Are you struggling to find connection in a world of virtual meetings?
Join us on this digital hospitality workshop.
This is a space for those feeling exhausted from leading a group, community, or organisation digitally during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those doing so in a faith-based context. With social isolation and global polarisation on the rise, it can be challenging to find digital spaces for deep-to-deep connection. We can forget that hospitality is just as relevant online as at our meal table.
Over the course of this workshop, we will facilitate honest discussion, go through practical exercises, and get to grips with powerful new digital tools designed for creative communication. We will also introduce you to some of the habits of a reconciler - hospitality, creativity, stewardship - that are crucial to leadership in reconciliation and run through all of our programmes and workshops. We aim for you to leave this workshop encouraged and restored as you return to your community or organisation, equipped with a toolkit for building trust in a digital space, crossing divides and disagreeing well.
Sarah has over thirty years of experience working with communities and senior religious figures around the world to promote faith-based ways of finding peace and rebuilding relationships. A Cambridge University theologian specialising in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and a trained mediator, Canon Sarah is also the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Adviser for Reconciliation programmes and resources. She has previously worked as the Director of Partnerships at Religions for Peace International, and directed conflict schools for the Cambridge Interfaith Programme at the University of Cambridge. Her early career as a documentary producer for BBC Television included time spent living and working with the Tuareg nomads in the Sahara Desert, which sparked her fascination with interfaith work and the power of hospitality. She since founded Rose Castle Foundation as a global network that equips reconcilers to cross divides and transform conflict.
Georgia designs and delivers programmes that create impactful environments for human connection, especially in contexts where people are coming together across divides in fragile circumstances. A theologian from Durham University, Georgia went on to become a Fellow of the Churchill Leadership Programme, a partnership between the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Council and Cambridge University’s Moller Institute to equip tomorrow’s game-changers. Since pursuing her leadership interest through the lens of faith formation, Georgia has been recognised nationally and internationally for her contributions to interfaith relations and next generation leadership, being selected by the Prime Minister as 1 of 21 young leaders for the 21st century and has recently been selected by the United Nations to support proactive efforts in countering violent extremism and polarisation online.
When is it?
We will be running two workshop slots tailored to different time zones, but open to those from any part of the world. The first is on Monday 29 March, from 09:00 - 16:00 UK time. The second workshop is split over two days: 09:00 - 12:00 US East Coast time on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March. There will be plenty of proper comfort breaks and, in the Monday session, a one-hour break for lunch.
Where will it be?
The workshops will run on Zoom. As you might guess from the topic, though, this won't be any ordinary virtual meeting. Instead, we will create a space using digital tools like Miro to energise and enable meaningful connection through 'deep-to-deep' discussion.
Is this workshop right for me?
We have put this workshop together with religious leaders, community organisers, and senior leaders within organisations in mind. However, this workshop is open to anyone at all, and if you feel you would benefit, we would love to receive an application from you. Just express your interest via the form below.
How much does it cost?
The workshop costs £80 per person. We will send you payment details once we've received your application. If you come as a pair, the cost is £60 per person. We request that those joining us from outside the UK ask their banks to make payment in GBP. To ensure this programme is accessible, bursaries are available on request. Please get in touch to discuss this further.
When is the registration deadline?
Please complete the full registration form, which we will send you once you have registered your interest, no later than Sunday 14th March 2021. There is a maximum of 30 places available for each workshop and we are accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. If you apply after all places have been filled, we will place you on a waiting list in case more places become available, or suggest you register for a different session.
What is your refund policy?
We hope that everyone who signs up is able to commit to the workshop. However, if you have to cancel up to two weeks before the workshop starts, we will offer a refund minus any costs related to the transaction. In the unlikely event that Rose Castle Foundation has to cancel, we will let participants know two weeks in advance of the start of the workshop and issue a refund.
Can you tell me more about what the workshop covers?
This workshop will be an opportunity to share our struggles when working in a virtual space. We will explore the challenge of building trust across digital divides, and learn creative methods of bringing people together virtually in a way that enables deep-to-deep connection. Through a commitment to the habit of hospitality we will explore what it means to be a ‘risky guest’ in other’s online spaces, and a ‘generous host’ in the spaces you hold. We will develop confidence in creating discussion spaces that leave our community feeling hopeful and motivated. We hope that on completion of this workshop you will feel reignited and reenergised to bring people together in a virtual space. We wrote about why we put this workshop together in our Rosebites series. You can read more here.
I have another question you haven't answered here. What should I do?
If you have any other questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fill out the form below to register your interest in joining us for a Digital Hospitality workshop.