Through hands-on engagement, you will design and test your own social media campaign, deciding between the use of current platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, as well as choosing which pieces of digital content to produces such as posts, blogs, videos, and memes.

The training will draw upon the wisdom and experience of people in the room, infuse the group’s practice with the inspiration of an Auburn expert practitioner, and analyze recent campaigns that have changed the game — both in positive and negative ways.


  • An introduction to the tools of online faith-rooted organizing
  • Theories behind successful online (and offline) campaigns
  • Ways to test your own campaign ideas and digital strategies
  • Exercises that help you put newly-learned concepts and skills to use in a real-time atmosphere.


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.


Listen to podcasts by the Auburn team:

  • Auburn vice president for movement leadership Caitlin Breedlove’s podcast Fortification
  • Auburn trainer Erica Williams Simon’s podcast The Call

Connect and learn more about leaders of faith and moral courage on Auburn Voices

Follow Auburn on Twitter and Facebook, and consider starting a faith-rooted digital campaign for justice on Auburn’s Groundswell petition platform!


David Beasley leads Auburn Seminary’s use of digital tools to deepen connections to, with, and among leaders in the multifaith movement for justice. They are most interested in the way that relationships can exist across distance and difference in digital spaces. David leads online growth by finding new ways to provide tools to train, support, and nourish leaders in service of the broader movement for justice.

Before joining Auburn, David was a member of the senior leadership team and responsible for communications and marketing at the Participatory Budgeting Project, a nonprofit startup that is changing the way government works by giving people direct control over how their taxes are spent in their communities. David builds communications programs that serve as megaphones for experts.

Jackson Bird is a digital creator and activist working to amplify the stories of transgender people of today. You can hear some of those stories on his podcast, Transmission, as well as on his YouTube channel, jackisnotabird. A YouTube NextUp Creator and LogoTV Social Trailblazer nominee, Jackson is also a TED Speaker and Resident whose talk, “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a million times. Jackson currently lives in New York City where he hosts pub quizzes, runs a VHS digitization side hustle, and is working on his debut novel. You can follow him everywhere online @jackisnotabird.

Sophie Ellman-Golan is the Deputy Director of Communications and Outreach at Women’s March. She is the co-creator of the Confront White Womanhoodworkshop, a project designed to address the ways white women and constructions of white womanhood uphold white supremacy. An activist with a background in racial and gender justice, combating antisemitism, and organizing against police violence, Sophie is a member leader on the Campaign for Police Accountability and Anti-Jewish Oppression Working Group at Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Prior to joining the Women’s March team, Sophie worked at Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College in Africana Studies and Human Rights.

Marchaé Grair is a writer and storyteller whose personal soundtrack can be described as a remix of gospel music, her grandmother’s prayers, Maya Angelou’s writing, and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Marchaé gives workshops and talks about intersectional communications strategies that center the margins and require honesty and accountability as a key part of communications. She gives talks that range from teaching technical “how-tos” on platforms to aligning communications with personal or institutional mission.

Marchaé got her start at Kent State University’s award-winning journalism program studying Electronic Media. She has worn the hats of freelance reporter and social media strategist and is also known for her distinct voice in her opinion writing. She is currently the Public Relations and Outreach Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association and was previously the Digital Content Manager at the United Church of Christ, where her work was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in their “Twenty in their 20s” feature.

Rev. Ashley Harness is a communications strategist with almost a decade of experience in non-profit media work and is also ordained in the United Church of Christ. When she is not enjoying leading worship, standing for justice or listening deeply in pastoral care at Lyndale United Church of Christ, she consults with the Center for Progressive Renewal to help progressive churches across the country grow. Ashley also consults through Auburn Seminary’s digital organizing and media teams, providing confidential training and counsel to religious leaders seeking to use social and traditional media as a pulpit. You can follow her writing on the Huffington Post. Ashley received her Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 2012 and her Bachelor of Arts at Brown University in 2005.

Rev. Jim Keat is the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy & Online Engagement at The Riverside Church in New York City and the Director of Online Learning at the Center for Progressive Renewal. He is a divergent thinker, an ideation specialist, and an aspiring minimalist. In his spare time Jim enjoys solving a Rubik’s cube, going on a long run, playing board games with his wife, Chelsea, or watching their cats, Whitman and Wendell. To find out more about Jim follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @IdeasDoneDaily.

Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson is a Pastor, a self proclaimed Digital Evangelist, and a Ministry Coach. When he is not traveling, he uses multiple online platforms to minister to followers that span the globe. Lawrence has been featured in publications such as the Salt Collective, Huffington Post Religion and The Root, and is the recipient of numerous leadership and service awards. You can follow him online @Larry2_0 and find out more about him and his work at

Kate Werning grew into organizing by the resilient leadership of undocumented folks and youth of color in her hometown of Milwaukee, organizing campaigns for racial justice and immigrant rights. A decade-long community organizer and social movement trainer on the edge of burnout, she sought out yoga, somatics, meditation, and other healing modalities to integrate the pursuit of internal and external transformation. Kate brings that work to Healing Justice Podcast, an audio resource supporting activists grappling with questions of sustainability and connectedness through conversation and practice. She co-facilitates workshops on collective wellbeing and transformation for social justice staff and leaders called Resilience for Changemakers, is a Lead Trainer with Momentum organizing training institute, serves on the founding faculty of Liberation School, & centers interdependence in her trauma-informed yoga classes at Third Root Community Health Center. She’s also a founder of Hoop House collective home in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

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Erica Williams Simon is a social impact strategist, millennial expert and media personality. She is the CEO of EWS Strategies, LLC a social impact consulting firm, and the creator of “Impact Academy” an education and training program for next generation change-makers. Previously, Erica served as Senior Strategist at Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL). Listed by as one of 50 Top Politicos, she was also the co-founder of Progress 2050, a first of its kind project at the Center for American Progress that develops policy and engagement models for an increasingly diverse America. Erica is an NAACP 40 under 40 leader, a Case Foundation Social Citizen Ambassador and O Magazine Women’s Rule Leadership Award Winner. She has appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Charlie Rose, MTV, BET, CNN and a host of other programs with her work/writing being featured in Harvard Business Review, Washington Post and She is a proud preacher’s daughter and Washington area native where she lives with her high-school sweetheart husband.


“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