I gave this talk on teaching faculty at Holden Village right after the Orlando Shootings—I wrote it after the Charleston shootings the year before and when Orlando happened in a way that felt so similar, In sacred space, I couldn’t not respond. As we see violence almost daily in mosques, synagogues, airplanes, and other places supposed to be safe, we join together in lament and action.
Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer is a social justice consultant and writer, and 2017 national bell hooks Institute Scholar in Residence currently on a yearlong global consulting tour, called “Tour d’Justice,” from Seattle to the United Nations to Ghana. She also serves on the board of the bell hooks Institute at Berea College, and has written for multiple publications including Ms Magazine, Teaching Tolerance, Sojourners, Religion News Service, and Parker Palmer's Center for Courage and Renewal. With a bachelor’s degree in Communication including Critical Identity Studies emphasis, and a forthcoming MA focusing on management, ethics, and social justice, Anna has spoken and facilitated workshops at hundreds of events with groups as large as 700 at corporations, schools, churches, and nonprofits. Anna is particularly passionate about experiential education and has presented her work at the International Association for Experiential Education, as well as National Women’s Studies Association. Daughter of a camp director, Anna grew up living and working at summer camps for 22 years before becoming the national events coordinator at Holden Village, an ecumenical learning and retreat center in the Cascade Mountains. She then returned to Wisconsin and helped found St. Norbert College’s Cassandra Voss Center, a multimillion-dollar national initiative focusing on education and dialogue across difference. Anna is from the Midwestern United States, but finds homes and loved ones around the world, especially in Washington state and New York City. Learn more: https://annaczarnikneimeyer.wordpress.com/