2017 Skills Training

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Empowering Conversations: Building Capacity to Dialogue Across Difference

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Global conflicts, challenges to human and civil rights, and deep divisions in our public life call us to tap the power of our spiritual practices and strengthen our capacity to hold conversations and dialogue across the many differences of our experiences. In order for us to continue the work of creating Beloved Community, we must increase our ability to listen,… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Diane J. Johnson, Ph.D, Mmapeu Management Consulting

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Providing Sanctuary: Why, How, If not us, Who?

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

In this workshop, we will offer tangible skills and organizing tools for congregants to become Sanctuary Churches. We will share a history of the movement, equip you to take action in an urgent moment, and provide you with any needed strategic  or spiritual support along the way. Learn how to host an individual seeking Sanctuary, but also how to transform… 

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Speakers:

Nora Leccese

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Getting Your Moral Message in the Media

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

Speaking out in the media at the right moment with a clear, strategic, moral message can exponentially increase the impact of your advocacy. Join us for a workshop that will help you hone the skills necessary to get covered, get published and be heard in the halls of power. Led by veteran trainers with professional journalism experience, we will explore… 

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Speakers:

Dan Nejfelt, Faith in Public Life; Jessie Palatucci, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

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Art for Activism

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

As we seek to counter all the modern day manifestations of racism, materialism, and militarism, we have the opportunity to tap into creative strategies for social change. The workshop will be led by The Sanctuaries, a young adult, ethnically and spiritually diverse arts collective in Washington, D.C. making soulful art for social change. From guerrilla art to  performance art, we… 

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Speakers:

Members of The Sanctuaries DC- A young adult, interfaith arts community bringing together people across Washington, D.C. to make art for social change.

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Building Inner Resilience and Sacred Restoration for the Journey

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

What are sacred tools that can energize us to be advocates for public policy? What are diverse streams of spiritual practice to sustain us during difficult and hopeful seasons of contextual challenge? This workshop will present and engage spiritual tools and practices to strengthen us for the present divisive season of advocacy and public engagement from varying spiritual traditions. Small… 

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Speakers:

Bishop Jose Garcia, Bread for the World; The Rev. Waltrina Middleton, Associate Dean of the Chapel, Howard University

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Faith-Based Non-Violent Civil Resistance

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

“Civil Disobedience” refers to the breaking of an unjust law with the hope of changing that specific law. For example, members of faith groups have long been among those to protest the School of the Americas – in hope of defunding and eventually eliminating that school of assassins. Those who “cross the line” risking arrest engage in civil disobedience, preceded… 

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