Go Deep into the Heart of Christian
Anti-Racism with a Cohort of Ministry Peers

 January to October 2021 - COMMUNITY FULL


You may not have thought too much about racism before this year. Injustice and oppression might have just been concepts - things that hypothetical people hypothetically experience. But then something changed.

Maybe police brutality seemed like an outlier in the past. As if the years between the civil rights movement and Rodney King in L.A., and then Mike Brown in Ferguson, were filled with relative tranquility. But then something changed.

You may have not even known you were wearing a blindfold until it got ripped off your face.

Ahmaud Arbery.

Breonna Taylor.

George Floyd.

…and so many others.

What changed? A lot of things, honestly, but none perhaps as much as you. You’re not the same person you were. This year has changed you, and now you want to transform the world around you because of it. Are you ready?

It’s time to go deeper - to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with the kind of “good trouble” Rep. John Lewis spoke of and exemplified. What you’ve been learning, reading, watching, and talking about this year is just academic until it’s applied. It takes practice and spiritual and theological reflection to make it real. Over the course of 10 months, that’s exactly what we’re going to do in the Spit and Mud Learning Community.

From questions of privilege and racial identity to anti-racism discipleship, we’ll dive deep into scripture, the work of BIPOC theologians, and your specific context in a safe, structured, and empowering environment. Cohorts are kept intentionally small in order to maximize connection and engagement, so sign-up now!

Are you ready to be the change you want to see in this world?

How a Learning Community Works

The Learning Community Process

Step 1: Join a small cohort of ministry peers

Your cohort will include anywhere from 8-12 people. These fellow leaders will become your spiritual family for the course of 10 months - and often much longer than that.


Step 2: Participate in your monthly sessions from January 2021 through October 2021

Each month, your cohort will meet with Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh via Zoom to engage in understanding, dismantling, and overcoming racism. The beloved community depends on each of us holding ourselves and one another to the hard - and sometimes complicated - work of anti-racism.

Step 3: Discuss, Connect, and Share

The Learning Community, especially within your cohort, is where growth happens. As you work though questions, concerns, struggles, and realizations, having a tight-knit group to explore and experiment with makes all the difference.


What You'll Come Away With

  • The Experience of a Guide

    In the same way that you wouldn’t attempt to scale Mt. Everest alone, leaning into anti-racism and creating beloved community requires a guide - someone who knows the landscape, where the pitfalls are, and what tools to bring along on the journey - to share their wisdom with you.

  • The Confidence to Lead

    While you may not have been sure what to say before, or felt uncertain about what your role should be, you won’t after these months together. From your immediate family to an entire congregation, this learning community will enable you to lead with confidence.

  • The Support of a Community

    When you try to practice a life of anti-racism in a vacuum, the work is harder. Over time, isolation leads to burnout. Having an engaged support group to rely on is what makes forward progress possible - both now and in the future.

Meet the Program Leader


The rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh

The Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh is a Brooklyn native and the oldest of seven children. Born to a Puerto-Rican and Malaysian mother and an African American father, Dr. Salleh has, in many ways, stood at the intersection of faith, tradition, and race for as long as she can remember. Dr. Salleh received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, she earned a Master’s in Public Communication from Syracuse University and a Master’s in Divinity from Duke University. As the founder of A Certain Work, Dr. Salleh leads an organization dedicated to educating on issues of faith, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is married to Eric Sorensen and they have four children.