Doctor of Ministry

Year Approved


First Advisor

Friesen Smith, Katie


This paper dealt with determining the usefulness of The Unity Process as a tool in combatting the racial divisions in the Dallas metropolitan area. The case study qualitative method was utilized for this assessment. The research identified the background information and the context of the divisions and then the framework for the research. Research tools included pre- and post-surveys and interviews with the participants. The entire nine-session process was observed and then the researcher compared the results of the research with the materials from The Unity Process and then presented the findings. The analysis presented followed the order of the components of The Unity Process; formation, discussion and experience. The data was then compared to stated outcomes of The Unity Process from its literature. The three major findings from the research are that for participants, the reality of the systemic nature of racism became apparent as well as the lived realities of minorities in America. From this awareness and understanding, participants were then able to engage openly and honestly with others from different races and cultures. Finally, participants felt more competent and willing to engage and be an active advocate for minorities in America. Thus, they are not only aware of the need for racial healing and unity but also are equipped to help usher in this healing. The researcher believes that in order to combat the centuries long systemic racism in the United States, we must begin with heart-level change and its subsequent transformation.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Document Type

Doctoral thesis