Cultivating Resistance within Religious Traditions

Host/Sponsor: 
Community of Living Traditions @ Stony Point Center
Room: 
1.61
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Abstract: 
Historically, the left has most often written off religious traditions as a distraction or worse. But recently, the raw reality that billions of people around the globe identify strongly with a faith tradition is starting to demand attention. What kind of contribution does a healthy faith-based sector make to the global justice movement? Members and friends of the multifaith Community of Living Traditions will address this question, using our commonwork of farming as a living metaphor. How do we work to make our faith traditions “fertile ground” for resistance? What does the “good soil” that allows resistance to grow look and feel like? What do we do when we encounter damaged or imbalanced soil — such as racism or exclusivism within our faith traditions? How do we guard against and weed out confusions that can dismantle our efforts? The workshop will allow for significant time for audience members to contribute questions and clarity based on their experience with religion. The Community of Living Traditions is a multifaith intentional community in residence at Stony Point Center, a retreat facility owned by the Presbyterian Church in Rockland County, NY. For decades, SPC has hosted conversations at the left edge of the progressive Christian and ecumenical movements. Since 2009, the Community of Living Traditions has expanded that legacy into the realm of multifaith organizing.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Amy
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Dalton
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Community of Living Traditions
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Amy Dalton is a member of the Christian Cohort Community of Living Traditions. She has organized with numerous movements, including the sanctuary movement and the global indymedia network, and coordinated CLT’s Sandy Shelter and solidarity delegations to Ferguson, MO. Amy has an M-Div from Union Theological Seminary.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Rosario
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Ureña
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Proyecto Faro
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Rosario Ureña is a community organizer with Proyecto Faro, an immigrant organizing project based in Stony Point, NY. She works as a bus driver, and she coordinates the Ministerio Agape for her church, El Camino Verdad y Vida. Her passion for social justice was catalyzed by the experience of advocating for her community after it was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Sherly
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Fabre
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Muslim Peace Fellowship
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Sherly Fabre is a member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and a librarian at its Islamic Library located at Stony Point Center. She is an activist and advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement, gender equality, and peace and justice for all peoples of the Global South. She works with the Community of Living Traditions on efforts to combat Islamophobia, assist Middle Eastern refugees, and advocate against war and the production and use of lethal drones.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Matt
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Zeltzer
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Community of Living Traditions, IfNotNow
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Matt Zeltzer is a member of the Jewish Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions. He grew up in Rockland County, NY, attended Vassar College, and participated in Stony Point Center’s first Summer Institute in 2010. Matt has worked at several Organic and Biodynamic farms in the Hudson Valley, and is an active member of IfNotNow, a movement aimed to end American Jewish support for the occupation of Palestine.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Will
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Summers
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Stony Point Center Farm
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Will Summers is the lead Farmer & Food Justice Educator at the Stony Point Center Farm and a member of the Christian Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions. Will is an active organizer for migrant and farmworker justice, and has participates in indigenous and water protector solidarity regionally and in solidarity with Standing Rock, ND.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Susan
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Smith
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Muslim Peace Fellowship
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
Susan Smith is Community Liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship a member of the Muslim Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions. She has worked within the UN community in a number of capacities pertaining to the Middle East and Africa, and is an Association of Trauma Relief and Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld Ambassador and a lead organizer of the Lower Hudson Valley Refugee Response “Call to Action” Coalition.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Amy
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Dalton
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Community of Living Traditions

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