Preemptive Radical Inclusion – February 8-9, 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
In this 2-part interactive workshop experience we will think about privilege, notice and feel our natural human desires to have things be the way we are used to, explore our commitment to become more welcoming to newcomers in a way that increases equity and justice, and practice skills of witnessing, noticing, and intervening. PRI is a process and practice, not a goal. The goal is increased equity. Participants will leave with specific skills.
People are welcome to attend one or both.
9:00 am-12:00 pm – Welcoming everyone by attending to ourselves. Are you a donut or a croissant?
Preemptive Radical Inclusion starts with us – with congregation members and leaders. It is not about “the other,” but about “all of us together.” CB will help us explore both our commitments and openness to explore what it means to create a community of welcome and inclusion intentionally. We will bear witness to one another and reflect on our willingness to put down or change assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors to risk being relevant.
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch – please bring a bag lunch, we will provide snacks and beverages
1:00 pm-4:00 pm – Awkward Interventions – Skills Practice for Beloved Community
We will explore the complexity of what it is to notice our own and other’s language and behavior, recognize unintentional slights of microaggression and hurtful actions, and options of how to interrupt them in others, apologize, and make repair when it is ourselves. Although the subject is a serious one, this will be a lively, even fun, interactive time of reflection, sharing, and practice in both small and large groups. We will use scripted demonstrations and unscripted role plays as part of this, but this workshop is shy/introvert-friendly. All will be encouraged but no one will be required to “practice” in front of the whole group.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
9:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday Worship Service – Spork and their friends.
We will explore and celebrate Beloved Community, gender, inclusion, and justice with story, song, and reflection.
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Sunday afternoon – Mind Your Ts and Qs: An Introduction to Radical Welcome of Trans, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Gender Non-Conforming People.
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about gender diversity and support people whose gender is not what our society has taught us to expect typically. Participants should be willing to explore the ways our own experience of gender isn’t the only experience of gender. This workshop is especially for people who might not even be sure we know what all those words in the title mean! CB will create a space in which people can be curious and brave to ask questions and explore gender and gender identity in new ways so that we can better be the Beloved Community, an open community of justice, equity, and love, for all.
This workshop is open to youth (grade 7+) and adults (18-98)
Copious snacks and beverages will be served at all workshops, including gluten-free and vegan offerings. To maximize accessibility, please do not wear scents or perfumes.
CB Beal, M.Div. (they, them, theirs) specializes in the facilitation of learning experiences that involve issues of marginalization, oppression, and privilege; to help participants hold the complexities of our lives in perspective, and co-create a safe[r] brave[r] space where people are challenged to learn and grow.
They are a nationally known presenter and consultant for congregations, schools, social service agencies. Their focus is in the intersections of Preemptive Radical Inclusion, safer communities/congregations, supporting gender creative and trans/non-binary children and youth in youth-serving organizations, and sexuality/consent education. They are an Our Whole Lives Trainer and Trainer of Trainers and teach sexuality and consent education classes to elementary and middle school students around Massachusetts.
Previous to doing their work at Justice and Peace Consulting full time, they were the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence for 16 years after holding several different educational and training positions in adjacent fields. CB received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1991 and is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2019 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education.
CB is a white, non-binary/genderqueer, mostly able-bodied fat person of sturdy farmer stock.
For a taste of what CB is like in person, you can view their acceptance of the Angus H. MacLean Award at this year’s General Assembly here. https://tinyurl.com/uyr4o4k. It begins at the 6-minute mark. If you are interested in the award presentation text preceding that, move the cursor to the beginning.
Their website is available at justiceandpeaceconsulting.com.