Enjoy our latest conversations and learn about our ongoing programs below.

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DECEMBER

WEBINAR: RACE, CLASS AND DISASTER RELIEF

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)

Presenters

Rudy Rasmus is a Houston-based pastor, humanitarian, author, and faith leader, who’s known as “Beyoncé’s pastor,” because of Tina, Beyoncé, and Solange Knowles’ support of his St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston.

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation. West-Scantlebury’s work focuses on economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Before coming to Little Rock, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as the founding director of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, which was established post hurricane’s Katrina and Rita.

Rev. John Vaughn is executive vice president of Auburn Seminary. Before joining Auburn, Rev. Vaughn led the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., Ph.D ,14th president of the college, as well as students and community from the Philander Smith College area.

“Relief and rebuilding is not color blind.”

-Rev. John Vaughn, who will speak to how systemic racism around relief and recovery can play out in crisis.

Location

Online & Philander Smith College | Harry R. Kendall Building- Nugent Center, 900 West Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, ARK 72202

That’s 3 PM Eastern;  2 PM Central;  1 PM Mountain;  12 NOON Pacific. The webinar is 1-hour.

 

WEBINAR: BRIDGING DIVIDES, EXPLORING METHODOLOGIES

Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Presenter

MICHAEL MCRAY of michaelmcray.com, shares his unique experiences and insights around his work and storytelling vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and incarceration. He is an author, educator, and facilitator of storytelling.

I write on lots of different things, but mainly themes of reconciliation, forgiveness, conflict, storytelling, and theology. Sometimes, I tell personal stories from my life of travel, prison volunteering, childhood in rural Appalachia, and work in conflict zones.”

Description

Join us online or in-person for part 2 of a 5 part series featuring leading practitioners in the field.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

 

JANUARY

WEBINAR: SOUND & FREQUENCY, PART II: DRUMMING

Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Body made in Israel, soul made in heaven 🙂 I’m a woman, a percussionist, with a great passion and love to music and it’s incredible influence on life. West African music is my favorite genre of all, to play and to listen to. It moves me deeply.”

-Roni Parnass 

Description

Johnson will be jamming with his friend and colleague, Roni Parnass (pictured). Join us online or in-person and learn how to drum with sacred intention too.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

WEBINAR: BRIDGING DIVIDES, EXPLORING METHODOLOGIES WITH ANDREW HANAUER

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Presenters

Andrew Hanauer, Director of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders in the aftermath of the 2016 election to address divisiveness in American society.

Description

Andrew Hanauer shares his expertise on how to bridge divides across beltway politics. He is the Director of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders in the aftermath of the 2016 election to address divisiveness in American society. A frequent public speaker at houses of worship of all kinds, and at venues including the United Nations, the National Press Club and Congressional briefings, he serves on the steering committee of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition and on the board of directors of Bridges of Promise, a non-profit that funds school fees for children in East Africa. His work has been published by The Times of Israel, Inter Press Service, the Christian Citizen and featured on Voice of America and media outlets across the US and abroad. Previously, he was Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA. He has directed green job training programs in low-income communities in California and run an after-school homework center at a public elementary school.

Join us online or in-person for part 3 of a 5 part series featuring leading practitioners in the field.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

Presenter

MACKY ALSTON is the Senior Vice President, Prophetic and Creative Leadership at Auburn, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002.

PATRICIA JERIDO is a trained social worker and consultant with over 30 years experience in social justice work.

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Description

They’re back! Be with us as we have a deeper conversation about what worked and didn’t this past year.

Participate online or in-person, and learn how to use your gifts to ignite social change.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

 

FEBRUARY

WEBINAR: BRIDGING DIVIDES, EXPLORING METHODOLOGIES

Thursday, February 1, 2018  from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Presenter

RACHEL BROWN is the founder and CEO of Sisi ni Amani-Kenya (SNA-K), a Kenyan NGO that pioneered new strategies to build local capacity for peacebuilding and civic engagement, most notably through the creation of a text-messaging model and platform to support local community efforts. She created a guide for practitioners seeking to counter the impact of inflammatory hate speech on its intended audience.

Description

Join us online or in-person for part 4 of a 5 part series featuring leading practitioners in the field.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

 

MARCH

WEBINAR: BRIDGING DIVIDES, EXPLORING METHODOLOGIES

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Presenter

MIKE NICONCHUK of mikeniconchuk.com, with a case study on intersections between neuroscience and public policy.

Description

Join us online or in-person for part 4 of a 5 part series featuring leading practitioners in the field.

Location

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive. | New York, NY 10115

 

Watch our latest talks: Fall-Winter 2017/18:

Thursday November 16, 2017, 12:00 noon:

Webinar: Bridging Divides, exploring methodologies with Parisa Parsa.

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive | New York, NY 10115

Thursday November 16, 2017 from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM (EDT)

VIDEO COMING SOON.   

Parsa, of whatisessential.org, shares a case study on what her group calls, Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD) and how it can be used in faith-based and social service organizations.  

Parisa served as the Director of Congregational Development for the New England Unitarian Universalist Association, providing leadership development, training tools and resources for mission-focused planning and change management for ministers and congregations. An ordained minister, Parisa led a mid-sized congregation in Milton, Massachusetts for ten years, and has served in leadership roles for faith-based and social service organizations across the country.

Bridging Divides is a training curated at Auburn by Macky Alston, and draws from leading practitioners in the field, who are exploring ways to engage people across difference, divide, or disagreement and craft a strategy that works best in light of goals and cultural context. Join the webinar to learn what they know. 

Join us online or in-person, and learn from leading practitioners in the field. This is Part 1 of a 5 part series.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:00 noon:

So many well-intentioned people want to make a difference but lack the roadmaps to get them there.”

Patricia Jerido

(pictured: Macky Alston, Patricia Jerido)

Webinar: Creative Activism & You

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive | New York, NY 10115

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Are you an artist? Do you feel there’s something you want to express that could help society as a whole? What is it and how would you do it? These are questions Patricia Jerido, a trained social worker and consultant with over 30 years experience in social justice work, and Macky Alston, an acclaimed filmmaker and Auburn’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth, have been tackling.

Jerido’s prior experience includes working on human rights issues in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and as co-director for Client Services at the Minority Taskforce on AIDS, where she worked with women incarcerated at Rikers Island. Alston’s films include Love Free or Die – PBS 2012; Hard Road Home – PBS ’08, The Killer Within – Discovery Films ’06, Questioning Faith – HBO ‘02, and Family Name – PBS ’98. He has won at Sundance twice and received the Gotham Open Palm Award, three Emmy nominations, and appeared widely in the press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times.

Join us for a lively conversation– and learn how to channel your creativity into something powerful.

YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH…

  • A wide range of tools and examples to help you and your community capture the public imagination through your faith-rooted activism
  • Knowledge of the ways in which creative activism has been at the heart of the history of social and religious movements throughout history
  • Creative exercises that engage you to develop actions designed to move heart and minds for justice

Participate online or in-person, and learn how to use your gifts to ignite social change.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:00 noon:

Every breath is a celebration of life itself.”

Fred Johnson

photo courtesy: daybreakawakeningcall.com

Webinar: Experience the Healing of Sound and Frequency

Online & Auburn Seminary | 475 Riverside Drive | New York, NY 10115

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM (EDT)

WATCH THE TALK NOW 

Tone, frequency, and breath are part of your innate power to heal yourself and others. Experience the healing of sound and frequency with Fariduddin “Fred” Johnson, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Deputy Director at Intersections,  while learning more about how sound works in our bodies.

As a student of West African natural healing indigenous music traditions for nearly a decade, Johnson brings to the contemporary world a fusion of ancient sound traditions, coupled with 21st-century science on the power of the vibration universe.

Join us online or in-person, and learn about how, with sacred intention, to move through pain and experience greater joy.   

Watch our talks from last season: Spring-Summer 2017:

Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation, Caitlin Breedlove – on re·sil·ience

We are a deeply isolated & lonely set of communities.”

Caitlin Breedlove

Caitlin, vice president of movement leadership at Auburn Seminary, has a wonderfully complex mind; in one breath she’ll reference seminal social activist Grace Lee Boggs — and Bogg’s notion of “dialectical humanism”– and in the next, bring her point home with insights into her own foibles as an organizer. This intelligence and authenticity make even being resilient and defeating loneliness and social isolation seem like problems that anyone can tackle.  (July 6, 2017)

Micky ScottBey Jones is shaping brave spaces

I was a hyper-conservative, anti-liberal agenda, evangelical.”

Micky ScottBey Jones

Mickey’s own life experience, in her case of moving right to left, created in her a deep compassion, for herself– and others. She is a supervisor within Auburn’s Justice Ministry Program and is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant. (June 30, 2017)

Thanks to Catherine Torpey, Executive Director of The Focusing Institute, from our studio audience, who shared her thoughts on the talk.

Digital Security 101 – Digital Security for Activists

There’s a lot of fear and panic around our digital communications, so its good to have this conversation.”

Dan Greenman

Auburn’s resident tech guru, Dan Greenman. As Director of Technology he’s seen it all in the realm of people’s various tech phobias and avoidances– and brings us up to speed to learns so easy ways to protect your and your organization’s data and reputation. (May 4, 2017)

Dismantling White Supremacy From the Inside Out

 . . . what that means is engaging white people in the faith against systemic racism.”

Rev. J.C. Austin  

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. (April 26, 2017)

The Johnson Amendment – what your organization needs to know

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.”

Sally Steenland 

Sally Steenland, former Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress, argues that now more than ever, we need the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from becoming, “one more cog in the political machine.” Watch this fascinating webinar to learn more about this lesser known but important law, why it may be in jeopardy, and what you can do about it. (March 6, 2017)