LEARN

Skills, tools, and support for effective leadership in movements for social justice.

HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOUR LEADERSHIP?

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?

TRAININGS

These are examples of training programs Auburn brings to institutions, groups, and conferences. Our trainers travel anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. We also have a state of the art facility in Manhattan. Trainings are offered for a fee, and occasionally Auburn can assist groups in fundraising to cover the training costs. Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Find out if we can customize an offering for you. Contact our Manager of Events and Trainings, Courtney Weber at cweber@auburnseminary.org.

MEDIA TRAINING FOR LEADERS OF FAITH AND MORAL COURAGE

Whether you’re ready to jump into today’s news cycle, start blogging or tweeting, or preparing your community’s leaders for the inevitable crisis communications moment—our award-winning media training equips and trains leaders of faith and moral courage to communicate effectively in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Find your voice
  • Develop messaging strategy
  • Answer the toughest interview questions
  • Harness the power of story
  • Generate your own press

TRAINING OPTIONS

We offer group and individual trainings, including a highly acclaimed program of half- and full-day workshops.

“The training was outstanding—both the spirit in which we dove into the work, the methodology TO which we were introduced.”

Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc

STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Faith-rooted storytelling has the unique ability to open hearts, so that we can open minds to your causes. We equip you with the theory and practical applications of storytelling for social change to improve your ability to rally support, fundraising, organizing, communications, and more.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN 

  • Auburn’s storytelling theory (a faith-rooted blend of Marshall Ganz, neuroscience, and wisdom traditions)
  • How to write your story and find your voice
  • How to tell your story in a compelling way
  • Ways of offering and receiving valuable feedback to improve your delivery

TRAINING OPTIONS

Half-day or full-day Trainings.

“Storytelling is an effective way of communicating. Auburn can help you as as they helped us to hone in on the passion that hides in all of us.”

Rev. Sally Bingham, Founder of Interfaith Power and Light

FAITH-ROOTED ORGANIZING

Go deeper into the spiritual well of your faith tradition to harness the power found in your religious community. Our approach to faith-rooted organizing builds on ancient foundations to bring prophetic vision to initiatives for societal transformation.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • The wisdom of faith traditions to instill human motivation, power, and hope
  • The power of symbols, rituals, prayer, prophetic and pastoral strategies to make a real difference.
  • A wide range of unique and powerful tools to bring to broader coalitions working on justice issues.

TRAINING OPTIONS

  • Mini-Training: 3-4 hours.  General introduction or specific focus (issue or component.)
  • Standard Training: 6-8 hours. Can be tailored for different levels of experience/expertise.
  • Coaching: Pre-Session (to identify and recruit the right participants) and Post-Session follow up.

ORGANIZING IN A DIGITAL AGE

Online organizing, email, social media, websites, petitions, hangouts, mobile messaging — the internet offers powerful tools that create opportunities for mass mobilization, ethical spectacles, media making, and fundraising that can dramatically enhance your ability to make the change you seek.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Introduction to the tools of online organizing
  • Theories behind successful online (and offline) campaigns.
  • How to test your own campaign ideas and digital strategies
  • Gaming that helps you put newly learned concepts and skills to use in a real time atmosphere.

TRAINING OPTIONS

Half-day or full-day trainings.

“Auburn’s training on organizing in a modern age helped us grapple with how to integrate digital strategies with on-the-ground organizing.”

Aliza Levine, JOIN for Justice

WHOLENESS AND WELLNESS FOR PROPHETIC MINISTRY

Auburn’s Wholeness & Wellness retreats are facilitated through the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle (STLC), a pioneering, model program that seeks to establish wholeness and wellness as the bedrock for faith-based leaders working for social change and as the birthright of every individual and community.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to prioritize time for deep listening and integrating spiritually grounded self-care into prophetic leadership.
  • Techniques of holistic and sustainable self-care practices through creation of self-care agenda.
  • Forge connections across lines of faith, generation, role, and orientation with intentional community building.

TRAINING OPTIONS

Retreats are available in half-day, full-day, or 2-day options. Three follow-up coaching sessions are offered to those interested in deepening their experience.

“We advance the cause of those who oppose us when we allow ourselves to work until we are worn out, until we are exhausted, empty, angry and used. Living lives of loving service cannot be sustained without a deep commitment to bi-directional care.”

The Rev. Kanyere Eaton

WISE ABOUT MONEY

Explore the interconnected nature of faith and funds — from pastoral issues and personal finance, to fundraising and economic theory — in our Wise About Money workshop.

ETHICAL SPECTACLE

Capture the public imagination with your vision of a healed world. Our Ethical Spectacle workshop will train you to create actions and campaigns as imaginative as your dream.

COACHING & CONSULTING

Auburn’s one-on-one, team coaching, and institutional consulting provide a reflective space and deep expertise to faith-rooted change-makers.  We design personalized learning plans for individuals, groups, and organizations in the multifaith movement for justice.

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Our team includes extensive expertise in strategic communications, technology, organizing, operations and fundraising. Some of the coaching and consulting subjects we cover:

  • Strategic planning and innovation
  • Messaging
  • Campaign strategy
  • Email campaigns
  • Petitions
  • Social media
  • Digital storytelling
  • Graphic design for the web and social media
  • Writing for the web
  • Online fundraising

We like to initiate coaching and consulting with a deep survey to help us know what your vision of success truly is, and what you need to get there.

Then we have weekly or bi-monthly calls for three-to-six months to work toward achieving your goals.

COACH TRAINING PROGRAM

Get the skills to effectively nurture and promote pastors to not only address the challenges they currently face in today’s ecumenical Church, but how to also thrive in the midst of them.

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Deeper learning takes more time, more commitment, and harder work. Auburn occasionally creates learning communities that stay together for a period of time for deep growth. These are examples of recent learning communities Auburn has created. Participation in these communities is generally through an application process.

SENIOR FELLOWS

Every major social movement has prophetic voices that draw on the great religious traditions to chart a just way forward. Often, however, these leaders have lacked critical support.

The Auburn Senior Fellows program is designed to equip, platform, and connect leaders who have great potential to catalyze and advance multifaith movements for justice.

Senior Fellows gather for two retreats a year and receive executive coaching and consulting support from Auburn throughout the year. Once elected, Senior Fellows are invited to remain in the program for as long as they are actively engaged in faith-rooted justice work and committed to participating in the program.

THE BEATITUDES FELLOWS

The Beatitudes Fellowship connects young entrepreneurial faith leaders who are creating new models for vibrant church life and the pursuit of social justice.

This national network of Progressive Christian leaders is piloting a new form of learning faith-rooted social justice leadership for the 21st century. This program, tentatively titled “Justice Ministry Education,” is inspired by Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and combines field-based learning and small-group theological reflection with a supervisor.

THE SOJOURNER TRUTH LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

The Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to knitting a new narrative of self-care within the fabric of movement building.

The Sojourner Truth Transformational Leadership Fellowship is the signature experience of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle. This eight-month-long program gathers a cohort of 12 black women leaders of many faiths, ages, backgrounds, and areas of social justice expertise to deeply explore the connection between self-care and prophetic leadership.

JUSTICE MINISTRY EDUCATION

Justice Ministry Education (JME) is a 300-hour leadership and spiritual formation program that brings together small groups to explore suffering caused by injustice, practical skills for leading communities in social change, the spiritual nature of public capacity, personal reflection on one’s role in pursuing justice, self-care for prophetic leadership, and the religious or theological grounding of justice work.

STORYTELLING FOR THE WEB LEARNING LAB

This is what​ ​we​ ​believe:​ ​Whoever tells the most powerful story, wins the argument. This fundamental belief has huge implications for us as movement makers. And it’s why the Auburn team invests in training leaders in the multifaith movements for justice with the skills to tell powerful, contagious, heart-opening stories.

We have a vision that you hold within you the power to tell stories like this, and we want to be a part of unlocking and empowering and deepening that skill in you.

COACH TRAINEES

The Coach Training program equips participants to coach faith leaders to be as effective, innovative, and resilient as they can be as they lead social and organizational change.

Participants work together intensely over a period of about six months. First, they gather in person for a week-long residential training program. Then, they meet together virtually for two 2-hour teleclasses per month. The program stresses learning through practice, so cohort members coach one another throughout the experience.

PRESBYTERIAN STUDENTS

Auburn Seminary was originally founded in 1818 to train Presbyterian pastors for churches on the frontier that was then expanding westward from upstate New York. Honoring this long and rich history, Auburn supports Presbyterian students enrolled at Union Theological Seminary through their academic and seminary faith journey.

CONVENINGS

MOUNTAINTOP

MountainTop Inforgraphic

MountainTop is a biennial event that gathers more than one hundred leaders of various faiths and traditions to collaborate on catalyzing the multifaith movement for justice. Anchored in worship and reflection from the faith traditions of participants, the DesignShop facilitation process invites us to show up authentically and to sustain the creative tension often caused by differences. This unique approach allows us to move through pain and discomfort toward genuine breakthroughs and new ways of working together.

TABLE TO ACTION

Table To Action

Nourishing relationships, sustaining vision, fueling transformation

Table to Action dinner parties bring people together across the differences that often divide us — differences of class and race, generation and gender, religious and spiritual identity, ability and background. At inclusive, welcoming tables, we invite people to build authentic relationships with one another by breaking bread, telling stories, exploring their differences, and sharing their hopes and dreams for our communities, our city, and the world.

TASTE OF AUBURN

Sample a variety of Auburn’s most popular trainings and workshops in our new multifaith meeting space. Learn how to increase your effectiveness, expand your impact, and shape your community – and meet others who share your vision for a world where abundance is shared and difference is celebrated.

Our next event is happening soon. Join our email list for updates.

AUBURN CONVERSATIONS

Dive deep into the critical social issues facing us today. In small gatherings throughout NYC and beyond led by conversation catalysts, you will engage in thought-provoking dialogue, gaining insights that foster relationships and prompt social change.

VOICES OF OUR TIME

Auburn Seminary invites visionary voices, artists and uplifting leaders of faith and moral courage to inspire and lead us in intimate conversations for a time such as this.

PRESIDENT’S GLOBAL FORUM

The President’s Global Forum is a distinguished leadership experience for the most inspired, committed and collaborative minds of today. Members from a wide range of professional backgrounds and spiritual traditions partake in two intimate gatherings annually—one in New York and one in a destination location that changes each year.