October 18

Community Safety: What If Our Congregation is Targeted?

A Training Series from SURJ-Faith

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With the rise of authoritarianism in the US, attacks on queer and trans beloveds both through legislation and right-wing protesters at drag shows, anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, as well as the censoring of books and school curricula, we are seeing an increase in the targeting of sacred spaces for violence.  Across religious traditions, we are seeing online threats, pride and Black Lives Matter banners torn down, hate speech graffiti-ed on synagogues, violent actors appearing at sanctuaries and disrupting services, and more.

So, how can congregations be prepared?  Why is this violence escalating, and what community safety practices can we engage in now that also help us build the world we long for?  Join SURJ-Faith for a 2-part training series for faith communities of all traditions, in which we’ll explore the current context of authoritarianism in the US, why faith communities are being targeted, and practical tools and skills your congregation can build and practice together.  The training series will be led by Christian, Jewish, and UUA SURJ-Faith leaders.

Session Two:
Road Map to Building Community Safety
Date/Time: October 18, 8-10pmET / 5-7pmPT

This session will offer a 1, 5, and 10 year road map for building community safety with your congregation, as well as dig in to 2 tools you can begin to practice together.  The tools will include de-escalation and strategies for dealing with disruptors.

SURJ recommends that you (re)view the recording and resource list from Session 1 prior to Session 2.  This is crucial context that informs how we respond to threats. 


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October 18