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The Imperatives and Practices of Faith-Based Community Organizing

Saturday, 10:00am | Portal

This will be an interactive workshop or presentation of the imperatives and practices of faith-based community organizing. We seek to motivate and empower faith-based communities (broadly defined) for substantive social change for justice in this political moment that so desperately needs organizing. This is both “”movement work”” that aligns faith communities with broad diverse coalitions for justice AND theological/liturgical work that is transformative of the inner relationality and spirituality of these communities.

Tim Conder

Tim is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. He organizes nationally with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and locally with Durham CAN serving on their Strategy Team and as a leader of their Clergy Caucus. Currently he working with IAF on a national campaign against gun violence (Do Not Stand Idly By) and locally with CAN on policing transformation, affordable housing, living wage legislation, and educational reform in Durham. Tim is a PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina in Cultural Studies researching as a pastoral leader/ethnographer in the NAACP “Forward Together” Moral Movement in NC. He is the author of three books including the forthcoming “Organizing the Body” (Fall 2016; Chalice Press), “Free for All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community”, and “The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture. Tim is also a Trustee Emeritus at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. and (to be launched in Spring)

Dan Rhodes

Dan Rhodes is Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Justice and Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Other Journal. Prior to taking his position at Loyola, he spent 9 years as co-pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. During this time he also was an active member of Durham CAN’s strategy team, a local community organization affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation. His doctoral research focused the work of congregation-based organizing to counteract the effects of the market collapse in 2007-2008, offering a theological critique of capitalism. He currently lives in Evanston, IL with his spouse Elizabeth and two daughters, Rachel (4yrs) and Julia (2yrs).

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