“What is the relation of contemplation to action? Simply this. He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. He will communicate to them nothing but the contagion of his own obsessions, his aggressiveness, his ego-centered ambitions, his delusions about ends and means, his doctrinaire prejudices and ideas. There is nothing more tragic in the modern world than the misuse of power and action.”
- Thomas Merton
The Contemplative Activist Workshops are bi-annual gatherings hosted by A Life Together, YWAM Muizenberg, and others seeking to encourage, provoke and inspire Jesus-centered works of justice and peacemaking within the global missions movement. The C. A. Workshops provide a gathering space for missionaries and activists the world over who wish to grow their relational networks, ask the tough questions, and deepen their spiritual and ethical discernment in an effort to build more sustainability along the struggle for justice. Through a process of intentional prayer, worship, and collective learning, participants will be welcomed into a safe space of spiritual direction, evocative teaching, and communal discernment focused on the intersection of the radical discipleship tradition, merciful-missions pioneering, and contemplative spirituality. Our prayer in hosting these gatherings is that none of us would feel isolated or alone as we shape and reshape the framework of our Great Commission work. So come and help us remake the world!
2018 WORKSHOPS - GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” - Romans 12: 17-21
In an age of violence and threats of violence...
Newsfeed’s fraught with anxiety and fear...
Racial, political, and economic tensions ever brewing... with hope and despair teetering on a fragile tight rope... it is time for a prophetic witness of God's love on planet earth!
It is particularly time for disciples of Jesus to take seriously Christ's call to embody an alternative to the endless spiral of violence and show the world another way...
Jesus called his disciples to love their enemies, to be abundantly merciful, to repent and forgive, and to offer no violent resistance to those who do evil. But he also modeled nonviolence by actively confronting injustice and violence everywhere, as when he defied the Sabbath laws to heal the disabled, confronted unjust power structures at the Temple, challenged a throng of assailants accusing a woman of adultery, and, on the night before he died, commanded Peter to put down his sword!
Neither passive nor weak, Jesus’ nonviolence is the power of love in action for the well-being of all.
For those of us working within YWAM and other global missions movements, whose lives are intertwined cross-culturally, cross-economically and pluralistically - we believe actively integrating the gospel nonviolence of Jesus into our various ministry expressions can have massive implications for the shaping of missions culture in the future.
As we embrace our calling not just to disciple individuals, but to disciple nations, we will need a more robust and Christ-centered way of thinking about how to engage with the fractured realities of the communities we work within. In our efforts to disciple nations, we believe Christ teaches us to transcend the conventional wisdom of how nations are formed, how they are secured, and how they function in their relationship to wealth, violence and power. Gospel Nonviolence as theory and practice has much to offer us as we continue our journeys in our various contexts.
- TOPICS TO EXPLORE -
Gospel Nonviolence / Nonviolent Social Change / Civil Disobedience / Prophetic Imagination / Decolonization in Global Missions / Contemplative Activism / & more
- 2018 SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS -
is the co-founder of First Home Project, a community welcoming, housing and “giving a hand up not a hand-out” to recently arrived refugees, is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Perth, was a part of initiating the #LoveMakesAWay movement, and is a peace award winning nonviolent social change trainer, working primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe when not at home in Australia.
is an international speaker, activist, musician and avid disciple of the Jesus Way. Having traveled to over 60 countries and witnessing along the way the best and worst that humanity is capable of, Steve’s driving passion is to champion and equip the body of Christ for active peacemaking & works of justice through building compassion for the poor and provoking a deeper imagination.
MAX & CAMBRIA MELCHERT
Max and Cambria Melchert, originally from the States, have made Cape Town home since 2013. Working with YWAM Muizenberg and giving leadership to A Life Together, their vision is to train and release young leaders into their God-given passions and into deeper relationship with Christ.
A LIFE TOGETHER is an ever growing network of friends and ministries, vagabonds and vagrants, sinners and saints alike who are in the pursuit of a life shaped by the mercy of God. Birthed and rooted in the margins of Cape Town, South Africa within the wider body of YWAM, Muizenberg, we are a collective of voices from many corners of the world all seeking to live into God's dream of a reconciled world!
- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -
The Hawaii C.A. Workshops will be hosted at The University of The Nations campus in Kailua-Kona. It will run Monday - Friday with morning and afternoon session June 25th - 29th.
- FEES, logistics & registration -
The 2018 Contemplative Activist Workshops will be hosted at YWAM, Kona on the University of The Nations Kona Campus. These workshops are open to everyone, but have a specific focus on gathering together longterm YWAM staff and exploring together the intersection of active peacemaking, gospel-nonviolence and the future of missions globally. Room & board is available on campus for anyone joining the workshops from out of town. Arrival day for those joining from outside of the YWAM, Kona staff body will be Sunday June 24th.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOPS AT THE LINK BELOW
You may email us with any further inquiries or questions at - theCAworkshops@gmail.com
- ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS & WORKSHOP FEES -
WORKSHOP FEES FOR YWAM STAFF
Category A - $80
Category B - $40
Category C - FREE
*Food & Housing available upon request. Inquire for availability and pricing.
All of our training initiatives function on a category system which aims to enable all potential participant, regardless of social or economic background, to attend our training programs. The fees above are according to category. You can find out more about our fee structures, which category you fall into and financial policies - HERE.
All fees for the C.A. Workshops must be paid in by June 25th, 2018. Participants are encouraged to pay their participation and accommodation fees as soon as possible so necessary arrangements and logistics can be arranged. Funds for the 2018 Workshops will be handled by YWAM, Kona and can be paid directly to their finance office.
PAYMENT OPTIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
*Fees may also be paid via Debit/Credit card upon arrival on the opening day of the workshops.
**For more payment options or queries please contact us at - theCAworkshops@gmail.com