Social Justice Community Leadership Retreat

The Social Justice Community Leadership Retreat is a two-day experience at Colorado College, Friday, February 1, 5:00-9:00pm, and Saturday, February 2nd, 9:00am – 5:00pm, that brings together individuals from around our community to engage in meaningful dialogue about diversity and social action.

The ultimate goal is to give people the skills to act on the issues and causes that they are most passionate about. This training is led by trained facilitators and will draw on storytelling, small and large group activities, and short presentations. 

DORA FRIAS, Director of the Pride Center, Colorado State University will be the lead facilitator. The retreat is sponsored by Henderson Consulting and EAP Services

Furthermore, you will:

  • Expand your awareness on issues of diversity and cross-cultural communication
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue on topics of diversity and social action
  • Discuss privilege, oppression, and difference
  • Translate learning into individual and group action plans
  • Build trust within your community through sharing and listening

Requirements for Participants are as follows:

  • Attend the entire retreat and participate fully.
  • Agree to keep confidentiality, as topics discussed during the retreat may become very personal.

If you are interested in attending the social justice retreat please complete the electronic application (takes approximately 5 minutes).

Applications will be screened to ensure that applicants do not hold beliefs or bias that may be damaging to the overall well-being of retreat participants.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, January 18, 2019. You will be contacted regarding the status of your application no later than Friday, January 25, 2019.

Film Screening and Discussion: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Wednesday, February 6, 6:30-8:30pm
PPMCC Social Hall

James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist and critic, regarded as one of the most important voices of the Civil Rights movement. In this searing documentary, he recounts his experiences in 20th century America through the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, particularly focusing on his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers.

His account of the political movement is explored, as well as his more personal reminiscences of American history. Fascinating archive footage is used throughout – to unsettling effect – capturing images from major historical events, often juxtaposed with disturbing scenes of contemporary American society. As well as this, the film dissects old film clips demonstrating the representation of African Americans in cinema, in provocative, unsettling ways. A challenging, but hugely rewarding documentary.

Please RSVP to Jim “Hawk” Hawkins, by phone, (719) 373-2839, or e-mail.

Donations for use of the church accepted but not required.

Spiritual Hero: Oscar Wilde, (1854—1900)

Oscar Wilde is a 19th-century Anglo-Irish writer whose reputation as a gay martyr and LGBTQ role model often overshadows his spiritual journey as a follower of Christ and Anglican convert to Catholicism.

Although he is better known as a forerunner of modern LGBTQ activism, the flamboyant and witty Wilde was also a spiritual seeker.  He loved church rituals and took Christ seriously, especially during and after prison. He identified with Jesus as a persecuted rebel artist with an individual vision, writing, “Christ’s place indeed is with the poets.” Wilde is best known for his ever-popular works “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” — and his notorious imprisonment for homosexuality.

His lifelong flirtation with Catholicism ended with a flourish in a deathbed conversion. Wilde’s imprisonment for “gross indecency” stemmed from his relationship with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, the poet who famously wrote about their same-sex desire as “the love that dare not speak its name.”

But while in prison, Wilde wrote that Christ “took the entire world of the inarticulate, the voiceless world of pain, as his kingdom, and made of himself its external mouthpiece.” During his prison stay, Wilde wrote a book-length letter to Douglas revealing an understanding of Christ that is as radical, unorthodox, creative and profound as the writings of today’s queer theologians.

Excerpted with permission from an article by Rev. Kittredge Cherry, She is an author and retired MCC clergy who served as National Ecumenical Officer for MCC. (Image credit: Oscar Wilde, 1882. Photo by Napoleon Sarony.)