Faith Rooted Organizing Training18551811_s September 21 – 24 at the Highlander Center

 For the first time this amazing group of Faith Rooted Organizers are gathering to continue cultivating the next generation of practitioners and trainers in faith-rooted organizing. The combined depth of wisdom and experience of these trainers is unparalleled and no other event has brought them together quite like this.

Join us for a four day exploration of the essentials in organizing for justice as fueled and guided by the deepest wells of our faith. Rooted in Christian theology and discipleship , this training will equip emerging organizers with real skills, powerful framing and the wisdom of years of campaigns wins and losses in the struggle for justice.

Who this training is for:
Staff/Organizers and leaders in…
Christian community development organizations
Faith-based social justice-focused community organizations
Faith-based social justice-focused networks
Christian student organizations
Churches with strong multi-faceted community engagement programs
Organizing networks who are working on expressing their faith as fully as possible through congregational and community organizing for justice…

Participants will have the option of participating in an one-year cohort afterwards with quarterly web meetings and individual coaching.

Sign Up to Attend The cost is $400 to attend this training.  To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application.  Scholarship funds are limited so we encourage you to think like an organizer and see if you can raise support from your community to come!

Alexia Salvatierra, founder of Faith-Rooted Organizing Network and author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork..  She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy.

Lisa Sharon Harper, Senior Director of Mobilizing and founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. She has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health-care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement for publications and blogs including The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism, and Slant33. Her faith-rooted approach to advocacy and organizing has activated people across the U.S. and around the world to address structural and political injustice as an outward demonstration of their personal faith.

Rev. Martin Garcia, Engagement Officer and Hispanic Ministries Coordinator, Southern California, US Programs, World Vision, former director of Vision LA (one of the most successful efforts ever to organize Hispanic storefront congregations)

Rev. Michael Mata, has over 30 years of creating community and church-based programs for community transformation and youth leadership development, currently serving as community transformation specialist for Compassion Creates Change Inc. and Director of LA Program in Transformational Urban Leadership at Azusa Pacific Seminary, former Director of Tools for Transformation, World Vision US Programs.

Michelle Warren is the Advocacy and Policy Engagement Director for the Christian Community Development Association.  She has been working in Christian community development for 22 years utilizing her skills as an educator, non-profit manager and public policy specialist.  Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cedarville University and later earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.  She is an immigration, education and human service policy specialist.  Michelle is an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary in their Justice and Mission’s program, teaching, “Political Advocacy: Doing Justice in the Public Square.” Michelle is a part of the national Evangelical Immigration Table and helps consult for the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, DC based immigration advocacy organization as the, Mountain West Regional Consultant for their Bibles, Badges & Business campaign.  Michelle’s advocacy reach has been featured in local markets like: The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio as well as national Christian and secular media outlets including: The L.A. Times, PBS News Hour, Christianity Today, CBN, Christian WORLD magazine and numerous others. She is married to David Warren, Executive Director of Open Door Ministries. They live in Denver with their three children, 19,17 and 13.

Juan Carlos Ruiz, Co-Founder New Sanctuary Movement, Director, Occupy Sandy Relief Program at St. Jacobi’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn

Rich Kohng, Outreach Ministries Coordinator, Northpark University, Chicago, co-Pastor, The 9th Hour

Yu- Shuan Tarango-Sho, Director of the Jesus, Justice and Poverty Institute (formerly the Bay Area Urban Project) Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

David Solnit is an arts organizer for twenty years using culture, art, creative actions and theater in mass actions,  popular education, and celebrations. He has worked with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for 15 years–Florida tomato pickers who won dramatic changes for workers–and recently co-coordinated large scale arts and visuals for the Peoples Climate March in NYC. Solnit has been a nonviolent direct action organizer and trainer for 30 years, co-organizing the shutdown of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999, the shutdown of Financial District of San Francisco the day after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the Flood Wall St in conjunction with the People.s Climate March. He is the editor/co-author of ‘Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World,’ ‘Army of None,’ and ‘The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle.’

With additional faciliatation support from Micky Jones, Teresa Pasquale and Holly Roach.

Co-sponsored by Transform Network

Download: FRO Updated Training Flyer June