Faith leaders, including clergy and lay leadership, are gathering in 2018 to work with Lisa Sharon Harper of Freedom Road, a consulting and training group that designs experiences to help groups in multiple sectors become just as they do justice. Faith-Rooted Community Organizing and Advocacy training draws from the wisdom of biblical justice heroes and the rich spiritual core of historic justice movements. The training series shares tools and insights to help participants analyze their respective communities, strategize, build collaborative networks, and take action while drawing on their respective faiths and marshaling unique gifts to impact social justice issues and the common good. This Faith-Rooted Organizing Training aims to organize Christian churches to enter the larger movement for justice. For this reason, the training will draw lessons from the Christian faith, in particular. That said, people of all faiths and no faith are still very much welcome to participate.
These trainings are brought to you by Initiatives of Change through Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation in partnership with Freedom Road. The first training took place in January, a second was held March 20-22 and a third was held June 19-21. These gatherings will culminate in a summit event on September 13-14 for participants of the earlier three trainings in Richmond, VA. Encourage your church leaders to register for one of the upcoming trainings and please save the date for our fall summit.
THERE ARE TWO UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 26th 2018| Webinar | 10-11:30am
What: Everything is Connected: Systems Thinking 101 Webinar with Rev. Dr. Diane Johnson from Freedom Road
When: Thursday 7/26/18 from 10-11:30am Eastern Time (US and Canada)
How: Register in advance for this meeting at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/128a6d78153b081566858a512be5123a
o More info: God asks us as people of faith to be mindful of justice, charity and equity. As we plan for sustained change in our communities it's important to understand how we are all connected. Systems Thinking is a way of seeing, analyzing and making sense of the ways our families, organizations and communities influence one another. This highly engaging webinar will help you see the bigger picture of any particular challenge. See how systems thinking can garner long-term solutions through simple actions.
September 13th & 14th 2018| Summit | 3-9pm Thursday & 9am-9pm Friday
What: Faith-Rooted Organizing Fall Summit with Lisa Sharon Harper and leaders from Freedom Road
When: Thursday 9/13/18 from 3pm-9pm & Friday 9/14/18 from 9am to 9pm EST (timeframe tentative)
How: Fill out this interest form if you are interested and would like to be notified of upcoming updates on the Fall Summit as logistics are finalized: https://goo.gl/forms/qROS6GoHBPQUvxVf2
o More info: Join Initiatives of Change and Freedom Road as we bring faith communities together to tell the region’s story in new ways, build authentic, justice-oriented relationships across social and economic divides, and to work jointly to end structural racism. The Fall Summit will be an opportunity for Richmond faith leaders to explore together how the church and faith institutions are uniquely equipped and positioned to work together toward social justice. The Summit will have sessions on Thursday afternoon and evening, and then participants will return for a full-day experience on Friday. Details for the Summit are being finalized, and in the meantime, if you would like to sign-up on our interest form to stay in the loop, please follow the link above. This Summit, and its accompanying Faith-Rooted Organizing training series, has been made possible through Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
Overview, goals & Analysis
Faith-Rooted Organizing Overview - Gaining an appreciation of the benefits, heritage, and distinct current-day contributions of faith-rooted organizing approaches to the larger justice movement.
Faith-Rooted Goals - Exploring how a faith-rooted goal setting approach can function as a bridge-building tool between disparate (and adversarial) groups within a community, state, or nation.
Faith-Rooted Analysis - Understanding how our analysis can be impacted when we examine the issues through a faith lens.
Strategy & Recruitment
Faith-Rooted Strategy - Exploring faith-rooted understandings of power, who has it, and how it is moved.
Faith-Rooted Recruitment - Reflecting on your own recruitment processes, explore your motivations for justice engagement and learn the power of public narrative.
Leadership & Faith-Rooted Action
Faith-Rooted Leadership Development - Exploring faith-rooted principles of leadership development and acquire tools for strengths and gift assessment.
Faith-Rooted Leadership Sustainability - Taking time to reflect, assessing health and strength and considering how faith traditions nurture souls.
Faith-Rooted Action - Putting personal faith into action while engaging with a campaign already at work within the community.
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
Our majority-white church is finally having a much-needed conversation about race. I came to the training hoping to learn from and connect with others who want to bring healing to our community and build genuine, heart-level relationships across the divides of skin color and faith tradition. Lisa challenged us to consider what God is birthing into the world at this moment, in this community, and how we can identify and dismantle the core lies that enable oppressive systems to exist, not just the systems themselves. She challenged us to think of our goals as native peoples do - planning for seven generations from now in order to create meaningful, lasting change.
Founder & Reconciler
Mission Reconcile, New Orleans, LA
This training was at the heart of the work that I am called to do as the founder of Mission Reconcile, a faith based racial reconciliation nonprofit that brings together one race/culture churches to talk about race, racism and create organic relationships. The trip was very much worth it! I received more than a training- I received tangible tools of Racial Healing and achieving racial justice and equity, a great network of like hearted people of faith, connection to great organizations already doing Racial Healing and racial reconciliation work and most importantly a renewed sense of purpose.
Islamic Center of Virginia
For me, all of the biblical passages were very inspirational. Some of them reminded me of a passage in the Quran while others were exactly the same. I also really enjoyed the environment and getting to know everyone. I especially enjoyed the Monday through Wednesday sessions. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my religious community, as well as my friends and family.