Use Trinity Institute as Curriculum

Trinity Institute provides you or your Partner Site with plenty of adult faith formation material, beyond the conference, that can be used all year long. Video content (additional to the conference), featuring TI2015 experts, can be used to go deeper, making economic inequality a year-long faith formation theme in your location. This year we are pleased to be working in partnership with ChurchNext, a leader in the design and delivery of online Christian learning.


Cornel West, prominent intellectual, author, and cultural critic, will teach an online course on economic inequality that is open to all, from January 11-21. This is an opportunity to learn about one of the most pervasive problems in the U.S. from one of the most thought-provoking teachers of our time.

The online course derives from the Trinity Institute’s 2015 “Creating Common Good” conference on economic inequality, for which Dr. West will deliver the opening keynote on January 22, and is offered through ChurchNext. The class, a series of video lectures and discussions, can be taken anytime between January 11-21. No special software is required. It will take an average learner about 45 minutes to complete. Registration is free and open worldwide beginning today. (Click here for more information or to register.)

ChurchNext has produced four other classes, featuring Bishop Julio Murray, Rachel Held Evans, Nicole Baker Fulgham, and Archbishop Justin Welby. When you register for the conference, either in New York or at a Partner Site, you will receive a code to take these courses for no additional fee. These classes are excellent for individual study.

Follow this link, click on “Browse Catalogue,” and look for the Creating Common Good logo.

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Trinity TV has produced four mini-documentaries examining economic inequality in different parts of the world, and showing how churches are making it a focus of ministry. These videos are very useful for classes and groups. Below each video you will see a set of questions suggested for group discussion.

“The Challenge of Economic Growth” — Episcopal Bishop Julio Murray of the Diocese of Panama demonstrates how easy it is for wealth and deprivation to exist side by side. Watch now.

“Called to Be Safety Nets” — Author and blogger Rachel Held Evans takes us to her small rural community, introducing us to people who are working hard at their jobs – and still struggling. Watch now.

“Churches as Credit Champions” — Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby shows how parishes in the UK are rallying to help their communities by supporting credit unions as locally-based alternatives to predatory payday loan companies. Watch now.

“Equalizing Expectations” — Nicole Baker Fulgham discussed the impact faith organizations can have on public education, especially in low-income neighborhoods where resources are scarce. Watch now.