Former LDI Program Associate and Life Together alumna Ruth Nkemontoh shares an example from our work with the Episcopal Church of CT of how LDI is changing the church and the world through it's commitment to racial justice:
"This past weekend while at the LDI training in CT, I left encouraged by many things. One in particular was the growth of LDI into an organizations whose values of racial diversity and leadership development are lived out and manifest so visibly by its trainers. Looking at our team, Abel, Duncan, Emily, Hazel, Isaac, and I, I felt blessed by the racial diversity -- with equal numbers of white, Black, and Latino individuals -- the most racially diverse I have ever seen LDI leadership be. Abel, Hazel, and I were all upfront trainers, and this stood out as value because of what it represented. The fact that two Black women and a Latino male, all in our mid/late twenties, were leading a training on faith-rooted change to a room of mainly white individuals, was extremely important and an invaluable experience for all. I think it's not often that white people have to be around individuals of color, in fact it is their privilege that they can maneuver throughout life with minimal contact with people racially different from them, if they so choose. To have us up there, in front of a large group of white church leaders, contributing/leading/teaching in a real way, flipped the script. Attendees of that training saw intelligent, able, encouraging, and forward moving leaders and who were Black and Brown. In a world where your perception is your reality, media is often given the power of defining peoples perceptions of others. Whether unconsciously or consciously known, each attendee now had a positive image based on first hand experience of Black and Latino young adults ingrained in their mind, an image that defied dominant media portrayals. Everyone was given a new narrative, a new perspective, one that said we are more than a single story and which, on some level, challenged individuals in their own understanding of POCs as a whole. It might seem like a small thing, but to me it is huge. It is in this space that I believe real change happens because it is here that I see the potential for impact that can save lives, literally. Needless to say, I am proud to be a part of such a wonderfully skilled, authentic, encouraging, and diverse team. Moving forward, I hope that LDI only continues to grow in this way, exemplifying transformational leadership and living out Gods calling for the church at its best."