ACTS Institute

You can enroll in a webinar or course series to gain a robust perspective in a specialized area.

In October 2020, Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC), an intentional ethnically diverse church in Pittsburgh, partnered with Crown College to launch ACTS Institute. ACTS was birthed out of the twin pandemics of 2020, i.e., Covid-19 and racial trauma/unrest, and the need for culturally informed approaches to address related health and wellness impacts, and need for acts of love and compassion to move us forward in ethnic-racial healing. Our core foundational response in both pandemics is the same, i.e., love God, love people as in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

Refugee Care Training Webinar Series

Description: RAIN (Refugee and Immigrant Network) of The Alliance invites you to participate in a FREE six-week Webinar Series on providing Refugee Care & Services. The Webinar meets on Fridays 12PM-1PM from Sept. 15 – Oct. 20th. Please register here to attend the series.


Webinar Schedule (Facilitator and Presenters)


Sept. 15 Refugee Resettlement & Welcoming

(Facilitator: Cathy Sigmund; Presenters: Bonnie Gay and Boyd Hannold)

  • Topics: Displaced Peoples & Statuses; Steps to Refugee Resettlement; Importance of Welcoming Teams


Sept. 22 Overview of Diaspora, Refugee & Immigrant Care

(Facilitator: Cathy Sigmund; Presenters: Jim Manchester and Hector Belen)

  • Topics: Review of Diaspora and Immigrant Statuses; Health Care, Trauma, Social Services; Wells of Refuge: An Alliance Initiative; Education and Training Opportunities


Sept. 29 Legal & Citizenship Issues

(Facilitator: Cathy Sigmund; Presenters: Michele Crouch; Rogerio Torres; Jim Manchester)

  • Topics: Overview of Legal Services; Systemically, the reach of legal services; Citizenship Preparation


Oct. 6 Special Topics I (ESL, Gardening, and Other Initiatives)

(Facilitator: Kirk Lithander; Presenters: Irma Chon, Bruce Lyman)

  • Topics: Conversational ESL, Gardening, Sustainable Development, Good Tidings Christmas Store


Oct. 13 Special Topics II (Housing, Envision Site Activities)

(Facilitator: Kirk Lithander; Presenters: Pete Brokopp, Jim Manchester)

  • Topics: The Importance of Housing; Envision Site Activities (Children & Family Outreach, Sports and Clubs)


Oct. 20 Kingdom Advancement Opportunities

(Facilitator: Kirk Lithander; Presenters: Anya Holcomb, Corinne Nevius, Rich Noble)

  • Topics: Mobilizing Churches, Ministry Development, Cooperation with Civic and Gov’t entities