Pacifica Synod
Undoing Racism Training Workshop

Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center, Oak Glen


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to Friday, October 22, 2021
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 10/15/2021 5:00 PM EST

Early bird registration rate (a $25 savings) ends October 1, 2021.



The fabric of racism is inextricably woven into the structures of every system and institution in our society, including the church. The workshop will focus on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism.


This will be a faith-based anti-racism workshop that will explore how to bring about change within the church and how the church can participate in ending racism in society. By the end of the workshop, participants will be enabled to take further steps in the long-term task of creating an anti-racist church.


This workshop is open to lay and rostered leaders and will fulfill the 2019 Pacifica Synod resolution requirement for rostered leaders to complete an anti-racism/diversity training at least once every three years. The workshop is limited to 32 participants.


Event Registration

Event registration for Pacifica Synod attendees opens on August 13 and will close on October 15 or when the maximum of 32 participants has been reached.


Due to space limitations, a maximum of 2 registered participants per congregation or organization will be in place until September 30. If you wish to register more than 2 participants, please register your first 2 participants and contact Terri Robertson (see above) to place the others on a waiting list until September 30. At that point, you will be contacted to confirm space availability.



Barbara Crain Major, B.A., M.S.W.

The Rev. Joseph Barndt

For complete speaker bios, please visit our event web page.


Please note: Participants MUST be present for the full event - Wednesday through Friday.

  • Wednesday, October 20
    • Check in begins at 4:00 p.m.
    • Program begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 22
    • Program ends by 4:00 p.m.


Program Fees

Fees include a shared room and 6 meals

Rostered Ministers - $250

Pacifica Synod Lay Leaders - $25*

Lay Leaders (Outside of Pacifica Synod) - $250


*Thanks to funding from the Cathryn Wright Trust Fund, Pacifica Synod Lay Leaders may attend this workshop at a cost of $25. Lay Leaders from outside the Pacifica Synod must pay the early bird/full rates as listed above.


Financial Aid
A limited amount of financial aid (a 50% fee reduction) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must indicate on the registration form that you are requesting this option and include the specific reason for your request in order to be considered. You will be notified within 2 days to confirm your request. Once the funds are depleted, the option to request them will no longer be available on the registration form.


COVID-19 Protocols

Attendees of this workshop must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide evidence of vaccination status upon check-in.












Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center

39136 Harris Road

Oak Glen, CA 92399

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Sponsored by Pacifica Synod, ELCA

For registration questions, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at