with George Lakey
““True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.”
~ William Penn
How does tried-and-true experience support us to step up to crises like climate and inequality? Bayard Rustin and Lucretia Mott are two of many Friends who speak to us now. They lived in times of polarization when progress seemed difficult if not impossible. They stepped up, and helped lead the breakthroughs of their eras.
Friends use of nonviolent campaigns to advance justice started in the 17th century, and later continued to be effective in making “beautiful trouble,” stopping the British slave trade and gaining woman suffrage in the U.S. This weekend is for those who believe we must again use nonviolent direct action campaigns to speak truth with power.
In this workshop we will (1) practice building courage, resilience, and teamwork, and (2) learn how to design and carry out nonviolent direct action campaigns. The methodology will be experiential. Friends will learn most by being willing to pray, laugh, cry, step out of your comfort zone, and give and receive support. Bring your joy and sorrow, your confidence and anxiety. Be willing to apply what you learn back home — this weekend can provide the defining moment for your next decade.
About the facilitator:
In the 1960s George Lakey apprenticed with Quaker nonviolent campaign leaders and in 2009 began to coach Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) to successfully push America’s seventh-largest bank out of financing mountaintop removal coal mining. He co-founded A Quaker Action Group and the Movement for a New Society. His first arrest was in a civil rights sit-in and he went on to catalyze the modern nonviolence training movement. His most recent teaching post was at Swarthmore College. He has authored nine books, including Viking Economics: How the Nordics got it right and how we can, too.