Unraveling Religion

A one-day workshop facilitated by 
Magda Scharf and Morgan Andrews
Saturday • June 8, 2013 • 10am-3pm
at the Friends Center • 15th & Cherry
in Center City Philadelphia
Tuition $15-$45 sliding scale
Pre-register via "tophilly@gmail.com"

For the past 5 years, T.O. Philly has led interactive workshops on a number of different topics.  During these workshops, religion often pops up as a theme, but we've rarely had time to unpack it (or unravel it) as fully as we'd have liked.  For this reason we're partnering with Action Service Reconciliation for Peace (an organization that promotes German-Jewish dialogue, among other things) for a participatory half-day workshop about religion, open to all people of any creed.


The first hour begins with group introductions and explorations of what faith and/or religion mean for each of us:  What are our associations with religion?  How and when are they positive?  Negative?  Oppressive?  Or empowering?  In the second hour we weigh how different faiths, and their faithful, are perceived in our world(s) to delve deeper into discussion about religion in social and political contexts, both as a force of coercion as well as for liberation.  After lunch, we'll use the last 2 hours to share, act out and unravel personal stories through the technique of Forum Theatre to "try out" previously unseen opportunities for positive social change to our communities.

Unraveling Religion runs from 10am to 3pm, with a one-hour break for lunch in the middle.  This workshop is open to everyone with any range of life experience.  To reserve a spot, please email "tophilly@gmail.com".  Tuition is sliding scale, $15-$45.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds and work-trade is also available.

About the Facilitators:

Magdalena Scharf was born to German and Spanish parents, grew up in Iran and Brazil, and currently divides her time between Philadelphia and Berlin.  She has been involved in bringing LGBT youth from Germany and Brazil together for cross-cultural exchange, and works for the NGO Action Service Reconciliation for Peace, which fights racism, discrimination and social exclusion internationally.  She has been involved with Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed since 2011.

Morgan Andrews is a North American activist-artist from a Muslim-Jewish-Catholic-Unitarian family.  He co-founded Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2008 having trained at TOPLAB in New York, with Jana Sanskriti in India, and with T.O.'s late founder Augusto Boal. In addition to hosting workshops in West Philly, Morgan has jokered T.O. extensively for LGBT youth in Philly, with activists in Brazil, and with university students and faculty around North America.  Morgan also teaches at Studio 34 and Maha Yoga, and creates plays with the Medium Theatre Company.