Focusing on Belonging as part of D&I Strategy

by Meg Marra. Borshoff, July 2020.

This article lays out considerations for organizational Diversity & Inclusion, especially as it relates to hiring and overall culture.


three considerations, links to implicit bias resources, video of Diversity & Inclusion conversation with Thresette Briggs

Best For

clergy or congregational leaders, especially those involved in HR



Suggested Uses

  • Prepare to hire new staff by considering these Diversity & Inclusion practices with your committee.
  • Prioritize belonging in your congregation by exploring these resources with your board or leadership team.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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