COURAGE:
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

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Stand up for vulnerable communities, strengthen your faith-rooted leadership, and prepare for the long road ahead.

UPCOMING

Dismantling White Supremacy From the Inside Out
Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30-11:30 am ET RSVP / Register  (join us in-person or online.)

Learn why white Americans resist engaging or even acknowledging systemic racial injustice, and how to help them get past that and work to dismantle racist patterns and systems with Rev. J.C. Austin in this webinar.

Dan Greenman

Digital Security 101 – digital security for activists 
Thursday, May 4 at 112 noon ET  RSVP / Register

Auburn’s resident tech guru, Dan Greenman, brings us up to speed with the best ways to protect your organization’s data and reputation.

Recent Events

The Johnson Amendment: What Your Religious Organization Needs to Know

Sally Steenland, discusses The Johnson Amendment—which applies to all 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organizations and prohibits them from endorsing or opposing political candidates or providing resources to their campaigns. Sally is a recent director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress and co-founder of Faith in Public Life.  She will discuss efforts to repeal this law and what the impact could be on faith organizations. (April 6, 2017)

“For 63 years, the Johnson Amendment has protected religious groups and charities from manipulation by partisan politics. Now some want to overturn these protections by repealing the Amendment. If that happens, houses of worship will become one more cog in the political machine. Their integrity and independence—and their mission to bring about community and healing—will be lost to rancor and political division.  Now more than ever, we need the Johnson Amendment.” – Sally Steenland.

Lobbying, Electioneering & You

Attorney Tomer J. Inbar, Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, shared best practices vis-a-vis lobbying. (March 31st, 2017)

Voices of Our Time: Caitlin Breedlove

Meet one of the most sought-after organizing minds in the U.S. today — and the newest addition to the Auburn team as the vice president of movement leadership — as she shares what’s next in immigration reform, LGBTQ equality, and racial justice. (April 5, 2017)

Let us know what you want to learn more about.

Special Events

Auburn Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast
Thursday, April 27

For more than 20 years, Auburn’s annual Lives of Commitment Awards have honored bold and resilient leaders of faith and moral courage who bridge divides, build community, pursue justice and inspire positive change in the world. All event proceeds support Auburn’s training and research programs that equip leaders on the frontlines of the multifaith movement for justice. 2017 honorees: Eileen Fisher, Lyla June, Sharon Prince, Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, PH.D, Dr. Debbie S. Almontaser, and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. Learn more and find tickets on our Facebook event page.

Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism
April 27-30

Come strategize with other leaders on how to heal America.
Register

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Learning is at the heart of Auburn’s mission. Leaders, institutions and communities turn to us as trainers, conveners, consultants, and facilitators. They come to Auburn to learn skills for making change, strengthen their faith-rooted communications, evaluate programs, facilitate high stakes gatherings, and find solutions to leadership challenges. How can Auburn help you learn and grow in your faith-rooted justice leadership?

Impact

Auburn in Action

Auburn Senior Fellow Raises Funds for Desecrated Jewish Cemeteries

In a beautiful act of solidarity Auburn Senior Fellow and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour helped create a fund to repair damage to a desecrated Jewish cemetery. Read more and learn how you can donate here.

100 days, 100 letters: Letter from Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson to President Trump

Auburn President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson calls on President Donald Trump to seek truth, do justice, walk humbly, and offer hope in day 21 of American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters. Read her letter here.

Voices of Our Time with Wajahat Ali 

Wajahat Ali lead the last Voices of Our Time event with a special guest performance by playwright and songwriter Aya Aziz. Wajahat Ali is an American Muslim, political pundit, journalist, lawyer, award-winning playwright, working to overcome Islamophobia and harmful stereotypes aimed at the Muslim community. Watch the Facebook live stream.

Take Action

What you can do to stand for justice

Faith Leaders to President Trump: Don’t Use Religion to Discriminate

Clergy, raise your voices! Tell the President you do not support using religion to discriminate. Sign the petition today. 

We support Civil Disobedience as #MoralResistance Petition 

In solidarity with refugees, immigrants, Muslims, black people, and seekers of a more just world, we will join or support those who engage in civil disobedience, whether as protesters, medics, legal observers, witnesses, or care providers. Take the pledge and sign the petition today.

Jeanette’s Family Needs Her- Sign and Share the Petition 

Jeanette Vizguerra, a Colorado community leader and mother, is facing deportation. Jeanette has led the fight against her own deportation since 2009, part of her secret to success is her die hard community. She needs it again, today! Share this and spread the word. Sign the petition in support of Jeanette and her family.

Whether you’re ready to jump into today’s news, start blogging or tweeting, or deliver powerful speeches, we can help you tap into emotion to communicate your values more effectively by any media necessary.

DISMANTLE RACISM

From Adversaries to Allies: Engaging White People on Systemic Racism

The Black Lives Matter movement has lifted issues of systemic racism into the political mainstream in ways that have not happened in decades. The biggest resistance to progress on these issues is not the white supremacist organizations — it’s the average and often well-intentioned white people, who generally respond to even mild conversations around systemic racism with vigorous denials, anger, silencing, and more.

Learn why so many white people react this way, along with practical methods to move toward greater understanding and actively dismantle racist patterns and systems.

HAVE COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS

Often, leaders and communities avoid having emotionally-charged conversations around important issues and decisions in critical moments because they lack the capacity to engage. That’s when difficult conversations break out in unhelpful and unanticipated ways.

Learn to lead courageous conversations using a rigorously developed and field-tested pragmatic method for managing conflict, building trust, and creating safe space for shared dialogue on even the most difficult subjects.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Wholeness and Wellness for Prophetic Leadership

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.    – Audre Lorde

In this participatory workshop, you will get radical about self-care through a combination of ritual, storytelling, and radical self-care agenda creation. You will explore the deep connection between the call to activism and advocacy for others, and develop the right regard we must attach to our own bodies, minds, and spirits in the world.