Theme: Gender Issues
Thursday, April 6th
3:00 pm: Interactive Session – MeToo to WeTogether: Transforming Gender Injustice into Beloved Community
This interactive session introduces the Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) process and provides an experiential taste of this methodology that was endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2013. Developed over 30 years across six continents, the GERI process applies principles of Truth and Reconciliation to gender and sexual injustice and builds trust and compassionate communication through interactive activities and group process. Together, women, men, and people of all genders and sexual orientations can jointly confront sensitive and often taboo issues relating to gender and sexuality—without shame and blame—and collaborate skillfully to reach a place of newfound respect, trust, and even mutual reverence. You are warmly invited to join this experiential introduction to the GERI process and discover its auspicious potential for transforming gender injustice and establishing “beloved community.” Facilitated by: William Keepin and Rev. Cynthia Brix, GERI’s co-founders; Alka Arora, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice at CIIS; and Jorge Rico, co-leader of GERI’s Latin America Project and its corporate training program.
April 6th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | San Pablo Room, Residence Inn
Friday, April 7th
3:00 pm: Gender Equity & Reconciliation: Thirty Years of Healing the Most Ancient Wound in the Human Family
Developed over 30 years across six continents, the Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) program applies principles drawn from Truth and Reconciliation initiatives to seek to transmute gender and sexual injustice and achieve gender equality. The GERI process creates a unique forum for empathic truth-telling on sensitive issues and builds mutual trust and compassionate community through interactive activities and group process. Together, women, men, and people of all genders and sexual orientations can jointly confront difficult and often taboo issues relating to gender and sexuality—without shame and blame—and collaborate skillfully to reach a place of newfound respect, trust, and even mutual reverence.
This session will highlight three GERI program areas that span a diverse spectrum of gender identities and intersectionalities, including: MeToo to WeTogether, LGBTQ+ healing; and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The presenters will share inspiring stories and impacts of the GERI programs in diverse countries and cultures, which demonstrate how the methodology of deep truth-telling and collective alchemy can dissolve root causes of gender conflict, through skillfully facilitated, heart-centered transformational experiences. Facilitated by: William Keepin and Rev. Cynthia Brix, GERI’s co-founders; Alka Arora, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice at CIIS; and Jorge Rico, co-leader of GERI’s Latin America Project and its corporate training program.
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Campanile Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
LGBTQ2SIA+ communities have long had to imagine and innovate relentlessly in their struggles for dignity and equality. In the face of newly empowered homophobic reactionary forces, queer visionaries have been engaging in ever more social, cultural, political and artistic creativity, forging new paths in a dazzling variety of forms. In this session we will hear from three inspiring, impressive and remarkably diverse innovators: Taylor Brorby, essayist, poet, environmentalist and author of the extraordinary memoir, Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land; Niko Alexandre, a Black Queer forester and co-creator of the Shelterwood Collective, dedicated to a vision of Queer and Indigenous land stewardship and Afro-Indigenous food systems; Ashara Ekundayo, a queer, Black feminist interdisciplinary curator, cultural theologian, maker and the Founder/Director at Artist As First Responder. Moderated by Kristin Rothballer, independent consultant and Senior Fellow at the Center for Whole Communities.
April 7th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Saturday, April 8th
3:00 pm: Honoring Mother Earth and Bodily Sovereignty: Reproductive Rights, Equity and Birth Justice
Presented in collaboration with Full Spectrum Capital Partners
The war on Mother Earth is rooted in the war on the bodies of women and gender non-binary people’s bodily autonomy. As our cultural system rooted in patriarchy and misogyny goes into deeper crisis, the war on women and the feminine is accelerating. As people of all genders rise up to defend abortion access, reproductive rights and justice, the deepening collaboration between the reproductive and birth justice communities is helping us take a holistic, united approach to defending individual and collective rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination. In this session, we will learn from leaders working at the intersection of Birth Justice and Reproductive Justice about how we all can play a role in supporting efforts to ensure that all people have access to reproductive freedom. Hosted by: Taj James, co-founder of Full Spectrum Capital. With: Tenesha Duncan, co-founder and Managing Director of Orchid Capital; Cynthia Gutierrez, Program Manager for UCSF’s Hub of Positive Reproductive and Sexual Health (HIVE) and Team Lily programs.
April 8th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Campanile Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4:45 pm: Loveworthy: Birth Equity & Justice – Honoring Our Relationships to the Web of Life
Presented in collaboration with Full Spectrum Capital Partners
Old knowledge about how to welcome new beings into the world and honor the sacred cycles of life and death, held by wisdom keepers in our communities, is returning around the globe. Faced with the significant harm created by the medical-industrial complex on Black, Indigenous, people of colorBIPOC people giving birth, midwives, doulas and public health practitioners are coming together to create community birth centers and networks of community care that are becoming cornerstones of wellness around the world. This reclamation of the sacredness of birth is a part of the broader shift to center the care and creativity of women and gender-non binary people whose wisdom is the basis of growing a “care economy.” Hosted by Indra Lusero, Director of Elephant Circle. With: Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA, co-founder of Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity; Tenesha Duncan, co-founder and Managing Director of Orchid Capital; Kiki Jordan, Midwife and founder of Birthland Midwifery.
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Campanile Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
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