Extending the Spirit of Assisi

May 27-June 2, 2019

A gathering of engaged global citizens seeking the common good

Our convocation in Assisi (May 27-June 2, 2019) focuses on encounter, renewal, and transformation. Immersion in the lives of Francis and Clare provides a context for creating together a deeper social imagination. Participants will listen deeply to the ways that our world cries out for change, solidarity, remediation and creativity. We will engage in structured conversations to sustain us in our work of global renewal so that we may return with renewed energy and vision.

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?
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.
We will explore the contemporary realities of border and migration policies with guidance from the work of the Kino Border Initiative.

Your registration fee of $1250 includes:
Conference participation
Five nights hotel accommodations, one in Rome, four in Assisi

Breakfast daily

Welcome dinner

Farewell luncheon

A single room can be reserved for an additional $400


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