BRIDGING DIVIDES

BRIDGING DIVIDES INTRODUCES YOU TO A RANGE OF STRATEGIES TO HELP PEOPLE ENGAGE IN THE FACE OF DIFFERENCE AND ACROSS DIVIDE WITH COURAGE AND GRACE, WITH THE GOAL OF IMPROVED, MORE JUST RELATIONS IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES.

Now more than ever, we need tools to be in relationships with our loved ones, our community members, and our fellow humans around the world. With Bridging Divides, you’ll learn about and experiment with some of the most effective tools and strategies engaged by faith-rooted organizers to recognize and respect common humanity and find ways to live with differences in peace, and you will be supported to iterate a strategy ideally suited for your community or challenge.

YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH…

  • A range of successful strategies to listen, share, and be with people who do not see eye to eye.
  • A plan to engage difficult conversations with greater skill — and to train leaders in your community to facilitate such conversations in group settings.

FAQ/CONTACT US

Our trainers travel anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. We also have a state-of-the-art meeting space in Manhattan. Trainings are offered for a fee, and occasionally Auburn can assist groups in fundraising to cover the training costs.

Contact our Director of Program Operations, Courtney Weber Hoover at [email protected], or call 212-870-3187.

TRAINERS

Macky Alston is a Senior Vice President at Auburn Seminary, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Macky founded Auburn Media in 2002 and since then has served as its director, innovating a range of programs related to media and religion and media training over 6,000 leaders on a wide range of justice issues, including many of the most influential faith leaders of our day. Macky’s films include Love Free or Die – PBS 2012; Hard Road Home – PBS ’08, The Killer Within – Discovery Films ’06, Questioning Faith – HBO ‘02, and Family Name – PBS ’98. He has won at Sundance twice and received the Gotham Open Palm Award, three Emmy nominations, and appeared widely in the press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, he comes from a long line of ministers in the American South and grew up exposed to the power of religion, politics and the media, as charismatic leaders on the Left and Right shaped society and history for generations to come.

RESOURCES

Appelbaum, Yoni, “How One Pastor Is Bridging the Partisan Divide: Adam Hamilton takes on controversial social issues from the pulpit, challenging his politically divided congregation to find common ground.” The Atlantic, 6/27/17.

Bentley, Rosalind. “After Philando Castile, 2 churches in Roswell seek racial reconciliation.” Atlanta Journal Constitution, 07/20/17.

Brown, Rachel. Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech. United States Holocaust Museum, 2016.

Ellison, II, Rev. Dr. Gregory. “Fearless Dialogues.” Video: Yale Youth Ministry Institute, 7/18/2014.

Guzman, Monica, “Seattleites Took a 10-hour Road Trip to Cross a Political Divide. Here’s What Happened.” The Evergrey, 3/7/17.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. (Pantheon, 2012)

Haidt, Jonathan. “The moral roots of liberals and conservatives.” TEDTalk, 2/2008.

Perez, Robert and Amy Simon. Heartwired: Human Behavior, Strategic Opinion Research and the Audacious Pursuit of Social Change – A Strategy Guide for Changemakers.

Patel, Eboo. Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. Beacon Press, 2016.

Patterson, Kerry, Joseph Grenny and Ron McMillan, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. (McGraw Hill, 2011)

Rosenberg, Marshall. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides)  (Puddledancer Press, 2003)

Scott, Susan. Fierce Conversations. (New American Library/Penguin/Random House, 2017)

Tippett, Krista. Civil Conversations Project Guide

Herzig, Maggie and John Sarrouf, Reaching Across the Red/Blue Divide (Essential Partners, Inc.)

Friends in the business:

Essential Partners

Faith Matters Network

Fearless Dialogues

Interfaith Youth Core

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One America Movement

Over Zero

The People’s Supper

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