LIVING MORAL COURAGE

“I am here and so are you. And we matter. We can change things.” - Ella Baker

What breaks your heart in the world as it is?
What do you hope for in a world as it should be?

Times are urgent. Moral Courage is an imperative.

We need to wake up and to take action. NOT JUST ANY KIND OF ACTION, this is about raising up people of faith and spirit who know how to articulate and act from the faith/spirituality that grounds them.

We take action by learning to tap into the resources of faith/spirit, self and community we need to rally critical masses of everyday folks poised to respond to the hurt and harm of the world. Each of us is a gift to the world with one “wild and precious life,” to share.

We are not ALONE. WE are not without recourse, resource, power, and capacity.

Moral Courage IS NOT

mysterious

out of reach

something for the leaders on the front lines

Moral Courage IS

a holy habit

life practice

an orientation that helps us show up

The Moral Courage curriculum is an invitation to take a first step with us exploring what Moral Courage means to you.

The arc of the training — from two hours to a full day — includes three movements woven through with ritual, storytelling, and action.

MOVEMENT ONE: Urgency of Now

MOVEMENT TWO:  Reflection on Faith and Justice

MOVEMENT THREE: Showing Up / Taking Action

Living Moral Courage is fully customizable training for to meet the everyday activists that you serve where they are starting. Trainings are offered for a fee developed in partnership for each context.

To bring a Living Moral Courage Retreat to your organization or community contact Courtney Weber Hoover at [email protected] or call 212-870-3187.

TRAINERS

Lisa Anderson is Vice President, Embodied Justice Leadership at Auburn Seminary and founding director of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, which aligns the creation of vibrant and sustainable models of activist leadership with an emphasis on self and community care as a defining and galvanizing mandate for social justice in the 21st century. In addition, Anderson works with Auburn’s program team on issues of intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, and on deepening the spiritually grounding of leaders in a multifaith movement for justice.

Before coming to Auburn, Anderson designed seminars on national and international affairs at the Church Center of the United Nations for the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. There she helped lay leaders connect their professions of Christian faith to concrete and spiritually grounded activism for social change and transformation. Anderson was also a leader and facilitator at Marble Collegiate Church, working specifically on behalf of the Women’s Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and the Senior Fellowship. Anderson has worked on issues of food justice and as an advocate for poor women and children through the United Way-sponsored Dutchess Outreach in Upstate New York where she supervised a volunteer staff of over one hundred.

Anderson is a graduate of Vassar College where she majored in religion and philosophy. A trained theologian, Anderson holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary. Anderson has taught courses in black, womanist, feminist and LGBTQ theologies, Christian ethics and liturgy. She is a contributor to the recent book, “Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership” (Skylight Press, 2010) and blogs regularly on issues of embodiment, wellness and prophetic leadership for The Huffington Post.

Renée L. Hill is an independent scholar, teacher, spiritual and community leader. Her scholarship focuses on world religions, feminist theory, African American history and LGBTQI studies. Renée has a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She has taught in both community settings and in academic institutions including the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, Drew University Theological School (N.J.) and the New School University. She is currently beginning a three-year term as a Columbia University Community Scholar where she is pursuing a project entitled, “The Spiritual Landscapes of Harlem.”

Renée has worked in several non-profit and social change organizations including Lambda Legal, the Center for Anti-Violence Education and the Temple of Understanding (a multi-faith education NGO)

Renée is a serious multiple spiritual “belong-er” and practitioner at home in Orisa/Lucumi, Jewish and Buddhist traditions. She was ordained an Episcopal priest and served churches in New York City and in Los Angeles.

As someone committed to the healthy embodiment of personal and spiritual power, Renée is an anti-violence activist and trainer who has taught self-defense, self-empowerment and trauma recovery to people of all ages. In this work, Renee strives to be holistic and comprehensive in her approach, addressing body, mind and spirit. In addition to self-defense training, she has trained in Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, Tai Chi and Qiqong.

Michelle Reyf is the Senior Digital Organizer at Bend the Arc, where she helps mobilize Bend the Arc’s growing base using the Internet.

Michelle is a digital storyteller, trainer, and coach who previously helped launch and grow Groundswell, a multifaith distributed organizing platform, as Campaign Manager and then Director.  Michelle started her digital journey on the New Media team at J Street, where she led online communications to J Street’s forty local chapters.

Michelle is a New Organizing Institute Bootcamp alum, part of the Momentum community, and is getting certified as an organizational coach with the Academy for Coaching Excellence.