The Upper Room and Africa Upper Room Ministries are excited to offer a virtual event designed to equip us to live compassionately amid conflict. Change, confrontation, and division are all around us, making it easy to feel ungrounded and alone. The challenge of finding places to be heard and accepted is real.

In times like these, how are we to live fully and faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ? When our communities are in conflict, how do we find the support of sustaining relationships?

Many of us long for relationships that offer space wide enough to envision together what God's creative and love-filled imagination might reveal for our own lives and those of our neighbors. The early followers of Jesus dreamed together of a new way even as they grieved losses, feared for their lives, and deeply disagreed with each other. Today, we are called to do the same. Practices of compassion open the space for resilient relationships—the kind of relationships that weather conflict and division with strength.

You’re invited to join The Upper Room and Africa Upper Room Ministries (AURM) for RESILIENCE | Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict, on September 29-30, 2023. Our virtual event will include storytelling, time for personal reflection and conversation, guided spiritual practice, and worship. This gathering offers time for centering, interaction, and spiritual practices to help you cultivate relationships that endure even in the face of profound disagreement and division.

Speakers and workshop leaders include Bishop Purity Malinga, Nadiyka Gerbish, Ray Buckley, Christopher Carter, Rubén Ortiz, Jane Herring, Jerry Haas, Alma Cota de Yánez, Juliet Windvogel, and Piula Ala'ilima with worship led by Rev. Lydia Muñoz.

Early bird registration ends on August 1, 2023. All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the event.



This event is made possible by generous donors to The Upper Room’s  Crisis Impact Fund and  Stephen Bryant Prayer and Spiritual Formation Fund. Learn more about how you can support the ministry of The Upper Room  here

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this event online or in-person?

This event is fully online, hosted via the virtual event platform called Whova. After you register, we’ll send you details for how to access and use the event site, and we’ll have support staff available if you need any help managing the technology. (Africa Upper Room Ministries is hosting an in-person gathering for this event in Johannesburg, South Africa.).

2. The event timing doesn’t work for my schedule. Will the session recordings be available for me to view at a more convenient time later?

All sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants after the event. Don’t let timing conflicts prevent you from signing up! These recordings will only be accessible to those who register before the event.

3. Are Continuing Education Units available for this event?

Yes, this event offers CEU credit. Please reach out to Emily White if you are interested in receiving a CEU certificate for your participation.

4. I’d like to pay for someone else to attend. How can I “gift” this event to a friend?

This event is a perfect gift for pastors, healthcare workers, teachers, or anyone else you know who would benefit from compassion practices to boost their resilience! Here are some creative ways you could make this event available to others:

a. If you’re attending the event and you want to purchase tickets for others along with your own, simply add the total number of tickets to your cart and input your name and your friends’ names in the designated boxes as you complete registration.

b. If you’re not attending the event and the person you’d like to attend is willing to let you register on their behalf, simply sign up by adding their name and preferred email address and follow the steps to submit your own payment method information.

c. If the person you’d like to attend wants to register themselves, you could simply pay their registration cost by sending them the amount via Venmo, cash, or a check.