohorts and additional resources:      12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Closing and benediction:      12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Rev Dr. F. Willis Johnson, Jr & Rev Steve Lawler