What is a Teach-In?

A teach-in is similar to a general educational forum on any complicated issue, usually an issue involving current political affairs. More Light’s Teach-Ins are a series discussions around a particular discussion topic, such as racial justice, gender justice, ministry to LGBTQIA+ Youth, caring for LGBTQIA+ refugees and asylees, etc, homelessness.

The main difference between a teach-in and a seminar is the refusal to limit the discussion to a specific academic frame or scope. Our goal is to offer MLP members and leaders the opportunity to learn together, share their ideas and experiences working for social justice in their congregations and communities, and explore opportunities for peer coaching.

More Light’s Online Teach-Ins are a series of webinars on any given topic.  They are then edited and downloadable as resources for you to use in Sunday school or in any conversation where you want to build capacity with a given topic.

How long is the Teach-In?

Most of them are 3-part series, delivered by people who have a skill set in a particular area. The Teach-Ins happen as a live event, where participants sign up and watch as information is shared at a specific time and date. Each part in the series is approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for Q&A at the end.

What is the location?

A Teach-In happens online, so you can watch from wherever you’ve got a computer and internet access!

How do I Participate in a Teach-In?

Once a Teach-In is scheduled, an event page will be created through an online platform where you can register for a ticket.

Registration is available for varying group sizes:

  • 1-5 participants: $35 total
  • 6-20 participants: $60 total
  • 20-40 participants: $100 total
  • Over 40 participants: contact us

One person registers for a group of people. When you register, you will enter the names and email addresses of all participants who will be under your registration.

Do I have to sign up for all 3 Parts of a Teach-In series, or can I sign up for one at a time?

Nope! You register for each Teach-In individually, which means that you can register for 1, 2, or all 3 parts of a series.

I paid to watch a Teach-In. Does that mean I can also download the Teach-In once it is available online?

Yes. The cost of watching the Teach-In also covers a download of the same webinar, once it is available online.

We will offer a link to a rough cut of the Teach-In several hours after the live event. Several weeks later, an edited version of the Teach-In and corresponding discussion guide will be available through our shop. If you’d like to show the Teach-In to a larger group or Sunday school class, you can download it from our shop at that time.

I registered for 5 participants. Do we have to watch the Teach-In at the same time and location, or can we sign on from different computers?

You can sign in from different computers. If you pay for 1-5 participants and not all 5 people watch the live event, you can share a link to the rough cut download, which will be available several hours after the live webinar.

What do I need to do after I register?

Our Teach-Ins are delivered through a platform called Zoom. Zoom requires viewers to have their web browser client to watch webinars, which is a free, one-time download. When you sign on to watch the webinar, Zoom’s web browser client will download automatically. You can also manually download it here.

How do I join the Teach-In once I sign up to participate?

When you register for an Online Teach-In, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive an email, check your SPAM folder. If it’s not there, please contact us. This email will include a meeting ID and a password for joining the live webinar.

The meeting ID appears in a way similar to the form as displayed below:

       To join the conversation on _____ :
       To join the webinar, you will need to go to:  https://zoom.us/j/879985531?pwd=bzvl0KMw701_WoyPvTuGwQ  The meeting ID is the series of 9 numbers following zoom.us/j/.
Once the meeting ID is entered, you will be prompted for the password.  The system may then ask for your email address.
Once you enter your email   address, you should be connected.

If the link that you are sent to join the teach-in does not connect you or times out when you click on the link, please contact us as soon as possible.

What happens if I paid for a Teach-In, but was unable to connect to the meeting using my computer?

If you’ve paid for a teach-in but were unable to connect to the meeting using your computer, you may request a refund by contacting us.  Your other option is to download a rough copy of the Teach-In, which will be available several hours after the live event, or to download an edited version of the Teach-In from our online store. 

Will I be sent a receipt for the fee I paid for the teach-in?

Yes. You will be emailed a receipt for the fee that you pay for a teach-in event.  If for some reason you did not receive a receipt, please contact us.