This event’s focus: “Becoming the Body of Christ: Organizing faith communities to embody justice, reconciliation, and hope.”
Blending a biblical and theological framework with practical tools, Pastor Alexia Salvatierra will lead us in exploring how we can use the gift of faith-rooted community organizing to more fully embrace our calling and let the power of the Gospel transform our relationships in our congregations and communities.
Register early and save $20 (or even $30)!
Registration fees are
- $105 until July 23
- $125 from July 24 – September 8
- $135 beginning September 9
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 40 years of experience in congregational (English and Spanish) and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing and legislative advocacy. She serves as Affiliate Faculty for the Centro Latino and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary and ongoing Adjunct Faculty for the Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University and Masters in Urban Transformational Leadership program at Azusa Pacific University, and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of other colleges and seminaries in the US and overseas. In addition to coordinating the Welcoming Congregations Network/Guardian Angels Project and assisting at Hope Lutheran Church, she serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including co-founding the national Evangelical Immigration Table, the 2007 New Sanctuary Movement, the Guardian Angels project, and the Matthew 25 Movement. From 2011-2014, she served as the Director of Justice for the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA under Bishop Nelson. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement and the “Our Children” project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.
Before CLUE-CA, Rev. Salvatierra founded multiple programs and organizations, in the US and overseas. These included a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth, a community computer center and an intergenerational community garden where the elderly taught at-risk youth to grow produce for sale as well as a collaborative of UC students, homeless leaders and congregation members providing emergency services in the streets of Santa Cruz and the migrant farmworker camps in Watsonville. She was founding director of the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless, a program that integrated social services, community organizing, pastoral care, and economic development for the homeless that was replicated in six US cities. In the Philippines, she trained urban poor women in Manila to serve as chaplains to their neighbors. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Sunday, September 23 (optional, for those arriving early)
- 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Event Check-In/Hospitality Time, Second Floor, Kern Lounge
- Gathering time at the Goose Blind: NEW THIS YEAR – 8:00 p.m. Trivia Game, led by Matt Schlake-Kruse
Monday, September 24
- 7:30-7:50 Centering Prayer
- 7:30-8:30 Breakfast
- 8:30-9:00 Event Check-In
- 9:00-9:30 Welcome and Devotion
- 9:30-Noon Session 1 with Alexia Salvatierra
- Noon-2:30 Lunch and free time
- 2:30-4:45 Session 2 with Alexia Salvatierra
- 5:00-6:00 Dinner
- 6:30-7:30 Wrap-Up with Alexia Salvatierra
- 7:45 Campfire and Fellowship time & board games
Tuesday, September 25
- 7:30-7:50 Centering Prayer
- 7:30-8:30 breakfast
- 9:00-10:00 Worship
- 10:30-11:45 Time with Bishop and staff
- Noon Lunch and Departure
Things to know
You will need to contact Green Lake Conference Center directly for your room reservation. Room rates are $92 per night. Housing is not included in the conference fee. Please make your reservation through Guest Services at 920-294-3323. We encourage you to make your reservation no later than July 23, 2018. If you make your reservation after July 23, room availability and room rates are not guaranteed.
Information from Green Lake about meals
Dietary preferences such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan will be honored when possible; an alternative is not guaranteed at every meal. Our buffet line includes fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and cereal at every breakfast and a large salad bar at every lunch and dinner.
Medical/Allergic Dietary Needs
We provide alternative meals to guests with medical or allergic dietary needs such as nut allergies, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc. Food is cooked separately to avoid cross contamination when necessary. Medical/allergic dietary needs must be communicated 2 weeks prior to arrival by filling out the Medical/Allergic Dietary Request Form
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