The Justice Foundations Series

Image: “Mary Don't You Weep" by Anne Weirich

Who is the Justice Foundations Series for?

This series is a theological primer on justice in our world today. Many who choose to sign up for one or more of our JFS Foundations do so to become more effective as allies, activists, and leaders in the justice concerns in their community.

The Justice Foundations Series is designed for four kinds of learners:

  1. Learning Partners who covered the material in one of our online classes (like the Matthew 25 Pilot Courses in 2020).

  2. New Learning Partners to work at their own pace and with others who are doing the same.

  3. Learning Partners seeking certificate level work through JCSTS come to the table with basic, foundational understandings of the subject matter (traditionally called a prerequisite).

  4. Facilitators who intend to guide others in the context of adult education or youth programming in churches or other faith communities.

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How is the Series Organized?

Individual Foundations are often grouped together topically in a “Block.” Although Learning Partners can choose to engage individual Foundations, we recommend that you complete an entire Block of Foundations in the order presented. Each individual Foundation is roughly equivalent to a weekly class in a traditional learning environment, and includes four components: Groundwork, Main Content, Processing and Integration, and Action Steps.


There is no formal evaluation, grade or certificate offered by JCSTS in the Justice Foundations Series.  Learning Partners are responsible for assessing their progress through the JFS. 


What Courses are Offered?

If you are looking for a primer to help you sort out the theological questions around systems of White supremacy or to prepare you to be a more effective ally in dismantling structural racism, The “Awakening to Structural Racism” Block of five “Foundations” is for you.


These Block courses have been designed for anyone who identifies as Christian or is especially curious about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The Awakening to Structural Racism Block is built on content created for an online course offered four consecutive weeks in 2020. The content is influenced by the context of the uprisings that swept the country in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. 


Each Foundation within the Block is roughly equivalent to a weekly class in a traditional college or seminary, including:

  • Homework assignments of podcasts, videos and readings (we call it “Groundwork”)

  • A “Main Content” lesson excerpted from a course offered by JCSTS in 2020

  • Processing and Integration exercises

  • Next steps activities

  • A weekly, facilitated Discussion Session by zoom to share ideas and learn with others.

Future Blocks 

  • Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty 

  • Civil Initiative and the Engaged Church 


For more information, contact us!


What is our Learning Management Platform? offers easy access to JCSTS courses. Once you register for a course, you will be given a password and access to your own account to manage your JCSTS Learning Experience and to engage other Learning Partners as well as the JCSTS Facilitator for your course of study.


Although the Justice Foundations Series is designed for self-directed study, we believe that most learning experiences are enhanced by the opportunity to share ideas with other Learning Partners. To that end, JFS Learning Partners are welcome to participate in an online, weekly discussion session, facilitated by JCSTS. Learning Partners will also have the opportunity through to read reflections offered by others who are engaging the material, as well as to offer their own reflections.


What does it Cost to Enroll?

JCSTS is committed to assuring that everyone has access to our courses. The Justice Foundations Series is offered on a sliding fee scale. The guide below will help potential Learning Partners determine an appropriate amount to pay for their learning experience.


In some instances, the JFS material will focus on what is a lived experience for particular Learning Partners whose identity as “de-centered” (or marginalized) in the dominant culture. In those cases, there will be a special invitation for those Learning Partners to enroll at no financial cost.


Learning Partners who participated in one of the Matthew 25 Pilot courses (in 2020) are welcome to register for the corresponding JFS Block at no cost. If you have not received an email with your code for free registration, please contact us at


Sliding Fee Scale Guidelines:

  • Learning Partners can set their payment using the following sliding fee scale:

    • JFS1/4PAY – Individual Income above $30,000 per year or assets below $50,000

    • JFS1/2PAY – Individual Income above $40,000 per year or assets above $50,000

    • JFS3/4PAY – Individual Income above $50,000 per year or assets above $ 100,000

    • JFS Full Payment - Individual Income above $75,000 per year or assets above $200,000

    • If your income is below $30,000/year or you have special circumstances that make it impossible for you to make the minimum payment, please contact us at to make special arrangements.

  • Congregations and Faith Communities can set their payment using the following sliding fee scale:

    • CONG1/4PAY – budget of less than $ 50,000 per year

    • CONG1/2PAY – budget of more than $50,000 per year

    • CONG3/4PAY – budget of more than $150,000 per year

    • CONGFULLPAY – budget of more than $300,000 per year


Costs are listed by Block (e.g. Awakening to Structural Racism, Understanding Systemic Oppression, etc.) on the assumption that most Learning Partners will desire to complete all of the individual Foundations within that Block. (Please contact us at if you would like to purchase only one Foundation in a Block.)

  • JFS1/4PAY –

    • $40 for individual Learning Partners

    • $150 for Congregation/other organizations

  • JFS1/2PAY –

    • $80 for individual Learning Partners

    • $225 for Congregations/other organizations

  • JFS3/4PAY –

    • $120 for individual Learning Partners

    • $300 for Congregations/other organizations

  • Full Payment does not require a special code

    • $160 for individual Learning Partners

    • $450 for Congregations/other organizations


Before clicking to register, please determine the appropriate code for your financial position. When you register, you will see the full price of the Block initially, but you will have the opportunity at the end of the process (just before the final step of payment) to enter your code for a discount to set your fee appropriately.


Enroll here as an Individual.


Enroll here on behalf of your congregation or organization.