WWFOR Fall Retreat
Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliations 2021 Fall Retreat, a Zoom or phone event
Nov. 13, 2021
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Meet and study on the Zoom platform with the help of Civility First [civilityfirst.org], a group of
citizens on Whidbey Island who represent a wide range of political views. They came together
in 2016 to repudiate the divisive language and hate speech permeating our society.
MORNING WORKSHOP conducted by Civility First leaders Kate Brady and Sandi Peterson, who have engaged folks with seemingly opposing views in uncomfortable but sympathetic conversation We will participate in the Civility First workshop Bridging Our Differences, then consider how we can use this approach with communicating about social justice issues we work on.
9am (PST) - Welcome and Introductions
9:45Civility First workshop
11:15Next Steps - Breakout Rooms
12NPeace Bus presentation
12:25Workshops (please state preferences at registration)
Civility First Q&A , Critical Race Theory, Houseless Advocacy
1:25Report back & closing
The Peace Bus
Tacoma native Kwabi Amoah-Forson, founder of The Peace Bus, recently returned from his Peace Bus journey across the U.S. stopping in many locations along the way in a month long trek. During this journey, he gave away many hundreds of books to children and youth in his Manifest Humanity quest to eventually talk with President Biden about the critical need for world peace. Two years ago, Kwabi and friends traveled to the border of Mexico. We were doing podcasts and interviews with people about peace and what it means to them. We also gave out socks and blankets to people in need along the way! Watch our shows on YouTube TV: https://youtu.be/I9-0hu6b91I. The Peace Bus website is https://www.thepeacebus.org
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS [12:25 1:25]*
* All afternoon programs will go on simultaneously, with attendees assigned to a room according to their stated preference.
Q&A session with Civility First presenters exploring issues which emerged in the morning program. Spend another hour moving into the possibilities of common ground with experienced guides who have seen positive engagement emerge from cautious first meetings. Honesty and a safe environment foster moving conversations.
What is Critical Race Theory, and how do we talk about it? Led by Rebecca (Beck) Diamond Critical Race Theory is not actually one theory but a breadth of Black and Brown Authored Scholarship. This has provided voice and documentation that contributes to a larger archive of the Black experience. Examine ways Americans of all backgrounds, identities, and ways of being have been represented, and the ways that this has impacted how white people think about black people and how black and brown people think about themselves. Beck Diamond is a mother, artist, and activist on Whidbey Island. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Meander Dance Collective and works with other non-profit organizations on Whidbey Island. She holds a Masters in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington and is dedicated to education for change.
HOUSELESS Advocacy and difficult conversations around the catastrophe of houseless citizens here and everywhere. There are many organized groups both in government and in faith-based or citizen-led initiatives which are dedicated to providing support and facilitating understanding of the complexity of living outside, especially in city environs. Get information and encouragement from folks who have been down on the street working to humanize the problems.
REGISTRATION. Register here to pay by credit card or PayPal. We are suggesting a donation of $20, or $10 for low-income folk. Nobody will be turned away for lack of fund. For freeattendance, please provide name, email, phone, and workshop choice by email or phone.
Phone Sandy Ware: 360-870-8068.
For postal mail registration, checks to WWFOR, may be sent to Olympia FOR, P.O. Box 7273, Olympia, WA 98507.
Your donations are supporting the continuing work of our presenters and the volunteers who facilitated the event. For other info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fred Silsby at 360-252-0684.
Online Access Information
The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants and also listed at wwfor.org
Open to all, Zoom access by computer, smart phone. Telephone access also available.