Beacon Academy

Investing in congregations. Developing leaders. Building our collective power so all people have a home.

Fall 2017

Invite others in your congregation to participate with this flyer to print & share.

Register for fall 2017 trainings.


Race Equity in Housing Digging into the policies and practices that drive racial disparities in housing

Tuesday, December 5, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Rd. 19, Excelsior | Workshop flyer



Winter 2018

Invite your congregation members to participate with this flyer to print & share.

Register for winter 2018 trainings.


Research Action Workshop Learn about Research Visits, an opportunity to learn & act collectively, clarify the interests of the collaborative, and develop a shared vision through meetings with community & elected leaders

Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Beacon University Avenue Conference Room,  Lower Level, 2610 University Ave W, St. Paul

Power Tools Leadership series Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 sessions in the series

6 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Suburban Hennepin location TBD

Session 1: Qualities of a Leader Reclaiming the power of our relationships, and building our capacity to understand self-interest, Tuesday, January 9

Session 2: The 1-1 Visit Practicing an essential skill for building relationships and organizing power to create changeTuesday, January 16

Session 3: Building a Campaign Discovering how to use our people power to make change, developing our capacity to plan and act strategically, Tuesday, January 23

Race Equity in Housing Digging into the policies and practices that drive racial disparities in housing

Tuesday, February 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Minneapolis location TBD


Housing 101 Understanding the root causes of homelessness and Beacon’s approach to advancing equitable housing

Thursday, March 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Minneapolis location TBD


Table Talk Facilitator Workshop For teams of three or more leading Table Talks at their congregations

7 - 8:30 p.m. Find more information about Table TalksRegister your Table Talk Facilitator Team, or Share this workshop flyer.

Monday, January 8, Minneapolis location TBD

Tuesday, January 16, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Waconia Pkwy N, Waconia

Thursday, February 22, Suburban Hennepin location TBD


Training Descriptions (Also included on the second page of the flyer.)

Power Tools Leadership Series

This three-part series is focused on developing relational, faithful, and powerful leaders within congregations.

By participating in all three sessions (Qualities of a Leader, The 1-1 Visit, and Building a Campaign), you will develop the leadership skills to build collective power through relationships, and understand how to link the power of our collaborative to housing development and policy campaigns.

You are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions in the series to gain the most from your experience. 


Table Talk Facilitator Workshop

You and your team of three or more will leave this training with a clear sense of what Table Talks look and feel like, an understanding of how Table Talks will build energy in your own congregation and the wider collaborative, and a Tool Kit with everything you need to put on a Table Talk in your congregation.


Race Equity in Housing

Race plays a crucial role in housing access and opportunity. Together, we’ll discuss the different levels of racism, how the historical legacy of racism impacts homelessness today, and why this knowledge needs to be applied to our work to create just and fair housing.


Housing 101

In this workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to build housing like 66 West, Cranberry Ridge, and Great River Landing. You’ll also discuss the extent of the need for affordable housing in our community, how we can address the scale of that need, and which policies have the greatest impact on housing.


Questions? Contact your congregational organizer or Debra Rodgers at 651.789.6260 x218.