Beacon Academy

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



Find the full list of Winter 2019 courses and descriptions here.

Winter Courses

Beacon Congregation Convening

Tuesday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

at Bet Shalom Congregation

13613 Orchard Rd, Minnetonka

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Power Tools Leadership Series

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, & 22

6 - 8:30 p.m., dinner provided

Hope Lutheran Church

201 Hope Ave, Jordan

Register by Wed., January 2



Session 1 (January 8): Power and Change

The power to create change begins with you! Learn how power works, why change is hard and why it’s important to build a collective vision of change.

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Session 2 (January 15): Building Relational Power

If relationships are the building block of our power, then the time we spend building relationships is time well spent. Learn about the 1-1 visit, take time to practice, and begin building your power.

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Session 3 (January 22): Power in the Public Arena

Change happens outside the doors of our congregations through strategic campaigns. Learn what it takes to create a successful campaign.

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Power Tools Leadership Series Overnight Retreat

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16

5 p.m. - 5 p.m. next day, meals included

Retreat Location: Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center (Chaska)

Register by Fri., March 1


All three Power Tools sessions offered in a retreat setting, with one overnight.

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Families Moving Forward: Volunteer Host Training

Sunday, January 13

Noon - 2 p.m.

Location TBD

Register by Wed., January 9


Hosting families is one of the most important things we do to live out our faith through Beacon. This workshop focuses on the practical information and tools needed to ensure that you, other hosting volunteers and the families have a positive experience.

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Families Moving Forward: Inclusive Hospitality

Sunday, January 20

Noon - 2 p.m.

Location TBD

Register by Wed., January 16


This NEW workshop links the hosting experience to faith values. You will reflect on your own identities, assumptions, and implicit biases and develop skills to create an inclusive and equitable environment for families.

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Building Home: What it Takes

Tuesday, February 12

6 - 8:30 p.m., dinner provided

Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church

145 Engler Blvd, Chaska

Register by Thu., February 7


Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to build homes like 66 West, Cranberry Ridge, and Great River Landing. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the need for affordable housing in our community, how we can address the scale of that need, and how the collaborative approach is uniquely suited to address that need.

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The Power of Telling Our Stories

Thursday, February 28

6 - 8:30 p.m., dinner provided

First Universalist Church

3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis

Register by Thu. February 21


Stories are a source of inspiration, a means to connect with one another and a way to motivate others to join us. As we continue to invite others into this work to make the change we seek, stories have the power to move others to action. Come explore yours in this NEW workshop!

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


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