Save the Date! Brave Spaces Conference
September 28/29, 2018
We are working on a brand new conference called Brave Spaces! Our planning team recognizes that faith communities often have a hard time discovering and defining their areas of growth, and see a space for further conversation with fellow ministries in how to deepen and strengthen our commitments to the prevalent issues of our time.
The idea of Brave Spaces arose out of our collective desires to materialize ‘doing better’ in a tangible way that would invite people in, for conversations and follow-up actions that matter. The name has a correlation to an important theological idea that we may not always be in ‘safe spaces’ but that we must still work towards a shared trust and co-create spaces together, even when it’s hard. This will be a public event for anyone who wants to come!
Our four main focuses of this engaging weekend experience will be: mental health, people living with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and Indigenous relations.
We are grateful to get seed funding from an Embracing the Spirit Grant through the United Church and will be looking for interested faith and community partners.
Our brave team consists of: Ann Gardner, Alex Bradley, Marilyn Agnew, Daren Patterson, Danna Ormstrup, Tony Snow, and Pam Rocker. More info to come!
-Pam Rocker, Director of Family & Spiritual Development
"Marginalised folks are exhausted from having to fight all day, every day, and since racists, sexists, and xenophobes have become more emboldened... And for those who are allies, they are tired of seeing this hurt. People are so tired now that when they come together to do movement work, they only want to work with people who can create a super “safe space”. But I think we need a new paradigm because we have to work with others, and it’s not going to be safe. We need everybody on deck who is interested in the path of justice. So that’s why I’ve been so focused on this idea of co-creating spaces together: brave spaces. While “safe space” tries to make an outside force field where we all police each other, brave space allows us to be brave with one another and with ourselves, and then we’re willing to receive the critiques of others."
- Micky Scottbey Jones