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Say the Wrong Thing: Strategies of the H.E.A.R.T. for Racial Justice and Authentic Community

Feb 24-26, 2017

A weekend workshop with Amanda Kemp
$405/shared room; $495/private room; $285/commuter

Pendle Hill wants to support meetings and faith communities in engaging in the work of racial justice and healing. We believe that conversations within a faith community are more likely to occur and to be productive if more than one person from the faith community participates. If a meeting or other faith community sends at least two participants, and provides financial support to them, Pendle Hill will match the financial support provided to the group up to the cost of one full registration for a shared room, i.e., $405. In addition, if two or more people register together by calling 610-566-4507, ext. 137, each will receive a 10% discount off their fees. Discounts are not cumulative.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

  • Are you afraid of saying the wrong thing?
  • Are you frozen by guilt and fear of causing harm?
  • Do you find yourself exhausted and anxious as a person of color frequently in predominantly white settings?
  • Do you yearn for authentic connection and communication about racial justice within and across racial lines?

There is widespread agreement that national dialogue and conversations about the effects of systemic racism are critically important to healing our polarized and racially divided society. Despite that consensus, many of us shy away from the necessary conversations. This workshop will stretch and support you so that you can initiate and participate difficult conversations while staying grounded, open, and connected to your intention. Rooted in the five strategies of the H.E.A.R.T. approach, you will build your capacity to:

  • Hold space for transformation;
  • Express yourself;
  • Act with intention (driven by vision);
  • Reflect on yourself;
  • Trust the process.

We will use a variety of small group exercises, mindfulness and selfcompassion techniques, and artistic expression, as well as film clips and readings.

By the end of the weekend you will be able to have uncomfortable conversations to further racial justice and oneness; break through your own sticking points; practice hearing and giving authentic feedback from a place of love; and connect systemic racism with everyday resistance.


"Say the Wrong Thing" book coverAmanda Kemp graduated from Stanford University and earned a PhD from Northwestern University. She has taught at the university level for over a decade and served as a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Lecturer. The founder of Theatre for Transformation, Kemp has reached over 25,000 people in her artistic and academic residencies at schools, colleges, and faith gatherings. She is currently touring “INSPIRA: The Power of the Spiritual.” When not traveling, she resides in Lancaster, PA, with her husband, violinist Michael Jamanis, their five children and chocolate lab Jake. She is a member of Lancaster Friends Meeting. For a more complete biography, visit

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