Theologies of Resistance
Jul
16
to Aug 18

Theologies of Resistance

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Online

homebrewedchristianity.lpages.co/theologies-of-resistance

We live in a time where the message of Jesus and the agenda of the powerful are in conflict, where the hidden systems of domination are being revealed, where the need for a movement of justice and a people of resistance is ever more clear.

For 4 weeks beginning July 16, you will get:

  • a video/audio lecture introducing the figure/movement of the week by one of the Drs. 
  • a video/audio conversation between Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and Rev. Dr. Tripp Fuller examining the week’s featured text (delivered as a PDF) 
  • a collection of resources from around the net and in books to dig further and expand the discussion
  • ongoing conversation in a private Facebook group
  • Q/A sessions based on your questions 

The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds.

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2018 Transgender Faith and Action Network Retreat
Aug
16
to Aug 19

2018 Transgender Faith and Action Network Retreat

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Montreat, NC

bit.ly/2018TFAANRegistration

The Transgender Faith and Action Network (TFAAN) is excited to bring its brightest stars and emerging leaders into a safe and intimate space to have dialogue around the most pressing issues and challenges for the trans community. The TFAAN Retreat is an opportunity for trans folk to decompress, be heard, engage and collaborate with great and like-minded community.

TFAAN is a collective of trans people of faith who recognize the value of being connected to one another and providing mutual support. TFAAN began as TransFaith in Color, a collaborative effort among trans people of various faith traditions to create more welcoming and affirming houses of worship. TransFaith in Color hosted convenings in 2010, 2011, and 2012, connecting hundreds of trans people and allies under the shared goals of learning, networking, healing, and empowerment. TFAAN builds upon the work done by the trans people of color and faith who founded these efforts.

TFAAN is also co-convener of the Trans Seminarian Leaders Cohort, a yearlong leadership development program for transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming seminarians in the United States. This is a partnership between The Freedom Center, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Pacific School of Religion, and The Task Force.

TFAAN exists not only to change policies and raise awareness about issues that affect the trans community, but also to provide spaces for trans folks to network and heal. The annual retreat is an opportunity for trans folk to decompress, be heard, engage and collaborate with like-minded community.

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CTZN Summit
Aug
23
to Aug 26

CTZN Summit

  • Art of Living Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Boone, NC

ctznwell.org/ctzn-summit

Join an intentional gathering to turn personal practice into collective change. In the name of love and justice, we are uniting our voices to help change the course of our society.

We are facing profound hardships in this country – from poverty to gun violence, unemployment to corruption. People are struggling to survive, much less to be well. We need to come together now more than ever.

CTZN SUMMIT is bringing together those of us who know we can and must do better —— for ourselves, for our communities and for our society. We are yogis, meditators and conscious citizens who are concerned about the wellbeing of our people and planet and are ready to act in the name of love and justice.

Throughout the weekend, we will be inspired by leaders like:
• Marianne Williamson
• Seane Corn
• Rev Angel Kyodo Williams
• Kerri Kelly

Who will guide us to bridge our personal practice with collective wellbeing. Through embodied movement, meditation, self-inquiry, storytelling and small group work, we will cultivate practices of self-care and resilience.

At the same time, we will learn from leading community organizers to cultivate skills like story-sharing, community building and deep canvassing in order to build our capacity to engage our communities in civil discourse. And together we will co-create new, authentic pathways for collaboration and innovation that transform our country from the inside out.

We will practice, we will unite, and we will leave with a clear purpose and a plan to put our values into action in our local communities.

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Christian Transhumanism Conference 2018
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Christian Transhumanism Conference 2018

Nashville, TN

christiantranshumanism.org/conference

The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that they are hosting a one-day conference this August with keynote speaker and longevity advocate Aubrey de Grey.

Aubrey de Grey is a life extension advocate and radical longevity researcher, working to end aging and create biological immortality through science. How will biological immortality impact our understanding of Humanity? How will it impact Faith? Is the pursuit of immortality a moral necessity—or a sin? Will it fulfill the age-old dreams of religion?

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Aug
31
to Sep 2

Conspire 2018: The Path of Descent is the Path of Transformation

Albuquerque, NM

cac.org

Join us for a weekend of contemplative teachings, practices, reflection, and conversation with Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Mirabai Starr. Conspirare. Let’s breathe together. Inhale and exhale, listen and share, let go and receive. Open heart, mind, and body to the surprising wisdom to be found in darkness and descent.

 

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Sep
2
to Sep 8

Conflict Transformation: Being Fully Present, Authentic, and Creatively Engaged

Dubois, Wyoming

ringlake.org

Luther Smith presents at one of Ring Lake’s seminars: Our dreams for nurturing relationships, creative work, and experiencing beloved community are often shattered by situations of conflict. Although “conflict” is blamed for such broken outcomes, more fundamental matters are the real culprits. Avoiding conflict, rushing to resolution, political maneuvering, character assassination, and remaining anxious and silent are just some of the dysfunctional behaviors in disputes. With skills to befriend conflict, even at times to initiate it, we can create transformational opportunities that enact our dreams. Through presentations, discussions, video, and role-play, we will engage concepts and processes that enable us to live faithfully in conflict.

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Base Christian Community Training
Sep
7
to Sep 9

Base Christian Community Training

  • Black Lake Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Asheboro, NC

goo.gl/forms/2pDKj2mxL4KBNS7F3

If you are a church planter, pastor, lay leader, activist, social entrepreneur, healer, contemplative, or seeker, check out this incredible opportunity to learn about and experience cultivating liberating expressions of church from the Central American base community movement. Registration ends on Aug. 7. Limited number of spots so register now.

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Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

National

peoplesclimate.org/rise/

Join the People's Climate Movement and partners from around the world in bringing tens of thousands of people from across the country into the streets to show our elected leaders that we demand action on climate change.  

Eight weeks later, millions more will take those demands to the polls, making Climate, Jobs, and Justice deciding issues in the midterm elections and beyond.

Our planet, livelihoods, and democracy are under attack - it’s time for bold leadership to reclaim our future. But to change everything, we need everyone: In the streets, at the ballot box, and beyond.

With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, now is the time to engage and mobilize our communities for climate, jobs, and justice.

Pledge to join tens of thousands of people taking action to demand bold climate action on September 8th, and beyond.

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Reviving Justice
Sep
11
to Sep 13

Reviving Justice

Florissant, MO

ctk-ucc.org

3-day Fall Revival meetings at Rev. Traci Blackmon's church, Christ the King UCC - featuring Rev. Dr. Robert C. Scott (St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC), Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan (St. Paul's Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA), and Rev. Dr. Gina M. Stewart (Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN).

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Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future

  • Columbia Theological Seminary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Decatur, GA

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Paying close attention to how worship shapes us for justice, the new conference Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future will examine the way churches approach worship planning, leadership, and participation so that they may fully be the Church living into Christ’s command to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Plenary sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the three-day conference will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. Where might God be leading us in the present and future of worship?
  2. How does worship call and shape us to act justly, resisting evil and seeking peace?
  3. How does God call us through worship to be holy and whole?
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FOR Weekend of Nonviolence Training
Sep
14
to Sep 16

FOR Weekend of Nonviolence Training

  • Green Acre Baha'i School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Elit, ME

eventbrite.com/e/for-campus-weekend-for-student-justice-leaders-tickets-45030722102

Do you know an undergrad scholar-activist who would love to grow their skill set through an intensive yet nurturing weekend of training, learning, and building deep relationships with peers?

If so, please tell them about this small group setting, which will explore, through workshops and retreat space, spiritually-rooted decolonial approaches to nonviolent action for justice. 

This program will build off the success and learnings from two FOR national events this summer where dynamic young adults gathered for cutting-edge engagement on today's difficult intersections of identity, social change, and movement building.

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop

San Antonio, TX

gravitycenter.com/event/the-sacred-enneagram-workshop-san-antonio

An Exploratory Enneagram Workshop in San Antonio The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth An Exploratory Workshop with Chris Heuertz

Have you ever asked yourself the quintessential human question of identity, “Who am I?” Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to others and God. Unfortunately, in the process of forming an identity, we succumb to building up lies and illusions around our sense of self that…

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From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle
Sep
20
8:00 AM08:00

From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle

Nashville, TN

my.vanderbilt.edu/mlk50

April 4, 2018 marked the 50th year since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel. The Vanderbilt Divinity School, situated in the deep south with its contingent residue of social inequities, deems this moment a pivotal time to think critically about the issues of racial injustice pervading the last half-century. Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee to stand with sanitation workers over the issue of low wages. His work in social and racial justice spanned just a little over a decade from the mid-1950s to his death in 1968. In that short period, King called attention to issues plaguing racial minorities. In his effort to achieve racial justice, King engaged several strategies of resistance including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The March on Washington and the creation of the southern Christian Leadership Conference. All of these non-violent direct-action efforts were designed to confront and dismantle the very same racial injustices we are currently experiencing.

Consequently, the meteoric rise of #Black Lives Matter after the acquittal of his white perpetrator, the murder of the 17-year-old black youth, Trayvon Martin, serves as a stark reminder of the insidious nature of justice in America for racial minorities. King’s death continues to spark interest around the horrific trend in American culture to brutally murder, defile, and destroy black lives.

The Deans of four Vanderbilt University Schools: Divinity (Emilie M. Townes), Law (Chris Guthrie), Peabody (Camilla Benbow), and the Graduate School (Mark Wallace) will each convene a panel of scholars to address the implications of 50 years of struggle in a day-long symposium “From MLK to BLM: 50 Years of Struggle.” Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, a longtime ally and graduate of Vanderbilt University, will keynote the lunch hour with lunch provided to all attendees. The evening will conclude with a keynote address by Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the Movement for Black Lives, at Langford Auditorium.

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Prophetic Imagination 2018
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Prophetic Imagination 2018

  • Plymouth Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Minneapolis, MN

propheticimagination.com

The conference coincides with the 40th anniversary of Walter Brueggemann's landmark book The Prophetic Imagination. The conference asks: "What is the prophetic vocation today?" Drawing upon the deep spiritual roots of resistance, and embracing the divine pathos of lament, how do we raise a hopeful prophetic voice that challenges empire?

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Sep
21
to Sep 23

Ridgway Spirit Fest 2018

  • Ridgway, CO United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ridgway, CO

ridgwayspiritfest.com

The purpose of Ridgway Spirit Fest, Inc. is to advance awareness by offering presentations, speakers, discussion groups, movement, art and music, thereby increasing understanding of the many paths, faiths, traditions, cultures, philosophies and wisdom leading to the One Source. Father Richard Rohr is the keynote speaker this year. Tickets are already sold out.

 

 

 

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Sep
21
to Sep 23

Grounding Retreat

Schuyler, NE

gravitycenter.com/event/grounding-retreat-schuyler-nebraska

Grounding retreats are for people who are new to contemplative spirituality. Drawing from the Christian contemplative tradition, retreatants explore history, methodology and practice, have the opportunity to debrief experiences of contemplative prayer, and discover implications for daily life and faith. Grounding retreats give participants the opportunity to detach and rest from hectic and fragmented lives to engage in small doses of solitude, silence and stillness, within a supportive community. Retreatants leave Grounding retreats more centered and grounded in their identity, with a deeper understanding…

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Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop

Maple Grove, MN

gravitycenter.com/event/the-sacred-enneagram-workshop-msp

An Exploratory Enneagram Workshop in Maple Grove, Minnesota The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth An Exploratory Workshop with Chris Heuertz

Have you ever asked yourself the quintessential human question of identity, “Who am I?” Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to others and God. Unfortunately, in the process of forming an identity, we succumb to building up lies and illusions around our sense of self…

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Oct
5
to Oct 7

Grateful: The Radical Practice for Personal and Political Transformation

Abiquiu, NM

www.ghostranch.org

Based on her new book, Grateful, Diana Butler Bass explores the spiritual practices of thanksgiving. Looking at gratitude as both a transforming emotion and a radical ethical practice, she takes us on a journey that enables us to discover gratitude as both resilience and resistance.

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

The Enneagram & Contemplative Spirituality

Kansas City, MO

gravitycenter.com/event/enneagram-contemplative-spirituality-avila-university

Phileena and Chris Heuertz will be joining Contemporary Spirituality for two days for this public event. On Friday evening, Chris and Phileena will share their story, engage the audience in a question and response time, and be available for book signing. On Saturday, Chris will teach on the Enneagram and Phileena will facilitate a spiritual practice for the group.

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Liberating Theologies
Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Liberating Theologies

Charlotte, NC

eventbrite.com/e/liberating-theologies-speaker-series-tickets-48378028987

The Liberating Theologies Conference, presented by The Freedom Center for Social Justice, is a one-day experience exploring varying theologies with an emphasis on liberation and inclusion for the oppressed and marginalized.

The Liberating Theologies Conference is an extension of The Freedom Center for Social Justice's Do No Harm Initiative, which asks faith leaders in North Carolina to commit to doing no harm through interpretation of Holy Text or other religious writing. There is a particular focus on harm caused on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, race and/or faith tradition.

Do No Harm exists to create cultural shifts across the state of North Carolina, especially as it relates to faith communities and inclusion for the LGBTQ community.  

There is a need in North Carolina to make a bold statement about intersectional justice and the importance of restorative justice for those in the LGBTQ community who have been ostracized and even banished from the church. Liberating Theologies seeks to uplift diverse religious narratives in support of the LGBTQ community.

This inaugural conference is held in partnership with Union Theological Seminary of New York and in honor of Reverend Dr. James H. Cone, the renowned founder of Black Liberation Theology.

Theologies to be explored include:
Black Liberation Theology
Queer Theology
Activist Theology

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Better Angels: Using the Power of Community to Change the World
Oct
8
to Oct 11

Better Angels: Using the Power of Community to Change the World

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Montreat, NC

montreat.org/better-angels

When we look at the intersection of today’s headlines and God’s concern we see topics like racism, #metoo, immigration, and violence. In each of these discussions, the common thread is power. It’s the same when we look at the topics of spirited discussion in our churches, like the budget, mission, stewardship, and recruitment of leaders. And yet power is something we rarely talk about, analyze, or organize around, even though we’re dealing with it, using it, or finding ourselves without it, all the time.

This conference will examine the biblical, theological, and sociological understandings of power and the church’s relationship to it. When do we build power for the gospel, and when do we resist the powers that oppose it? How is power necessary for congregational leadership, and when does it divide? How do we wield power in the church in unifying ways without diminishing Jesus’ radical call to discipleship?

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Oct
12
to Oct 14

Another Name for Every Thing: The Universal Christ

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pecos, NM

pecosmonastery.org

The retreat is based on Richard Rohr's next book - which distinguishes Jesus from Christ while also keeping them one. Come away and enjoy a weekend of theological reflection, dialogue, and time for contemplative prayer. The pastoral and ecclesial implications are life changing for many people. It will be the first time Richard has returned to the monastery in almost thirty years, and he is quite happy to do so.

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Christian Unity Gathering 2018
Oct
15
to Oct 17

Christian Unity Gathering 2018

Washington, D.C.

nationalcouncilofchurches.com

“The reign of God is among you.” Jesus said it again and again. The disciples acted as if they believed it. They broke with their old way of life and began to walk with Jesus in a new way that honored the image of God in all people (Gen 1:26); announced good news to the poor (Luke 4:18), and welcomed all to the table (Matt 9:10-11).

The Christian Unity Gathering 2018 follows the ACT NOW to End Racism rally of April. We will imagine the world without racism and will identify next steps to help create that world among us now.

Come to CUG to join with others in awakening to that world. Leave with a plan to start building it.

The Christian Unity Gathering is the signature annual event of the National Council of Churches.

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Leading Vital Congregations
Oct
15
to Oct 19

Leading Vital Congregations

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Montreat, NC

convergenceleadership.org/gatherings

Building a Multi-Denominational/Multi-Faith Spiritual Movement: A Convergence Leadership Retreat - Led by Brian McLaren and Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle

Growing numbers of pastors, denominational officials, and other spiritual leaders are seeing that we face two interrelated challenges in the next decade: building vibrant spiritual communities in these changing and fractious times, and helping those congregations converge in a larger spiritual movement that is multi-denominational and multi-faith as well.

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JustSex Conference
Oct
18
to Oct 20

JustSex Conference

  • Scarritt-Bennett Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nashville, TN

allianceofbaptists.org/calendar/event/justsex-honest-faithful-conversation

How can people of faith engage in constructive conversations about sexuality when we are more aware than ever of its complexity and diversity? When the word “sex” itself can elicit conflict and division, is it possible to move beyond schisms to dialogue and discernment? How do modern understandings of human sexuality inform a holistic sexual ethic? Join the Alliance of Baptists for a justice-focused event exploring ways we can work together to bring sex to light. 

The conference, taking place Oct. 18-20 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn., is open to all who wish to foster healthy discussions about sexuality in their own lives and in their faith communities. Attendees will participate in worship, learn from experts, engage in honest conversation and take part in breakout sessions that explore: 

  • How our understanding of sexuality changed over time;
  • How cultures, institutions and faith traditions approach sexuality – both in the past and in our current moment;
  • Guiding principles for developing a contemporary sexual ethic; and
  • How people of faith reclaim sex as a gift from God and support healthy sexuality in our communities.
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Equipped for Change: The Reformation Project Conference in Orlando
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Equipped for Change: The Reformation Project Conference in Orlando

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

Orlando, FL

reformationproject.org/orlando

The Reformation Project's national conference on LGBTQ inclusion in the church! Equip yourself with the tools needed to create change in your church, including: 

  • First-rate teaching from leading biblical scholars and theologians to help you learn how to talk about the Bible and LGBTQ inclusion;
  • Inspiring keynotes and workshops from LGBTQ Christians at the forefront of the movement;
  • An intersectional approach centering marginalized voices, including people of color, women, and transgender people;
  • Worship, community, and new friendships with those who are also passionate about advancing LGBTQ inclusion.
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God and Guns: Faith to End Violence
Oct
21
to Oct 22

God and Guns: Faith to End Violence

New York, NY

facebook.com/events/233687814065159/

All we need to end gun violence in America is faith that it can be done and the will to act. To this end, on October 11-2 The Riverside Church will host an intensive training on gun violence for people of faith and goodwill committed to ending gun violence. Attendees will gain concrete tools to educate, engage, and mobilize your congregations to enact change in your community. Those who attend do not have to agree on the solutions to the epidemic of gun violence, only that something must be done.

To inquire about discount rates and scholarships, email godandguns@trcnyc.org

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Oct
25
9:00 AM09:00

The Apprentice Gathering

Wichita, KS

gravitycenter.com/event/apprentice-gathering

Phileena Heuertz will be speaking at The Apprentice Gathering, an annual conference to gather and advance the field of Christian spiritual formation at Friends University students on October 25, 2018. Phileena will spend the day with attendees of a pre-conference intensive teaching from her experience in spiritual formation. 

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Evolving Faith
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Evolving Faith

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Montreat, NC

evolvingfaithconference.com

Your faith is changing, and everything else seems to be changing with it—your relationships, your views on justice and social issues, your experience with the Church, your very identity. 

Evolving Faith is a gathering of kindred spirits, an opportunity to learn, wrestle, worship, laugh and commiserate as we navigate this journey through the Wilderness together.

Curated by Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey and hosted at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center near Asheville, North Carolina, Evolving Faith features a robust diversity of speakers leading conversations around everything from the Bible, to parenting, to politics, to racial justice, to art and science.

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2018 Parliament of the World's Religions
Nov
1
to Nov 7

2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Toronto, ON

parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/2018-powr

We call upon peoples of faith and conscience to stand for a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world and join thousands of interfaith activists from around the world at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Canada - in its distinction as home of the world’s most diverse city, will showcase its unique values, achievements, and aspirations as the 7th host of the Parliament of the World's Religions.

For its 2018 theme, the Parliament draws from movements of goodwill and cross-cultural respect that are embodied in the spirit of the interfaith movement:

The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love:
Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change

The 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions that will feature more than 500 programs and events across six major tracks:

  • The Women's Track: The Dignity of Women Across the World's Wisdom Traditions
  • Countering War, Hate & Violence Track: Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence
  • Climate Action Track: Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future
  • The Indigenous Peoples’ Track: The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth
  • The Next Generations Track: Interfaith Has No Age, Youth Voices for Change
  • Justice: Advancing Concrete Change Toward a Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World
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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

What’s at stake in the 2018 Elections? The Struggle for Voting Rights and the Poor People’s Campaign

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New York, NY

blackfreedomstudies.org/events/fall-2018/the-struggle-for-voting-rights-and-the-poor-peoples-campaign

Featuring Reverend William Barber, Gloria Browne-Marshall, and Reverend Liz Theoharis

Black America is singular as the oppressed group denied citizenship, economic justice, and voting rights in the USA. If there was a New Deal for White America, then there was a Raw Deal for Black America. As an alternative to the Raw Deal for the “Other America” and understanding that economic justice was linked to voting rights, Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King championed the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis are leading today’s new Poor People's Campaign, challenging racism, voter suppression, poverty, militarism, and environmental devastation. Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall is the author of The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice. Together they will discuss what is at stake in the 2018 elections.

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Cosmic Campfire
Nov
8
to Nov 10

Cosmic Campfire

Raleigh, NC

cosmiccampfire.party

A no-holds-barred curiosity cauldron where no big-ass question of ultimate meaning will go un-answered.

When science and spirituality stop talking to each other, when questions about science, the mind, humanity and origins have to visit their parents every-other-weekend, we all miss out.

A scientifically-rigorous, skeptically-persistent, experimentally-intoxicating, and spiritually-humble pop-up community where we get to roast marshmallows and talk about God.

It’s what would happen if Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Darwin, Lao Tzu, Socrates, and Jesus made s'mores together. 

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Nov
8
to Nov 11

National Conference on Faith-Based Service 2018

  • Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Baltimore, MD

catholicvolunteernetwork.org/national-conference

Each fall, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues.

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UMC Lead 2019
Jan
14
to Jan 16

UMC Lead 2019

New Orleans, LA

umclead.net/conference

For three days, every year, UMC Lead brings together leaders, innovators, and creatives from within, and outside of, The United Methodist Church. Participants hear big ideas, experience amazing music, and network with others. There are no paid speakers or professional experts, this is a conference that is fully participant driven.

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Refill & Recreate Retreat
Feb
5
to Feb 7

Refill & Recreate Retreat

  • Wilson Creek Winery & Manor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Temecula Valley, CA

brimproject.com/brimretreat.html

If you are a church artist who's seeking some soul-filling, this retreat is for you!

Would your soul finally feel fulfilled if you were tapping into your creativity and art? Envision creative space free from disarray, distractions and disharmony! We all want some of that freedom and it is doable no matter how chaotic you might be feeling in this moment. 

Now imagine your cup refilled and space to recreate your passion for your calling to create! Join Andra Moran & Suzanne Castle for a time away that has been specially designed to help you recapture your creative verve and renew the energy that fuels your work. This February in Southern California's wine valley you will have space to work on new ideas with like-minded church artists and have some time just for yourself to breathe and rest.

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Mystic Soul Conference 2019
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Mystic Soul Conference 2019

  • Chicago High School of the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Chicago, IL

mysticsoulproject.com/conference

At the center of ourselves, at the seat of our souls, in the radical - most rooted part of ourselves, we are meant to be whole. In the second annual Mystic Soul Conference we will engage with the vision of "RADICAL WHOLENESS" as our own deepest truth and the intention we all seek to live into and return to, over and over again. 

The Mystic Soul Project, a nonprofit whose aim is to center People of Color (POC) at the intersections of contemplative (mystical) spirituality, activism and healing we engage again with those themes as a national and international community as we conference together again.

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Theology Beer Camp
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Theology Beer Camp

Asheville, NC

theologybeercamp.com

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast. For three days we will get super nerdy and taste some delicious craft beer. We will have a number of local beer tastings, exclusive new content, and unique experiences for a select number of theology nerds.

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The Voices Project 2018 New York Gathering
Aug
14
to Aug 15

The Voices Project 2018 New York Gathering

  • 1166 6th Avenue New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New York, NY

eventbrite.com/e/the-voices-project-2018-new-york-gathering-tickets-47566713320

The Voices Gathering is a semi-annual gathering of Leaders of Color for discussion and collaboration. It is an intimate assemblage of leaders who come together to encourage, support, teach and learn from one another. These leaders collaborate to strengthen our communities and give voice to the margins. We are kingdom builders who seek to shape and influence our fields for the common good and the glory of God.

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Charlottesville Resistance 2018
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Charlottesville Resistance 2018

Charlottesville, VA

congregatecville.com/call-to-action-for-people-of-faith

Local organizers are hard at work laying the groundwork for logistics, fun, resistance, and a diversity of actions and voices for August 11-12, 2018. This resistance belongs to every oppressed person of Charlottesville and we seek to keep it open to that. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.

We will see you in celebration and in mourning. We will see you in resistance this August.

Start conspiring. Start planning to resist. Keep your eyes peeled for chances to contribute.  We will win and it will be worth it.

— Charlottesville Summer of Resistance Welcoming Committee

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Aug
9
to Aug 12

TEN Conference 2018

Chicago, IL

theevangelicalnetwork.net/event/TEN2018

The Evangelical Network (TEN) is proud to announce the 2018 Annual TEN Conference. This year's event will be held in Chicago, IL (Elk Grove) from August 9 until August 12 - and it's a BIG one because they are celebrating their 30th Anniversary!

The conference theme will be "A Pearl of Great Price" celebrating the "pearl anniversary," with a focus on Matthew 13:45-46, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

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Reimagining Interfaith
Jul
29
to Aug 1

Reimagining Interfaith

  • George Washington Universtiy Marvin Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Washington, D.C.

www.reimagineinterfaith.org

Reimagining Interfaith is an event focusing on skill-building, networking, and organizing for grassroot activists and interfaith peacebuilders from around the world. We are co-sponsored by numerous diverse organizations, including Religions for Peace-USA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, United Religions Initiative-North America, World Congress of Faith, the Interfaith Funders Group, the International Association for Religious Freedom and multiple faith communities.

 

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Jul
28
12:30 AM00:30

Soularize 2018—Soul Purpose: Inhabiting Our Unique Psycho-Ecological Niche

  • Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bernalillo, NM

illuman.org/soularize-2018

Everyone yearns for—and needs—a purpose that can be embodied, a meaning that can be lived. Our gathering will help us look at our purpose from a very different vantage point rarely considered: that of the more-than-human world. How can we more fully engage this essential realm of purpose, personally and communally, in the unfolding of the world’s story in this liminal time and space? Noted author, wilderness guide, and depth psychologist, Bill Plotkin, will be our guide on this exciting and challenging journey.

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The Skylight Festival
Jul
27
to Jul 29

The Skylight Festival

Paris, Ontario

skylightfestival.ca

Nurturing a narrative of hope, joy and transformation, Skylight Festival is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, spirituality, faith, peace and justice. We are excited that our Contributors this year will include Science Mike (Mike Mchargue) of the Liturgists! All are welcome, to this queer friendly, wide tent of spiritual exploration. Spiritual but not religious especially welcome. Explore new ways of expressing faith, spirituality, and how to be church. We will experience each session through the theme for this year's Skylight Festival: 
Courage to...

Courage to...Hope

Courage to...Love

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Jul
27
to Jul 29

Building Our Power

Rowe, MA

shantigar.org/building-our-power

A training in mindful activism for community organizing. Mindful grounding helps people reconnect with their humanity as the basis for radical social change. Participants will be introduced to ways of working and understanding movement building through civics, strategy, and targets.

Facilitators Deb Katz, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Michael Beer will offer powerful approaches for individual discovery and practical application when confronting today's biggest social challenges. Participants will return home inspired and better prepared to take action in their own communities.

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Christian Feminism Today Gathering 2018
Jul
26
to Jul 29

Christian Feminism Today Gathering 2018

  • Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

St. Louis, MO

eewc.com/2018-cft-gathering

“Standing Up, Speaking Up In Such a Time as This”

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14 (NIV)

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Christianity As Planetary Faith: Engaging Teilhard’s Vision
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Christianity As Planetary Faith: Engaging Teilhard’s Vision

  • Bishop Miege High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Roeland Park, KS

omegacenter.info/event/omega-conference-2018

Is Christianity old and tired or does it have an inner power to transform the world? Teilhard thought so and linked Christianity with evolution.

What does an evolutionary Christianity mean for the planet today?

Come and join us for engaged conversation, as we explore the heart of religion in an unfinished universe.

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2018 TFAM Leadership Conference
Jul
18
to Jul 20

2018 TFAM Leadership Conference

Kansas City, MO

tfamcon.com

The overriding purpose of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries is to support religious leaders and laity in moving toward a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination. The more specific goals of the Fellowship are to create a safe environment where all can assemble in order to 1) develop a safe space for personal authenticity and open honest exchange; 2) adopt a more inclusive theology; and 3) create a network of collaborative support and practical guidance to prevent isolation and loss, both financially and socially which typically haunt leaders and their churches as they become more radically inclusive.

Our bishops, pastors and lay leaders convene to share best practices, pray for vision and, offer counsel for advancing our mission.

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Decentering Power and Privilege: Becoming a Peculiar People
Jul
2
to Jul 7

Decentering Power and Privilege: Becoming a Peculiar People

Keuka Park, NY

bpfna.org

Our annual conference is for everyone who longs for the spirituality, inspiration, skills, knowledge, and community to support a life of peace rooted in justice. Peacemakers from throughout the world will come together for a week of inspiration and training that will empower our personal and corporate work for justice.

 

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Jun
29
to Jul 2

Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty 2018

Washington, DC

abolition.org/fastandvigil

For these four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. It is an energizing grassroots week of training, advocacy, action, community and education. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement.

Additionally, each evening we hear stories from murder victims’ family members, death row exonerees, death row families and leaders in the national abolition movement.

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Speaking Truth to Power
Jun
28
to Jun 29

Speaking Truth to Power

  • Friendship West Baptist Church and Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dallas, TX

fdhministries.org

Sixty years ago, The Quakers originated the phrase in a political document entitled “Speak Truth to Power: A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence.” Today, with the names of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and tragically too many others to name etched into consciousness that systemic injustices are relevant and important.
 
We convene in their memories, with a vital two-day forum we call Speaking Truth to Power: Movement-Building for Social Justice.

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ELCA Youth Gathering
Jun
27
to Jul 1

ELCA Youth Gathering

Houston, TX

elca.org/YouthGathering

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering's ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

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Mass Rally in Washington, D.C., and Global Day of Solidarity
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Mass Rally in Washington, D.C., and Global Day of Solidarity

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The launch phase of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival ends with a mass rally in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of people are expected for this major event. It will also be a Global Day of Solidarity, with international partners around the world organizing rallies and gatherings in solidarity with the U.S. campaign. Make plans now to come to D.C. to be part of this historic gathering!

 

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Invite Welcome Connect Summit
Jun
12
to Jun 14

Invite Welcome Connect Summit

  • The University of the South (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sewanee, TN

beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events

Invite Welcome Connect is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers clergy and lay leaders to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the Gospel imperative to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, Invite Welcome Connect has been integrated into 45 dioceses of The Episcopal Church, seminaries, colleges, and other parts of the Anglican Communion.

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Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

Uniting Student Activists with John Pavlovitz

St. Louis, MO

www.eventbrite.com

The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope regarding our country's social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Rebounding From Compassion Fatigue with John Pavlovitz

St. Louis, Missouri

www.eventbrite.com

To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts?

Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you've exhausted your resources.

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Contemplative Sit for Justice
May
21
8:00 AM08:00

Contemplative Sit for Justice

Washington, DC

transformnetwork.org/sitforjustice

Join Transform Network in Washington, D.C., for contemplative prayer and meditation with Father Richard Rohr and Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei on Monday, May 21 at 8am ET in solidarity with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

NOTE: If you wish to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience and risk arrest as part of the campaign, there will be a training at 10am, immediately following this time of contemplative prayer and meditation. 

RSVP online now, and we will email you full details!

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Urgent National Call: Poor People's Campaign
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Urgent National Call: Poor People's Campaign

Online

transformnetwork.org/sitforjustice

Transform Network is honored to be one of the faith partners in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. So, to introduce the campaign and invite you to take action, we are hosting a national call on Wednesday, May 16 at 8pm ET.

Sign up online now to RSVP for this national call, and you will receive the call-in information!

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Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of The Leader
May
8
to May 10

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of The Leader

  • The Dubose Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Beecken Center is proud to partner with the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) to host this three-day course, Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: the Work of the Leader. The role of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate transitional leadership. The course is presented by the Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith, an Episcopal priest with nearly twenty years' experience in transitional ministry, and introduces foundational theories that are key to interim ministry. Class hours are devoted to providing opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story.

http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu

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Jesus Rode A Dinosaur: Talking to Youth in A Scientific Age
May
7
to May 8

Jesus Rode A Dinosaur: Talking to Youth in A Scientific Age

Faith and science in conversation. It’s what youth ministry needs and what youth workers want, so we’ve created a conference to deliver just that. This conference is centered in generative conversations—between scientists, authors, pastors, theologians, and philosophers. Krista Tippett, Andy Root, Mike McHargue, Rozella Haydee White and others will be discussing raising and ministering to teenagers in a scientific age.

http://scienceym.org

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Confronting White Supremacy: An Examination of America’s Unrepentant Sin
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Confronting White Supremacy: An Examination of America’s Unrepentant Sin

New York, NY

utsnyc.edu/white-supremacy

From bigots marching in Charlottesville, to a President who regularly encourages them, the past year cast a harsh light on the extent and prevalence of white supremacy. While the recent headlines may seem shocking, the issue has deep national roots. Join Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas as she moderates a panel to discuss this spiritual crisis.

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