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2019 Collins Summit, “Listening at the Margins: Ancestral Wisdom, Spiritual Resistance, and Hope in Times of Trauma”

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In a world of increasing fear and violence, how can we build networks of resistance rooted in our spiritual traditions? A third wave of Liberation theology turns to the lived experience of people already facing global violence as a testimony of life in the face of death. These communities draw on emerging and ancient spiritualities that grow out of their contexts. They also share wisdom that can enrich our own spirituality.

The 2019 Collins Summit invites us to engage in a method of listening at the margins of the global community and in our own lives in order to build resilience together in and for these times.

Listening at the margins has animated interfaith justice work in Oregon around the key issues of our time: immigration, housing, eco-justice, education, and institutional change. The afternoon Seminar will include workshop tracks led by faith leaders who will share stories of their statewide justice work on these issues. Participants will be invited into conversation and practices to listen at the margins of their own stories and communities as a resource for their passion for justice.

The guest speaker for the evening Collins Lecture will be Dr. Carlos Mendoza-Alvarez, a Dominican priest and internationally known liberation theologian. His theological investigation illuminates the ancestral wisdom, yearning for justice, and hope that emerges from the resistance and resilience of the victims and survivors of global violence. Mendoza-Alvarez’s most recent work has examined what resurrection can mean in a context of thousands of disappeared and murdered in Mexico.

Registration will open in August.


October 16
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
EcoFaith Recovery
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ)
Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition


First United Methodist Church of Portland
1838 SW Jefferson St.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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(503) 228-3195

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