Transforming Buildings & Society
I am currently in Orlando for a conference on stewardship. I was invited here to share the story of the Oakland Peace Center as a model for what other churches might do with their big buildings and big visions, the way First Christian Church of Oakland chose to generously give their space to our shared work of peace, in which they join as equal partners among all 40 organizations.
The conference is mostly about how churches should do a better job honoring donors cultivating donors and focusing on mission-driven fundraising. Since the Oakland Peace Center isn't a religious organization, it's been really interesting to listen to the presentations and think about what applies to us and what doesn't.
One of the key messages for a lot of the people at this conference has been to never let money displace mission. I know that wasn't his true for many of our partners who have had to give up funding because the expectations that came with that funding would undermine their core values.
The presenters at the conference and also lifted up nonprofit organization's as a model the churches should follow, which is both moving and kind of funny for those of us who live in the nonprofit world. And the definition to presenters provided for The mission of nonprofits was "transformed human beings."
The thing is, while many of our partners do transform human beings, creating healing and love and hope, the thing that brings us together is not transforming individuals; it is transforming our society.
So even though I am glad to be with faithful people in Orlando (and to visit Harry Potter world with my niece on Saturday), I find myself grateful for you as I am on this visit because you and I are about the work of being stewards of this planet, stewards of our community, and stewards of every individual heart we have the honor of working with. Even an effort as humble as miracle day on May 7 reminds me of what it means to share the work of stewardship with hundreds and even thousands of people trying to make our building a better space for our partners to transform our community.
I look forward to seeing you at the events listed in this newsletter and at miracle day at the Oakland Peace Center on May 7. Thank you for your work to transform our society.
from our friends at Niroga...
Teaching Trauma Informed Dynamic Mindfulness Training
Sunday, April 10
Yoga instructors, mental health professionals, educators and others who work in direct service with youth and adults can benefit from this practical workshop on teaching trauma-informed, dynamic mindfulness practices.
In this workshop we will:
- Outline an overview of trauma and its neurophysiological and developmental effects
- Explore body-based interventions
- Explain the components of trauma-informed instruction and provide opportunity for you to experience trauma-informed teaching
- Practice teaching Dynamic Mindfulness practices that are inclusive, approachable and healing
Save the Date – Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher Training + Stress Resilience Conference in August!
Join Niroga for our 2 day Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher Training on August 1-2 AND our 2nd annual conference on Building Stress Resilient Schools and Communities on August 3rd. Daniel J. Siegel, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute will be giving the opening keynote. More details coming soon!
Call for Workshop Proposals!
As a leader in the field, we invite you to submit a workshop proposal for our Stress Resilience Conference, to be held in Oakland, CA, on August 3, 2016. Each workshop is 90 minutes long, offering participants evidence-based, interactive workshops on the application of stress resilience in the domains of:
- violence prevention
- youth development
You are doing amazing work, and we would like to showcase your program. Please complete the application form and submit by April 29, 2016.
Upcoming Training: Dynamic Mindfulness LIVE
April 19, 26, May 3, 10
Early Bird Registration until April 8: $125
Learn the basics of Dynamic Mindfulness, an evidenced based, trauma informed practice of mindful movement, breathing techniques and centering. Apply these techniques for personal stress resilience, professional sustainability and overall well-being.
Dynamic Mindfulness Live is a virtual cohort that meets for one hour per week, over four weeks. The cohort gathers online to watch a live presentation with one of our expert facilitators, engage in breakout sessions, learn dynamic mindfulness practices, and share experiences with cohort members with opportunities to learn from the larger group. More information about Dynamic Mindfulness Live
Register TODAY for CircleUp Education's Cultivating Restorative Communities Training.
This 40-hour training on Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice gives you skills to address:
- Cultural Insensitivity and Prejudices
- Miscommunication and Misunderstanding
- Complex Conflicts and Disputes
- Inequitable Practices and Procedures
- Exclusion and Isolation
- Unclear Behavioral and Performance Expectations
- Hostile Environments and Relationship Tensions
Dates and Locations
Series 1: Oakland, CA I April 18-22
Series 2: Fremont, CA I July 23-34, July 30-31, August 6
REGISTER TODAY at www.circleuped.org
THE CALIFORNIA PEACE ALLIANCE
invites you to join our team call on 4/11/2016
@ 7:30 p.m (Pacific Time)
Call-in No. 1-712-775-7031, Access Code 719-062-520#
(alternate number 951-262-7373)
RITA MARIE JOHNSON
Founder of Rasur Foundation International
will introduce her work:
BEING COMPLETELY CONNECTED
Researching how to reduce violence in schools, Rita Marie found that true understanding comes through empathy and that empathy is most efficiently attained through heart/brain coherence. We will be taught an introductory class of her unique connection practice – a system as powerful as it is quick and easy to use. Rita Marie has taught and boosted the social and emotional intelligence of over 100,000 students in Costa Rican schools through this method, before teaching it as a graduate course at the United Nations University for Peace. It is now available and receiving accolades from businesses, schools and non-profits in the United States and Japan.
The Peace Alliance is a grass roots political organization, working to build community
and increase legislative support for all measure that support funding
for these five cornerstones of Peace:
- Community Peacebuilding
- Peace in schools
- Humanized justice systems
- Personal Peace
- International peace
We hope you can join us on Monday 4/11 to get acquainted.