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BRIEF: Oak Tree seminar to focus on effective activism

The Oak Tree will present a 6-part seminar on “Effective Activism: How to Foster Change” beginning Feb. 21.

The seminar is designed for those who would like to use the latest learnings from the social sciences to increase effectiveness, according to a news release, and will focus on the book, “Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change” by Nick Cooney.

The first four sessions will have a brief presentation, followed by group discussion. Sessions five and six people will begin designing a real life campaign.

The seminars will be at Salem Lutheran Church/St Paul’s United Methodist Church on Broadway and Walnut on Thursdays at 6 p.m. through March 28.

Faith Conversations (a weekly gathering to talk about values in the context of current events) will follow the seminar with discussion at Charley’s Grill & Spirits.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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