Reconciliation in Cultures of Violence — Including Our Own
When we look at the needs of the world, we can feel overwhelmed by how big the problems are – and how small we are in comparison. Reconciliation is a big word with practical and particular applications in different contexts. So where do we begin? Start somewhere. Challenge the system. Build the new. Change the game. In this workshop Presbyterian World Mission Catalyst Shannon Beck will provide inspiration for change and practical tools to facilitate movement toward reconciliation through non-violent direct action.
Shannon Beck serves as the Reconciliation Catalyst in World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (USA). She connects individuals, congregations, and other entities with each other and with PC(USA) global partners engaged in building peace and reconciliation in cultures of violence. She is currently focused on an international Presbyterian campaign to Stop Sexual Violence. Shannon serves on the steering committee WeWillSpeakOut.US, trained on anti-trafficking with the Freedom Network and is in the process of completing Strategies for Trauma Healing and Resilience, has coordinated advocacy for the Washington State division of National Religious Campaign against Torture, chaired the Seattle Presbytery’s Social Justice and Peacemaking committee for 7 years, and served on the Synod of Alaska/Northwest Peacemaking committee. In her spare time she is a blogger, poet, peace activist and writes and performs “Heart-driven contemporary folk music.”