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Call to Action-Midwest Conference - Detroit


“What Breaks Your Heart?

A Call to a New Spirituality”

Keynote: Adam Bucko

October 20-21, 2017

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull Ave, Detroit

Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit


Click on this link to REGISTER and get conference schedule detail:  http://ctamid1.cta-wc.a2hosted.com/


Registration Packet available at the registration table at St. Peter's beginning at 9:00 AM Friday morning, October 20th.

Conference details and hotel accommodation details are available on the website


The complete schedule will be available in the published program at registration; previously published times, places and the frequency of presentations are subject to change until the final registration packet is published.

 Send all inquiries to Don Donahue at donald.w.donahue@gmail.com

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Conference over View



  Registration Opens

St. Peter's – 9:00 AM



Pre-Conference Workshops 


Urban Farming-The Greening of Detroit

Presentation, Q&A 

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann

"Detroit Water Justice" 



Catherine Gillette - NETWORK

"Racial Justice & Income Gap" 


Catered hors d’oeuvre’s



Don Donahue, CTA Mid-West Planner

Introduction to the Conference

Kim Redigan




Capuchins, On the Rise Bakery





Introduction for Adam Bucko

Kim Redigan (The Hive)



Adam Bucko


Urban Farming-The Greening of Detroit



"Stop Human Trafficking"

David Manville 

"Non-Violent Response"

Dorothy Aldridge  


"World Wide Year of the Laity"

Rene Reid  


 The “Ewe”

“Engaging for Positive Impact”

 Swords into Plowshares

Peace Center presentation and Tour

John Chuchman

“Seeking Joy”


Capuchin Soup Kitchen


 Reclaim Detroit


Panel Discussion

Adam Bucko, Kim Redigan,

Dorothy Aldridge & Zach Johnson  


Closing Comments-Reflections

Zach Johnson


St. Peters Episcopal Church



Our Presenters

 Bill Wylie-Kellermann


Retired Pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann is a man who has reclaimed civil disobedience as a spiritual practice and a vital component of Christian ministry for the past four decades in Detroit.  An ordained United Methodist minister, he only accepted part-time positions at churches in the city so that he could lavish time and energy into community organizing and direct action.  Back in the early 80’s, while serving a short stint in federal prison for an action at the Pentagon, the pastor-parish committee at his church inquired if it would be counted as “vacation time.”  His district supervisor countered, “Oh no.  Bill’s doing ministry.”


Kim Redigan 

Kim is Vice Chair if the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and represents MCHR as a member of the Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition Faith Action Committee.  Kim is a nonviolence trainer and peace educator with Michigan-Meta Peace Team and has served on several domestic and international peace teams, including teams in Palestine and Egypt; she is involved with Woman in Black-Detroit, Detroit Metro Interfaith Worker Justice, the Detroit Area Peace Network, and is on the state council of Pax Christi Michigan.

“Much has been written about the “new” Detroit as a place of rebirth and resurrection, but this narrative leaves out the reality of massive water shut-offs and home foreclosures, the violence of gentrification and displacement, and an ugly legacy of racism.  At the same time, something new, grounded in resistance and the call to “wage love”, is taking root.  Can we grow our hearts big enough to hold the brokenness and the beauty of the present moment?  Can we dive deeply enough to discover the spiritual tools of transformation needed in these troubling times?”


Zach Johnson


Zach is the current Executive Director of Call to Action-USA.


Zach is the current Executive Director of Call to Action-USA. He has lived in Catholic Worker communities since 2009, and he and his wife Molly have been with the Minneapolis Catholic Worker since 2012. He spent most of the last 10 years working in homeless shelters. Before joining CTA, he worked at the largest shelter in Minnesota. Zach now volunteers in an around shelters in Minneapolis trying to organize the shelter residents to advocate for the needs of their community.


Zach is drawn to Catholic values like mystery, ritual, sacrifice, obedience (not to the bishop), and most of all the Catholic assumption that paradox is natural. He is thrilled to join CTA to practice Catholicism rooted in the works of mercy, and to work for justice for anyone harmed by the sins of the institution.  


Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author of "Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation" (North Atlantic Books 2013) and "The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living"(Orbis Books 2015).


He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where on his way to a Himalayan hermitage, he met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. He eventually co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City's homeless youth.

In addition to his work with homeless youth, Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual “new monastic” fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life in the 21st century and how to live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.

Adam is a recipient of several awards and ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine, and Sojourner Magazine have featured his work.


The “Ewe”

Join "the Ewe" for a session discussing her spiritual approach to engaging for positive impact.  "The Ewe" does not fit the "pay, pray and obey" model of living her Catholic faith.  She questions, challenges and walks with Catholic hierarchy using a very non-defensive, positive (and somewhat humorous) approach that seems to keep the hierarchy a little off-balance.  However, her approach creating such disequilibrium with hierarchy members has yielded some positive impact as she tries to guide "lost sheep" members of the hierarchy in living the gospel messages.

 "The Ewe" is the pen name of the "Questions from a Ewe" blog author, a blog with over 250,000 visits to date. She is a single mother of three who from the eyes of the Roman Catholic hierarchy is in full communion with the Church but she questions if any woman is capable of being in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church due to clericalism, sexism, and the marginalization, and emotional abuse of women. The Ewe holds a master degree in theology from Loyola. She is not now nor has she ever been employed by the Catholic Church but rather is an engineer and executive consultant.


John Chuchman

While still employed with Ford Motor Company John began volunteering with Hospice of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1990.  To his amazement, he was of help to Men who had lost their wives and so upon retirement in 1992, John continued with Hospice work with Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona and North Country Hospice, Kalkaska, Michigan.


John was awarded a Certificate in Spirituality from Kino Institute in Phoenix and in 2000 a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

John’s Master’s Thesis was on Forgiveness; A Key to Grief Healing a synopsis of which was published in Bereavement magazine.


In July 2010, John was ordained a Priest of The Catholic Diocese of One Spirit, CDOS. From retirement to date, John has conducted Grief Support Groups, Seminars, Retreats, and In-Service Programs for Hospices and Church Groups of all denominations all across the country. He has written 17 books with Sacred Quest; Growth Through Loss and Love containing all the slides and handouts used in his workshops.


Urban Farming-The Greening of Detroit


Cultivating a food sovereign Detroit, where the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed by Detroiters are grown within the city limits.


IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO JOIN THE GRP!  For over a decade, the Garden Resource Program (GRP) has supported family, community, school, and market gardens in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. Participants in the Garden Resource Program receive resources for their vegetable gardens, including seeds and Detroit grown transplants and become part of a growing network of gardeners and advocates working to promote urban agriculture within a thriving local food system.

Catherine Gillette

Racial Wealth and Income Gap Workshop.  This interactive learning experience teaches participants about how federal policies have shaped American society and led to the intentional disinvestment of black Americans.  At first glance, many of policies discussed appear to be colorblind; however, their impact on white and black Americans has been quite different.  Join us for an important discussion about structural racism and how our collective history informs our present. 


As NETWORK’s Grassroots Mobilization Coordinator, Catherine Gillette works to strengthen the organization’s network of advocates across the country—mobilizing supporters, supporting Advocates Teams, conducting trainings, and building new partnerships. She is motivated by her faith to work for justice and passionate about helping others to become advocates.  Prior to arriving at NETWORK, Catherine was a grassroots organizer in Austin, TX and then ran a faith-based volunteer program for recent college graduates in Boston, MA.

                                                               Swords into Plowshares

The Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery is Southeast Michigan's unique location for peace and justice related art exhibits as well as a location for a number of peace-related events. The Gallery also has a gift shop featuring books, cards and artwork that can be purchased. 


Reclaim Detroit


Reclaim Detroit is a social enterprise founded in 2010 to fight blight, create jobs for Detroiters, and reclaim valuable resources from the landfill using deconstruction and innovative reuse practices.  Our crews carefully dismantle parts of buildings that would otherwise be destroyed by demolition, saving everything from antique doors to old growth lumber,while also gaining valuable work experience in the green construction and demolition industry.


Beyond our core efforts to train and employ workers facing barriers to employment, Reclaim Detroit has successfully advocated for city-wide policies that support the sustainable removal of structures with an eye towards reuse and local economic development.  Largely as a result of these efforts along with support from many partners and foundations, Reclaim Detroit will soon enter a public private partnership with Detroit to manage and operate a Reuse Hub in midtown.

 Every house matters.  Every job matters.  Reclaim Detroit.



Eastern Conference – Baltimore MD, October 20-21, 2017

Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

890 Elkridge Landing RD

Linthicum, MD 21090



“Called to Justice under a

Trump Administration . . .to do justice

 . . . to love tenderly . . .

to walk humbly with our God”




Keynote 1 - Sr. Simone Campbell - “Social Justice under a Trump Administration”

Keynote 2 - Greer Gordon - “Racism and Privilege in our Church and Society”

Keynote 3 – Pax Christi -  Sr. Patty Chappell - “Called to be a People of Peace”


Focus Sessions:

  • LGBT and the Welcoming Church

  • Caring for our Earth

  • Immigration, Deportation, and Sanctuary

  • Transgender, Intersex Identities, and the Family

Contact: Ryan Sattler,  CTA MD Chapter Chair





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