Resilience for Activists Workshop


Members of the Westminster community and the general public will have a unique chance to participate in a free workshop offered by a nationally known contemplative leader. Sponsored by Westminster’s Contemplative Ministry and Micah Connection group, the workshop will provide spiritual support and restoration to those working in the social justice sphere. Led by Dr. Margaret Benefiel, executive director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Foundation in Washington, D.C., the workshop will be held from 1-4pm on Monday, July 23 at the Lake Brandt Campus.

“To be effective over the long haul, activism must spring from a foundation of compassion.,” Benefiel said in a recent interview. “Sustaining a deep well of compassion for both those one is serving and those one is challenging isn't easy.  In this workshop, we will explore contemplative grounding for compassionate activism. The workshop will be experiential and interactive. There will be brief presentations, guided meditations, sharing in pairs and small groups and in the whole group.”

Prior to joining Shalem in 2015, Benefiel ran Executive Soul, a consulting and coaching firm helping leaders and organizations express their deepest values institutionally. She is a Quaker who holds masters degrees in mathematics and theology and a PhD in spirituality from Catholic University of America. The workshop will be open to the community, and Westminster is especially inviting leaders who serve with our partner community organizations.

Childcare will be provided upon prior request. The deadline for registration is July 16.