Session I: Telling Our Stories, Learning Our Power
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
A collaborative training in media, narrative, and movement-making towards justice and liberation in our times.
A partnership between Kaleo Center and Auburn Seminary.
SESSION I: Sunday, April 8, 2018 |12-7:30 PM
Location: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
SESSION II: Sunday, May 6, 2018 |12-7:30 PM
Registration link coming soon
This training is free and open to all. Each training can welcome up to 50 participants, though we would consider expanding based on interest. We are working to build a room that honors and recognizes the experiences of Black folks, people of color, and Native people. We are intersectional in our approach and strive to recognize the complexities of class, gender, and other forms of identity, belonging, and oppression. We pro-LGBTQ and affirm the identities of trans folks and people who are gender non-conforming.
Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to tell their story with truth, clarity, and responsibility in the public realm. They will have direct support from nationally recognized trainers and movement leaders and will leave with concrete skills for using the press and navigating media attention during movements moments and within social justice movement work.
In order to ensure the the Kaleo Center can continue to build spaces for beloved community and for solidarity through action, we are asking all participants to consider become sustaining members of Kaleo Center by making a monthly contribution of any amount that is meaningful to you. If you are not able to give financially at this time, that is totally okay. This training exists as an offering to our community and as a way to build strength and resilience in our shared movements towards justice and liberation. We encourage and are so excited for you to attend.
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FULL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Movements for justice and shared liberation depend on our ability to tell our stories with authenticity and power. Who we activate our stories from a place of roundedness and clarity, we are able to shape narratives that shift material conditions in the world and that resonate with our lives. Often, during mass movement moments, we see various forms ion media using our stories to crate a particular angle, we see some people receiving public credit for their work while others are left unseen, and we see dynamics of privilege and oppression playing out in who speaks and who can be heard.
This workshop will provide an interactive, skills-building experience around how we can each tell our story in ways that acknowledge both self-interest and interconnection. We will leave with a greater understanding and practice of how to talk authentically and clearly about your skin in the game and the sense of commitment that keeps you in the work when things are messy. We explore how to build and confront power from a space of knowing your stake in the work. In many ways this will be self-reflection and spiritual development meets communications training meets community organizing meets narrative work.
The second workshop will offer a deeper exploration of how our stories impact one another and our movements. We will explore the dynamic of how white people taking up all the space, of how immigrant stories exist alongside the experiences of native and indigenous peoples and more. This work is about the power dynamics of stories, identities, and history in practice. At best, we seek new ways of holding our stories so that they open towards the truth of our complexity and interdependence in a connected web of possibility.
Registration link coming soon.
Inner Journey | Embodied Spirituality with Sara Wilhelm Garbers
9:00 am - 10:45 am
SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Violence, trauma, and pain. International conflicts, ecological degradation, and human exploitation are constant parts of our world. These phenomena are not natural. They are not the weather. They are systems of oppression, built over time and baked into our structures. They are part of white supremacy, patriarchy, and extractive capitalism, and they hurt all of us.
Resisting systems of oppression and building towards something new takes time and fortitude. How do we hold and nourish ourselves in that process as persons who are committed to the work of solidarity and building of beloved community? This workshop will focus on practices and space to reflect upon the connection between our inner lives and the solidarity we seek to embody in the world.
If you desire to be a person of action and compassion, then join us for a time of life, breath, and invitation to the inner journey | embodied solidarity.
KaleoExpress workshops are free and open to the public.
About the presenter:
Sara Wilhelm Garbers is a doctoral candidate at Loyola in Chicago where she is writing her dissertation on a feminist political theological ethics of memory centered in the knowings of survivors of sexual violence. Sara’s work broadly engages on notions of the self and how we care for our souls as we show up and do the work of justice and love in the world. In addition to her research and writing, she teaches formation at United Seminary, is a sexual violence counselor, and a pastor at Colonial Church in Edina.