Beacon Academy

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


Winter 2018

All are welcome! Invite leaders & volunteers from your congregation with this FLYER. Registration required for all trainings.


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

 Find more information about Table TalksShare this workshop flyer, or REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE.

Thursday, February 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove Street, Edina

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.


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

REGISTER HERE for all three

6 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Bet Shalom Congregation, 13613 Orchard Road, Minnetonka (please note date change)

Session 1: Qualities of a Leader Reclaiming the power of our relationships, and understanding self-interest 
Tuesday, February 20 

Session 2: The 1-1 Visit Practicing an essential skill for building relationships and organizing power to create change 
Tuesday, February 27

Session 3: Building a Campaign Developing our capacity to plan and act strategically to create change 
Tuesday, March 6

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.


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


Tuesday, February 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner included, Living Spirit UMC, 4501 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis 

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.


Building Home: What It Takes Understanding the root causes of homelessness and Beacon’s approach to advancing equitable housing | REGISTER HERE

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

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 gain an understanding 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.





Coming soon: Spring 2018 Beacon Academy workshops! Save the date:

Power Tools Leadership Series: Thursdays April 5, 12, & 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hennepin location TBD

Building Home: What It Takes: Monday, April 23, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hennepin location TBD

Unpacking Race & Housing: Monday, April 30, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hennepin location TBD


Research Action Workshop Learning to conduct research visits with public officials and key decision makers 

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In this workshop, you'll discuss the purpose and positive impacts of research visits for you, your congregation, and the collaborative, and you'll have the opportunity to practice your newly-learned skills with other leaders.

Host Training (FMF) For both new and experienced shelter host volunteers 

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Most of us may think we know how to be a gracious host — but there's more to it when we host families who are experiencing homelessness. Learn about the differences, the challenges, and the opportunities to step outside our comfort zone. For shelter host volunteers, both new and experienced.