Seth Woody is an organizer with the Contemplative Action Circle project, organizing young people of faith into contemplative lifestyles and non-violent direct action. He is also a trainer and core team member of the Momentum Training Community, dedicated to incubating, training, and launching decentralized, popular movements in the United States. Previously, Seth served as an organizer with the Youth Jobs Coalition, fighting to win full employment for young people of color in MA. He is passionate about building victorious movements that hold true to the human needs for love, justice, and joy.
Responding to a crisis of integrity: contemplative practice & movement building
In the face of a crisis of integrity in both our nation and often in our church, what would it take to respond at a scale proportional to what we are up against? When we are tempted by complicity and passivity, where do we draw courage to take risks and take action, especially through noncooperation and civil disobedience? And how can we deconstruct the culture of isolation and support our collective healing from the traumas of oppression? In short, what would it look like to take the gospel seriously? In this session, we will be sharing organizing technologies for decentralized popular movement building from the Momentum community. We will also be leading practices from the Contemplative Action Circles – sacred songs, silence, and lament that leads to true critique; a storytelling practice called Resonating which is designed to build empathetic vulnerability; and ongoing collective visioning.