Coming Together While Apart
A Vacation Bible School experience for the whole family
Our unique VBS Curriculum grows out of a deep desire to more fully walk in the values of love and connection. Building off previous VBS work in anti-racism, inclusion and social justice, CommUNITY Allies uses arts and crafts, movement challenges, music and more to celebrate and inspire families of faith to join together—even as we are all apart. Join us to learn about empathy, community activism, and our global connections from the safety of your home.
Join the revolution of love!
CommUNITY Allies should take about an hour a day to complete as a family. Our kit contains Bible verse coloring pages, activity plans and worksheets, stories, step-by-step craft instructions, and lots of flexibility for customizing the activities for your learners and your home. Virtual interactive participation in our online forums is another way to stay connected and share your VBS creations.
Who We Are
We are an interdisciplinary team who committed to learn and grow together. Jennifer McLaughlin envisioned an anti-racism VBS as a way to maximize the biggest community gathering opportunity of the Church year for facilitating a revolution of love. Key to success of this VBS was finding an equity consultant willing to teach, and an interdisciplinary team of volunteers ready to learn. Together we have created a transformative experience.
Listen to the Podcast describing the history behind our revolution of love!
Inspired by increasing awareness of structural racism and learning at the 2017 Faith Forward Conference, Jennifer McLaughlin envisioned a community experience that would engage children, youth, and adults in conversations about racism.
Author Brian McLaren spoke at the conference about how to prepare children for life in dangerous times. Among his guidance were two goals that drove my vision for this VBS. “1. Help children identify as participants in a never-ending spiritual revolution/evolution of love. 2. Equip children as lifelong Christian activists for these dangerous times."
At our 2017 VBS, we welcomed guest speakers Dr. Onnie Rogers and Courtney Wooten to join us in a conversation about race.
We then began to prepare for a 2018 curriculum focused on racism. An interdisciplinary team of volunteers agreed to learn more and work with an equity consultant to write a curriculum for VBS. In 2018, we led a VBS entitled The Power of Inclusion. The curriculum was targeted at our mostly white, middle-class community, inviting them into awareness about race and responsibility. We defined racism, discovered beauty in diversity, and explored privilege and resources (playing games that teach us that some start further ahead in life and others start further behind).