In these times of significant division and conflict, we bear the responsibility to find meaningful ways to engage in conversations about challenging and complex issues. Iliff is responding to the current moment with the “We Advocate Freedom!” Teach-in Series, a five-session series starting on Thursday, June 27th. This series aims to create a space where we can come together in-person and remotely to discuss and navigate these important topics together.

Session 1 • June 27, 2024

Strategies Toward Effective Social Change:
Personal and Institutional Commitments

6:00 pm MST Refreshments & Registration at Iliff / Zoom room opens

6:30-8:00 pm MST Teach-in

This 1st in a series of 5 sessions will invite dialogue on the multiple paths advocates for change can work within or outside dominant systems to advocate inclusion and freedom. We will hear from veteran leaders and have the opportunity to wrestle with the moral, ethical, and spiritual realities of advocacy on complex and uncertain issues. The conversation will explore the issues of protest and consequences; non-violent and violent resistance; community organizing, and internal/external approaches.

Register in person HERE.
In addition to the in-person event at Iliff, attendees can participate via Zoom by registering at this link.

Facilitated by President Lee H. Butler, Jr.
  • Dr Teresa Smallwood
  • Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi
  • Bro. Daniel Klawitter

Session 2 • September 12, 2024

US Political Leaders Conversations on Israel-Palestine: Protests, Cease-fire, and Two-States

Session 3 • September 26, 2024

 Spirited and Spiritual Resistance: Community Chaplaincy and Religious Leadership 

Session 4 • October 10, 2024

UMC Social Principles and the Impact of Socially Responsible Investments

Session 5 • November 7, 2024

 Book Discussion: Angela Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement