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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-870-3187.
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.
J.C. Austin is vice president for catalytic justice leadership at Auburn. He works with faith leaders across the country through a range of programs and consultations to develop the personal resilience, entrepreneurial spirit, and practical wisdom they need to lead social and congregational change. Previously, he served for ten years as associate pastor at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cape Town in the field of theology and public life. He teaches and speaks regularly around the country, particularly on strategic innovation in faith-based organizations, wealth and giving, economic ethics, and racial justice and reconciliation. His public writings have appeared in The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. J.C. is a devoted father, loves taking full advantage of living in New York City, and is an enthusiastic (if not particularly accomplished) guitarist and singer.
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