Activist Council Spring Gathering

Thursday, April 27, 2017 to Saturday, April 29, 2017


We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Spring Activist Council meeting in Chicago April 27-29! Registration is now closed.
We'll be staying at the Cenacle Retreat Center in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood. There is information below about how to get to Cenacle, and that information will be included in a confirmation email that you received after you registered. Learn more about the Activist Council here.
Since before the elections, we have been hearing from many of you that you'd like more training in nonviolent direct action (NVDA), so we've partnered with Christian Peacemaker Teams to do just that. They will lead us through several different trainings about principles of biblical nonviolence, conflict transformation, and public witness and organizing. 
We'll also have a chance to focus particularly on the work of gun violence prevention, learning from local organizers doing this work in Chicago. There will also be opportunities to learn and strategize about PPF's accompaniment work in Colombia and Fossil Fuel Divestment. 
When: April 27 at 3 p.m. - April 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center (513 W. Fullterton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614)
Cost* (includes meals): 
         Double Room: $231
         Single Room: $292
         Commuter: $121
Getting there: Please see the Cenacle website for information about how to get to the center by car or from O'Hare and Midway Airports, Union/Amtrak Station, and Greyhound Bus Terminal. There is information about public transit, shuttles, or you may choose to take a taxi. 
Please note that, as a place of retreat and reflection as well as a conference center, the Cenacle is an adults only facility.

Thursday (April 27)
3:00 p.m. Gathering
4:00 p.m. Jesus as a Nonviolent Activist & Exploring Nonviolence
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 Undoing Oppression
9:00 p.m. Worship
9:30 p.m. Reception

Friday (April 28)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:15 a.m. How to be an Ally Workshop
11:15 a.m. Strategic Organizing
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Track Workshop 1 (specific titles TBD)
(Each participant will choose one of the following "tracks" for several issue-specific workshops: Gun Violence Prevention, Colombia, or Creation Justice)
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Track Workshop 2 (specific titles TBD)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Organizing and Planning for Action in Track Groups
8:30 p.m. Worship 

Saturday (April 29)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning prayer
10:00 a.m. Sign-making for Climate March
11:00 a.m. Leave for Climate March (optional)
12:00 p.m. Lunch for those who do not attend march (march-goers will receive a sack lunch)
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Climate March (feel free to come for as long as you want to and leave when you need to)*

​​*If you would like to stay Saturday night April 29 at the Cenacle Center in order to attend the Climate March, the cost is an extra $70 for a double room and $90 for a single room. If you have already registered and would like this option, please email Emily at If you are going to the Climate March on April 29 and leaving later that same day you may leave your luggage at the Cenacle Center during the day.