Upper Midwest Soulforce Activist
Space to gather, learn, heal, move, and build trust with students on Christian campuses in the Upper Midwest.
Skill Shares are a weekend conference venue we offer to all schools who want to work with us to develop a curriculum that meets your needs on and off campus.
September 19th and 20th
Download the flyers here for distribution:
Saturday, September 19th
Time: 4pm to 10pm
2001 Seneca Lane
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
We will also venture out into the city.
Sunday, September 20th
Time: 10am to 5pm
205 Monroe Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
On Kalamazoo College's campus
We need your RSVP so that we can provide enough food and supplies for the group. Once you RSVP, we'll send you a short follow-up survey about food, accessibility, and carpool needs.
RSVP by joining the Facebook event here.
This event is free to attend.
Q: Can I come to just one day?
A: Absolutely! Though you may find the introduction a little less thorough on the second day.
Q: What's the agenda?
A: Saturday includes training on self and community care, arts practices as organizing skills, and transforming and planning our social change work based in healing and spiritual care practices. Also, lots of networking and relationship building!
Sunday includes training in intersectional justice for religious communities, how to run a studen organizing group, discussion on "Safe Zone" trainings, strategic planning, and learning how Soulforce can specifically support you and this new regional network.
Q: I need help with getting to the event...who do I contact?
A: Contact Haven Herrin at email@example.com
Q: Can I bring my friends?
A: Absolutely. As long as they LGBTQI and/or People of Color and are somehow affiliated with a local school and are into discussing campus/community organizing through an intersectional lens. Please have everyone RSVP on the Facebook event.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: A few bucks for dinner or groceries on Saturday night. The hotel rooms have kitchens, but most of us will be heading out into the city to find dinner and create fellowship. Soulforce will provide snacks on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
Staybridge Suites in Kalamazoo
Dial 1-269-372-8000 and tell them you are a part of the "Soulforce" group to get the reduced rate.
Our block of rooms is on hold until September 11th. Each room has a queen bed, a fold out twin sofa, and a kitchen.
Start your school year off right by joining us at a Kalamazoo gathering built to serve the unique needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Christian schools.
Soulforce will be hosting an evening mixer on Saturday and, on Sunday, an all day Skill Share with workshops, networking, space to heal and share, and resources to take back to your campus.
This facilitated space is dedicated to movement, singing, art, small group discussion, and letting go of the messages that no longer support us. Content will address how we can continue creating sacred space, sustain intersectional organizing, and respond to Biblical violence. We are all about a theology and a practice that affirms the body and our search for justice.
A note on audience:
There are so few spaces that center people who are most directly affected by systems of white supremacy, transphobia, and homophobia and even fewer still that address the role that religion has played in the development of those realities.
As this is our first Skill Share in the Upper Midwest, we are asking that all of us who care about this work choose to center people who inhabit one or more of the social identities that are targeted by these systems of oppression - specifically People of Color and/or LGBTQI people. This space is crafted intentionally so that the voices that less often get center stage can fill up the room.
Alumni as well as former faculty and staff who hold one or more of these identites are encourage to attend.
If you are an ally to both of these groups (i.e. neither LGBTQI nor a Person of Color), we love your commitment and encourage you to contact National Campus Organizer Jordyn Sun at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support you as an ally on multiple fronts.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday. We'll be organizing carpools as needed and gather information about housing and dietary needs once your RSVP is confirmed.
Questions? Email email@example.com today.