Unconscious Bias Training

About this course

It is great that you want to explore more about unconscious bias, because the more we make our biases conscious, the more we can limit their impact, since unconscious biases can lead to unintentional discrimination. Whether you are new to the concept of unconscious bias (sometimes called implicit bias) or have already considered the subject in detail, the more open we are, the more we can learn about how to counter their effect. Indeed, thinking about our biases is not a one-off experience, but needs to be part of an ongoing journey of awareness and change. In this course we will be considering what unconscious bias is, the impact it has, and, crucially, what steps we can take to help reduce acting on our biases. You can work through the material at your own pace, clicking on any blue links that are of interest if you would like to look at those in more detail. There are questions throughout the course that you can engage with if it helps you to embed your learning, but this is not an assessed course, so you do not have to answer the questions if you do not wish to. Some people are more impacted by bias than others. Please look after yourself well during this course. If you are distressed by any current or past experiences of discrimination that this material may bring to mind, please do get help. You can enrol yourself onto this course by clicking the ‘enroll’ button.


Some people may have already undertaken some Unconscious Bias training with the Methodist Church, such as that found here: Introduction to Unconscious Bias – for church councils, circuit meetings and other groups (methodist.org.uk) but there is no requirement to have already done this.If you are looking for an introduction to the topic, that may be a good starting place. This MCBX course is a deeper look at the subject.

Unconscious Bias training is now required for the following roles within the Methodist Church:

All ministers (including Superintendents and District Chairs)

Local Preachers

Connexional Committee members

Connexional Team members

Circuit and District Safeguarding Officers

Circuit stewards and church stewards

Lay Workers: a) Lay Pastoral Workers b) Children, Youth and Family Workers c) Pioneers

This module is one option for completing this training.  However if you find it is not right for you, perhaps because it is a bit too in-depth or if MCBX is not really suitable for you, then you can find the other options listed here, under point 1: Mandatory EDI Training (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) (methodist.org.uk)

This course is not just for people in those roles, though.  It is an opportunity for anyone to learn more about Unconscious Bias and how we can reduce its impact within our church communities, and so better come together as the Body of Christ.



This version of the course is in English, if it would benefit you to take the course in Welsh please enrol in Hyfforddiant Rhagfarn Ddiarwybod instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I enrol in this Unconscious Bias course?”

Use the ‘Enroll’ button at the top of this page. If you already have a MCBX (or a TheologyX) account you can log in using the same details to connect this course to your MCBX dashboard. From your Dashboard you can then begin the course by clicking the ‘view course’ button.

"I don't have an MCBX account can I still enrol?"

If you do not yet have an MCBX account (or previously an account on TheologyX) you can create an account today for the first time. As soon as you click ‘Enroll’ for this course you will be redirected to the account creation or the sign in options. If you create an account, please check your inbox for the activation verification email which confirms the existence of your email address and that you have not made a typo while entering your details. Please note that 'usernames' must be unique and cannot contain spaces try using underscore (_) or dash (-) or your name without spaces.

"The account creation process for MCBX says my email address is already in use but I don't remember the password"

More details is available for this question on the FAQs page. Your email address will be part of the wider database on one of the sister sites of MCBX. Try going to TheologyX and requesting your password reset email from there before returning to MCBX once you have reset your password. If it still doesn't recognise you immediately, wait 10 minutes for the system to catch up with the change and then try logging in to MCBX again with the new password.

Why won’t it let me progress to the next stage of the course?

Please ensure that you’ve watched all the videos right to the end, scrolled to the bottom of the pages, opened any links to additional resources and answered all the questions on a page.

I'm already enrolled in this course, but I keep getting back to this page, how do I find my course again?"

You can return to the course from your dashboard if you are signed in to MCBX, or you can click the 'go to course' button at the top of this page. If the button currently reads as 'enroll' but need to log in to your MCBX account first.
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