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Civil Initiative and the Engaged Church


The pricing for this course is based on a sliding scale. Although the payment box is preset to $160, participants are not bound to this amount and have the option of paying between $40 and $160, or not at all, based on their own financial situation.

It is important to the organizers of this curriculum that EVERYONE who desires to take this course should be able to do so without hindrance. Consequently, no one will be denied admission due to an inability to pay. Persons desiring to take the course at no cost may do so simply by entering the case-sensitive promo code MATTHEW25 on the payment screen later in this process. 

Participants with the means to pay are asked to determine an appropriate amount based on their own economic situation. To assist you, please use the following guide keeping in mind that it is only a guide and is in no way binding. Once you have determined an amount, enter the associated promo code on the payment screen later in this process. 

>  No payment (due to special circumstances that make it impossible for you to pay) enter promo code, MATT25COURSE.

>  $40 (for single persons earning less than $30,000 per year) enter promo code, 40COURSE.

>  $80 (for those with a household income of $30,000 to $50,000 per year) enter promo code, 80COURSE.

>  $120 (for those with a household income of $50,000 to $70,000 per year) enter promo code, 120COURSE.

>  $160 (for those with a household income of more than $70,000 per year) no code necessary.

All codes are case-sensitive. Please use UPPERCASE letters, no spaces. All payment information is secure and private and shall be kept confidential. 

Refunds may be requested in writing to No refund requests for this course will be accepted after November 18, 2020. 

Group registration is not available for this course. If you would like to be involved in this learning experience alongside family, friends, and church members, please give them this link and encourage them to register on their own. 

Participants are expected to be respectful and courteous at all times. No political proselytizing or mean speech will be permitted during live class sessions or on any of the course's online platforms.  Stony Point Center and Johnson C Smith Theological Seminary reserve the right to remove participants who are disruptive to the group learning experience.

By completing this registration, you are giving SPC and JCSTS permission to add your name to the mailing list so that course news and supplemental educational content can be promptly delivered to your inbox. You may unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.

Class times (Eastern time) for Civil Initiative and the Engaged Church via Zoom conferencing are:

> Monday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

> Monday, November 16, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. 

> Monday, November 23, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. 

> Monday, November 30, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Persons who would like to log on early in order to test their technology, or just settle in, may do so 30 minutes before class time. The Zoom link will be sent to you in a later correspondence. 


At the invitation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Stony Point Center (SPC) and Johnson C Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS) have partnered to develop the Matthew 25 Curriculum. This curriculum offers both on-line and in-person learning opportunities for Presbyterians who desire to develop skills and build capacity to nurture vital congregations, dismantle structural racism, and work to end systemic poverty. Information about other Matthew 25 courses can be found at

This is a competency-based course. Competency-based education is personalized learning that focuses on the critical skills or competencies needed for success in a particular field. In doing so, competency-based education provides standards for measuring a student's new or improved capabilities.

As stated earlier, at the end of this course, you will better understand the principles of Civil Initiative. On a more elemental level, this course will help students become more competent in (1) practicing theological reflection; (2) embodying theology through ethical action; (3) collaborating with individuals and organizations to build capacity for long-term systemic change. It is expected that at the end of this course, students will hold themselves accountable for their own ongoing spiritual, intellectual, and behavioral development. Like many competency-based courses, this course does not issue grades. 

The final course in this pilot series is "Reparations, Healing and Repair as Mission in the 21st Century", January 7-28, 2021. Check back at for registration information. 

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