The Defusing Hatred Program

Learn nonviolent communication skills in a safe environment and develop tools for responding to uneasy situations and hate speech.

Enjoy an informative, visual presentation followed by conversation and hands on experience through role-play.

Available at your congregation or small group by signing up a team from the Interfaith Council. Contact Rev. Will McGarvey below!

We host this program with the hope of building communities of care and protection of the vulnerable around us, especially in this time of heightened tension and public acts of aggression.

We will share institutional and personal forms of interruption of cultural oppression. And then we will do some role-playing of different situations to discuss how best to be present for others. We will do a quick survey of history of hate crimes in CCC and then review the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

This gathering is offered to congregations and members of the Interfaith Council. For more information, contact Rev. Will McGarvey at 925.597.9797 or

Download the flyer here: The Defusing Hatred Program

East County Events:

St. Ignatius of Antioch (3151 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch) Sunday, June 25th at 12:15 pm.

South County Events:

San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon) Monday, June 26th at 7:00 pm.

Central County Events:

Hillcrest Congregational Church (UCC) (404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill) Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00 pm.

Rossmoor Diversity Consciousness Committee, Creekside Clubhouse, Fairway Room Thursday, June 29th at 2:00 pm.

Shell Ridge Community Church (200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek, Sunday, July 9th at 12:15 pm.  

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church (902 Danville Blvd., Alamo) Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 pm. 

Concord United Methodist Church (1645 West St., Concord) Sunday, September 10th at noon.

West County:

Christ the Lord Episcopal Church (592 Tennent Ave., Pinole) Tuesday, August 1st at 7:00 pm.