Undivided

February 4, 2016

Undivided

Leadership for spiritual and systemic transformation

Application Deadline: December 5, 2017

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 2017 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.

Undivided is for you if you:

  • yearn for authentic and creative models of change making
  • seek to build resilient communities
  • are interested in integrating your own inner and outer work
  • have some experience in social and environmental change making and/or spiritual practice
  • want to commit time and energy over the next year to expanding the breadth and depth of your leadership skills
  • live in BC

In this program you will:

  • design and participate in effective change making strategies
  • deepen knowledge of social change frameworks, including theories of change, allyship and anti-oppression, and systemic power analysis
  • explore ancient and contemporary practices that sustain compassion and provide clarity of purpose
  • network with leaders in social and environmental change efforts across the province
  • receive year-long mentorship and support to apply for grant funding.

Dates:

Program runs 4 weekends in 2018

Program Outline

Topics
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

Leadership

Undivided will draw on the expertise of many contemplative practitioners and social change experts. As these folks are confirmed, we will list them below. Currently listed are the two main facilitators of the the program, Christina Kinch and Christine Boyle.

Christina Kinch is the Justice Coordinator for British Columbia Conference of The United Church of Canada. She 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. Christina recently completed the Living School Program with Richard Rohr at the Centre for Action and Contemplation and is currently enrolled in 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 to children and families through her Vancouver business, Kinchara. You can also find Christina dancing, sipping tea, hiking or engrossed in poetry.

 

christine-pic-1Christine 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.

Fees:

Undivided is subsidized by the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada.
Participants are asked to contribute to program costs on a sliding scale of $800-$1200. This fee includes travel, accommodation and food.
Additional bursaries available for those who find the cost prohibitive.

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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.