Schedule of Events for the Soulforce St. Louis Action

Soulforce Institute

Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change (June 7-9) will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 55 Plaza Square in St. Louis, Missouri.

"Twenty-Four Hours of Justice" (June 10-11).
Vigils to take place outside the America’s Center.

You are welcome to attend both or either event.
Special events are being planned for and by youth.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Link here to download a copy of the Journey to St. Louis Schedule of Events – PDF


5:00 – 9:30pm Registration

7:00 – 7:30 pm Shabot Sabbath Service
Rabbi Randy Fleisher of the Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis
Philip Deitch, Soulforce participant

7:30 – 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
Karen Weldin, Soulforce Director of Operations amp; St. Louis Co-Chair
Rev. Doug Donley, St. Louis Co-Chair
Margaret Johnson, St. Louis Local Planning Committee Co-Chair
Rev. Dr. Mel White, Co-Founder amp; Exec. Dir. Soulforce, Inc.

8:00 – 9:00 pm State of the Nation and Our Soulforce Response
Rev. Mel White, Co-Founder amp; Executive Director, Soulforce, Inc.

9:00- 9:15 pm Evening Closure
Karen Weldin, Doug Donley, Mel White

9:15 – 10:00 pm Young Adult Caucus
Jake Reitan, Young Adult Coordinator


Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change
St. Louis, MO June 7-9, 2002

Saturday, June 8
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:00 – 4:30 pm Registration open

8:00 – 9:00 am Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Karen Weldin, Doug Donley

9:15 – 9:30 am The Spirit of Gandhi: Spiritual Reflection Jimmy Creech, Soulforce, Inc. Board Chairperson

9:30 – 9:45 am Break (to get to workshop)

9:45-10:45 am Soulforce Training:

  • Track 1: Intro to Soulforce (for those new to Soulforce):
    Beliefs and Vows
    Facilitator: Dotti Berry, Soulforce Extended Leadership Team

  • Track 2: Advanced
    Soulforce: Advanced Beliefs, Vows, Negotiation
    Facilitator: Mel White

10:45 -11:00 am Break

11:00 – 12:30 pm Soulforce From Grandfather’s Perspective
Arun and Sunanda Gandhi

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:30 pm Rally and Gathering: "A Force More Powerful"
Mel White

2:30 – 4:00 pm Soulforce From Martin’s Perspective
Rev. Dr. James Lawson

4:00-4:30 pm Break

4:30- 6:00 pm Applying the Principles:

  • Track 1: Intro to Soulforce (for those new to Soulforce): Negotiation and Direct Action Facilitator: Dotti Berry

  • Track 2: Advanced Soulforce-Direct Actions Where do we go from here? Facilitator: Rev. James Lawson amp; Mel White

6:00-7:30 pm Dinner On Your Own

7:30-8:30 pm
Young Adult/Civil Rights Rally: Honoring our Young Adults
Theme: 50’s – 60’s Freedom Riders amp; Diner Sit-Ins
Facilitators: David North, Music Coordinator
Dr. Rodney Powell, Mel White, Jake Reitain

8:30-10:00 pm Movie: "THIS OBEDIENCE"
Dawn Mikkelson, Director and Producer, Aquarius. Co-founder and senior principal
Mel White

10:00 – 10:30 pm Young Adult Reception/Caucus
Jake Reitan


Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change
St. Louis, MO June 7-9, 2002

Sunday, June 9
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:30 – 9:00 am Gathering for coffee and juice

9:00 – 9:15 am The Spirit of King: Spiritual Reflection
Jimmy Creech

9:15- 10:30 am
Soulforce Grassroots Movement: Local Groups
Mel White, Karen Weldin
Panel of Soulforce Local Group Leaders

10: 30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12 Noon
Joint Inclusive Worship (The Spirit of Jesus and the Prophets)
Rev. Gwen Trullinger, Centenary United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Mel White
Following Worship: Let’s Do Tea

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 3:30 pm Specialty Workshops (see "Specialty Workshop Descriptions" handout in packet)

  • Simplifying Our Lives – An Essential Aspect of Nonviolence!
    Kara Speltz

  • Spirituality versus Sexuality? – The Costs of Internal Homophobia:
    Dotti Berry

  • When Faith Meets Action: Reflections of Lynchburg amp; "We’re Going Back!
    Philip Deitch

  • Women and Activism
    Margaret Johnson

  • Young Adult Seminar
    Bill Carpenter & Jake Reitan

3:30 – 3:45 pm Break

3:45 – 4:30 pm Gathering for Closure

OPTIONS FOR THOSE STAYING FOR THE 24 HOURS FOR JUSTICE

5:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner on your own

Planning team meet together for dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm World Premiere of the video: "THE VERDICT IS IN"

Monday, June 10
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:30 am – 12:30 pm Squad Leader Training

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch with Planning Team

1:00 pm Registration begins for 24 Hours of Justice

2:30 – 4:00 pm Licensed Local Group Meeting
Sharing Our Stories

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meet the victims of Southern Baptist Teachings and hear their stories of tragedy and triumph and here our message in song performed by our Soulforce guest musicians.

See separate schedule in packets

Film Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Continue your Soulforce training by watching films on nonviolence in our film festival room

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