KINGIAN NONVIOLENCE CONFLICT RECONCILIATION
16-HOUR CORE TRAINING
November 10-12, 2023
Camp Alexander Mack, Milford, Indiana
An event for members and friends of the
South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren
Sponsor: Brethren Building Beloved Community, an organizing team with the South/Central Indiana District Church of the Brethren
Come and join us for a transformational weekend exploring Dr. King's philosophy and methodology of nonviolence. This workshop has helped thousands of people in various social justice movements, prisons, schools and other communities understand the depth of the philosophy of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation.
This retreat is being planned by Brethren Building Beloved Community (BBBC), an organizing team within the South/Central Indiana District Church of the Brethren. BBBC has been collaborating since May 2023 to invite Brethren in the district to join together in dreaming and equipping ourselves for creative nonviolence in home, church, and community.
Come join us to:
- Deepen our understanding of how the values and disciplines of Kingian Nonviolence offer transformative possibilities
- Practice what we’re learning, applying to specific issues and concerns brought by participants
- Build community and a common language across the S/C Indiana District
- Ground our nonviolence learning in our discipleship journeys/spiritual formation, Christian faith, and Brethren history
- Support the formation of action clusters or teams to advance the application of KNV in S/C Indiana District.
- Stimulate a creative imagination for a nonviolent future
If you are an organizer working for social change, an activist working to reduce violence in your community, a youth worker, or just someone who wants to learn how to resolve their personal conflicts better, this retreat is for you!
Dates: The residential training takes place from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 10-12, 2023.
Times: Workshop session schedule: Friday 7-9pm; Saturday 9-11:30, 1-5, 7-9; Sunday worship followed by sessions 9:30-12:00, 1:00-3:00. Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 6pm.
- 4 Pillars of Kingian Nonviolence
- Social Dynamics of Nonviolence
- 6 Principles (the will) how to view and transform conflict
- 6 Steps (the skill) how to engage with conflict and organize a campaign
- Definitions of violence and nonviolence
- Types and levels of conflict, and how they escalate and de-escalate
- Dialectical Thinking
- Historical context of the Civil Rights Movement
What to expect: Mini-presentations, small groups activities, large group conversation, multi-media/videos, music, opportunities for self-reflection and sharing. Homework will be assigned before and between sessions.
Cost: The actual cost for each participant is $515 for the program, 2 nights lodging, and six meals. However, it’s likely that through fundraising efforts of the Brethren Building Beloved Community Team, the workshop will be free to all participants. The BBBC team is asking participants for two things:
- Send a $50 deposit to reserve your place.
- Participate during the weekend in brainstorming about funds, or directly donating funds, for future district actions.