Thriving in Turbulent Times: Dancing in the Darkness

Wednesday, October 11, 2023; 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Facilitator(s): Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III


Thriving In Turbulent Times Website


This event is designed to strengthen community and build resilience for our efforts for racial and economic justice. We aim to deepen our connections, learn valuable lessons from history, be inspired by an ethic that combines love and justice, share our own experiences and grow in our understanding of people across racial and cultural identities.

Author and pastor Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will talk about what we can learn from the history of the civil rights movement and more recent efforts to address the spiritual, social and political issues of our day. He will share themes of his recent book Dancing in the Darkness: Spiritual Lessons for Thriving in Turbulent Times. Dr. Moss will draw on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, the Bible, Black culture and his own personal experiences on how to practice spiritual resilience by combining justice and love. His book will be available for purchase and signing.

Lunch will be served after his presentation, followed by a tour of the facility for those new to Siena Retreat Center.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
10:30am – 1:00pm
Cost of $30 includes lunch

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration. Registration closes five days before the retreat. Please call the front desk with any questions.

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This retreat is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens our democracy through educational and cultural programs that build connections and understanding among people of all backgrounds and beliefs throughout the state.

About the Facilitators

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss IIIRev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. He spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Moss is hailed by Baylor University as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.