January 17, National Day of Healing - With racial divisiveness rising across America, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations is committed to an emerging Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise. They are calling for a National Day of Healing on January 17, 2017. Share your story of healing on the www.healingrva.org blog site. and come to Richmond Hill, 2209 E. Grace Street, on January 17 at 7:30 pm for a special interfaith gathering to honor our stories and journey together. Event flier
January 27-29, "Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader." This is the first module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship 2017 that increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics by creating a network of skilled facilitators, capable team builders and credible role models. For more information
February 8, 8:00-10:00 am, Journey to Equity: Closing the racial equity gap benefits all - Reverend Alvin Herring, Director of Racial Equity and Community for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation will keynote this Trustbuilding Community Breakfast. Location: University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center, 49 Crenshaw Way, richmond, VA 23173 Event flier
February 17-19, "Healing history: creating a new narrative for communities" - The second of five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship is a capacity building process in racial reconciliation. Participants develop a deeper understanding of how history impacts our lives today, and how appreciating shared history can unite deeply divided communities.
March 2-15, Visit of the International Council of Initiatives of Change to the US - The International Council provides leadership to IofC. It is currently drawn from Colombia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Australia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, Norway, and the USA. It exists to inject a measure of innovation and cohesion to the global network of partners. Its members are spending the first half of March in the US first in Washington, DC, and then in Richmond, VA, where they will be seeking new perspectives, models and experiences to help inform their work. For more information
March 17-19, "Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation" - The third module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship prepares participants to move the community from polarizing debate into authentic dialogue.
April 28-30, "Creating a dialogue for change: getting to the underlying issues" - The fourth module of the Community Trusbuilding Fellowship enables participants to gain a conceptual framework that can be used to design dialogue models.
May 19-21, "Strategies for engaging all sectors: building & sustaining teams" - The final module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship focuses on essential skills of building and sustaining diverse teams that are capable of engaging all sectors of the community in constructive action for reconciliation and justice.