Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will take participants on a tour of St. John’s Baptist Church and the School for Conversion to share about North Carolina churches offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Participants will get the chance to talk with José, a man who has taken sanctuary at the church and resource people from the American Friends Service Committee & North Carolina Council of Churches about how your congregation can become a place of sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation.
Join us in Americus, Georgia, for a gathering to celebrate Clarence Jordan’s prophetic witness by plotting how to build up a new world of peace, community, and racial justice today. In addition to keynotes from leaders of today’s God Movement, the Symposium will offer trainings in nonviolent direct action, moral fusion organizing, and sustaining practices for Christian community.
Intensive pre-symposium trainings will be offered at Koinonia Farm during the day on Thursday, March 8th.
Our large group gathering will be hosted Thursday evening thru Saturday afternoon in Americus, Georgia at the First Baptist Church and the First Methodist Church. It is especially moving to have these two churches hosting this special event. In 1967, deacons at First Baptist removed members of Koinonia from a Christmas service because the delegation from Koinonia Farm was a mixed-race group. That same year congregants at First Methodist blocked the church doors not allowing Clarence Jordan, African-American friends, and others to enter. Americus has come a long way. Let our world go further.
In gathered worship, we’ll join some of the 21st-century’s most compelling Freedom Singers and cultural artists in imagining the new world that God makes possible.
In workshops, we’ll engage in intergenerational conversation about where we are and where we go from here, inviting Civil Rights Movement veterans to hear and speak to young leaders engaged in today’s justice movements.
And on Friday night, your Symposium registration includes seat at the historic Rylander Theater for Sumter Player’s live production of The Cotton Patch Gospel Musical, based on Clarence Jordan’s Southern translation of the Gospel story.
Chaired by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, the Symposium is the culminating celebration of Koinonia Farm’s 75th birthday.
Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday as well as access to all Symposium events and activities. Pre-Symposium trainings at Koinonia Farm on Thursday require a separate registration. Stay over for a birthday party and a Koinonia Family Reunion to celebrate Koinonia’s 75th birthday on Sunday (also requires a separate registration; contact Koinonia Farm directly).
Joining Koinonia Farm as co-hosts are:
Area Hotel Information:
The following local hotels have a special rate under “Koinonia Farm” and breakfast is included:
1205 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Americus GA 31719
Room rate is $74.00 + tax for reservations made by 2/22/2018
1609 East Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rate is $89.00 + tax for reservations made by 3/1/2018
1605 East Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rate is $77.00 + tax for reservations made by 2/18/2018
The Windsor Hotel has specials rates under “CJS” and does not include breakfast:
The Windsor Hotel
125 West Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rates are $103.49 + tax and $206.99 + tax (for suites) for reservations made by 2/8/2018.
Bring chili, condiments or games to share. We’ll have utensils and dessert.
Sign up at this link: https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/NVIO8710
Or email Mary Rachel Moore at email@example.com
Let’s have a meal, have fun, and make surprising friendships!
Church Beyond the Walls is about building friendships between church communities and people returning home after incarceration.
Our spring Church Beyond the Walls 101 retreat is March 24th & 25th. The class is designed for churches or organizations who seek a deeper understanding of incarceration in the United States, its historic connection to race, and how to begin to build an effective prison ministry within a beloved community to embrace those directly affected by mass incarceration. We encourage groups from various church communities to attend together, so that they can have a shared experience and bring back to their larger community.
Space is limited. Click here to register. (Scholarships are available; SFC works hard to make all of our events available to anyone who wants to participate.)
For more information, please contact:
Scott Adams, School For Conversion
Director of Church Beyond The Walls
“In whatever place you find yourself, do not easily leave it.”—ancient Christian wisdom
Attention to place is a hallmark of spiritual wisdom. What stories have shaped the places where we live? What gifts and challenges have we inherited from those who came before us?
School for Conversion hosts pilgrimages in place to help people see their neighbors again for the first time. This sacred work of remembering well is central to our work of “making surprising friendships possible.”
On Saturday, February 25th, from 10am until 4pm, we invite you to join us in Graham, North Carolina, for an Alamance County Pilgrimage. In a time when political rhetoric often imagines two Americas—one urban, one rural—we will engage the grounds of the Alamance County Courthouse and its complex history as a place of “Red String” resistance to the Civil War, a lynching site during the Redemption movement, and a contemporary space where racial disparities of our criminal justice system are played out.
If love of God means love of neighbor, as Jesus taught, what does it look like to live, love, and worship as inheritors of this messy history? If you would like to join a diverse group of North Carolinians for this day of pilgrimage together, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org