Extending the Spirit of Assisi

Into the World Today

This four-day convocation in Assisi (May 13-17, 2018) focuses on encounter, renewal, and transformation. Immersion in the lives of Francis and Clare will enable participants to return with renewed energy and vision. Participants will listen deeply to the ways that our world cries out for change, solidarity, remediation and creativity. We will engage in structured conversations and collaborative visioning, to share practices that will sustain us in our work of global renewal.

Help us build a culture of encounter.

Moment One: Sharing the Journey. How do we experience one another in more authentic and transforming ways? What is a "culture of encounter"? What habits help us experience genuine encounters with one another?
Moment Two: Metanoia. What kinds of change (personal, social, cultural, global) need to occur and how do we engage that change? How do we recognize and leave behind our consumptive patterns? How do we confront habits of intransigence and expectations of impunity?
Moment Three: Accompaniment. Communities of safety, solidarity, and resilience. How do we create safe space for those who have been affected by violence (domestic, cultural, global, environmental)? How do we sustain ourselves in the work of accompaniment?
Moment Four: Extending the Spirit. How will we "go forth" from this convocation to foster goodness in the human community? What will our "new and universal solidarity" look like?
Dr. Gillian Ahlgren is a dynamic teacher of Christian spirituality. She is an internationally-recognized scholar of the Christian mystical tradition, an experienced spiritual director, and a popular public speaker. She is the Founding Director of Xavier University’s Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice.
Stefania Proietti, Ph.D., Mayor of Assisi, will extend a welcome and provide perspectives on integral ecology and sustainability. An expert on climate change and energy systems, she is the author of over 60 scientific publications and has attended the United Nations Conference on Climate Change since 2006.
Aida Segura is Director of House of Peace in Chicago, a six-month residential center of transformation for women and children recovering from domestic violence. The multi-faceted programs at House of Peace enable them to advocate for themselves and their children and move toward healthy sustainable independence.
Fr. Peter Neeley, S.J. supports the educational programs at the Kino Border Initiative, attentive to both the Catholic social tradition and the contemporary realities of border and migration policies.

Your registration fee of $895 includes:
Conference participation
Four nights hotel accommodations in Assisi
Breakfast and dinners daily
Farewell luncheon

May 13-17, 2018

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