Thursday, April 01, 2021

Register for May Ventures Course

The May course from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson College will be “The Ministry of Jesus, Ubuntu and Cultural Competency for These Times” to be taught by LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, public poet, global traveler, and cross-cultural community builder who is the Senior Leader of the Gathering Chicago and the Gathering Global Network. She is the Director of Intercultural Ministries with the Church of the Brethren.

As followers of Jesus, we have a responsibility to foster communities and relationships of respect that honor and welcome people from across various cultures and backgrounds. This course explores biblical examples, the ministry of Jesus, and current texts to provide helpful skill- building in increasing our cultural competency, respectful multicultural engagement practices, and beloved community building as described by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Kingian Nonviolence and Philosophy.

Participants are asked to read at least the first three chapters of the book "Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better the African Way" by Mungi Ngomane and to keep a cross-cultural skill-building journal as a part of the course. A copy of the book can be found through Brethren Press:, your favorite book retailer, local library, or audiobook provider. Poetry, video, journaling, reflections, and conversations together will be key components as participants explore and build their cultural competencies as followers of Jesus in these times.

The course will be held online in two evening sessions, with Part I on Tuesday, May 4 and Part II on Tuesday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT. Continuing education credit is available. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to pay for CEUs and give an optional donation to the Ventures program.

All previously held Ventures courses are available through the online archive. They are a wealth of insight and information. These recordings are now eligible for CEU credit through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. If you desire CEU’s, please work directly with the Academy to fulfill their requirements.

Registration for all courses and more information about Ventures in Christian Discipleship is available online.