St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peacemakers’.
Interfaith Activists is a 6 month leadership programme designed to offer young people an opportunity to explore alternative solutions to global issues, engage their own faith community and grow resilience and leadership skills for turbulent times.
- Concerned about the state of the world and wanting to be part of the solution?
- Looking to develop your leadership capacity?
- Interested in how faith and action can come together?
- 18 to 36-year-old and looking to make friends across faith traditions and cultures?
- Deeply sympathetic to the refugee crisis?
…then this programme is for you!
Running from November 2017 to April 2018, Interfaith Activists is a 6 month leadership programme designed to offer young people an opportunity to explore alternative solutions to global issues, engage their own faith community and grow resilience and leadership skills. We believe young people have the energy and vision to make a difference. We want to help them harness that passion and develop strong leadership skills for turbulent times.
We are living in a time of unprecedented upheaval and the refugee crisis is one of the most significant global challenges facing us. It has often been used to generate fear of the “other”, but we believe this crisis offers us a great opportunity to open our hearts and meet in our shared humanity.
Our journey together will include the following elements:
- Training in the basics of community engagement and movement building
- Volunteering experience working with refugees
- Practice labs to develop your own workshop/event/project
- Mobilising your community into action
- Delivering a workshop/event to your own faith community
- Hosting a final event at St Ethelburga’s to inspire others and showcase your learning and leadership
- Support to fundraise
- Additional volunteering option:
For those participants who want to go deeper, we also offer a means to volunteer at a refugee camp in Europe. This is an opportunity that runs in parallel with the main leadership programme. We will make the arrangements and prepare you thoroughly for the experience, but you will travel independently, in groups of 3 or 4, at your own risk. We can cover some but not all expenses and you will need to fundraise for a cash gift of £150 or so to donate to the camp on arrival.
What you’ll gain from this programme:
- A unique opportunity to grow your leadership potential
- Training on how to engage and mobilise your community around big issues
- A life-changing experience volunteering with refugees
- Peer mentoring and expert coaching to develop own action projects
- Experience of delivering a talk/workshop/event/gathering to your community to inspire others
- A deep understanding of the refugee crisis from refugees and NGOs on the ground
- Critical thinking and the ability to create alternative solutions
This programme draws on the philosophy of sacred activism. Sacred activism is a non-oppositional movement for societal change rooted in prayer and a worldview of interdependence. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.
To inquiry about the programme email Viviana Esse.
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