Undivided

February 4, 2016

Undivided

Leadership for spiritual and systemic transformation

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

About the program:

Undivided is a program developed to respond to the longing for an integrated life. A life where our inner, spiritual journey and our desire to participate in effective social change can be understood as not only supportive, but essential to each other. This program is a small group (12-25 people) cohort who will gather four times throughout 2018 to explore contemplative social justice. The program is a combination of workshop style teaching, group process, and individual exploration. We will balance hands-on learning of practical social change tools, with contemplative practices and community building. Small groups will be formed around issues of interest to work on social change projects over the course of the program, this will allow participants to implement their learning and see how the rubber hits the road.

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Do you want to:

  • grapple with your role in addressing social and environmental inequities

  • learn in a diverse community

  • connect your inner and outer work

  • be challenged to grow within a community of practice

In this program you will:

  • deepen knowledge of social change frameworks, including theories of change, allyship and anti-oppression, and systemic power analysis.

  • explore your own social identities and power in relation to social change.

  • develop leadership skills such as community organizing, conflict resolution, public speaking, campaign building.

  • explore ancient and contemporary practices that sustain compassion and provide clarity of purpose.

  • network with diverse leaders in social and environmental change efforts.

  • receive year-long mentorship and support to apply for grant funding.

TESTIMONIALS

Dates:

Program gathers four times in 2018

Tentative Dates (to be confirmed)

  • Weekend one: Gambier Island
    • Friday March 9, 2:30pm- Monday March 11, 2:30pm
  • Weekend two: Vancouver
    • Friday May 11, 2:30pm- Sunday May 13, 2:30pm
  • Weekend three: Location TBA
    • Friday August 3, 2:30pm- Monday August 6, 2:30pm (long weekend)
  • Weekend four: Vancouver
    • Friday November 23, 2:30pm- Sunday November 25, 2:30pm

Program Outline

Weekend One: Laying the Foundation

  • Introduction to contemplative practices of grounding and centering
  • Anti-Oppression and allyship
  • Group formation and storytelling
  • Social movement history
  • Communication and deep listening as tools for transformation
  • Selection of focus groups and issues (ie climate justice, homelessness, right relationship with Indigenous peoples etc)

Weekend Two: Theories of Change

  • Inner work exploring resilience, motivation, and what holds us back
  • Theories of how change happens:
    • Analysis of economic, political and social systems
    • Building partnerships and movements
  • Conflict resolution and the spiritual work of anger, healing and forgiveness
  • Meet with focus groups and project mentors
  • Begin project planning

Weekend Three: Change Embodiment

  • Contemplative practices of seeing with new eyes
  • Media literacy and technology as social change tools
  • Panel of social change experts sharing success and failure stories
  • Feedback on project plans from social change experts
  • Practices that sustain us through failure and success
  • The discipline of self care
  • Next steps for project implementation

Weekend Four: Sharing and Sending Forth

  • Additional skill and training content in response to group needs
  • Community event sharing projects and learning
  • Closing

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Leadership

Christina Kinch: Program Creator and Facilitator

Christina is passionate about the intersection of inner transformation and community healing. Christina has worked in a variety of secular and religious environments including child protection, mental health, addictions, child and family ministry, faith formation, youth therapy and energy healing. Christina embodies a strong sense of the mind-body-spirit connection which allows her to guide people into deeper experience of themselves, each other and the sacred.

Christina has studied and practiced with teachers from various traditions, with a particular focus on Contemplative and Mystical Christianity, Hatha Yoga, and Buddhist teachings. In 2006 Christina completed the Living School Program with Richard Rohr at the Centre for Action and Contemplation. Recently, Christina completed a Masters of Education in Contemplative Inquiry at Simon Fraser University. Diversity of spiritual practice and education allows Christina to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds including those connected to a religious tradition, spiritual but not religious folks, seekers, agnostics and atheists.

When not wearing her United Church Justice hat, you can find Christina offering workshops on healing and contemplative practices. You can also find Christina dancing, sipping tea, hiking or engrossed in poetry. Christina’s official title is the Justice Coordinator for the Contemplative Justice Network of the British Columbia Conference of The United Church of Canada.

Camille Dumond: Program Consultant and Facilitator

Camille Dumond is a somatic trauma therapist, educator, conflict mediator and facilitator living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueum and Tseil-Waututh Nations. She is a cis-gender, able-bodied, settler woman, with roots in the Indo-Afro Caribbean diaspora. For the past 18 years, Camille has served at the crossroads of community healing and justice. Opening access, opportunity and platforms to amplify the voices of those most impacted by social inequities to shape the systems that shape their lives is at the heart of her work.

She has used participatory action research as a strategy with racialized youth in the child welfare system to flip the script of who gets to assess and evaluate who, creating spaces for young people’s needs, ideas and voices to be central in policy-making. She was part of a team at the Tatamagouche Centre in Mi’kma’ki who helped the Centre more fully embody it’s racial equity values – including supporting the development of the Black Leadership program, making structural changes to Board leadership and recruitment, and mid-wifing the deep cultural shifts needed to support leadership programs led exclusively by and for LGBTQ2S, Indigenous and African-descent peoples at the Centre.

Recently she was honoured to be part of the DisPLACEment project with the Access to Media Education Society, working with film-makers from Indigenous, Migrant and Refugee communities to shine a light on the systems behind displacement and challenge notions of “home” and “belonging” (Click here for more info about screenings of these amazing films!) Camille’s central passion is for creating relational learning spaces that allow us the safety, freedom and awareness to mindfully notice how we recreate dynamics of oppression in the moment, and to choose more life-affirming paths together.

She brings a style that is a mix of grounded analysis, creativity, tailored coaching, warmth, magic and precise in-the-moment facilitation of group dynamics. She is constantly messing up and learning from the mess. She currently works at the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture, and as faculty with the InnerActivist Project. Camille is in love with the dreaming reality, valuing the mysterious experiences that happen to us in the form of night-time dreams, body sensations, accidents, synchronicities, strong emotions and experiences with the natural world.

Christine Boyle: Program Designer and Guest Facilitator

Christine Boyle is a community organizer and storyteller, raised on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. She grew up in the United Church of Canada, and has an BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from UBC, and an MA in ‘Religious Leadership for Social Change’ from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

After finishing her graduate work, Christine launched Spirited Social Change, an initiative aimed at engaging people across generations to explore the intersections between faith, spirituality, and our work for a better world. Through that work she initiated and coordinates The Self Care Project, and co-created Fossil Free Faith: Canada’s Interfaith Divestment Network. In January 2016 joined the team at Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace as Minister of Community Life.

Chris regularly talks about feelings, practices yoga, worships food, contemplates purpose, nurtures plants, and preaches about the need to create social, political and economic systems that reflect our desire to care for one another. She has an 11-year-old step-daughter and a new baby son. She actively believes that people are good.

If you are interested in being on the leadership team, please email <christina [at] contemplativejustice.org>.

Fees:

Undivided is generously subsidized by the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada.
Program fee of $1200 includes travel, accommodation and food.

Need additional assistance? We want you here! Apply to the Equity Fund for full or partial bursary or work exchange.

 

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FAQS

I have a contemplative practice but not much experience in social change work, can I apply?
Yes. We are seeking people with various degrees of experience in both contemplation and social change. A sincere desire and willingness to engage and learn is required.

I have lots of experience in social change work, but not much in contemplation, can I apply?
Yes. We are seeking people with various degrees of experience in both contemplation and social change. A sincere desire and willingness to engage and learn is required.

I’m not sure if I can commit to all four weekends, can I attend just one?
No. Each weekend builds on the next and the learning community we create is an essential component of the program.

I’m not Christian, can I apply?
Yes. Undivided is sponsored by the United Church of Canada and draws on Christian wisdom and contemplative practices to guide and inform the program. We welcome, respect, and celebrate people of all and no faith backgrounds and invite you to bring your whole selves to the program. We have no expectations of theological consensus, but ask that people come willing to share authentically and engage in a way that embraces diversity and curiosity.