Bill Cruse is the East Coast Program Coordinator and an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute (“KI”). He is a lay leader in his parish in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and previously in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He first worked with KI founder Eric Law in 1996 as part of a pilot program in Region II of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. This program, the Kaleidoscope Project, for multi-cultural understanding and congregational growth was a success and received a 3-year Trinity Grant. Bill served as diocesan coordinator and workshop facilitator for the project.
Bill was as an American Field Service foreign exchange student, living with a family in Italy for a year following graduation from high school. He completed his Bachelor’s Master’s degree in Music/Voice Performance at Ohio University. In addition to being an accomplished singer/actor, he has worked in educational, corporate and non-profit settings. He was the Volunteer Coordinator for AIDS Related Community Services, the 2nd largest AIDS service organization in New York State. Currently, Bill is a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.
In church growth and multi-cultural awareness and development, additional study has included; Kaleidoscope Institute: Fundamental Skills for Building Inclusive Community; Models and Processes for Community Transformation; Advanced Design Work in Facilitating Inclusive Gatherings; Creating Audio-Visual and Electronic Media to Build Inclusive Communities; Missional Ministry in the Grace Margin; Holy Currencies: Sustainable Missional Ministry; and with the Episcopal Church Building Fund’s Upward Bound: Leading Congregations Through Change, Decisions, and Conflict. Bill is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory®, and is a graduate of Education for Ministry, School of Theology, The University of the South.
As an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute and a transformational design consultant, Bill has planned, facilitated and co-facilitated workshops in the United States and Canada for individual congregations and large multi-congregation groups of adults and teens. Current projects include Princeton Theological Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Methodist Annual Conferences of Minnesota, Virginia, New York, and the Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference