This integrated approach to constructive community change is based on the nationally and internationally recognized work of Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change. It increases the capacity of communities to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics by creating a network of skilled facilitators, capable team builders, informed advocates and credible role models.

The Community Trustbuilding Fellowship equips leaders with increased ability to address critical issues and to work creatively to build shared visions for reconciliation and justice. It connects theory with practice, personal transformation with societal change, appreciation of diversity with shared vision, and reconciliation with justice.

It is based on acceptance of personal responsibility, honest conversation, and public acts of reconciliation as a basis for building new relationships and partnerships.

Learning objectives

1. Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader

Friday, January 26, 5:00 pm – Sunday, January 28, 3:00 pm

This module includes an overview of the Hope in the Cities methodology and provides a foundation for the entire five-part program. Participants learn the vital linkage between personal and societal change and will examine attitudes, skills and behaviors that enable individuals to initiate and sustain constructive community change.

Skill sets include:
  • Enlarging concepts of community in a diverse world
  • Modeling change
  • Creating new capacity for trustbuilding and risk taking
  • Strengthening inner resources


2. Healing history: creating a new narrative for our communities

Friday, February 23, 5:00 pm – Sunday, February 25, 3:00 pm

This module is a capacity building process in racial reconciliation. Participants develop a deeper understanding of how history impacts our lives today, and how appreciating shared history can unite deeply divided communities.

Skill sets include:
  • Understanding the power of unhealed historical wounds
  • Hearing history from the “other’s” point of view
  • Reflecting on the role of forgiveness in moving from hurt to healing


3. Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation

Friday, March 16, 5:00 pm – Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm

This module prepares participants to move the community from polarizing debate into authentic dialogue.

Skill sets include:
  • Handling group dynamics within an emotionally charged setting
  • Moving participants from an exchange of information to an experience of transformation
  • Facilitation and co-facilitation practice
4. Creating a dialogues for change: addressing underlying causes of divisive issues

Friday, April 27, 5:00 pm – Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm

This module enables participants to gain a conceptual framework that can be used to design dialogue models.

Skill sets include:
  • Discerning unaddressed underlying issues in the community
  • Designing or adapting dialogue for specific needs
  • Convening/managing dialogue projects
5. Strategies for engaging all sectors: building sustainable networks for healing and equity

Friday, May 18, 5:00 pm – Sunday, May 20, 3:00 pm

The final module focuses on essential skills of building and sustaining diverse teams that are capable of engaging all sectors of the community in constructive action for reconciliation and justice.

Skill sets include:
  • Listening to the community, and identifying hinge issues and key players
  • Providing responsive and effective leadership
  • Designing strategies to engage people of different views as potential allies
  • Building multi-sector partnerships and shared visions