Vanderbilt Divinity School Second Annual Womanist Ethnography & Black Women's Vocation
Oct
26
8:45 AM08:45

Vanderbilt Divinity School Second Annual Womanist Ethnography & Black Women's Vocation

This year we bring to the table women from the United States, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Mexico, as well as women who are whose vocation takes form in (the combination of) congregational ministry, social justice activism, theological education, chaplaincy, and public spirituality and care. Some are professors, graduate students,and pastors; some are artists, poets, lawyers, painters, and all are radical change agents in her/their own way. Some identify as straight, lesbian, queer; black, brown, Afro-Puerto-Rican, Afro-Latina, African American, African Caribbean, Mexican, southern, northern, and rural. And more. We are a diverse group of black, brown, women ethnographers who know our stories/our lives matter.

Registration: https://form.jotform.com/92399054047160?fbclid=IwAR22_PQBUQ-Uiq9dR6egOB7jO2PILym1MlEtqJZBDmL46wfU89OVO-TtTTU

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Oct
27
to Oct 29

Rev. Jen Bailey @ Rural Women's Summit

This Summit is designed for rural practitioners, leaders, and advocates to articulate the broad civic, political, and cultural impact of women’s leadership in rural America, to name the ways rural women are agents of change, to call out the barriers rural women face every day, and to proclaim the powerful role rural women play in creating compassionate communities.

Register Today!

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egeul02746764781&oseq=&c=&ch=

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Oct
31
to Nov 3

How We Deepen Retreat

  • Seasons: A Center for Renewal (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How We Deepen is an experiment to deepen foundational spiritual activism in communities of color, by bringing together a group of people who are deeply walking on their spiritual path and serving their community through their spiritual practice and social justice work.  This series of two retreats and co-mentorship calls invite us to deepen in our own spirituality and our relationships across our identities. We believe that this process of deepening will lead to individual and collective transformation towards the good of us all.

We are a community of people of color of diverse spiritual communities, gender, age, location, abilities, and background.  People committed to generous and generative community building in their own communities.  People committed to their spiritual path and open to growing with others on theirs.

More at https://www.faithmattersnetwork.org/how-we-deepen

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Nov
3
to Nov 7

Freedom Road's Fall Ruby Woo Pilgrimage 2019

The #RubyWooPilgrimage is a sacred journey through the intersectional story of the struggle of women for equality in the U.S. This pilgrimage is being carefully curated to bring together a diverse group of women committed to journeying together.

Imagine boarding a bus with a diverse group of about 40 fabulous women to embark on a three-day journey through the intersectional struggle of women for electoral justice in the U.S.

Imagine walking on the land where women clasped hands in the past and took bold steps forward toward their own and each other’s freedom.

Imagine, at the half-way point in our journey—exactly one year from Election Day 2020,  a 1/2 day Women of Faith Summit. The Ruby Woo Pilgrimage will join women from across the country coming together to discern our common interests and values as we move toward Election 2020.

Imagine sharing your heart and listening to the hearts of other women; thriving, struggling, nurturing, challenging, facing down, standing up, holding on, and running forward.

Imagine walking through the halls of Congress in lock-step—red lips blazing—prepared to speak truth to power.

Applications are now closed. Find out about the next pilgrimage at https://freedomroad.us/what-we-do/freedom-road-pilgrimages/

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Nov
13
to Nov 15

Rev. Jen Bailey @ Upswell Chicago

Upswell Chicago isn’t a conference. It’s a high-energy, three-day experience in community building, where changemakers of every stripe are invited to learn, share, connect, and re-charge. It’s where local know-how meets national ambition in to bridge divides and build relationships that just might change the world.

Rousing Main Stage speakers, in-depth workshops, immersive neighborhood exploration, hundreds of creative events, thousands of diverse voices and big thinkers from across the country – Upswell is going change the way you think about changework. We hope you’ll join us in November.

Learn more at https://upswell.org/

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Dec
9
to Dec 11

Auburn Seminary Mountaintop 2019- Living a Movement Life -Invitation Only

  • Oakland, California USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Auburn’s MountainTop is a dynamic space for multifaith movement leaders to powerfully and lovingly engage our social justice landscape.

This gathering is the third time Auburn has invited leaders into this kind of community to encourage them to lean into the truth of their experience as a necessary resource for our work to heal and repair the world.

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Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Micky ScottBey Jones @ Publishing in Color: A Publishing Conference for Spiritual Writers of Color

Publishing in Color conferences foster relationships between writers of color and representatives from the spiritual publishing industry. Several acquisition editors will be here, looking for new writers of color. The conference is particularly focused on serving under-represented groups such as African Americans, Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Connecting storytellers with editors and agents who can midwife them is the purpose of this conference. Bring your stories, learn about publishing, and meet many editors and agents who might help you take them to market. Not to mention a community of like-minded authors!

Is writing your calling? Listen to and speak with our caring and experienced group of industry veterans. #discernment

The conference will emphasize networking, relationship building, and learning “how to get published”. Participating companies will be accepting book proposals.

The main conference will take place on Saturday October 19, 2019, with a pre-conference seminar, “The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer” on Friday  October 18 (separate registration required).  Both the conference and the retreat will take place at Abingdon Press (the United Methodist Publishing House) at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.

This is your chance to meet acquisition editors and other key representatives from:

  • Abingdon Press

  • HarperCollins

  • Thomas Nelson

  • Westminster John Knox Press

  • Upper Room Books

  • Harambee Press

  • Jevon Bolden, literary agent

Our featured author speakers are Saundra Dalton-SmithKarynthia Phillips, and Micky ScottBey Jones.

A very special THANK YOU to our conference co-sponsor: Abingdon Press

Early bird registration for the main conference is only $99 (through September 15) and includes all conference sessions, 1-on-1 meetings, open mic, and refreshments. Attendee contact info will be provided to all attending industry representatives. Beginning September 16, regular price registration will be $129.

Registration Now Open! Click on this link to pay now (credit card, debit card, PayPal, or PayPal Credit are accepted; all payments are processed through PayPal). After you pay, an email confirmation will be sent to the name and email address you enter into PayPal (or the one associated with your PayPal account) within 5 days. If you need to change the name and email address please let us know.

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Oct
7
to Oct 8

Micky ScottBey Jones @ Justice Con

The Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College will host the second annual JusticeCon on Monday October 7th and Tuesday, October 8th.

JusticeCon 2019 encourages students, activists, thought-leaders, knowledge-seekers and renowned speakers to join in sharing ideas and inspiring one another in the pursuit of social justice. Now in its second year, the conference has an expanded vision, and will bring together an intergenerational and cross-cultural group of individuals from across the country under the theme of Truth, Trauma, and Healing.

SPECIAL CONFERENCE EVENTS:

Monday, October 7th

General Session Lecture Featuring Dr. Ibram Kendi

Special reception and guaranteed seating for the October 7th, Dr. Ibram Kendi lecture and book signing at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is open to the first 200 JusticeCon registrants. In partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Clinton School of Public Service, a select number general admission tickets are available for free to the public for the Kendi lecture and book signing only (does not include reception). All attendees must register in advance.

Visit rethinksocialjustice.org for full conference details including speakers, schedule, and more.

Event hotel: Doubletree Little Rock

$99 per night conference rate

Click the link for registration: http://group.doubletree.com/JusticeCon2019


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Oct
4
to Oct 5

Micky ScottBey Jones @ Evolving Faith

Evolving Faith is a gathering for wanderers, wonderers, and spiritual refugees to help you discover... You are not alone.

Features speakers include our own Micky Scott Bey Jones along with Jeff Chu, Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Amena Brown, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Jen Hatmaker.

For more info visit: https://www.evolvingfaithconference.com.

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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Rev. Jennifer Bailey @ Princeton University Chapel

All are welcome to this interdenominational worship service in the University Chapel, led by the dean and the associate dean of religious life and the chapel, that draws students, faculty, staff, and townspeople together to hear God’s word, to sing God’s praise, to lift up the University in prayer.

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Aug
5
10:45 AM10:45

Rev. Jennifer Bailey and Lennon Flowers in conversation with Krista Tippett (Open to Public)

Gate pass required. Purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

Lennon Flowers is hell-bent on creating spaces where humans can be human, out of a belief that nothing is done in isolation, and that self-help only works in community. Flowers is a co-founder of The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives.

Since Jan. 20, 2017, The People's Supper has powered more than 1,400 suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, the Mayor’s Office in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Obama Foundation, and more. 

Flowers also is the co-founder and executive director of The Dinner Party, a platform for grieving 20- and 30-somethings to find peer community, build lasting relationships, and engage with others to heal. To date, they’ve connected more than 6,000 peers to one another, and currently support more than 4,000 active members who gather bimonthly at more than 275 local tables in 95 cities and towns.

Flowers has written for CNN, Fast Company, YES!, Forbes, Open Democracy, and others. She is an Ashoka Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, the Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the executive director of Faith Matters Network and co-founder of The People's Supper, a project that aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity difference over shared meals.

Since Jan. 20, 2017, the People's Supper has hosted over 1,400 dinners in 121 communities across the United States. An Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, On Being Fellow, and Truman Scholar, Bailey earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology.

A sought after commentator and public speaker on the intersection of religion and public life, Bailey has spoken on the national and international stage at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, Makers, TEDxSkoll, and the White House. Her writing has appeared in

Salon, the Huffington Post, Sojourners, On Being, and the Washington Post’s Lily Blog, among others.

Bailey is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Krista Tippett,
Host, “On Being”

Founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” and curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater.

A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being”  is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project.

Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014.

Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.

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Jul
23
1:00 PM13:00

Rooted in Resilience Community Conversation: Grief and Loss (Open to Public)

This month's Rooted in Resilience Community Conversation is on grief and in particular how we, in our roles at the intersection of spiritual practice, social justice, and healing, allow for, build in, and resource our organizations to create space for individual grief/loss.

REGISTER TODAY!


This community conversation will both provide a space for those who want to share their personal stories, and be a time for us to consider the ways we, in our own roles and work, might begin to shift how our movements and social and spiritual justice spaces to account for and adapt to grief/loss.

Our special guest guide for this conversation will be Lennon Flowers, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a parent, partner, child, sibling, other close family member, or close friend.

Register here!

RIR Community Conversations are free and open to the public.

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Jun
26
to Jun 27

Rev. Jen Bailey @ United Religions Initiative's Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding Gathering

  • Hoover Institution, Stanford University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Accelerating Peace: Interfaith Action and Global Peacebuilding will bring together grassroots interfaith peacebuilders, policy experts, and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the United Nations and international and interfaith organizations to explore issues of promoting interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and build cultures of peace, justice and healing in communities and countries around the world.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of interfaith efforts towards global peacebuilding and consider targeted action steps to be undertaken locally and globally.

To register and for more information: https://uri.org/conference

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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Rooted in Resilience Community Conversation: Emerging Roles

Join us for our second Rooted in Resilience Community Conversation on Tuesday, June 25th at 1pm CT/2pm ET. This month, we will be discussing the emergence of new roles at the intersection of social justice, healing, and spirituality.  Register here!

Recognizing that frontline movements cannot afford to create or allow for unhealthy internal dynamics and environments if the want win real justice, practitioners around the country are creating and reimagining roles that provide organizers and activists with emotional and spiritual support. 

About Rooted in Resilience Community Conversations:
Rooted in Resilience Community Conversations are an experiment in open and transparent communication for folks seeking to learn more about the emerging ecosystem of work at the intersection of social justice, healing, and spiritual practice. 

Community Conversations are a way for us to forge relationships, share ideas, learn about what others are doing, and break out of feelings of isolation.

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Jun
17
to Jun 20

Micky ScottBey Jones at The Theology and Peace Conference, 2019 Conference: “BELOVED COMMUNITY AS THE WAY FROM SCAPEGOATING TO UBUNTU”

  • American Baptist College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our annual conference is a meeting place for committed Christians, theologians, pastors, scholars, activists, authors, and others concerned with the creation of an effective theology in response to the violence, which structures our society, our culture, even our individual selves.

Theology & Peace is dedicated to the application of René Girard’s ground-breaking work in Mimetic Theory revealing the root of human violence.

For more info visit:

https://theologyandpeace.com/2019-conference-beloved-community-as-the-way-from-scapegoating-to-ubuntu/

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Jun
12
to Jun 14

Rev. Jen Bailey @ The Sojourners Summit for Change

THE SUMMIT IS A GATHERING OF 350 LEADERS COMMITTED TO CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH FAITH AND JUSTICE.

This diverse gathering creates an opportunity for building relationships and cross-sector collaboration. Through inspirational main-stage conversations, small group forums, and shared meals, The Summit provides a space for leaders to find connection to their peers and hope for the future.

Join Rev. Jen at 10:30am on 6/13 for Core Conversation 2: Bridge-Building in Polarizing Times
In such mistrustful and divided times, can the work of “bridge building” be done without perpetuating harm? We know shallow appeals to “unity” can often invalidate trauma and fail to account for the deep roots of polarization. Yes, as people of faith we are called to build and inhabit the Beloved Community outside and beyond our ideological barriers. A panel of practitioners from a variety of fields will offer practical insight for navigating this work.

For more info and to register: https://summitforchange.com/

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May
23
3:00 PM15:00

Rev. Jen Bailey Delivers the Baccalaureate Address at Elon University

Elon Commencement 2019 will feature changes to the program to better accommodate students and their families. Baccalaureate has been shifted to Thursday afternoon from its traditional time on Friday, and the undergraduate commencement ceremonies, which were traditionally held on Saturday, have been moved to Friday. The outdoor undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Scott Plaza in front of Alamance Building. The ceremony will also include a processional of students, the student speaker, a commencement address by Elon alumnus and award-winning photojournalist Al Drago ’15 and the president’s charge to graduates.

Following this outdoor ceremony, there will be two separate diploma-awarding ceremonies for the Class of 2019 held in Schar Center. Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education will award diplomas at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Communications will award diplomas at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. Each ceremony will last about two hours.

For more information about Elon’s Commencement week activities, visit www.elon.edu/commencement, which will be updated throughout the spring as events and programs are finalized. 

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May
10
8:30 AM08:30

Micky Scott Bey Jones @ Narrative 4 TN Story Exchange Teacher Training

Join Narrative 4 for a Story Exchange Facilitator Training in Nashville, TN. This event provides space for teachers to learn more about empathy, the power of story, and how to use the N4 methodology to create positive change in their classrooms and schools.

Narrative 4 Master Practitioners will lead participants through four training modules:

  1. Expand your knowledge of Narrative 4 and the power of storytelling to create empathy

  2. Experience the story exchange

  3. Learn the dos and don'ts of good story exchange facilitation

  4. Identify ways to use the methodology in your school or community


Narrative 4's story exchange and "empathy into action" campaigns have been featured in New York Times MagazinePBS News HourBBC World NewsUpworthy, and most recently, CBS Evening News.

Participants will leave the training as Narrative 4 Facilitators and gain access to the N4 alumni network, facilitator toolkit, learning models, and support from N4 Master Practitioners and staff.


Please email amira@narrative4.com to inquire about subsidized tickets. No educator will be turned away due to lack of funding.


For more information on Narrative 4 programs, please visit https://narrative4.com/join-narrative-4/educators/.

Tickets Available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/narrative-4-tn-story-exchange-teacher-training-tickets-57421962636


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May
2
to May 5

Rev. Jen Bailey @ The Science of Happiness Event, 1440 Multiveresity

What does it mean to live a happy, meaningful life? How do you respond with resilience to life’s unavoidable stresses and disappointments? How can you forge compassionate connections at a time of extreme busyness, isolation, and division? Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have explored these and other big questions in The Science of Happiness, the online course and podcast—both produced by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)—that have become a global phenomenon.

Now the GGSC and 1440 Multiversity are partnering to take the next step in deepening The Science of Happiness experience: a 3-day gathering that will bring together a global community of individuals hungry for scientific insights, inspiring stories, and practical tips for well-being. The event provides an opportunity for The Science of Happiness students and listeners to connect with one another, but enrolling in the online course is by no means a prerequisite.

Together, we’ll hear from some of the leading lights in the science of happiness, including The Science of Happiness course co-instructors (and podcast host) Dacher Keltner, PhD, and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, along with best-selling author and world-renowned teacher Jack Kornfield, PhD, positive psychology pioneer Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, trailblazing neuroscientist Richard Davidson, PhD, and many others. A memorable mix of experts and teachers will offer powerful talks, interactive workshops, and illuminating conversations—all designed to help you use scientific findings for personal and social transformation.

To register and for more info: https://1440.org/science-of-happiness/

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Apr
25
to Apr 27

2019 Festival of Faiths: Sacred Cosmos- Faith and Science (Open to the Public)

The mission of the Festival of Faiths is to promote interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action
through exploring how different participating faith traditions address a common issue, topic, or theme. The Festival is organized and supported by the
Center for Interfaith Relations.

https://festivaloffaiths.org/

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Are We Here to Heal? Listening Deeply to Community Calls for Support and Resilience
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Are We Here to Heal? Listening Deeply to Community Calls for Support and Resilience

RSVP Today for Are We Here to Heal? Listening Deeply to Community Calls for Support and Resilience!

The leading social movements of the 21st century have birthed some of the most powerful and innovative organizing in recent history. They have also brought calls for healing and community-oriented care that can support people in their pursuit of collective dignity and liberation. One response has been the rapid growth of an emergent field - often described as "healing justice" or "transformational activism" - that is joining a long tradition of faith-rooted and faith-inspired organizing and activism rooted in practices of community resilience.

How do these old and new forms intersect? And how do we sustain and support the integrity of these overlapping fields in a time when "spirituality" is a multi-million dollar industry? The Nathan Cummings Foundation and Faith Matters Network have partnered to interview and map practitioners, old and emerging, to learn how funders and social movement leaders can be both resource and connect to practitioners and programs leading the way.

Join us to learn what we're learning, connect with other leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, and dream together about how we might grow this burgeoning movement and help generate the social transformation needed right now.

 

Why Now?

In this leader-ful movement time, organizers, activists and caring folks of all kinds and at all levels of experience struggle with models of sustainable leadership, compassion fatigue, and identifying or treating burnout. Many of those engaged in the struggle are marginalized people themselves dealing with the collective and individual trauma of intersecting oppressions. This trauma manifests itself tangibly in physical health disparities, mental health challenges and toxic relationships. The challenges faced at the individual level become compounded in movement spaces under the weight of social media overload, economic pressure, constant crisis, and the ever present threat of what education scholar Paul C. Gorski has termed “activist martyrdom syndrome”. The result is that leaders are increasingly susceptible to stress-related health problems and emergencies, career changing burnout and tragically, as in the story of Ohio Black Lives Matter activist, Marshawn McCarrel, suicide.

At the same time, the past decade has seen the proliferation of practitioners, programs, and organizations working within the realms of healing justice, engaged activism, resilient leadership, and faith-rooted organizing. Examples include the Healing Justice Track at the annual Allied Media Conference, Generative Somatics, the Liberatory Leadership Project, Mystic Soul Project, and Queer and Transgender Therapist of Color Network among many others. While there are many intersections within this emergent “as yet to be named” field, it’s leaders and participants are often unaware of each other, or even, at times, in direct competition for funds and people.  And even as many of these projects attempt to solve the crisis of isolation and fatigue in our movements, there is often an emphasis on modalities of self-care over collective solutions resulting in an further inequity based on financial access while putting the burden on the individual to “fix themselves”.

There is a growing call for reinforcement and a fair distribution of resources to bolster the leaders and communities driving this emerging discipline forward. At Faith Matters Network, we see this as an important time to join together with funders and partners to listen deeply and consider how we can collectively support this vibrant and uneven landscape towards freedom and dignity for all people.

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Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Comic Books & Contemplatives

Comic Books & Contemplatives is a one-night interactive collaborative exploration of real and imagined heroes, creating brave spaces, contemplative practices that stir the imagination and grow resilience - all in the pursuit of creating a more just world. The Liturgists will be joined by special guest, Micky ScottBey Jones - The Justice Doula for an evening that includes music, conversation, contemplative practice, dreams (of Wakanda of course!), snacks (yes!)...and maybe even dancing! All are welcome - especially those in need of new visions for justice, the future and spirituality.

Tickets available at the door or in advance $15. Proceeds go to the work of bridging and healing through The People's Supper.

The Liturgists: theliturgists.org

Micky ScottBey Jones: MickyScottBeyJones.com and FaithMattersNetwork.org

Contact The Loft LA for questions about parking or accessibility: loftla.org

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Feb
7
1:00 PM13:00

The Peoples Supper at the 2018 Makers Conference

Join Rev. Jen and the People's Supper Team as we attend the 2018 Makers Conference-- Raise Your Voice! 

We are charging into this year inspired by all the brave women who came forward to shed light on sexual harassment. To build on the momentum and show our solidarity, we have developed dynamic programming for the 2018 MAKERS Conference that amplifies the dialogue around harassment, equal pay, and other urgent issues surrounding women’s rights. We are at a watershed moment in the women’s movement, when difficult but necessary conversations must take place. MAKERS is proud to lead those conversations and push the movement forward. Time’s up—and our time is NOW. Get ready to #RAISEYOURVOICE!

Makers is an invitation only event. Join the live stream 2/5-2/7 here: https://www.makers.com/conference 

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Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Flip the Script: Faithful Futures

Faithful Futures is a 3-hour workshop for Christian high school students who want their lives, and their faith, to “make a difference” but aren’t sure how as they consider next steps in the journey after graduation. Together, we will explore the concept of vocation and help students identify areas of call that are speaking to their hearts right now. Students will leave with a prophetic purpose statement and an asset map of conversations partners and organizations in their life that can help them explore these their calling in greater depth.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) of North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Center for Leadership Development is called to develop principled Christian leaders by helping clergy and laity embrace God’s call to LIVE as disciples, LEAD congregations effectively and DEVELOP missional fruitfulness.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-script-faithful-futures-tickets-37070431659

 

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People's Supper: North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

People's Supper: North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

This is a Track II: Bridging Supper with the planning team of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is a privately organized supper, but check out the People's Supper calendar at  https://thepeoplessupper.org/calendar for more opportunities to grab a seat in north Texas!

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Flip the Script: Discerning Your Prophetic Purpose

  • Owenwood United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Flip the Script: Discerning Your Prophetic Purpose is a weekend retreat for Christian young adults who want their lives, and their faith, to “make a difference” but aren’t sure how. Together, we 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.

This retreat is for you if you're:
A young adult, ages 18-30
Inspired by the Christian faith (whether self-identified “Christian” or not)
Passionate about justice and making a difference
Thoughtful and open to learning
Interested in being a leader

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) of North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Center for Leadership Development is called to develop principled Christian leaders by helping clergy and laity embrace God’s call to LIVE as disciples, LEAD congregations effectively and DEVELOP missional fruitfulness.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-script-tickets-35058316368

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Self Care in Color: A Virtual Retreat for Black Women and Femmes
Oct
16
to Oct 22

Self Care in Color: A Virtual Retreat for Black Women and Femmes

Check out Micky's  talk on faith and self care at the Self Care in Color Virtual Retreat! 

In a world that tries daily to deny us of our humanity, we will spend a week reaffirming it. We each were born worthy of love, respect, care, time, and attention. Nothing that has happened to you, nothing that you have done, nothing you have survived in between your birth and today has diminished your worth. It cannot be taken from you or changed.

Self-Care In Color is a week-long online event created for Black women and femmes to learn about what self-care is and how it can be used to help us thrive. This is a safe and brave space for Black women and femmes to support each other, love each other, and learn from each other what it means to thrive. Our goal is not mere survival - we will reclaim our health and our joy.

Black women and femmes carry the emotional load for our community. We are the rock. We are the linchpin that holds everything together. And far too many of us are suffering. We give, we sacrifice, we create, we build, we work, and we do it all without asking for anything in return. That stops now. Our goal is to increase the health and wellness of our community and to give our sisters a place where it is safe to focus on our wants and needs. The Self-Care In Color Virtual Retreat will give us time every day to focus on what we need so that we can thrive instead of simply surviving.

The Virtual Retreat will take place right here from October 16 - 22. Each morning at 8am Eastern Time a new video presentation will go live. These presentations will focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of Black women and femmes. AND IT IS TOTALLY FREE.

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Radical Beauty: Living in the Tension of Healing and Social Change
Oct
9
to Oct 12

Radical Beauty: Living in the Tension of Healing and Social Change

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Do you believe beauty could be a resource for creating change in communities? A source of healing for hurting souls? A way of engaging in a more productive conversation? We do.

Radical Beauty is for people who believe there’s a better way to engage in dialogue across all sorts of differences, who believe that art can build community and cross divides.

Radical Beauty will use a cyclical model of engagement to explore how we can use art to create and cultivate beauty. Each cycle will begin with an artistic experience – a concert, a film viewing, a poetry reading – followed by a facilitated conversation about how that experience, and others like it, can build community. Our own Micky ScottBey Jones will serve as lead facilitator for the event! 

Register here: http://www.montreat.org/radical-beauty/

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Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

How to Embrace Radical Difference: A Conversation with Rev. Jen Bailey

From Ferguson to Charleston, Orlando to Baltimore, Dallas to Baton Rouge, the events of the past three years have uncovered through violent acts of domestic terror the wounds at the heart of our democracy. It is clear that in the absence of a new moral and ethical vision for our nation we will continue to self-isolate—surrounding ourselves exclusively with those who think, act, believe, and look like us because it feels like the safest alternative. What if instead of retreating into isolation, we began to embrace our radical differences as a means of breaking free from harmful narratives that force us to prioritize one identity over another?

Rev. Jen Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She currently serves as the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network.

This event is part of Yale Humanist Community’s Humanist Haven 2016-17 “How to be Human” speaker series. How should we live? What makes for a good life? How do we get out of bed in the morning? Some days these questions feel bigger and harder to answer than others. Join us on Sundays to explore how to be human—bring your questions, and come connect and reflect with others. (And if you still need help with the whole getting out of bed thing, we always have free coffee from the Happiness Lab!) Learn more at bit.ly/HumanistHaven

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Rev. Jen Bailey Speaks at TedxSkoll
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Rev. Jen Bailey Speaks at TedxSkoll

Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts. The very definition of truth seems to be up for grabs, and our relationship with truth is in a state of flux. New technologies have radically decentralised the means of producing and distributing information. Data, facts and figures filter through narratives that tap into our emotions and personal beliefs. Given this dynamic, how can we promote critical thinking whilst also cultivating empathy? The power of a story well told has never been greater, and reality is subject to interpretation and manipulation. Truth, though, isn’t completely mutable. The quest to uncover truth is a bedrock of human history, and some truths are enduring and undeniable.

On Friday 7th April, let’s meet at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford for TEDxSkoll. Under a 17th century ceiling, we’ll take stock of the concept of truth and its evolving role in social, economic and political progress. We will hear from those who have harnessed truth as a central driving force in their life and work, and those who have dedicated their life’s work to producing fiction. Together, we’ll explore truth as a concept that is not always easy to find, define or grasp, and we’ll embrace that challenge as a unifying—and uniquely human—element.

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Mar
11
9:00 AM09:00

Faith Communities as Sanctuary

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.

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Feb
17
to Feb 19

Responding Faithfully in the Trump Era: Racial Justice

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

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