Cicia Lee is the National Coordinator of Momentum, a community dedicated to incubating, training, and launching decentralized popular movements in the United States. She is also a member of the core team for Contemplative Action Circles, which is organizing young people of faith committed to contemplative practice, storytelling, and noncooperation through direct action. She worked for several years as a designer, and is currently finding ways to integrate design process with movement-building work. Previously, Cicia worked for the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, a network of community organizations and congregations working for racial and economic justice, and a part of the PICO National Network. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she spent her time reading radical Asian-American authors, and studying feminist economics and political philosophy.
Responding to a Crisis of Integrity: Contemplative Practice & Movement Building
In the face of a crisis of integrity in both our nation and often in our church, what would it take to respond at a scale proportional to what we are up against? When we are tempted by complicity and passivity, where do we draw courage to take risks and take action, especially through noncooperation and civil disobedience? And how can we deconstruct the culture of isolation and support our collective healing from the traumas of oppression? In short, what would it look like to take the gospel seriously? In this session, we will be sharing organizing technologies for decentralized popular movement building from the Momentum community. We will also be leading practices from the Contemplative Action Circles – sacred songs, silence, and lament that leads to true critique; a storytelling practice called Resonating which is designed to build empathic vulnerability; and ongoing collective visioning.