Recovery from the Dominant Culture 12-Step meetings
more about this brand new program here.
Every Thursday starting January 13
WORSHP House, 1724 Filbert Street in Oakland
No RSVP necessary
Liberation Bible Study at Occupy Oakland
How might Christian scripture
help to decolonize our spirits and free us to live into a new economy and a new reign of love? What glimpses do we get of
an alternative to capitalism there? And how can we liberate the Christian tradition from its centuries-long servitude of empire?
How do we atone for the harm done its name? These are some of the questions we expect to address in this series.
Wednesday at 5pm
Interfaith Tent @ Occupy Oakland, 14th and Broadway
No charge and no RSVP needed
What’s Your Greatest Spiritual Challenge in the Occupy/Decolonize Movement?
A Reflective Discussion
Saturday, December 31, 2-5pm
Where do you find yourself suffering
and struggling within the context of this or other justice work? Let’s come together to share those struggles with as
much honesty and love as we can muster, and then let’s find ways of supporting each other into the new year. At Seminary
of the Street, we believe that the success of this and all justice work at this time relies upon our ability to be in authentic
relationship and have each other’s backs when the chips are down. Relationship is at the heart of the world we wish
to create. Let’s learn to do it better.
Dress warmly and bring a chair, cushion, or blanket
to sit on if you like.
Saturday, December 31, 2-5pm
Interfaith Umbrella at Oscar Grant Plaza
(we will move to a café if it is raining)
No cost; hat will be passed for donations
No RSVP necessary, but
of course we’d love to know: ntorbett (at) seminaryofthestreet (dot) org.
Fierce Vulnerability: A Holistic Self-and-Other-Defense Class for Women
How can we
help create a fierce community of nonviolent allies resisting the forces of oppression interpersonally and socially? How does
our capacity to identify and resist humiliation, harassment, and violence directed at us in our daily lives impact our capacity
to be social change agents or allies to people facing oppression? What deep-seated beliefs and fears prevent us, as women,
from effectively defending ourselves and others?
This is a holistic self-defense class about standing up for and
defending ourselves and each other. In a supportive and loving environment where feelings are very much allowed, we will learn
actual physical maneuvers to take up space and defend ourselves. We will also share and examine the spiritual and emotional
baggage we bring to this work, including exploring our relationship to violence and nonviolence.
be invited to consider the ways that their race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, as well as their gender, influence their
Please make sure you can attend all sessions before signing up. Community-building is important to this
Laurel Jujitsu, 4148 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland
By donation (suggested $20-40, or whatever you can afford,
for the series; no one turned away)
Register by emailing us
Love Your Neighbor As
Yourself: A Laboratory for Cultivating the Love that Does Justice
This class is dangerous. The
skills and capacities for loving that we will be trying to develop together are a real and present danger to the status quo.
Abuse and exploitation are only possible in the absence of real love. The abuser seeks to isolate his or her victim in order
to make the victim vulnerable. When the victim is surrounded by a loving community that is willing to intervene on the victim’s
behalf, abuse simply can’t take place.
We know that this is true on an intimate scale, for example in spousal
and child abuse. I believe it is also true on a social scale. The systematic abuse and exploitation of human beings and of
the planet is possible only to the degree that love is managed, confined, controlled, and limited. We are taught in subtle
and overt ways from the time we are born whom and what we may love and whom and what we may not, who and what is worthy of
love and who and what is not.
In this class, we will seek to unlearn those lessons and to experiment with
loving outside the lines. My hope is that we can support each other to take risks both internally and out in the world.
Week 1: Loving Ourselves as God Loves Us
Week 2: Love, Power, and Difference
Week 3: Loving in a Culture of Individualism
Week 4: Generosity Practices
5: Hospitality Practices
Week 6: Loving Your
Week 7: Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself
Week 8: Celebration and Closure
Spring dates TBA
WORSHP House, 1724 Filbert St. in Oakland
$40-100; no one turned away
Email us to sign up
Lessons from THE COLOR OF FEAR with Victor Lee Lewis
Many Seminary of the
Street students raved about Victor Lee Lewis's Healing the Heart of Justice series last spring and summer. Victor is simply
one of the most incisive, creative, lively social justice educators around. This winter, he'll be back with a brand new
class based on the renowned documentary THE COLOR OF FEAR, in which he is featured along with several others. What lessons
can we draw from this film for our liberation work today? Don't miss this opportunity to study the film with Victor himself.
Details coming soon!