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Day Retreat: Beloved Community

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

$0.00 – $500.00
Map of Ridgebury with photos of ANITA HOWARD and DEBORAH RUNDLETT


With Social Activist Anita Howard and Meetinghouse Director Deborah Rundlett

What does it mean to be a just and loving community? In the 1950s-’60s Martin Luther King, Jr. championed social action aimed at creating The Beloved Community, a global community of caring where poverty, hunger, and injustice are no more. In the wake of the COVID pandemic and post-George Floyd era, the structure of community is being challenged and forged anew. This immersion explores what it means to be a beloved community today, and steps we might take to create it.

About the Leaders

ANITA HOWARD grew up at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, with her family home and church often serving as a center for movement strategy sessions due to her father’s leadership of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Anita Howard portrait
Her passion for social justice leadership and change is a direct outgrowth of early involvement in social action that changed American history, leading to various professional roles in university administration (at Radcliffe, Harvard, and Tufts Universities in Boston, MA) and organizational consulting (co-founder, J. Howard & Associates, Inc. and The Efficacy Institute in Boston, MA; consultant for The Algebra Project, Benjamin Banneker Charter School, and other social change projects in Boston and beyond). She currently serves as an adjunct professor and executive coach at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Her teaching and research center on intentional change, leadership coaching, emotional and social intelligence, and pro-social behavior/ generative engagement.

To learn more: Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management

DEBORAH RUNDLETT is director of The Meetinghouse and pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church. Deborah Rundlett portrait
She has served in business, as part of the advertising launch team for the IBM-PC; the academy, teaching a doctoral track in leadership; and the church as pastor and judicatory leader. As founder of Poets & Prophets, a global community of change leaders, she curates and facilitates immersions and pilgrimages for prosocial leaders. She is a founding steward of the Global Consciousness Institute.


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June 4
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Shield’s Hall
605 Ridgebury Road
Ridgefield, 06877 United States
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