Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community
Friday July 15th: 3pm-5pm
Saturday July 16th: 9am-3pm
with Alex Kapitan
Churches of all kinds have struggled with multicultural culture-building because providing safe, welcoming and celebratory spaces to people of all sexual orientations, races, classes, abilities and gender identities requires an attentiveness to the complexities of identity that is hard to come by. Power and privilege lead to oppressive systems and behaviors that impact our welcome and our community-building. All of us are part of a culture that, more often than not, values whiteness, maleness, straightness, money and able-bodiedness above all else. As a result, these values are so embedded in our consciousness, we fail to recognize them and, therefore, don’t do the work of unlearning them.
Please join Alex Kapitan for Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community, a powerful experience on building compassionate connection and meaningful relationships in our faith communities. During this gathering, we will create safe space to get to know one another, work, and worship together. We will explore the subtle and not so subtle ways that we create and live into oppressive systems in communities of faith. We will learn about the significance of intersectionality in our ministries and how to develop anti-oppressive and anti-racist environments that move us beyond inclusion and into celebration of all that makes us who we are.
The workshop will begin on Friday afternoon from 3pm to 5:00pm. Friday evening will be free. The gathering will resume on Saturday from 9am until 3pm (with lunch and a break).
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Alex Kapitan is a transgender and queer faith-based anti-oppression activist, organizer, and educator who helps people of faith practice radical inclusion and also does interfaith work to help queer and trans folk connect to religion and spirituality. Alex worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association's national office for more than five years and is now starting a new ministry involving transformational change work in faith communities. Alex is on the steering committee of TRUUsT, the Unitarian Universalist transgender religious professional organization, serves on the leadership of the spirituality track for the LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference, sings with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and plays for United Front, the world's first all/no-gender roller derby team. Alex's writing can be found in anthologies including Falling Into the Sky and Becoming, and at the blog Roots Grow the Tree.
Recent sermon on Transgender Faith: https://rootsgrowthetree.com/2016/02/26/transgender-faith/
Coordinator: Cathy Stackpole
- Adult $38 per day on campus
- Commuter $50 (includes lunch on Saturday 7/16)
- Vacationers staying over will pay $38 in addition to their room charges for Friday evening.
- If you are coming to the RE week, GAYLA or Choral conferences, the conference fee is waived for this workshop and you just pay for the additional stay and any meals you want for Friday and Saturday day.