UNCO 2018 West
Oct
22
to Oct 24

UNCO 2018 West

Vashon, WA

unco.us/unconference/unco-west-reg/

UNCO is an unconference for church leaders, pastors, families, and seminarians. It is three days of worship and open space discussion on the church and its future.

With an eye toward intentional diversity and ecumenism, we  draw from the wealth of knowledge at the gathering. The leaders, topics, and workshops will be harvested from the participants.

During these discussions, we will share ideas about planting communities, writing liturgy, creating art, innovating technology, or wherever our passions and insights might lead us.

YOU bring the conference. The hosts and many volunteers provide a space and facilitate bringing individuals together for UNCO.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - El Paso, TX
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX

votecommongood.com/events/el-paso-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Las Cruces, NM
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Las Cruces, NM

  • El Calvario United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Las Cruces, NM

votecommongood.com/events/las-cruces-new-mexico/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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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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Restoring Hearts Women's Retreat
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Restoring Hearts Women's Retreat

  • Bolivar Peninsula, TX United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Galveston, TX

rhwconsulting.eventsmart.com/events/restoring-hearts-womens-retreat/

Join Retreat Hostess, Rozella Haydée White and Retreat Hospitality Coordinator, Cynthia “CJ” Justice, for the first Restoring Hearts Women’s Retreat, October 26-28, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. This intimate gathering was created for women who are in need of restoration and renewal; for women who give all they have to everyone else but struggle to love and care for themselves.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Escondido, CA
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Escondido, CA

Escondido, CA

votecommongood.com/events/escondido-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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One Big Happy Family: Facing the Beasts of Empire
Oct
26
to Oct 27

One Big Happy Family: Facing the Beasts of Empire

  • Southminster Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Beaverton, OR

westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/beaverton-2018/

The early Jesus movements emerged as the Roman empire came under one-man rule. With Caesar Augustus, power relationships started changing at every level, from the administration of a vast empire, to the family form on which it was built, and even to understandings of what it meant to be a self. Early Christ groups and others responded in myriad ways. How are their forms of resistance relevant today?

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Ancient Texts and the Spiritual Life
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Ancient Texts and the Spiritual Life

  • Plymouth Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fort Wayne, IN

westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/fortwayne-2018/

How do fresh insights from recently recovered first-century documents such as the Gospel of Mary, the Odes of Solomon, and the Thunder: Perfect Mind from early Christ movements encourage new ways to explore religious life? Can they lead to a new awareness about spirituality and daily practice? Taussig and Lillie will:

  • illuminate scholarly perspectives on early faith and spirituality

  • introduce ancient exercises to quiet, center, and connect, for expanding spiritual awareness

  • explore long-lost Christian practices and connections with traditions of other faiths

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Vista, CA
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Vista, CA

  • Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vista, CA

votecommongood.com/events/vista-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Huntington Beach, CA
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach, CA

votecommongood.com/events/huntington-beach-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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North Carolina Poor People's Hearing
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

North Carolina Poor People's Hearing

  • pin New Light Missionary Baptist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Greensboro, NC

facebook.com/events/286744865270850

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Irvine, CA
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Irvine, CA

  • Irvine United Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Irvine, CA

votecommongood.com/events/irvine-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Devoted for Youth Pastors
Oct
30
8:30 AM08:30

Devoted for Youth Pastors

Cincinnati, OH

loveboldly.net/devoted

Saddled with expectations from parents, congregation members, denominations, and the leaders who hired them, youth and young adult pastors face a unique challenge in providing effective pastoral care to their LGBTQ+ student. Is it possible to maintain a traditional Biblical view on sexuality, yet remain devoted to the youth in your care who identify as LGBTQ+? Join us for this one-day seminar that will equip you to take practical steps towards loving the LGBTQ+ students in your community with a new boldness, while avoiding common pitfalls that erode relationships, harm your students, and damage those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

 Presenters will offer a Biblical framework for reconciliation that frees Christians to emulate Christ’s incarnational love without compromising deeply held beliefs on sexuality. Hone your skills and practice strategies for building "treasonous friendships" across deep theological and ideological divides that typically challenge our loyalty to one another. Invite God to guide you towards deeper healing in your closest relationships and gain practical take-home skills and tools to inform your life of ministry.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Brea, CA
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Brea, CA

Brea, CA

votecommongood.com/events/brea-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Simi Valley, CA
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Simi Valley, CA

Simi Valley, CA

votecommongood.com/events/simi-valley-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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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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Harrisburg, PA Poor People's Hearing
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Harrisburg, PA Poor People's Hearing

Harrisburg, PA

facebook.com/events/273226313319191/

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Alternative Truths in Christianity: The Gospels We Never Hear
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Alternative Truths in Christianity: The Gospels We Never Hear

  • First Congregational Church of Auburn UCC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Auburn, CA

westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/auburn-2018/

We live in an age of multiple truths and uncertain futures. We live in a culture where trusted techniques of research and critical thinking have been subject to scorn and labelled fake news. Christianity is no stranger to speaking truth to power, nor to value diversity in truth without succumbing to the cynicism of fake truth. In its earliest expressions, Christianity was able to sustain diversity and to challenge dominating powers. This heritage leads contemporary Christian theology to ask new questions about God, truth, and value outside the distorted expressions of power today.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Bakersfield, CA
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA

votecommongood.com/events/bakersfield-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Lexington, KY Poor People's Hearing
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Lexington, KY Poor People's Hearing

  • 1313 N. Limestone St. Lexington, NY 40505 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lexington, KY

facebook.com/events/2070152546380655

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Fresno, CA
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Fresno, CA

Fresno, CA

votecommongood.com/events/fresno-california/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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New Story Experience
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

New Story Experience

Austin, TX

newstoryfestival.com/1day-experience

The New Story Experience is an experience of community, creativity, and the common good; right in the heart of Austin, Texas - with art, music, spirituality and social action, big ideas, and playful connection - helping us step into a better story for a better world.

Featuring Brian McLaren, Mona Haydar, Micky ScottBey Jones, Gareth Higgins, and Amparo Garcia-Crow.

$10 tickets now available!

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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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Free Spirituality & Reparations Webinar
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Free Spirituality & Reparations Webinar

Free Online

www.facebook.com

Most view reparations in purely economic terms, yet it is much more. Reparations can be healing and show solidarity between communities. In particular, spiritual communities committed to reconciliation often miss the need to repair harm before reconciling is possible. Join us in our Journey toward healing moral and material harm of slavery and the legacy we currently live. 

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2018 SOA Watch Border Encuentro
Nov
16
to Nov 18

2018 SOA Watch Border Encuentro

US/Mexico Border

soaw.org

As we prepare for the 2018 SOA Watch Border Encuentro on November 16-18, we continue to draw inspiration from those who have accompanied SOA Watch for almost three decades through vigils, protests, speaking out in the halls of Congress, and disrupting the system through civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action. For 26 years we were present at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, and for the past two years we have been in ambos Nogales, Arizona/Sonora, to continue our work to close the School of the Américas (SOA) / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation (WHINSEC) by shining a spotlight on the disastrous effects of US intervention at the US/Mexico border.

This year, we are committed to demand:

  • An end to Plan Mérida and the Alliance for Prosperity.

  • Demilitarization and divestment of borders

  • An end to US economic, military and political intervention in Latin America, and the closure of SOA/WHINSEC

  • An end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color

  • Respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities

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Healing Our Spirit, Healing Our Community - Three Online Conversations
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Healing Our Spirit, Healing Our Community - Three Online Conversations

Online
communitylearninglab.org/live

Session 1: (12/6/18) The Healing of Black Women and the Power of Self-Care
- Melanie Silas, Professor in Rochester, NY

Explore the socio-historical and cultural factors that impact the overall health and wellness of Black women. Join us as we discuss the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health of Black women as well as explore concepts of self-care through a Black Feminist and Womanist theoretical lens. 

Session 2: (12/13/18) The Soul of Medicine
-Dr. Jessica Shand, Rochester-based Pediatric Oncologist

The medical environment should be sterile. But that applies to instruments and surfaces, not to bedside manner. Listen in as pediatric oncologist Jessica Shand shares her vision for a healthcare environment that acknowledges emotions, honors choice about one’s body, and understands the centrality of the soul.

Session 3: (12/20/18) Immigration Justice: Telling the Stories that Society Ignores . - William Lopez, Author and Immigration Activist, U Michigan

We live in a world becoming numb to protest and outrage. How can we be heard? Join William Lopez as he lifts up the power of story in the fight for justice. The new tools for postmodern activism may surprise you- tools that are not loud, but poignant; not logical, but prosaic; not objective, but profoundly personal.

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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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Cosmic Campfire
Feb
1
to Feb 3

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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Soul Way Retreat
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Soul Way Retreat

  • Mt. Carmel Retreat Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Niagara Falls, ON, L2G, Canada

soulwayretreat.com

Join Soul Way Retreat for this special weekend focusing on the Enneagram and Christian Contemplative Spirituality with Chris & Phileena Heuertz.

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual seeker and brand new to this content, or well-versed and full of faith, we expect this weekend will be fruitful for you. The retreat is open to everyone over the age of 18.

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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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Ancient Texts: Where Spiritual and Social Action Meet
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Ancient Texts: Where Spiritual and Social Action Meet

  • First Congregational Church (UCC) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sarasota, FL

westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/sarasota-2019/

In 1945, a collection of early Christian texts was discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Many were written at the same time as the more familiar texts of the New Testament, but ultimately were excluded from it. As scholarship makes these ancient texts increasingly accessible to the public, they are inspiring new art, music, spiritual practices and more. In this Jesus Seminar on the Road, Celene Lillie and Natalie Renee Perkins will introduce the Gospel of Maryand Thunder: Perfect Mind both in their ancient context and creative, modern expressions.

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Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference 2019
Feb
18
to Feb 21

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference 2019

Birmingham, AL

proctor2019.org

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference issues this 2019 call to gather in the tradition of and with affirmation of the legacies of the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone and the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon. Beautiful are their feet! Their footprints forever guide our ministry!

In the context of Black theology and Black faith, mighty trees have fallen. We continue to mourn the passing of the courageous father of Black Liberation Theology, Dr. Cone and one of the mighty Mothers of Womanism, Dr. Cannon. We are left to gather the lessons so that we might not forget. We are left to continue to fight for our humanity, with the conviction that Father God hears our cries, Mother God walks with us and we have two new powerful ancestors for our journey during this forthcoming benchmark year, called by many, the "Quad-Centennial" year.

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The Universal Christ
Mar
29
to Mar 31

The Universal Christ

  • Albuquerque Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Albuquerque, NM

cac.org/universal-christ

Christ is more than Jesus’ last name. Jesus is a person whose example we can follow. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation is an ongoing revelation of  Christ, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Together—Jesus and Christ—show us “the way, the truth, and the life” of death and resurrection.

Join us as we explore the central themes of Father Richard’s new book (available Spring 2019) and discover the roots of the universal Christ in the rich history of the Christian tradition. Experience Easter in a new way as we consider Holy Week through a larger, cosmic view of Christ, drawing upon theology, practices, conversation, and liturgy. How might this vision impact our own lives and communities?

Franciscan Richard Rohr will be joined by historian John Dominic Crossan and public theologian Jacqui Lewis in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and online via live webcast.

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Nowhere Else Festival 2019
May
24
to May 26

Nowhere Else Festival 2019

Martinsville, OH

nowhereelsefestival.com

Three days of music, workshops, artists presenting their work, an extended musical family reunion hosted by Over The Rhine at their home, Nowhere Farm.

"Proceeds from the festival will help us continue restoring a 140-year-old barn into a fully-functioning performing arts center where we can 'pay forward' some of what we’ve learned in the last 25 years. We plan to host intimate concerts and workshops, record future albums, nurture younger artists and share all the good stuff: good music, good food, good conversation, good wine, good stories, good moonrises."

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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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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - San Antonio, TX
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

votecommongood.com/events/san-antonio-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Baltimore, Maryland Poor People's Hearing
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Baltimore, Maryland Poor People's Hearing

  • 1123 Center Street Racine, WI, 53403 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Baltimore, MD

facebook.com/events/2197895193585207

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Houston, TX
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Houston, TX

Houston, TX

votecommongood.com/events/houston-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Beaumont, TX
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, TX

votecommongood.com/events/beaumont-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Austin, TX
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Austin, TX

Austin, TX

votecommongood.com/events/austin-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Dallas/Frisco, TX
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Dallas/Frisco, TX

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

Dallas/Frisco, TX

votecommongood.com/events/dallas-texas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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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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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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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Oklahoma City, OK
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

votecommongood.com/events/oklahoma-city-oklahoma/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Racine, Wisconsin Poor People's Hearing
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Racine, Wisconsin Poor People's Hearing

  • 1123 Center Street Racine, WI, 53403 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Racine, WI

facebook.com/events/312150002923488/

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders - Webinar
Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders - Webinar

Online

austinseminary.edu/page.cfm?p=4385

Of all the activities that come with being a minister, sermon preparation can loom largest, especially when it's a tough topic. You’ve got to address racism with your white congregation from the pulpit. But how do you preach about this topic thoughtfully and sensitively?

In this webinar, preaching professor and pastor Carolyn Helsel will share insights from her upcoming book, Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders. In this follow-up to Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism, Helsel provides strategies and a theoretical framework for crafting biblical and theological sermons that incorporate insights from social sciences and psychology, gleaned from more than a decade of writing and teaching about racism.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Wichita, KS
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Wichita, KS

  • Wichita Farm and Art Market Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wichita, KS

votecommongood.com/events/wichita-kansas/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Little Rock, Arkansas Poor People's Hearing
Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Little Rock, Arkansas Poor People's Hearing

Little Rock, AR

facebook.com/events/284067275533810/

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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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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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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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Kansas City, KS
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Kansas City, KS

Kansas City, KS

votecommongood.com/events/omaha-nebraska/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Omaha, NE
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

votecommongood.com/events/omaha-nebraska/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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The Awakening: When We All Rise
Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

The Awakening: When We All Rise

Raleigh, NC

shawu.edu/Awakening

Join Shaw University and national theologians and civil rights leaders, Dr. William Barber, Dr. Corey Walker, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Dr. Freddie Haynes, and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NC NAACP,  for "The Awakening: When We All Rise”. The event is part of Shaw University renowned guest lecturer, Dr. James Forbes, Jr. “Preaching and the Next Great Awakening” lecture series which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Events are free and open to the public. 

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Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century (J21) 2018: Eboni Marshall Turman
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century (J21) 2018: Eboni Marshall Turman

  • Myers Park Baptist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every October a nationally-known scholar, spiritual teacher, or theologian leads a weekend of spiritual discussions and explorations. While Friday evening forums and Sunday sermons are free, tickets are required for Saturday workshops. These workshops often sell out.

The next J21 scholar will be Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman. Turman earned her B.A. degree from Fordham University, her M. Div., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr. Turman is a dynamic preacher, scholar, and activist whose work specializes in womanist theology and womanist aesthetics. Her scholarship often addresses the intersections of faith, race, and gender. 

Dr. Turman’s first book, Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation, builds upon the work of Alice Walker, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to engage Christian history and the religious and social subjugation of black women. She is currently working on a second book that will deal with sexism, sacred witness, and morality in the black church. Beyond that, Eboni plans to write about the embodied, sacred dance of black women in their daily lives. In this work, Turman seeks to expand our understanding of the way bodies function in concert dance performances and open our imaginations to see the beauty of the sacred dance that bodies engage in each day. 

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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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Vote Common Good Pop-Up Event - Sioux Center, IA
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Vote Common Good Pop-Up Event - Sioux Center, IA

Sioux Center, IA

votecommongood.com/events/sioux-center-iowa/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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4th Annual SisterReach RJ Summit 2018
Oct
12
to Oct 13

4th Annual SisterReach RJ Summit 2018

  • 5530 Shady Grove Rd. Memphis, TN 38120 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Memphis, TN

sisterreach.org

The Reproductive Justice Summit is an annual community-based and targeted event coordinated by SisterReach to bring the community together around a specific theme and to educate and raise community awareness about Reproductive Justice. This year’s theme for the Summit is “Self-Care & Awareness”.

 Based in the reproductive justice tenet and model surrounding “Self-Help,” SisterReach defines Self-care as:

 Self-care is any necessary human regulatory function that is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated. It is any activity that done deliberately to support our mental emotional and physical health. It is care of self with or without medical or professional consultation. In some cases, it is the combination of traditional and alternative medicinal practice.

Participants will experience a myriad of workshops, plenaries, and other structured activities dedicated to this important Reproductive Justice tenet.

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Conspire Gathering 2018
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Conspire Gathering 2018

  • North Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cincinnati, OH

conspiregathering.com

This year hundreds of practitioners, pastors, social entrepreneurs, church planters, community leaders, environmentalists, denominational executives, publishers, professors, urban planners, and artists from all over the globe will come together in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati to connect, collaborate, and celebrate the good work being done in thousands of neighborhoods and parishes. They share a common vision for seeing the transformation of the church through their participation in their neighborhood. They are grounded in practice, committed to interdisciplinary work, and invested in the flourishing of the Kingdom of God.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Sioux City, IA
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Sioux City, IA

Sioux City, IA

votecommongood.com/events/sioux-city-iowa/

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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God and Guns: Faith to End Violence
Oct
11
to Oct 12

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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Kansas City, Missouri Poor People's Hearing
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Kansas City, Missouri Poor People's Hearing

  • 6140 Swope Parkway Kansas City, MO, 64130 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kansas City, MO

facebook.com/events/341504503256512/

In this electoral season, politicians will be forces to listen to those who have been traditionally left out of the electoral process in this country; they will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands! 

We will not let another election cycle go by where politicians can run for office without talking out systemic racism, including voter suppression the attacks on immigrant and native communities, and the mass criminalization and incarceration of our communities; without talking about systemic poverty and the necessity of programs of social uplift; without talking about the war economy and ecological devastation that are blighting our people and the places we live; without talking about the distorted moral narrative that ignores the needs of the people.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Richfield, MN
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Richfield, MN

Richfield, MN

votecommongood.com/events/richfield-minnesota

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Holland, MI
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Vote Common Good Tour Stop - Holland, MI

Holland, MI

votecommongood.com/events/holland-michigan

Vote Common Good Rallies are two-hour events designed to inspire you to engage the common good in concrete and meaningful ways through your vote, inform you about crucial issues, invite you to re-frame your political thoughts, and equip you to communicate those thoughts effectively to others. Each stop will have its own feel and vibe, but our they will have a consistent structure and one basic theme: Match your action to your beliefs. Vote Common Good.

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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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