This past year, the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs rolled out a series of courses around faith-based responses to homelessness and the affordable housing crisis. The three-course sequence brought together a cohort of practitioners from key local faith-based organizations (FBOs), including Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army, Bridge Care Center, and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, in a rich exchange around how FBOs can more effectively address our most pressing social issues.
The Center is pleased to offer another professional development opportunity in June 2019. Taught by Center Director Dr. Manuel Mejido, with support from Center Community Engagement Manager, Rev. Maggie Breen, Problem-Solving to Enhance Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness is a two-and-a-half-day intensive workshop that invites practitioners to engage in collective problem-solving with fellow nonprofit executives, religious leaders, social service providers and community organizers.
The workshop will draw on outputs from the Center’s thematic working groups process, featuring case studies from the groups’ 25 FBO members, such as Muslim Housing Services, Associated Ministries of Tacoma Pierce County, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Everett Gospel Mission, and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Modeling this process of collective problem-solving, participants will explore key challenges or “puzzles” their organizations face as they address homelessness with the aim of developing innovative interventions and strategies.
Course materials, meals and parking are included in the $350 cost of registration, and the format offers participants opportunities for networking, including a dinner on the first evening at Seattle University.