Community Building & Neighborhood Walks at Future of Faith Conference

In the heart of San Francisco, the Center for Faith and Justice is set to host a transformative event that includes community building, deep listening, and exploration of an iconic city together. The Future of Faith: New Prayers for a New World (Jan 26-27, 2024) will offer a unique experience that brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities to foster a new world through prayer. The event will include community building sessions that aim to foster connection and understanding, as well as guided walks throughout historic sites in San Francisco to allow for spiritual reflection. 

Facilitated by dedicated community leaders, the community building sessions include a BIPOC group, a children’s ministry workshop, a deconstructing whiteness group, and a pastors group, each offering a space for meaningful dialogue and shared experiences. The community building aspect doesn’t stop there. The second portion of the event, taking place later that day, will take participants on guided walks through the historic neighborhoods of Chinatown and the Tenderloin in San Francisco, with self-guided maps for those who want to venture out on their own to the Mission District and North Beach. Led by knowledgeable community leaders, these walks will allow participants to explore the city’s key sites and gain insights into the challenging history of these communities. What makes this experience truly special is the opportunity for participants to express their reflections through creative outlets. Along the way, attendees will have the chance to craft poems or prayers inspired by their surroundings, further deepening the connection between faith and community.

Future of Faith Speakers

The Future of Faith: New Prayers for a New World is not just an event; it’s a journey towards fostering inclusivity and embracing the beauty of diversity while uplifting our communities. By bringing together individuals from different walks of life, the Center for Faith and Justice is not only creating a space for dialogue, but also inspiring a collective vision for a more interconnected and compassionate world. As we navigate the evolving landscape of faith, these community building sessions and guided walks stand as a testament to the power of unity and shared experiences in shaping a brighter future.

A guided walk through Chinatown led by Steve Hong will be one of many opportunities to engage in embodied learning about prayer as justice work. Opportunities to walk through the Mission District, North Beach, and the Tenderloin will also be available.

Aeriel Storey

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