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Our first-ever Race and Peace Learn-a-thon was an amazing success! Thank you to everyone who committed to learning something new for the months of January and February. Together, we were able to log 1,375 hours of learning and raise $25,000 for the One Fund, which supports local African American churches and ministries. Though our fundraiser has ended, we want to continue our education by keeping our hearts and minds open to racial healing and justice. Our suggested learning resources will remain available for all who wish to continue their exploration of race and peace.


We have created resource lists of suggested books, podcasts, videos, conversation questions and more for you to learn about race, justice, peacemaking and the civil rights movement.

At Woodland, we are committed to learning to love together. We’re also passionate about proclaiming God’s heart for racial healing and justice. So, this year to observe MLK Day, we’re kicking off our first-ever Learn-a-thon: “Race and Peace 2021.” We have created resource lists of suggested books, podcasts, videos, conversation questions and more for you to learn about race, justice, peacemaking and the civil rights movement.

As a church body, our goal was to reach a total of 500 hours of learning by the end of February — but you guys have been learning like crazy and logging those hours, so we’ve decided to bump our goal to 1000 hours! And even though we’ve surpassed that goal, we encourage you to continue learning and logging your hours throughout February!

For every hour we complete, a generous donor will make a contribution to the One Fund, which is dedicated to supporting the work of local African American churches and ministries who, due to historic inequities, are disproportionately affected by the recent crises here in the Twin Cities.

The organizers of the fund remind us that “Many pastors and leaders serving in their communities are bi-vocational. Many have lost their jobs and funding for essential broader community programming.” Our hope is to raise $15,000 $25,000 to contribute to their overall goal of raising one million dollars by the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Our recommended resource list is available here, but you can find other ways to learn about racial justice if you’d like!

Together, we can put our time to work for the Kingdom – we hope you join us!

7 thoughts on “Learn-a-thon

  1. Geri Blaeser says:

    How do I sign up for the Jan 26th class

    1. Emily says:

      Hi Geri,
      You can register by following this link here.

  2. Mark says:

    Fantastic idea. I’m excited to be part of it. Thank you for organizing this!

  3. Paul says:

    Hello:

    I have already ordered a couple of books from Amazon that were on the reading list for this program. My question is how do I sign up to make certain that the program is able to track the hours I will put in reading these books. I want to make certain that my participation is registered and accepted for the benefit of the program.

    1. Emily says:

      Hi Paul! Glad you’re joining us. You can log your hours by using this form here.

  4. Lana Trendov says:

    Dialed into a conference call with Communities United Against Police Brutality for 3 hours Sat. Hope this will count towards the learning hours. Enjoyed Feb 7th service and MLK and Tuesday talk from that week. Please help me stay connected. New. Thank you, Lana

    1. Paige Slighter says:

      Thanks for sharing Lana.
      – Paige from the Communications Team

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