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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

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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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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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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

  • Montreat Institute for Christian Leadership (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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