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Fierce Love: Interrupting Hate in the Public Square

Sunday, November 3, 2019
2:00 to 6:00 p.m.


People of faith agree that we are morally responsible for creating beloved community. As tensions flare and incidents of public hate skyrocket, come explore the theological and scriptural foundations of this call to fierce love.

Using skills, tools and methodologies proven over decades from Pace e Bene and Dr. Ervin Staub’s Training Active Bystanders, together we will build a culture of peace by engaging in active nonviolence.

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ and Congregation Beit Haverim present this faith based workshop.

Workshop participants will leave confident of their ability to support and empower targets by:  

  • Identifying and tapping into the skills, experiences and values they already have to support their neighbors more effectively

  • Identifying, understanding and overcoming what inhibits them from becoming active bystanders

  • Learning and practicing specific tactics for interrupting verbal hate in public, centering the experience of the target and empowering the target to create safety for themselves

  • Learning specific tactics for protecting themselves from verbal abuse

  • Understanding the risks inherent in any hostile situation and discerning what not to do to escalate a situation

Workshop Presenters:

Rabbi Debra Kolodny of As the Spirit Moves Us and Portland’s UnShul is a veteran of several social justice movements. She’s been bringing a spiritual perspective, activist passion and an intersectional lens to racial and economic justice, women’s, peace, environmental and LGBTQ causes since 1981. She has taught Interrupting Hate throughout Oregon since January 2017.

Reverend Linda Jaramillo served for 10 years as Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries in the National Headquarters of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio where she oversaw the church’s work on human rights, racial, environmental, economic, and gender justice in the U.S. and around the world. She was trained by Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good) as a facilitator of From Violence to Wholeness.

For additional information contact: Jane Lovelady at or (503) 502-4222
For registration information contact: Beth Stuart at or (503) 635-4348