What is changemaking, anyway? The Changemaker Initiative team invites you to explore various aspects of changemaking to learn the many ways we can all be compassion-driven changemakers. Come to one event or several—you choose. More opportunities will come later in the summer and fall. For more information, contact Lay Director Kim Jones.
Exploring Changemaking and the Arts: The Power of Origami
Wednesday, May 23, 10:00–11:30am, Room 8
See and engage in examples of how art has changed individuals and communities for good. Hear Nancy Jenks tell an incredible story of how folded paper has provided clean water. Fold some paper yourself to help with this project!
Exploring Changemaking and Faith
Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 10:00–11:30am, Room 8
Using Ashoka’s Empathy 101 curriculum and Biblical texts, come see scripture in a new way. The sessions, led by Kim Jones, stand alone, so attend any number you are able.
Exploring Changemaking Skills
Thursday, June 7, 7:00–8:30pm, Room 8
Strengthen empathy through a participatory workshop with active listening led by Susie Buchholz, a psychologist. Please let Susie know if you plan to come so that she can prepare adequate materials.
Exploring Changemaking: The Solution Finders Mindset
Thursdays, June 14 – July 5, 7:00–8:30pm, Room 8
In a world where our sources of information focus more on the problems, our abilities to find strategies that solve those problems are weakening. We can find ourselves struggling to retain our own hope and inspiration for a better world. This four-week discussion group will expose you to news of what people around the globe are doing to improve the world by using a tool called Solutions Journalism. Come learn how to find solutions-driven stories on topics that interest you and engage in basic changemaker thinking by analyzing how people are responding to problems. What are their ideas? What’s working? What’s not working? If you have a laptop or tablet you are welcome to bring it with you. Contact group leader Melissa Allison with questions.