Final Session: Commissioning with Q&A

Date: September 8, 2021

About: In this final session for May We Be One, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith share reflections on the past year, offer encouragement and answer many of the questions submitted in the past two trimesters.

Additional Resources:

Small Group Leaders Handbook - Developing Transformational Communities -

Chasing Justice - Justice Masterclass - The Justice Masterclass events are designed to give expert insights from those who are already leading us into rebuilding a just world.

Coaching with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah - The emphasis of this coaching cohort with Dr. Rah will be on cultural competency in Christian leadership in multi-cultural contexts.

Sojourners - Why Nathan Cartagena Teaches Critical Race Theory to Evangelicals

Session Twelve: Building Cultural Competency

Date: August 19, 2021

About: In the twelfth session, dive into the theology of culture, teaching on the Image of God and the Cultural Mandate and practical application on improving cultural intelligence for you and your entire church.

In this session three dynamic emerging leaders at Grace and Peace Church in Chicago give a purview into what it looks like to be culturally competent, how to practice cultural competencies in ministry and why it matters in all areas of the Church.

As mentioned by the leadership team in the session, the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC TM) describes a set of knowledge/attitude/skill sets or orientations toward cultural difference and commonality that are arrayed along a continuum from the more monocultural mindsets of Denial and Polarization through the transitional orientation of Minimization to the intercultural or global mindsets of Acceptance and Adaptation. 

Session Eleven: Multiethnic Worship & Preaching

Date: July 15, 2021

About: Exploring multiethnic worship, preaching and challenges faced by the multiethnic church. Led by Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Dr. Efrem Smith and Dr. Soong-Chan Rah with special guest Dr. Korie Little Edwards.

Dr. Korie Little Edwards is a leading scholar of race and religion in the United States. She is currently the associate professor of sociology at The Ohio State University. Ultimately, what drives Dr. Edwards' scholarly agenda is her passion about and commitment to matters of racial justice and diversity in the church.

Session Ten: The Multi-Ethnic Church

Date: June 17, 2021

About: Exploring the ways multiethnic communities can serve as a tool for solidarity and mutuality. Led by Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Dr. Efrem Smith and Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, each share from their experiences as pastors by addressing the challenges of multiethnic communities. Additionally, understanding key principles and practices grounded in the latest data help with developing healthy thriving multiethnic churches.

Diversity in the United States is rooted in birthrates, not immigration. As the demographics of our society change, what will it mean to raise up effective and innovative leaders in an increasingly diverse society?

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah at TedxNorthPark University

Mestizo Podcast - S2E3 - Decolonizing Multi-Ethnic Churches
Sandra Maria Van Opstal joins the podcast to look at the failure of the multiethnic movement and asks the question "What does a multiethnic/multiracial church look like when whiteness is decentered?"

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Session Nine: Asian American Pacific Islander Experience

Date: May 20, 2021

About: Led by Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Dr. Efrem Smith and Dr. Soong-Chan Rah with special guests Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Dr. Michelle Ami Reyes, Dr. Russell M. Jeung

Homework Reading

More Than Serving Tea
Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership, and Faith

Edited by Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Tracy Gee

*Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

In 2020 Dr. Russell Jeung launched Stop AAPI, a project of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and SF State Asian American Studies. It tracks Covid-19 related discrimination in order to develop community resources and policy interventions to fight racism.

Read more about Stop AAPI Hate.

Christians for Social Action (CSA) is a group of scholar-activists, stirring the imagination for a fuller expression of Christian faithfulness and a more just society.

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Session Eight: Latina Church - History, Present and Future of the Church in the U.S.

Date: April 15, 2021

About: Led by Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Dr. Efrem Smith and Dr. Soong-Chan Rah with special guests Robert Chao Romero, Kat Armas, Dr. Liz Rios and Jon Aragon

Length: 1.15 hr


Kat Armas

Robert Chao Romero

Jon Aragon

Dr. Liz Rios

  • Passion2Plant - a church planting organization and network with a mission to train Black and Brown planters to start justice oriented churches right from the start

Organizations to follow and support:

Matthew 25 So Cal -
Matthew 25/Mateo 25 (M25) is a network of Christians in immigrant and non-immigrant congregations, community organizations and academic institutions in Southern California who come together to stand with and defend the vulnerable in the name and spirit of Jesus.

Abara -
Exists to cultivate opportunities for understanding, serving, and loving across divides through education, encounters, and response.

Homework Reading

Brown Church
Five Centuries of Latina/o
Social Justice, Theology, and Identity

Robert Chao Romero

*Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

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Abuelita Faith
What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength

Kat Armas

*Available August 10, 2021

The Protagonistas Podcast with Kat Armas

Highlighting the stories and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other women of color among communities of faith.

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Session Seven: The Silenced Narrative of Native Americans

Date: March 18, 2021

About: Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith with special guests Renee Begay, Lenore Three Stars, and Randy & Edith Woodley

Length: 1 hr


Homework Reading

Unsettling Truths
The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery

Mark Charles
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

Mark Charles - The truth behind 'We The People' - the three most misunderstood words in US history. TEDx Talk, about Doctrine of Discovery - (17 min; video)

Dr. Randy Woodley

Complimentary Reading

Shalom and the Community of Creation
An Indigenous Vision

Randy Woodley


“Eloheh” (pronounced Ay-luh-hay) is a Cherokee Indian word meaning harmony, wholeness, abundance and peace.

Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice focuses on developing, implementing and teaching sustainable and regenerative earth practices. While there is an identifiable farm within the almost 10 acres near Yamhill, Oregon, the whole property is considered vital to the farm and as part of the farm. We have created a center that embodies educating mind, soul, and body to fulfill our mission of living in harmony with the land, using North American traditional Indigenous knowledge (TIK), wisdom and practices as a guiding model.

Eloheh Farm & Seeds seeks to be a model of regenerative agricultural, animal husbandry and wild-tending systems that support human needs, while improving the earth and all creation inhabiting the web of life.

Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice, which includes Eloheh Farm & Seeds, is a 501(c)3 non-profit under the auspices of Eloheh/Eagle’s Wings which began in 1999.

Learn More

Randy Woodley - Another History

Renee Begay & Lenore Three Stars

Homework Reading

A Sojourner's Truth
Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

Session Five: Race in Early Church History

Date: January 21, 2021

About: Start of the second trimester with view into race and racialization in early church history.

Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith with special guest,
Dr. Vince Bantu

Be sure to view the second video (24 min) which is a conversation with Dr. Bantu highlighting specific questions from the session and the homework reading, A Multitude of All Peoples

Length: 58 minutes

Survey: First Trimester feedback - take survey

Homework Reading

A Multitude of All Peoples
Engaging Ancient Christianity's Global Identity

Dr. Vince Bantu

Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

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Session Four: Perspectives

Date: December 17, 2020

About: Perspectives - Question & Answer session recapping important topics and questions submitted during the first trimester of learning and community

Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith.


Length: 55 minutes

Homework Reading

The Next Worship
Glorifying God In A Diverse World

Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

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Session Three: Changing the Narrative

Date: November 19, 2020

About: Changing the Narrative - The power of narratives, the false narrative of racial difference, the call to confront and the path forward

Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith. Special guest speaker,
Pastor David Swanson.


Length: 52 minutes

Homework Reading

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0
Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil


Session Two: Our Changing Reality

Date: October 15, 2020

About: Our Changing Reality. What do the changing U.S. demographics mean for the U.S. Church?

Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith. Special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Emerson.


  • Topical Video Clips for The Next Evangelicalism
    Dr. Soong-Chan Rah answers key questions on The Next Evangelicalism from recent sessions.

The Next Evangelicalism 10 Years Later
“White Church” in Decline
The Future “Next Evangelicalism” Leaders
Unique Cross Cultural Role
The Next Evangelical Church
How Should White Evangelicals and Leaders Respond?
People Will Leave The Church

Length: 1.26 hours

Homework Reading

Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Dr. Michael Emerson & Christian Smith

Discount Code: WVJUST - 40% off

Session One: Questions & Challenges: Individual Sin/Corporate Sin

Date: September 17, 2020

About: Questions & Challenges: Individual Sin/Corporate Sin. Is racism and racial injustice a personal issue or structural and systemic?

Led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal and Dr. Efrem Smith

Resources: Session One Slides & Bonus Materials (Bibliography & Additional Videos)

Length: 1.31 hours


Date: August 20, 2020

About: Review calendar and syllabus for the first trimester. Hear about the plans for small group discussions, content and upcoming reading list. May We Be One Leadership Team also discusses core values and expectations of the journey

Resources: Homework & Prayer

Length: 48 minutes


Date: July 23, 2020

About: Introduction to May We Be One. Hear from the leadership team and learn about vision for the year long journey

Length: 48 minutes

May We Be One sessions have concluded for this year!

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