Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CONSPIRE! a training conference...

invites you to...

Building a Faith and Justice Movement in Your City
Washington DC
June 3-5

Special $50 Rate till April 15
General Rate $75

For Special $50 Rate use Password: CONSPIRE

Imagine... our world transformed by faith and justice?

There is a growing movement springing up in cities across this country. Christians are joining hands to put their faith into action around issues of poverty and justice. They are committing to bring Biblical justice to the systems and structures in their cities.
Are Christians in your community voicing a desire to be more holistic--to address the root causes of poverty and injustice in addition to charitable giving and compassionate ministries? Have people been convening to find new ways to address old ills? Do you want to be a leader in this movement and not just a follower? If so, this is the training for you! This training requires you to bring a team of three or more people from your community. They must be committed to addressing issues of injustice on a social and systemic level.

From the abolitionist movement to the civil rights struggle to today, Christians have lived their calling to do justice by drawing on the community organizing tradition. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from some of the top organizers in the country. This training will involve leaders like Alexia Salvatierra who has worked with architects of the American civil rights movement and Latin American peace efforts and new organizers who are putting their faith to work to stop human trafficking, bring fresh food to urban neighborhoods, and promote global fair trade. Conspire with them. Dream with them. Lead with them as they lead their communities to follow Jesus and do justice!

Training will begin @ 6pm on Thursday, June 3 and conclude by 2pm on Saturday, June 5.

Conference Location
3333 14th Street NW
Washington DC

Special Registration Notes
  • Participants must come with team of 3 or more from their city, region.
  • Registrants must list the name of team leader in the "Additional Information" widow on the payment page.
  • All registration fees are non refundable.

Learn More About The Conveners

Learn About Conference Lead Trainer | Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Housing and Meals



CONSPIRE! How to Register

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Special Registration Notes...
  • Participants must come with team of 3 or more from their city or region.
  • Registrants must list their city (or region) and the name of their team leader in the "Additional Information" window on the payment page.
  • All Registration Fees are Non-refundable.


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What is the National Faith an Justice Network?
  • The National Faith and Justice Network (NFJN) is a national alliance of regional groups dedicated to uniting Christians around Biblical Justice through spiritual formation, training, community organizing, and advocacy.
  • Functionally, NFJN offers affiliate local organizations the following:
  1. Excellent regional and national training events on Christ-rooted Community Organizing
  2. Periodic collaboration on national initiatives and campaigns
  3. Strategic partnership opportunities with national organizations and associations committed to Biblical Justice, including Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association
  4. Regular conference calls and relationships to share best practices and lessons learned in local Christ-rooted community organizing
  5. Access to small group and church curricula to use in local organizing efforts

What current cities have a Faith and Justice Network?

Boston, New York, Oregon, Baltimore, and Cincinnati with others starting in Columbus, and hopefully your city!

Why are we required to come to
CONSPIRE! in teams?

The work of faith and justice is not a solo sport. Organizing requires developing and working in teams that share a common vision and purpose. This training is designed to help equip you to go back to your city and to either start a new network or plug into an existing one. In order to do that successfully we need you to come with at least three people from your area who you are committed to exploring working together.

What is Sojourners relationship to the Faith and Justice Networks?

While many of the local Faith and Justice Networks were inspired by Sojourners each of these groups are their own separate organizations with a distinct mission. Sojourners seeks to inspire and equip more groups to start and therefore is helping to sponsor this gathering.

Where can I get more information?

Contact us at nfjn.info@gmail.com

Click here to REGISTER NOW!

Lead Trainer Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Housing and Meals

CONSPIRE! Housing and Meals


Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dinner will be on your own.


Participants are responsible for their own housing. We encourage you to stay with friends or to get a hotel room with your group.

Participants are also encouraged to stay near Sojourners which is in Columbia Heights in Northwest DC or near a metro subway stop if possible.

Here are a few options to get you started!


A standard for budget travelers the world over, CouchSurfing is a great way to see a city, make new friends, witness rare hospitality and stay in a great place for free. The site details how CouchSurfing works, outlines safety procedures, and puts you in touch with D.C. residents willing to open parts of their homes - floors, spare rooms, couches - to anyone who needs them. www.couchsurfing.com

Hostels and Hotels

While hotels may offer a more comfortable stay, hostels may prove the best option for groups on a budget. The hostels in Washington, D.C., vary significantly in size and tone - care must be taken to find exactly what you are looking for.
Some available hostels, churches, and student centers:
Adams Inn
1744 Lanier Place
Washington, DC
Tel: 202-745-3600
Web: www.adamsinn.com
Ask Anne Owens, manager, for the group rate.
Alexandria Guest House
in Alexandria, VA

1700 Sherwood Hall Lane; Alexandria, VA 22306
Tel: 703-768-0335
No Web Site available
no smoking, self serve breakfast - best with a car
$60 to 90 for a queen or twin room (2 people)
Arlington House
in Arlington, VA

739 22nd St.; Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: 703-768-0335
No Web Site Available - no smoking - walk to Pentagon City Metro Rates: From $1200 per month - No web site available American Guesthouse
American Guesthouse
2005 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Tel: 703-768-0335
Web: www.americanguesthouse.com/ >
no smoking - free hot breakfast, free wireless internet, walk to Dupont Circle Metro
Rates: from $100 to $219 (lower rates are for winter and low season months)
Bragg Towers
Alexandria, VA
(703) 354-6300
Located 15-20 minutes from downtown
Braxton Hotel
1440 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ask for John Chon for special rates
Tel: 1-800-350-5759 or 202-232-7800
Fax: 202-265-3725
Email: reservation@braxtonhotel.com
Located 5 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro
1523 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tel: 202-293-1885
Located between P & O Streets, 2 blocks from DuPont Circle Metro
Center for Educational Design
821 Varnum St., NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-635-7987
Groups of 6-plus only, with 1 representative - no individual billings
15-20 minute walk to Metro
Centro Maria Residence
650 Jackson St. , NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-635-1697
located 3 blocks from Metro near Catholic University
First Trinity Lutheran
4th and E. Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-737-4859
Groups of 10-plus only, with 1 representative
Located across the street from Judiciary Square Metro
Folger House
634 East Capitol St.
Washington , DC
Tel: 202-544-4315
Located 6 blocks from Capitol
GLOBOSapiens is a travelers’ community site that is a great place to start for affordable accommodation in Washington, D.C. This hotel, The Gallery Inn, is especially helpful for larger groups. Situated at Dupont Circle, the hotel is a five-minute walk from the Metro station and in a lively neighborhood.
Hilltop Hostel
300 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tel: 202-291-1195
Email: rigsbie@hotmail.com
Web: www.hosteldc.com
Dorm style. Located 50 meters from Takoma Park Metro - ten minute ride to downtown
Hostelling International-Washington, D.C.
1009 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-737-2333
Fax: 202-737-1508
Kalorama Guest House
1854 Mintwood Place, NW
Washington , DC 20009
Located in Adams Morgan neighborhood with 12 minute walk to Metro
The Pilgrimage
22nd and P. Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-387-6615
dormitory style with kitchen - groups of 6 plus accepted.
Located 3 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro
Washington (College Park)
Norwich House
P.O. Box 283
Washington (College Park), MD 20741
Email: lodging@studentcenter.org
Reservations are required. This hostel offers free internet access.
Washington International Student Center
2451 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-667-7681
Email: DCStudentCenter@aol.com
Web: www.dchostel.com
Free transport rom bus and Amtrak station. Close to downtown D.C. Internet access. Kitchen, lockers, free breakfast. Free parking. Near bus and Metro. No curfew.
William Penn House
515 E. Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 202-543-5560
Includes breakfast.
located 5 blocks from the Capitol
7 minute walk to metro
WPH is a lodging house for peace and justice workers staying in the D.C. area. Space is limited, so book early.
Web: www.williampennhouse.org/lodging.php
Woodley Park Guest House
2647 Woodley Rd., NW
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202-667-0218 or 1-866-667-0218
Web: www.woodleyparkguesthouse.com
Owner: Laura Saba


Camping may be a good option for RV drivers or just those keen on getting their hands dirty. There are a few camp grounds that are well connected to the DC Metro system, making camping not much less convenient than other options.
A few sites worth looking at:

CONSPIRE! Lead Trainer - Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the Executive Director of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), an organization of religious leaders in Los Angeles county who support low-wage workers
in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Alexia studied sociology and religious studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz and earned an M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She and her daughter reside in Los Angeles.

CLUE-CA. Over the past 30 years, the incidence of working poverty and the income gap between the rich and poor in California has continued to grow at unprecedented rates. This has created an economic crisis that affects our communities on multiple levels, jeopardizing the basic social and economic infrastructure of entire neighborhoods. Education, public health, local business - all are directly affected by an impoverished work force.
The most effective force in reversing this trend in recent years has been an innovative coalition of creative community organizations, progressive labor unions and the faith community. The role of clergy and congregations in this coalition has been critical to many of its most notable successes. In San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area, strong interfaith organizations have arisen with the capacity to organize broad and diverse participation in a host of public policy and corporate campaigns for economic justice.