Expectations & Opportunities
Action & Impact
We expect you to take action in your faith-community and denomination during and after this experience through the education, networking, and support of this Cohort of Courage experience. How you do this and what it looks like will be for you to decide what is best in your context. We have no doubt that the impact will truly contribute to making South Dakota’s fabric rich, diverse, and inclusive.
Cultural Competency Education and Development
Cohort participants will assess and understand their own barriers that keep them from building bridges across differences. They will gain insight for how to work with their communities based on a model of intercultural development. Each person will complete an intercultural competency assessment, participate in an individual consultation, and then develop a personal plan for ways to develop their own hearts and minds for building bridges across differences.
Faith Over Fear Training
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
Faith Over Fear training will be weekly meetings and homework to:
- learn about Islamophobia
- learn strategies to organize through virtual events
- learn how to create messages that inform and invite others for conversation, learning, and bridge building
The Should to Shoulder Campaign partners with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, ReThink: Media for Security, Rights and Democracy, and OverZero to present research-based information for you to consider and apply. We will offer strategies for urban and rural settings from people who are actively building movements in their own communities.
Regional Networking & Support
During the program, we ask Cohort of Courage: Faith Leader participants to develop actions in their faith communities to counter the bigotry that is expressed and experienced. To support you in this effort, we will ask you to commit to participate in regional conversations with cohort members to brainstorm, strategize, and experience the support of others who are committed and determined to do this good work. The Cohort of Courage Program Director will organize and facilitate these conversations.
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra: Victory Songs & Lakota Music Project
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls
Pre-Concert Cohort of Courage Reception & Lectures Start at 6pm
As an additional and optional learning experience, we invite you as our guest (plus 1) to enjoy an evening of music. Under the direction of Maestro Delta David Gier, experience the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the renowned Lakota Music Project. The Creekside Singers (Lakota drumming group), Bryan Akipa (cedar flutist), and Stephen Bryant (bass-baritone) are featured in this unique concert showcasing how music serves as a bridge for cultural understanding.
SDSO and Lakota Music Project present Victory Songs.
Physically-distanced seating is available.
Application, Acceptance & a Memo of Agreement
Commitment to participate in the Cohort of Courage Program is crucial. We know that as leaders, we have many responsibilities and commitments. We also know how important it is for cohort learning of this type to include people who will consistently participate. In addition, the granting organization is counting on all of us to be faithful to their investment.
All interested participants are required to submit an application. A committee will select participants from the pool of applicants. Invited participants will then sign a Memo of Agreement that commits them to the program. The $75 participant fee will be required at this time. Upon your successful completion of the program, SDVFP will double this fee and return it to you to help fund your movement!
Deadline extended to Friday, September 18th, 2020 by midnight. For questions, please contact Naomi at naomi@