Thursday, September 17th, 2020


10:00 am – 12:00 pm



Swimming while white

Two hour on-line training for clergy and senior lay leaders. Offered on 8/26 or 9/17 from 10:00am – noon.

It is said “The fish doesn’t notice the water in which it is swimming.” This training will discuss the rationale for white, or mostly-white, congregations to invite white people to begin to look at how they “grew up white.” What was the process of racial socialization that led to their unconscious white bias on the personal level and the resultant white supremacy (institutional racism) in the organizations and cultures they are part of? What are the costs to white people of unexamined monochrome whiteness? What are the joys and benefits of living in a vibrant multicolored world? Participants will learn how to start and sustain conversations about being white and embracing differences. This is a one-session, standalone training that is limited to 30 people. To meet demand, the same training is offered twice; please only register for one date.

To register for August 26, 10:00 am – 12:00pm:

To register for September 17, 10:00 am – 12:00pm::


Our Trainers:

VISIONS, Inc., is a multicultural training and consulting group that works with corporations, non-profits, schools, churches, judicatories, and community organizations on issues of diversity and change. VISIONS was founded by two African American women 35 years ago and currently has 50 consultants that work across the US and internationally.

The Rev. Dr. Bill Kondrath, an Episcopal priest, has worked with over 100 Christian and Jewish congregations. He is a consultant with VISIONS, Inc. He is author of Facing Feeling in Faith Communities (Alban Institute, 2013), Congregational Resources for Facing Feelings (e-book from Alban, 2013) and God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences (Alban Institute, 2008) and numerous articles on change, leadership transitions, and affective competency. Bill is past president of the Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL) and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Leadership.

Ms. Sarah Werkman, M.A., was introduced to VISIONS in 1998, while working at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA and has been a consultant with VISIONS since 2004. Sarah is currently the Associate Director for Campus Life at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.  Her career in education has included teaching Japanese, Spanish, ESL and multicultural studies, as well as work as a diversity coordinator, multicultural trainer, and school counselor. Passionate about multicultural issues and cross-cultural communication, she has lived both overseas and in eight states in the U.S. She has Masters degrees in School Counseling and International Education.

The training is sponsored by Philadelphia Theological Institute, The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Philadelphia, the Anti-Racism Commission and the Loving Presence group.