Resilience: Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict
Friday, September 29, 2023 to Saturday, September 30, 2023

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Ron Bell II, Director of Healing and Resilience, The Upper Room

The Upper Room and Africa Upper Room Ministries are excited to offer a virtual event, RESILIENCE: Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict on September 29-30, 2023.

Change, confrontation, and division are all around us, making it easy to feel ungrounded and alone. The challenge of finding places to be heard and accepted is real. In times like these, how are we to live fully and faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ? When our communities are in conflict, how do we find the support of sustaining relationships?

Many of us long for relationships that offer space wide enough to envision together what God's creative and love-filled imagination might reveal for our own lives and those of our neighbors. The early followers of Jesus dreamed together of a new way even as they grieved losses, feared for their lives, and deeply disagreed with each other. Today, we are called to do the same. Practices of compassion open the space for resilient relationships—the kind of relationships that weather conflict and division with strength.

RESILIENCE is designed to equip us to live compassionately amid conflict. Join The Upper Room and Africa Upper Room Ministries (AURM) as we engage in storytelling, time for personal reflection and conversation, guided spiritual practice, and worship. This gathering offers time for centering, interaction, and spiritual practices to help you cultivate relationships that endure even in the face of profound disagreement and division.

At this event, you will hear from speakers in Ukraine, South Africa, Namibia, Mexico, and the United States. Speakers and workshop leaders include Bishop Purity Malinga, Nadiyka Gerbish, Ray Buckley, Christopher Carter, Rubén Ortiz, Jane Herring, Jerry Haas, Alma Cota de Yánez, Juliet Windvogel, and Piula Ala'ilima with worship led by Rev. Dr. Lydia Muñoz.

General Admission for the event is $125. All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the event.

Minnesota Conference clergy and laity: enter the discount code “FRIEND” and receive $25 off registration!

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(612) 870-0058