We Were Made for this Moment-Nonviolent Direct Action Training

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1000 Trainings Project #: 824 through 827

June 12, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Eileen Flanagan

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Are you interested in engaging in nonviolent direct action, but you’re not sure where to start or how to be most effective? What is unique about this online course is that it will blend three types of teaching: social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. For example, you will learn about different social change roles and what makes them effective. Then you will practice the tools of inward listening to access the wisdom already within you about what role you are meant to play. Finally, you will explore what gets you stuck and learn tools to help you take action even when you are afraid. These three types of teaching will be woven together in each lesson, accessing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one.

The next session of this course will begin Monday, June 5 and run the four Mondays of June from 7:30 to 9:00pm Eastern Time. The cost is $99, $79 if you register by April 30 or recruit a friend. (The recruit a friend discount is on the honor system and goes to the person who did the recruiting.) Register here.


I’ve been involved with environmental and social justice activism for nearly thirty years. During that time, I’ve explored a variety of tactics, from letter-writing and peace vigils to nonviolent campaigning that includes civil disobedience. I’ve also been a spiritual writer and teacher for twenty-three of these years, so I’ve thought a lot about how we can integrate inner and outer change.

Five years ago, a strong call to work for climate justice led me to Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a group uses nonviolent direct action to work for a just and sustainable economy. (See my memoir Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope for the story of how I tapped my gifts more fully through this work.) As I took on leadership in EQAT, I found I had to work through some internal barriers, particularly my gender conditioning. I also watched others go through a similar process, finding more courage and confidence themselves through their work for climate justice.

As board leader of EQAT for over three years, I’ve gotten an increasing number of requests from people who want to make a difference but are not sure how. After hearing the same questions and hesitations a number of times, I started imagining an online course that would combine what I have learned working with EQAT with what I learned from years of teaching “Discerning Our Calls” at Pendle Hill.

Register here.

Questions Contact: Eileen Flanagan