About

Mission

 
 

Our mission is to be a resource
for people and communities of faith
seeking to express their love
through justice and ministry that heals,
restores, and innovates.


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Purpose

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  • Transform is a decentralized community for learning, relationships, connections, and skill sharing for grassroots social change. We build relationships by bridging difference intentionally -- by leaning into tensions -- and bonding as friends and allies organically.
  • We connect people and communities of faith with broader movements for social change. We live and teach at the intersections of faith, healing, and justice.
  • We see God at work in the Multitude.* God is already at work bringing shalom into the world through all of us, and we only need to join in what God is already doing. *Joerg Rieger, Occupy Religion
  • We see that church can and often looks different than the traditional models of church we’ve inherited. We seek to recognize new, emerging, and innovative expressions of church and lift them up.
  • The transformation of the Body of Christ requires that the voices at the margins of the Body be heard and centered. We find ways to amplify voices of prophetic practitioners for justice, healing, and community.

 

Methodology

We endeavor to hold creative tension. We work to embrace paradox. We see God at work at the intersections.

We believe transformation has to include praxis (Action). We look for ways to take collective action.

We hold open and transparent conversations and make training affordable and accessible.

We engage in contemplative practices to expand and build our capacity for transformational work both internally and externally. 

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Our Theory of Change

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Our theory of change is based on how damaged and diseased cells are repaired in living systems. Science shows us how oppression (diseased cells) must be surrounded on all sides (by healthy cells) in order to be transformed back into healthy cells again. We don’t seek to cut out diseased cells in the Body of Christ, we seek to transform them. In order to surround and transform oppression, we must all be linked in collective action and willing to honor the differences we have when we sit on different sides of the movement.

We have different perspectives because we are located on different sides of the oppression and thus literally have different views on it. So it is important to engage in dialogue with those who see it differently so we can have a fuller picture of the harm we seek to transform. Connection and communication are the key to having an eco-system of resistance transforming oppression. Surrounding oppression on all sides will take all of us practicing mutual liberation and the inner and outer work, in deep solidarity, for the rest of our lives.

What We Have Learned

 

We have to intentionally engage in anti-oppression work or we will inadvertently recreate and perpetuate oppression.

We have learned to embrace contemplative spirituality and the inner work of transformation alongside the outer work. We practice together.

We have learned to work at the speed of community. Relationships and communities are the currency and fuel for social transformation.

We have learned that we will continue to make mistakes but we commit to learning from them and bringing courage to our imperfection.

Leadership

Our board (pictured below, top to bottom, left to right): Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Anthony Smith, Vahisha Hasan, Holly Roach Knight, Stephen Roach Knight. You can click on a picture to learn more about that person. 

 

Our Teachers

Father Richard Rohr | Rev. Kathy Escobar | Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Dr. Joerg Rieger | Brian D. McLaren | Linda Flynn, Spiritual Director

Yara Allen, Theo-musicologist | Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Dr. Richard Brown | Cynthia Bourgeault | Dr. James Finley

David Solnit, Arts Organizer | Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis | Celia Alario

Paul Engler | Melvin Bray | Pamela Wilhelms | Bishop Yvette Flunder

Shane Claiborne | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Bishop Tonyia Rawls