Community Programs

Community programs that bring us all together

We work alongside our community members to tackle tough issues and foster positive change. NCCJ’s community programs create opportunities for dialogue between diverse groups and inform the broader community about our work and our mission to fight bias, bigotry, and racism and build a more just and compassionate community.

Virtual Community Programs

We don’t need to be in the same physical space with one another to have those powerful conversations. Check out our 3-part virtual community program series, “Maintaining and Sustaining Compassionate Community While You Stay at Home.” If you missed it live in April and May 2020, don’t worry – you can watch the whole series right here!

Part 1. Your Brain on Uncertainty: Why Checking Bias is Still Important in Times of Crisis (Recorded April 21, 2020)

In this program, we focus on how our brains help us process uncertainty, how that activates our biases and how we can slow down, process what is happening, and make decisions that align our practices with our values.

Part 2. The Power of Language: Standing By What You Say in Tough Times (Recorded April 28, 2020)

In times of uncertainty, our brain references past experiences to help us make sense of the world. Language gives humans the unique ability to collect experiences and pass them down through generations for the benefit and knowledge of others. This program explores the power of language; how its basis as an evolutionary trait means language is closely tied to how we think and feel; how our language impacts our actions, especially in times when the threat of disease is imminent; how language can fuel our biases; and ways that we can be mindful of the language we use to help us avoid “personal mission drift.”

Part 3. Developing Our Moral Imagination: Learning from the Past to Envision the Future (Recorded May 5, 2020)

This program has us learning from people that have experienced long term confinement. By reflecting on times where the future felt frightening or uncertain, we can gain insight about how we might maintain the hope necessary to foster and envision compassionate and innovative solutions to our communities’ social challenges.