teaching 

for social change

and cultural intelligence

I'm so pleased to meet you here. Welcome!

I'm part of a contingent of people who are set on improving the quality of our world.  As a philosopher, educator, artist and activist, my work aims to help individuals and organizations envision and create justice-oriented ways of thinking, learning and being.  This requires building alternative habits of mind and practices that leads to people being transformed.

I hope my website allows us to work together. Say hello on Facebook!

PHOTO:  Joyce Rollins

EDUCATING FOR  
SOCIAL IMPACT

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“Learn your theories well, but put them aside
when you touch the miracle of a living person”

- Carl Jung

CONTACT

 

610 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Tel: 312-546-6479
 

VITAE

INSIGHTS

FAHS COLLABORATIVE

Join me as I explore the shifting sands   of what it means to "teach for transformation."  Comments welcomed!

As Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laborator for Innovation in Faith Formation,  I have the BEST job in the world: pulling together extraordinary educators from all walks of life into a single space to make a difference.

Here's a little bit about my writing, research, teaching and curriculum  design work. It shows ways we might teach and learn from each other. 

ON MY PLATE...

MARK'S UPCOMING EVENTS 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

 

 Creating Theology Together.  

Our newest curriculum is a learning exercise that invites individuals to not only identify their theological commitments, but to do so in the company of others who may or may not share your same beliefs.  Led by ministers and religious educators,  to inform & shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.  Curriculum launch:  June 2019.

 

Gathering Our Selves: Faith Formation for the Melanin Majority. Based on the ourcome of my work over the last five years, it's clear to me that the human and faith development of people of color in  primarly White cultural context can cause psycho-spiritual distress among non-dominant cultural groups.   Gathering Ourselves reverses that trend and orients participants toward flourishing ways of thinking, feeling, and being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LECTURES/CONFERENCES

UUA Commission on Instituional Change.  Walnut Creek, CA   Oct. 1-3

 

Race and Formation as a Family Matter.   Eno River, Durham, NC. Oct 19-21.

 

 

Keynote:  Tools for The Shift: Foundational Insights for Transformive Communities"  Mosiac Makers National Conference.  San Diego, CA.  Oct. 28-31.


Workshop: Gathering Our Selves Spiritual Direction for People of Color.   CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  Jan 22-26, 2818

 

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

 

Liberal Religious Educators Association, Fall Conference.  Houston, TX  Nov. 2-5

 

Multicultural Congregations as Faith Formation (with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen).  All Souls Church and The Church of the Restoration.   October 28-Nov 2.  Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 



 

RESEARCH

 

 

 

 

Just published!   "Religious Education and the Traditions," in The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Higher Education (2018).  The article is a review of the history, trends and practices employed by religious workers in transmitting religiosity to its faithful. The chapter is also an excellent resource for teachers and those curious about exploring how faith formation “works” as well as the role specific teaching practices. The handbook features preeminent scholars from the fields of religion (some excellent scholarship on faith formation!) education, law, and political science to craft a comprehensive survey and assessment of the study of religion and education in the United States

 

 

 

 

BELOVED CONVERSATIONS RETREATS

ChicagoLand BC Retreat, Oak Park, IL (Unity Temple); Nov 16-17

 

Cedar Lane, Maryland; January 18-19

 

San Luis Obispo, CA; Feb 1-2

 

All Souls, Unitarian, Washington, DC Feb. 22-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2013 was an extrordinary month for many reasons.  Stll hard to put it all into context but I was joined by 18 Unitarian Universalists from my home congregation to connect our African American identities back to Africa.   Titled, “Sankofa: Looking Back in Order to Move Forward,” pilgrimage to Ghana, site of the slave castles that were the point of departure for The Middle Passage.  A few insights from my journey are posted here.

SANKOFA
LOOKING BACK/MOVING FORWARD