This event is a public training for people of faith about how to respond to the needs of refugees, immigrants, Muslims, and vulnerable communities currently under threat. This training will provide tools and frameworks for individuals and communities discerning Sanctuary or solidarity work in the Nashville community. Participants will learn about the history and sacred roots of the Sanctuary movement, how faith communities can offer support and hospitality for people facing deportation and detention, and what’s at stake in this form of public witness.
In light of the most recent presidential election, some faith communities have struggled to find the tools to amplify their voices about the most pressing issues facing our nation. Over the first 100 days of the new Presidential administration, Faith Matters Network, in partnership with the Scarritt Bennett Center and Vanderbilt Divinity School, will be hosting a series of critical public theology retreats geared toward empowering clergy and laypeople to speak out about three of the most contentious political issues in our public life: racial justice, immigration, and climate change.
Using storytelling and art, dream-mapping, and strategic planning, this series hopes to add depth and hold creative space for people of faith to engage in justice issues and organizing from their faith contexts.
These weekend-long events attempt to address the following questions:
What is the connection between faith and political organizing?
How can storytelling be a powerful tool for mobilizing your faith community to engage potentially polarizing political issues?
What are the unique struggles and points of tension related to speaking out about challenging justice issues as people of faith, especially if you hold a position of leadership in your house of worship?
Where are there opportunities for creative engagement, and what are the possibilities for next steps in your context?
This might be for you if...
You identify as a person of faith
Are passionate about justice and making a difference
Are thoughtful and open to learning
Feel moved to speak out about one of the retreat topics, but aren’t sure how
Are willing to take the risk to be vulnerable by sharing your story with others
Join Micky ScottBey Jones at the Re:Generate Leadership Fellowship Gathering. Re:Generate is holistic leadership development program for young North American faith leaders who are exploring vocational issues focused in the areas of food, health, and ecological well-being.
This event is closed to the public.
Bucknell University Lecture: Lecture. New Folds of Borderlands: Tracing the figure of the Nomad through Difference and Becoming
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (Pacific School of Religion)
“New Folds of Borderlands: Tracing the Figure of the Nomad through Difference and Becoming”
Part of the 2016-17 CSREG Series Latinos in the United States.
Dr. Henderson-Espinoza will also be providing a colloquium open to students, faculty and staff on the topic of activism and academia. Date and time: TBA.
Join Micky Scott Bey Jones on February 10th at the Fourth Annual Faith and Culture Symposium, sponsored by the College of Theology and Christian Ministry will be held at Belmont University, Feb. 6-10, 2017.This year’s symposium theme, Contemplative Activism, highlights our college’s dual emphases on spiritual formation and social justice
Micky's talk on (R)evolutionary Salvation will take place at 10am in the Belmont Chapel. More information available at http://www.belmont.edu/theology/academics/faith-culture-symposium.html
Keynote – “Building Beloved Community in the Trump Era”
- The Reverend Jennifer Bailey, A09, Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network
Ours is a nation divided. Violence and harassment are on the rise. Those espousing hate, once on the fringe, have been afforded a stage. Millions of Americans find their rights to exist freely now in limbo. Millions more believe themselves unheard. The 2016 election exposed a rupture at the heart of our democracy. In the aftermath of one of the most divisive election cycles in recent memory the question, first posed by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1967 seems is relevant than ever, “Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community”. This talk will explore strategies that will help us heal the divide by leaning into the wisdom traditions and lessons of 20th century American social movements. It is only through an acknowledgement of our past, attention to the unique circumstances of our present reality, and a creative moral vision for our future that we can chart a path forward toward the beloved community Dr. King envisioned.
More Info: http://chaplaincy.tufts.edu/blog/2017/01/05/where-do-we-go-from-here-chaos-or-community/
We are is convening a design shop/think tank/dream session providing a focused collaborative time of visioning with people who are already thinking about these ideas and/or whose brilliant hearts, creative minds and talented hands could lend to the co-creation of this idea of "justice/movement chaplaincy". Our goal is to end the gathering with a working definition of movement chaplaincy and a collective understanding of how this work can fortify the important work going on in today's movement spaces, as well as to share real stories of best practices with each other about what is working/not working and what new to try.
Fortifying the Movement is an invitation only event. For questions or to request an invitation please contact Micky ScottBey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarritt Bennett Center, Standing on the Side of Love and Faith Matters Network have decided to partner together to provide space and encouragement for such experimentation and exploration.
Flip the Script: Discerning Your Prophetic Purpose is a partial weekend retreat for Christian young adults who want their lives, and their faith, to “make a difference” but aren’t sure how. Together, we’ll use practices of prophetic storytelling, inspired by community organizing, to explore questions of purpose and calling. Attendees will walk away with greater clarity about their own purpose and motivation, their gifts and sources of hope, and how their “story” fits into God’s story.
*Includes all meals/snacks and workshop activities both days.
Join us for the final Sisters of the Yam Circle of our pilot year! Come celebrate our sisterhood, our lives, our growth over the past six months as we have shared tears, laughter, stories, wisdom and fun. Come if you have only made one other meeting, or been to nearly all of them. Let's hug, talk about the future, talk about our experience, relax and have some yummy snacks.
During this two-hour seminar, we will use different techniques to add texture to our paintings to give them more life. We will also add words to incorporate personalized poems into the paintings since each person will get to take their painting home with them. All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced--You don't have to be an expert painter or artist! The event is a free and open to women only.
Facilitator: Ashley Mintz is a visual artist and songwriter residing in Nashville, TN. She has had several pieces of her artwork exhibited in galleries, festivals, and cafés, and has been instructing art workshops where she teaches the techniques she uses in her paintings.
Embodied Resilience Seminars are a part of the Hush Harbor Initiative and are made possible with the generous support of the We Shall Overcome Fund of the Highlander Research and Education Center.
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza will be participating in the Marcella Althaus-Reid conference at the University of Winchester, then a closed symposium on Althaus-Reid’s work.
Join us for a one-day interactive workshop engaging issues of race and justice through practical, spiritual, emotional, historical, and social streams of knowledge. A personal & communal journey awaits you as we accompany each other on a deeply intersectional quest for more understanding, self-reflection, healing, and moral imagination around issues of race and oppression in the American and international context. Featuring Micky ScottBey Jones, Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Dr. Paul Alexander, Kenji Kuramitsu and others.
Register Here: http://wildgoosefestival.org/tickets/
Sojourner's Summit is a unique cross-sector gathering of leaders committed to world change through faith and justice. Thought leaders and movement makers from a variety of faith traditions and fields will meet to discuss, strategize, and create opportunities to act on some of the most pressing issues in our nation and world. Instead of a large conference, The Summit convenes an intimate gathering of 300 leaders committed to finding solutions through collaboration.
Check out the Faith Matters Network Team at one of these exciting Summit panels and workshops.
8:30am-10:30 am – Summit Session #2: THE ‘OTHER’: Where does race intersect with your area of focus and what are the implications?
Featuring Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
10:45am-12:15 pm – Salon: Hush Harbors-Self-Care for Women of Color
Featuring Rev. Jennifer Bailey & Micky ScottBey Jones
1:45pm-3:15pm – Salon: Bridging with Difference: Decentering Whiteness in the LGBTQI Movement
Featuring Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
3:45pm-5:15 pm – Convenings: LGBTQI
Featuring Rev. Jennifer Bailey & Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Whoever tells the most powerful story, wins the argument, and the winning argument becomes our reality.
Join us as we partner with our friends at Auburn for "Storytelling for the Web" a learning lab at Auburn.
Who is the Training For?
Leaders, organizers, communicators, planners, doers, thinkers, and storytellers working in nonprofits, congregations, community-based organizations, and movement spaces.
Our Schedule: 2 day in-person training: Thursday June 9 & Friday June 10 at Auburn offices in NYC from 9am to 5:30pm. (Breakfast and lunch will be provided.)
3 months of online learning, coaching, community building: June, July, August
- Trainings (1x/month)
- Group coaching calls (1x/month)
- One-on-one coaching calls (1x/month)
Register here! https://auburnlearninglab.splashthat.com
Our nation is in a crisis. Though there is only one race — the human race — racism is a construct with lethal consequences. People die while in its custody. Racism has annihilated the souls of citizens and ripped out the heart of our nation. Recent surveys show that 60% of the people in our nation think race relations are in a significant decline, that our dream for justice and equality is dying on the vine.
At the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection. Join thought leaders like Chris Crass, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jacqui Lewis, and Miguel De La Torre; and activists like Linda Sarsour, Micky ScottBey Jones and Alexie Torres. In plenaries, short talks, and small group conversations surrounded by music and art, we will create strategies for change.
Activists, analysts, preachers, poets, prophets, teachers, trainers, writers, queer, and straight folk of all faiths ready to make a change: Come and bring your hopes, disappointments, and dreams. We must disrupt the narrative of white supremacy if we are to be free. We need tools, tactics, and truth-telling to dismantle racism.
Ours is #PropheticGrief. Even in our anger and tears, we are ready to do something, to organize. This is a multi-faith, multi-racial movement. Those of us who are disgusted with the status quo are called to join the movement if we are to save our nation, save our world, and save our souls.
Powered by the Middle Project, Transform Network, The Unitarian Universalist Association, and Auburn Seminary
Over the last 20 years, the Carpenter Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School has enabled thoughtful, substantive and informed dialogue about pressing and complex moral questions: family planning and abortion, faith and LGBTQI identities, sexual violence, roles of women in religious leadership, family structure, and more.
This conference will highlight the remarkable work of 20 years of VDS alums whose work has been informed by the Carpenter Program. 20 YEARS AND COUNTING will be a catalyst for strengthening our connections, amplifying our individual and collective work, and envisioning the work to come. Scholars, activists, clergy, non-profit leaders, students and artists will gather together for panels and workshops, generative roundtable discussions, shared meals, and an celebratory reception. It will be a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from each other across disciplines and professions.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey, an alum of the Carpenter will be featured on a panel New Forms of Activism on Friday, April 1 at 1:30pm.
The Sigal Lecture was established to honor Rabbi Dr. Phillip Sigal who served in the 1970s and 80s the conservative congregation Ahavas Israel Synagogue. A pioneer in interfaith understanding he had his Ph.D. in New Testament from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Following his untimely death in the early 80s the lecture series was established.
Join Rev. Jennifer Bailey of the Faith Matters Network for an evening of rich dialogue and engagement at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University. Rev. Bailey will be present this year's Sigal Lecture entitled, "Leadership at the Intersections: Toward a 21st Vision of Racial and Interfaith Justice".
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
This MLK Day weekend we join Congregation B'nai Jeshurun for their annual MLK Day Shabbat Service. Join Rev. Jennifer Bailey as she reflects on the need for prophetic grief during a year marked by the unjust death of black women, men, and children by state violence.
Join Faith Matters Network, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, for Re-Visioning Racial Justice in White Faith Communities.The Event will take place November 18-19, 2015 at the Watershed Center in Millerton, New York.
In the wake of the massacre of nine black congregants at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Showing Up for Racial Justice sponsored a nationwide call for white faith leaders interested in cultivating responses of support for the victims and the congregation. Over 400 leaders joined the call hungry to act but unsure of what to do.
This pilot gathering, conceived of by a multi-faith, multi-racial coalition of leaders, is one response to that call to action. It will bring together 30 faith practitioners to explore what necessary and critical difference faith and moral leaders can make toward an emerging national dialogue on race in America and strategize about the particular role of white faith leaders in disrupting systems of racial oppression in their communities.
White faith leaders are in the unique position to leverage the power of moral persuasion to influence members of their congregation to begin the hard work of dismantling structural racism in their communities. This will involve an intentional effort to address the ways in which white supremacy operates within our faith communities, theology, and doctrine as well as an examination of the how implicit and explicit bias manifests individually.
The goal of our time together is four-fold:
- Boldly and courageously re-envision a white identity through an anti-oppression/racial justice lens
- Center the unique contributions and grounded spiritual practices for faith communities as an asset in racial justice work
- Thicken relationships among leaders by cultivating a culture of collaboration and mutual accountability
- To glean best practices from leaders in the room and discern next steps to better equip white congregations and faith leaders with tools to enter into racial justice work and move it forward.
Tikkun Olam Keynote: “In This Together: A conversation about why and how people of faith are pursuing racial justice in the 21st century”
Half a century after the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts were passed, a new civil rights movement is building in America. Reform Jews are once again partnering across race, class and faith lines in pursuit of equal rights and access to opportunities. Join African Methodist Episcopal Reverend Jennifer Bailey, founder of the Faith Matters Network, with Rabbi Stephanie Kolin and other Reform Movement leaders in a conversation about what this moment in American history requires of American citizens and people of faith.
This session is the Tikkun Olam Keynote at the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Convening.
FMN welcomes the Nuns on the Bus to Nashville! Join Sister Simone Campbell and the nunson Wednesday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of storytelling and public witness at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The event is free and open to the public.
Pope Francis's radical call is to change our politics, not just our policies. That’s why NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are on the road again. We find our nation’s politics mired in polarization and gridlock that harm everyone. For our democracy to survive, this has to change. All politicians and activists must move beyond polling data and soundbites to connect with real people – and to hear about the injustices they encounter daily. By listening to the people’s stories, all of us will find the seeds of 21st century solutions.
In 2015 Shoulder to Shoulder is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Emerging Religious Leaders Seminar (ERLS) for twenty seminarians and other emerging religious leaders at the convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The Seminar will begin the morning of Thursday, September 3 and finish the evening of Sunday, September 6. This is in conjunction with the 52ndAnnual ISNA Convention will be held in Chicago, IL, over Labor Day Weekend (September 4-6, 2015). Each year, the ISNA Convention attracts over 20,000 American Muslims from diverse backgrounds to discuss issues of importance to the larger American Muslim community.
The goal of the ERLS is to prepare participants for leadership within their own communities and in inter-religious efforts to end anti-Muslim sentiment and promote inclusive models of pluralism in the United States. The participants will be Muslim, Jewish and Christian emerging leaders, with a particular focus on bringing several emerging leaders from common geographic locations, in order to aid in the community impact following the Seminar. Emerging leaders will be chosen on the basis of their interest in and commitment to interfaith efforts and their capacity to provide leadership in the future.
Faith Matters Network's own Rev. Jennifer Bailey will a faculty facilitator at Lead Now! Drawing on the cutting-edge leadership of the Wild Goose Festival, LEAD NOW! is a life-changing opportunity that puts seminarians and first-call ministers in up-close and personal practice settings with cutting-edge faith transformation authors and activists.
This inaugural cohort will gather on the Wild Goose Festival site in beautiful Hot Spring, NC on Wednesday, July 8 for special, pre-festival sessions. The cohort continues throughout the festival and concludes with a special cohort session at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.
“Wild Goose” is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace.
Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Walter Scott. Over the past twelve months the deaths of these unarmed African-American men have dominated national headlines and reignited a national debate about race relations, structural violence, and power. Concerned about race and violence in America but not sure what to do? This thoughtful exchange will explore what is going on and how people of different backgrounds can join the conversation.
Register Here! http://bit.ly/ac-cantbreathe
Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Religion Fellow, Sikh Coalition and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University
Samira Abdul Karim, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and local racial justice activist
Rev. John Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary
Auburn Conversation: Where Do We Go from Here? Building a Multifaith Civil Rights Movement for the 21st Century
Join Faith Matters Network and Auburn at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta!
In his 1967 address to the Southern Christian Leadership Council in Atlanta, Rev. Martin Luther King asked the poignant question, “Where do we go from here?” The terrain is different yet in wake of the #blacklivesmatter movement and continual struggle for civil and human rights that guiding question continues to be relevant for our movements. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights hosts as we discuss the role of people of faith and moral courage in helping build a Civil Rights Movement for the 21st Century.
Reception Begins at 7pm
Event Starts at 7:30pm
Register here! http://bit.ly/ac-fromhere
Faith Matters is hosting an innovation lab at this year's Christian Leadership Forum on the connection between food and faith on Thursday June 4th.
FTE hosts the national Christian Leadership Forum each summer for diverse young adults, students, scholars and church leaders to explore vocational questions about ministry and teaching, exchange ideas and connect with a community of peers. This year participants will explore why an active faith matters. During the past five decades, we have witnessed transformative change throughout our country as a result of faithful, wise and courageous leaders working on behalf of God’s vision for the world. When Christian communities and their leaders have been motivated by an active faith, the church is a relevant and powerful witness to a hopeful future.
Click here to view resources from the event.
Join the Middle Project for Leading Edge 2015!
In troubling times like these, moral courage demands that leaders—preachers and teachers; activists and artists; entertainers and entrepreneurs—undertake and encourage courageous conversations about race. Race and the school to prison pipeline. Race and police reform. Race and economic equality. Race and voting rights. Race and immigration. Race and mass incarceration. If we are to heal our nation, we will need to have conversations that lead to reconciliation and a peaceful revolution that creates the world we want.
The Faith Matters Network's own Rev. Jennifer Bailey will be speaking.
Love God. Love your neighbor. Take collective action.
To continue the new arc we embarked upon last year at the 2014 gathering, Transform Network is partnering with Wesley Theological Seminary to offer a weekend of diving deep into urban ministry. Faith Matters Network is a proud presenter and partner in this gathering.
How do we partner with our urban neighbors in equitable and mutually liberating ways?
How do education, advocacy, service and activism affect life in urban areas?
How do we even define urban areas now in the face gentrification and multiculturalism?
How can contemplative spirituality help heal the deep brokenness in our communities?
How can people of faith help transform systemic oppression and poverty into interdependency, equitable access, and resources for thriving communities?
The good news is: we don’t have to invent the answers. Solutions are already underway in many places, and Transform is humbled to bring practitioners of this work together to share encouragement and ideas for the way forward. Bring your toolbox, get ready to add to it, and let’s go deep this weekend at this intersection of action and contemplation.