MOUNTAINTOP

An Auburn Event

“All that you touch, you Change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. God is Change.”

– OCTAVIA E. BUTLER | FEMINIST, AUTHOR, POET, GIFT

MountainTop is a dynamic space for multifaith movement leaders to powerfully and lovingly engage our social justice landscape.


This gathering was the third time Auburn has invited leaders into this kind of community to encourage them to lean into the truth of their experience as a necessary resource for our work to heal and repair the world.


The event took place on December 9-11, 2019, in Oakland.

MountainTop 2019:
Living A Movement Life.

Auburn believes that a key way to support movement leaders as they confront challenges and work to create more pathways for love and justice in the world is by creating community to make connections that allow us to bring our full selves to the table.

Named Living A Movement Life, Mountain Top 2019 was inspired by the words of adrienne maree brown. Reflecting on the quality of relationships we need to foster in order to “live a movement life” in these times, brown writes,

“Things are not getting worse. They are being uncovered. We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.”

In light of these words Mountain Top 2019 asked:

What does it mean to live a movement life? What does it mean to befriend and love each other in movement? Who are we willing to be? How are we willing to live? What are we willing to build? What are the narratives and practices — personal and communal — that “holding each other tight,” require, and how can a self-conscious and active commitment to cultivating conversations and spaces within and among our people build power for us? How can we build spiritual power and the power in the world to replace supremacist practices and logics that define the precariousness of our times, with a way forward that holds us accountable to creating futures grounded in the full flourishing and dignity of all?

Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA
December 9-11, 2019

Schedule

By the end of this MountainTop experience, we have:

A deepened awareness of our pain and power as people of spirit, faith and moral courage in social movement spaces in this time of dis-covering, unveiling.

A set of experiences practicing together what it means and feels like to “hold each other tight” — even when it’s difficult.

Deepened connections that support our trust, relationships, and thrivability across and within geographies, identities, spiritual practices, and issue areas.

A set of reflections on our practice together.

A clear sense of how we can continue our community building after we leave this Mountaintop.

 

Sunday

December 8

Hotel arrivals and check-in at the Oakland Marriott (for those staying on-site) Dinner on your own.

NOTE: MOUNTAINTOP 2019 BEGINS WITH REGISTRATION &  BREAKFAST FROM 7:30-9:00 AM ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, AND ENDS AFTER LUNCH AT 2:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11.

Please plan to be with us for the entire event. 

 

Monday

December 9
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

We will focus on the call to “pull back the veil” on the struggles that mark these times through a day filled with community building, story-telling, and reflection. With hearts set on discovery and exploration, we will focus on the Bay Area and do our best to understand the pain and power that are being uncovered in our movement communities across the nation. We will look at what befriending or loving means when things get hard or when there is harm.

5:30-8:00 PM

Small group dinners – hosted by local faith communities and leaders.

 

Tuesday

December 10
9 AM – 5:00 PM

We will break into small “communities of practices” to experience a variety of ways we can “hold each other tight” while working and living in social movements spaces.

Later in the day, we will leave the hotel to deepen our connections with each other and with communities, institutions and Mother Nature in the Bay. There will be a chance for you to gather in groups at a variety of local spots to offer support, service, and appreciation to local allies, Mother Nature and cultural institutions.

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Joy + Resistance: An Auburn Conversation featuring

  • Malachi Garza, Founder, Innovative Justice Solutions
  • Malkia Cyril, poet and Founding director of Media Justice Network
  • Gina Breedlove, Artist, Sound Healer, Medicine Woman

Invite your friends in the Bay to join us for a public event where we will ask: What place do joy, pleasure, and celebration have in our liberation movements?

Light dinner and beverages served.

 

Wednesday

December 11
9 AM – 2 PM

On the final day, we will collect the threads of our many relationships, experiences conversations to support our way forward as people of faith, spirit and moral courage working and living in the midst of systemic change,  peril and possibility.

Participants

ADAM PHILLIPS – HIM/HIM/HIS

W/ Collective

ADRIENNE ZACKERY

United Methodist Church

AESHA RASHEED- SHE/HER/HERS

Spirit Grove (healing co-op); Soulshifting (community of healers and earth stewards); Southerners on New Ground (SONG – southern regional liberation organization); and my New Orleans-based spiritual family that makes home and ritual together. We call ourselves “the blessing”

AIN EALEY – SHE/HER/HERS

Rev. Melinda Weekes Laidlow

ALISON HARRINGTON – SHE/HER/HERS

Southside Presbyterian Church/Presbyterian Church (USA)

ALLYN MAXFIELD-STEELE – HE/HIM/HIS

Highlander Research & Education Center staff and Board; southern freedom movement leaders and elders; young people; chosen kin; church folk and clergy mentors

AMBREIA MEADOWS-FERNANDEZ – SHE/HER/THEY

Guest of Auburn

AMNA FAROOQI – SHE/HER/HERS

Muslim, organizer with 9to5 Georgia, grounded by community in Southwest Georgia, DMV, and Israel/Palestine

ANDREW RAMER – HE/HIM/HIS

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and the First Mennonite Church of San Francisco

ANNIE-ROSE LONDON – THEY OR SHE

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

ARIA SAID – SHE/HER/HERS

Compton’s Transgender Cultural District

ARIELLE ROSENBERG

Muslim, organizer with 9to5 Georgia, grounded by community in Southwest Georgia, DMV, and Israel/Palestine

ASAD MUHAMMED – HE/HIM/HIS

People of African descent, Communities of Color and Queer Folx

AUNDREIA ALEXANDER – SHE/HER/HERS

Work at the National Council of Churches; Worship at Covenant Baptist UCC Church; Sister-Friends ground me

BILL WEEKES

BILLY MICHAEL HONOR – HE/HIM/HIS

New Georgia Project and Truth On The Loose

CAITLIN BREEDLOVE – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn; Women’s March; SONG

CANDACE Y. SIMPSON – SHE/HER/HERS

The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York

CANDY HOLMES – SHE/HER/HERS

Metropolitan Community Churches

CANTOR RISA WALLACH – SHE/HER/HERS

Jewish, Jewish Renewal, Queer community

CARLA GASKINS-NATHAN – UNICORN

Auburn STLC

CEDAR LANDSMAN – SHE/HER/HERS

Relational Uprising

CHELSEA YARBOROUGH – SHE/THEY

Black femmes + women

CHERRI MURPHY

CHRIS YAMAMOTO – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn

CHRISTIAN SCHAREN – HE/HIM/HIS

Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Vice President of Applied Research at Auburn Seminary

COURTNEY WEBER HOOVER – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn Seminary

CRYSTAL CHEATHAM – SHE/HER/HERS

Our Bible App

CURTIS OGDEN – HE/HIM/HIS

Interaction Institute for Social Change; Food Solutions New England; Chesapeake Foodshed Network; new food system movements,

DANNY MOSS – HE/HIM/HIS

Jews; Reform Jews; Post-denominational Jews; Progressive Faith Leaders; Deep Thinkers; Open Inquisitors; Compassionate Humans

DARCY ROAKE – SHE/HER/HERS

Community Church UU; PP National Clergy Advocacy Board; HIVE Cohort in LA

DAVID BEASLEY – THE/THEM/THEIRS

Auburn; Jews; Discordians; Witches; Genderqueer folk and anyone working to end the idea of a gender binary; Lovers (of music, art, food, and c); Anyone with jokes that tell truth

DIAMOND STYLZ – SHE/HER/HERS

Black Transwomen Inc

DIANE JOHNSON – SHE/HER/THEY/THEM

Mmapeu Management Consulting; Freedom Road; and the three spiritual communities I am part of (Heart and Soul Center of Light, East Bay Community Center, Fire Family)

DONYA NASSER – SHE/HER/HERS

Planned Parenthood; Muslim, Immigrant, and Iranian communities

DOROTHY RICHMAN – SHE/HER/HERS

Makor Or: Jewish Meditation

ELIZABETH NGUYEN – SHE/HER/HERS

Unitarian Universalist clergy, queers, progressive Vietnamese community, National Bail Fund Network

ELIZAH CLABORNE – SHE/HER/HERS

I work for the Sacramento LGBT Center

EMANUEL BROWN – HE/HIM/HIS

Strategies4Freedom: Black Love Convergence

EMMA JORDAN SIMPSON – SHE/HER/HERS

Fellowship of Reconciliation USA and Concord Baptist Church of Christ

ERIN JOHNSON

GINA BREEDLOVE – SHE/ I AM

Grace

HANNAH ADAIR BONNER – SHE/HER/HERS

United Methodist Church

IDIT KLEIN – SHE/HER/HERS

Keshet

ILANA KAUFMAN – SHE/HER/HERS

Jews of Color Field Building Initiative

IMAM MAKRAM – HE/HIM/HIS

Masjid AnNur

IRA ARMSTRONG

ISAAC LURIA – HE/HIM/HIS

Nathan Cummings Foundation

ISOKE FEMI – SHE/HER/HERS

I work at GLIDE in SF. I am a student of A Course In Miracles; I am founder of Soul Matters; people who are at least open to forgiveness as a valid path to social justice.

J.C. PRITCHETT II – HE/HIM/HIS

Legacy Center for Social Justice

JACQUELINE PIERRE

JAMES B. LIN – HE/HIM/HIS

GLIDE Memorial Church / GLIDE Foundation

JAMES GERTMENIAN

The BTS Center, Faith In Public Life, Foreside Community Church

JAMYE WOOTEN – HE/HIM/HIS

Black Theology Project/KINETICS/CLLCTIVLY/Baltimore

JANELLE LUSTER – SHE/HER/HERS

I’m currently Program Associate for Compton’s Transgender Cultural District. I also am Bay Area President of FLUX. The trans community is where my heart is and it grounds me.

JANET EDWARDS – ZE/ZIR/ZIR

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

JEANNIE LEE – SHE/HER/HERS

My family is central to grounding me, especially my 2 sons. My professional grounding place is Auburn where I’m privileged to be part of a team that supports and equips the multi-faith movement for social justice.

JEN BAILEY – SHE/HER/HERS

Faith Matters Network

JESSICA KATE MEYER

The Kitchen

JESSICA STERLING – SHE/HER/HERS

JCRC, synagogue

JHANA SENXIAN – SHE/HER/HERS

The Guild & Global black, brown & indigenous healers, spiritual warriors & wisdom carriers

JOEL ABRAMOVITZ – HE/HIM/HIS

The Kitchen

JOHNNY MANZON-SANTOS – HE/HIM/HIS

With/In Collaborative

JUNAUDA PETRUS-NASAH – SHE/HER/HERS

Free Black Dirt, my wife. Queer people, Black people, Caribbean people. Black Diaspora people. Artists, creators, healers. lovers. People who love good food!

PASTOR KAJI DOUSA – SHE/HER/HERS

Park Avenue Christian Church

KATHARINE HENDERSON – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn

KEISHA MCKENZIE – SHE + THEY

Auburn (Program), STLC’s Cauldron Squad, progressive humanists, and mystics

KELLY RYAN – SHE/HER/HERS

The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa

KENDALL WILCOX – HE/HIM/HIS

C.W.E.E.R.S. Nonviolent Empowerment Groups

JASON KIMELMAN-BLOCK – HE/HIM/HIS

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

KUJI ABDUL ALIM MAH AJANI – HE/SHE/HIM/SHIM

Faith Voices/Berkeley Food & Housing Project

KYLA DIXON – SHE/HER/HERS

Toward Justice & Service 2 Justice

LADONNA HARRIS

LANA GARLAND- SHE/HER/HERS

Insibah Media

LAWRENCE RICHARDSON – HE/HIM/HIS

Linden Hills United Church of Christ

LINDA KAY KLEIN – SHE/HER/HERS

Break Free Together

LISA ANDERSON – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn Seminary

LISA SHARON HARPER – SHE/HER/HERS

FreedomRoad.us

LISBETH MELENDEZ RIVERA – SHE/HER/ELLA

United Theological Seminary/Waves Ahead

LIZA J. RANKOW – SHE/HER/HERS

OneLife Institute — a POC-centered Oakland organization serving at the intersection of spirituality and social action. // And concentric circles of multi-generational loved ones locally, nationally, internationally.

LUCIEN DEMARIS – HE/THEY

Relational Uprising

LYVONNE PROVERBS – SHE/HER/HERS

womanists, progressive Christians, African-centered folx.

MACKY ALSTON – HE/HIM/HIS

First Date Films

MAGGIE SIDDIQI

MAKRAM EL-AMIN

MALACHI GARZA – ALL

Auburn Board

MALKIA CYRIL – THEY/THEM/THEIRS

Founder, Media Justice; widower

MAX AIRBORNE

MELINDA WEEKES-LAIDLOW – SHE/HER/HERS

Income equity. People being compassionate and kind towards Black women.

MELVIN BRAY – HE/HIM/HIS

Collabyrinth

MICHAEL CRUMPLER

Tapestry Ministries/First Christian Church of Oakland/ Oakland Peace Center

MICHAEL J. ADEE – HE/HIM/HIS

Global Faith & Justice Project

MICHAEL LEZAK – HE/HIM/HIS

Glide / Jewish

MICHAEL SOTO – THEY/THEM AND HE/HIM

Equality Arizona – LGBTQ (especially trans and queer) people and people of color

MICKY SCOTTBEY JONES – SHE/HER/DIVA

Faith Matters Network; Rev. Jen Bailey; Black people

MIMI RIVERA – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn Seminary

MINISTER ONLEILOVE CHIKA ALSTON – SHE/HER/HERS

Beth-El The House of YHWH/BronxConnect

MYLES MARKHAM – HE/HIM OR THEY/THEM

Multitude Films

NORA RASMAN – SHE/HER/HERS

Work at Auburn PT :), birth workers, queers!

NORMAN WEEKES – HE/HIM/HIS

Greater St. Paul, Taylor Memorial

PANCHO ARGUELLES PAZ Y PUENTE – HE /HIM/ ÉL

Living Hope Wheelchair Association / Highlander Center

PATRICIA DEJONG – SHE/HER/HERS

Church World Service, Auburn Seminary, Ecology of Awakening

PHIWA LANGENI – THEY/HE

United Church of Christ; Salus Center; QPOC

Q HAILEY – SHE/HER/HERS

Freexone4us amd The Concord Baptist Church of Christ

RABBI NOA KUSHNER – SHE/HER/HERS

The Kitchen SF / GLIDE / Rise Up

RABBI SALEM PEARCE – SHE/HER/HERS

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

RABBI ZELIG GOLDEN – HE/HIM/HIS

Wilderness Torah, Renewal Jewish Community

RABI’A KEEBLE

Qalbu’Maryam Women’s Mosque

REBECCA VOELKEL – SHE/HER/HERS

Center for Sustainable Justice

REBEKAH LOWE – SHE/HER/HERS

Organization-Illustrated Ministry, progressive christian faith

REBEKAH STERN – SHE/HER/HERS

I serve as one of the rabbis of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, CA.

REED KOLBER – THEY/THEM/THEIRS

Jewish

RENÉE HILL – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn Seminary

REV. MONICA CROSS – SHE/HER/HERS

Tapestry Ministries/First Christian Church of Oakland/ Oakland Peace Center

ROBERT BEALS

SABRINA HAYEEM-LADANI – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn

SAHAR DRIVER – SHE/HER/HERS

Documentarians and artists

SARAH DAR – SHE/HER/HERS

Work at the California Immigrant Policy Center; belong to the Muslim community

SARAH MASTERS – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn Seminary Programming Community

SELINA DAVIDSON – SHE/HER/HERS

Greenhouse Pictures

SHANNON DALEY-HARRIS – SHE/HER/HERS

Children’s Defense Fund

SHANNON KEARSE-HIGH – SHE/HER/HERS

City of Refuge UCC, Oakland

SHARON GROVES – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn

SHIFRA BRONZNICK – SHE/HER/HERS

Auburn

SOPHIA JACKSON – SHE/HE

Disciples of Christ

STEVE NEWCOM – HE/HIM/HIS

Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation

SUMAIYA ZAMA – SHE/HER/HERS

CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Muslim community, women of color

SUNITA VISWANATH – SHE/HER/HERS

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

TAMEKA BELL – SHE/HER/HERS

Faith in Action

TEREA SMALLWOOD – SHE/HER/HERS

Vanderbilt Divinity School

TRACI WEST – SHE/HER/HERS

Drew Theological School

TUQUAN HARRISON – THEY/THEM/THEIRS

Black Queer and Trans Folks

WINONA NADINE LEWIS – SHE/HER/HERS

Spirit rock -Buddhism- Eselen institute

ELLEN SCHNEIDER – SHE/HER/HERS

Active Voice Lab

JUNAUDA PETRUS-NASAH – SHE/HER/HERS

Free Black Dirt, my wife. Queer people, Black people, Caribbean people. Black Diaspora people. Artists, creators, healers. lovers. People who love good food!

STEPHANIE RAPP – SHE/HER/HERS

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

REV. ERIN MAXFIELD-STEELE – SHE/HER/HERS

Episcopal Church, coming with my partner who is an ED at the Highlander Center