Northern Lights Region Training Policy

Healthy Boundaries Training: All active clergy, both ordained and commissioned, are required to complete six hours of Healthy Boundary Training for Clergy every four years beginning in 2020. Approved training is provided by the Northern Lights Region. Other options may be: courses offered by other regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), member denominations of Churches Uniting in Christ, or trainings approved by the Commission on Ministry on a case by case basis.

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training: All active clergy, both ordained and commissioned, are required to complete six hours of Anti-Racism training every four years beginning in 2018. Approved training is provided by the Northern Lights Region. Other options may be: courses offered by other regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or trainings approved by the Commission on Ministry on a case by case basis.

Active clergy, including active retired, both ordained and commissioned, who fail to complete either of the required trainings in the year they are due may have commissioning/standing removed, not for cause. Commissioning/standing may be reinstated after training is completed.

Special Circumstances:

  1. In-care candidates seeking ordination, commissioning or standing should complete the trainings as they are offered and must complete Healthy Boundary training prior to approval for ordination, commissioning or standing.
  2. Pastors transferring standing from another region should enter the training cycle at the earliest opportunity. The pastor must also either have completed a Healthy Boundary Training within the past 4 years, or complete an approved course within one year.
  3. Inactive retired clergy are not required to complete these trainings. However, inactive retired clergy who wish to re-enter active ministry must enter the training cycle at the earliest opportunity. If the pastor has not participated in a Healthy Boundary training within the past 4 years, an approved course must be completed within one year.

You may access this information at any time by going to https://northernlightsdisciples.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Section-8.1-Clergy-Healthy-Boundary-Anti-Racism-Training-Policy-2019.pdf. It is the responsibility of each active clergy person to register for and complete training in the year it is required.

2022 Clergy Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training Opportunities

In addition to the dates here, more dates will be scheduled for later in 2022.  See below for course and trainer information, registration form follows.
  1. March 4, 2022
  2. May 20, 2022


Friday, March 4, 2022

  • Zoom
  • 9am to 3pm PST
  • $50.00
  • Led by Dietra Wise Baker and Jeff Moore
  • Limited to 50 or less participants

  Second Level Anti-Racism Training – Organizing Toward Racial Justice
  (This course assumes prior completion of basic 101 Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training)

  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for organizing our communities
  • Move beyond conversations with an option to take up an issue of racial justice in your local community and lean how to make a difference
  • Survey the racial justice issues and campaigns in your local community
  • Receive tools for individual and congregational barriers to church growth, financial sustainability and community impact
  • Create a plan to build deep relationships with black, indigenous, people of color in your community
  • Explore your path and plan as public leader on issues of racial justice in your region

  About the Trainers

Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker is the Assistant Professor of Community Engagement and Contextual Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO Dr. Baker is the lead organizer of MCU’s “Break the Pipeline” campaign aiming to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Missouri. In August 2014, she became the clergy caucus co-leader of the Gamaliel Networks’ (47 affiliates in 17 states) Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU), an organization that resourced clergy and congregations in the early stages of the Ferguson movement. In her work with MCU they lead over 300 congregations in conversations about race. Dr. Baker is certified anti-racism trainer for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a trainer of faith-based community organizing in the Gamaliel network. Finally, Dr. Baker was the Program Coordinator for Activism and Advocacy for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) connecting a new generation of activists with peer support while strengthening existing Disciples justice ministries. Dr. Baker has a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.; a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO; and her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.

Rev. Jeff Moore An ordained United Church of Christ Minister with partner status in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jeff has been pastor of Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since March of 2008. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership from Aurora University, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eden Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. His Doctor of Ministry work focused on the question of “Christian Connectedness,” and explored this from biblical and liberation standpoints in conversation with the poetry of Guatemalan poet and theologian, Julia Esquivel. Jeff’s PhD dissertation focused on Theological Education in the Lesotho Evangelical Church as it relates to the church’s vision and commitment to “abundant life” (John 10:10), and presents a descriptive study following a three-year program of ethnographic and theological research in Lesotho, southern Africa.

Jeff has served UCC congregations in Mascoutah, Illinois, Darmstadt and Biddleborn, Illinois, and Pana and Dollville, Illinois. He has served as Director of Outdoor Ministries in the Rocky Mountain Conference, UCC, and from 2003-2007 served, along with his spouse, Susan, as a Common Global Ministries Missionary in Lesotho. While in Lesotho Jeff taught at Morija Theological Seminary and the National University of Lesotho; served as the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the Lesotho Evangelical Church; and served as Interim Pastor for Maseru United Church – an international, nondenominational congregation. Upon his return to the United States, Jeff lived and taught on campus at Eden Theological Seminary, where he was Missionary in Residence during the 2007-2008 academic year. Jeff has continued to teach Biblical Studies and Ministry Studies courses as an adjunct to the Eden faculty, and teaches Biblical Studies and Theology courses as an adjunct to the Saint Louis University faculty.


Friday, May 20, 2022

  • In Person, Pre-Assembly Event, Post Falls Idaho
  • 9am to 4pm PST (includes lunch)
  • Led by Dave Bell and Sandhya Jha
  • $50.00

  Second Level Anti-Racism Training – Addressing Institutional Racism Within Our Organizations
  (This course assumes prior completion of basic 101 Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is committed to analysis and action against racism, with a particular focus on institutional racism, the ways in which racism (race prejudice plus institutional and systemic power) shows up within institutional life. This training will help participants hone their analysis of institutional racism and look at their own organizations’ governing documents to dream of how those documents can be more intentionally anti-racist.

Participants in these workshops will already be familiar with the definition of racism used within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will have gone through training that covered the powers of racism (racism’s power over people of color, racism’s power for white people and racism’s power to misshape all of our God-given identities) and ideally also have had a training that covered the manifestations of racism (individual, cultural and institutional), although the last is optional.

Participants will need to bring with them their own church or nonprofit’s governing documents (bylaws), since the majority of the day will be practical application of anti-racism analysis. Please note that a review of institutional racism will be included at the beginning of the training, so it’s okay if it’s been a while since you covered that part of the content.

  About the Trainers

Rev. Dave Bell is the Minister for Indigenous Justice at the Center for Indigenous Ministries (DOC). In this role, David has helped guide the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to recognize its settler-colonist roots, repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, become more honest with its racist origins, and engage in action-based Indigenous justice.

The son of Robert and Kay Bell, David and Belinda raised their daughters, Rebecca and Katherine in the landscape of the Yakama, where they now grandparent William and Aria. Together the family guides the development of JustLiving Farm into a place where folk are welcome to spend time talking about, imagining, and acting in favor of Creational justice. Out of a belief that wholeness and harmony with Creation is at our fingertips, David invites us to question where our lives intersect our local landscape, listen for Creation’s insight to enhance our sibling’s wellbeing, and open ourselves to her plea for action.

Rev. Sandhya Jha (she/they) is an anti-oppression consultant who particularly loves helping organizations get Diversity/Equity/Inclusion teams off the ground. Sandhya is the founder and former executive director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations working to create equity, access, and dignity as the means of creating peace in Oakland and the Bay Area. An ordained pastor with a master’s in public policy, Sandhya is comfortable in the pulpit, on the picket line, or hanging out with friends and friends-to-be over a good cup of tea and a good story. They are currently working on their fifth book for Chalice Press.

Sandhya serves as an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer with Reconciliation Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and also provides anti-oppression, cultural humility, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consulting and coaching for companies, higher education institutions, non-profits, and faith organizations. For many years they have been an instructor with the Emerging Leaders Program at the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple.


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