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Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People

published 1/26/2021

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown’s transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People. The 2020 theme, Intersectionality, was brought to life through:

  • 6 weeks of worship: guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists
  • Town Hall discussions with guest preachers
  • Bible Studies on Intersectionality with Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson and Rev. Jia Starr Brown
  • Book Group discussions with Rev. Angela T. Khabeb and Rev. Jia Starr Brown; including a conversation with author Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim[1]
  • 6 awareness workshops and diversity trainings with a variety of leaders.

All of these videos are now available—free to Ministry Lab member congregations—on our Vimeo page.

The Ministry Lab recommends this series—produced and facilitated by MN clergy and leaders—as powerful tools in congregational and community conversations around race, LGBTQ+ identity and inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and reconciliation. Utilize videos throughout Black History Month (February) to either introduce folks to anti-racism work via diversity awareness, or re-energize and expand anti-racism conversations.

If you have questions about the series, please contact Rev. Jia Starr Brown ( For further information and for other excellent resources to begin or further your anti-racism, diversity, conflict or social justice conversations, please contact Rev. Emily Meyer or visit The Ministry Lab’s website. The Ministry Lab looks forward to connecting you with excellent tools for essential conversations and renewal.

The Ministry Lab is also excited to announce that the Journey to Freedom Series, 2021 dates have been determined! Mark your calendars for July 18-August 22 (6 weeks). The theme is yet to be determined. 

[1] The book studies explore Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s and Susan M. Shaw’s Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide (Fortress); Mai-Anh Le Tran’s Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope (Abingdon); and Mychal Copeland’s and D’vorah Rose’s compilation, Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives (Skylight Paths)

Contact: Rev. Jia Starr Brown


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