“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu
The next Community Learning Exchange is fast approaching!
“Moral Courage: The heart of faith, education and change”
What is moral courage?
Moral courage means speaking out and taking action for what you believe is right, even if it puts you at risk for criticism, ridicule or other challenges. Creating change within our personal lives, our schools, our organizations and our communities requires both individual and collective moral courage. It isn’t always easy, but when we combine awareness, education and spirituality, we are able to work together to channel this courage into building more nurturing and more just communities.
The Jacksonville CLE will center around the idea that each person is an agent of moral courage who can contribute to strengthening his or her community. As we’ve seen through recent tragedies against African-American young men (both in northeast Florida and nationally), we need this courage more than ever in our cities, public schools and other systems. The Jacksonville-St. Augustine region is home to powerful stories – both historical and current – that illustrate how moral courage can fuel and mediate efforts to create change through faith and education.
Who should come to the CLE?
In keeping with the spirit and practice of collective leadership, participants are invited to attend the CLE as part of a team from their home community. Groups are usually made up of three to five people, and we encourage diverse and intergenerational teams.
What should you expect from the CLE?
Throughout the CLE, participants will have the opportunity to learn about local people who embody moral courage. Teams will engage in learning activities, site visits and strategy sessions to share with other teams from across the country, as well as create plans for addressing problems when they return to their home communities.
Interested in bringing a team to the CLE? Contact Chris Janson at cajanson(at)gmail.com for more information.
About the Community Learning Exchange
The Community Learning Exchange (CLE) provides opportunities for community teachers, leaders, and activists to come together for a weekend of deep learning. Together, we openly examine our challenges, freely exchange successful approaches, and become familiar with tools that can drive local change. CLEs break the isolation people working on community change often feel. In doing so, they provide the time and space for deep reflection and conversation less possible in our day-to-day lives. Participants come from around the country in teams and leave with renewed energy, new and deeper partnerships, new tools and strategies, and action plans for work in their home communities.