Now more than ever, we need tools to be in relationships with our loved ones, our community members, our movement partners, 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 as we work for justice, 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 [email protected], 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.
Brandan Robertson is a noted author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal.
Robertson currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and works as an instructor, consultant, and organizer with various national and international NGO’s, religious denominations, and governmental organizations.
Robertson is the author or contributing author to seven books including Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light (2016), True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace (2018), and Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians (2018). He writes regularly for Patheos, and has published numerous pieces with bylines in TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, NBC, and The Washington Post.
Robertson preaches and lectures across the globe on topics relating to theology, justice, and spirituality, and has been an honored speaker at renowned institutions like The University of Oxford, The U.S. Peace Corps Headquarters, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions. He serves as an adjunct educator at San Francisco Theological Seminary and a consultant and facilitator with Auburn Theological Seminary. He is a founding member of The Union of Affirming Christians (Union Theological Seminary), and has served as a board member/advisor to the Democratic National Convention, Red Letter Christians, and The Humane Society.
Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for human rights, Robertson has been a committed advocate for justice and human rights around the world, partnering with governments and non-profits ranging from the White House and the State Department to Senators from the Republic of Ireland and the State of Colorado. He served as the past spokesperson of Evangelicals For Marriage Equality and developed the Evangelical Outreach Program for Faith In Public Life and the Bridging the Divides Program for Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.
Robertson received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters of Theological Studies focused on sexual and gender justice from Iliff School of Theology. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.
Reverend Dr. Christine Y. Wiley retired from the the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC along with her husband, Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley after serving for 32 years. Reverend Wiley is a significant leader for justice in the Washington DC community. She served on the strategy leadership team of the IAF Washington Interfaith Network, a community organizing group, and is a founding leader of DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality that helped to bring Marriage Equality to the District of Columbia. Together with her husband, Dr. Wiley is known as a soldier for Justice. Together they have broken down barriers of oppression for women; developed empowering programs for those who are disenfranchised; addressed issues of mass incarceration; and fought bigotry regarding the LGBT community. Together, the Wiley’s led their church to become an open and affirming congregation of LGBT persons. “Black Lives Matter” meetings are held in Covenant Baptist UCC because of a desire to address Racism and the intersections of oppression. She serves on a number of national and community boards and initiatives. Rev. Wiley has taught and lectured at a number of seminaries in the areas of pastoral counseling, prophetic ministry, field Studies, and social work. She currently teaches in the M.Div./MSW dual degree program at Howard University in Washington DC. She is recognized as an astute practitioner and licensed therapist who consults with church, community, and government organizations. As a graduate of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, she received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Psychotherapy and also holds the MSW degree and Ph.D. in social work from Howard University. As a practicing psychotherapist She has authored articles regarding counseling, caregiving, psychotherapy, and oppression in the African American community. Rev. Wiley has three adult children and five grandchildren.
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Guzman, Monica, “Seattleites Took a 10-hour Road Trip to Cross a Political Divide. Here’s What Happened.” The Evergrey, 3/7/17.
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Herzig, Maggie and John Sarrouf, Reaching Across the Red/Blue Divide (Essential Partners, Inc.)
Bridging Divides: Brave Space with Micky ScottBey Jones, Faith Matters Network, June 30, 2017
Bridging Divides: Exploring Methodologies with Parisa Parsa, Essential Partners, November 16, 2017
Bridging Divides: The Stories That Will Save Us with Michael McRay, Narrative 4, December 14, 2017
Bridging Divides, Exploring Methodologies with Andrew Hanauer, One America Movement, January 11, 2018
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