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:

In two parts, Tuesday mornings September 5th and 12th at 10:00 am – Community Presbyterian Church – Camp Stoneman Room accessible from the South Courtyard, )200 E. Leland Rd., Pittsburg). 

South County Events:

More to come.

Central County Events:

Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 pm – Walnut Creek United Methodist Church Social Hall (1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek).  Simple supper begins at 6:30 pm. 

Sunday, October 1st at noon – Concord United Methodist Church (1645 West St., Concord) 

Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 pm – St. John Vianney Catholic Church (1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek).  Simple potluck supper begins at 6:00 pm. 

Sunday, October 22nd at 1:30 pm – Unity Walnut Creek (1871 Geary Rd., Walnut Creek).  

Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm – Congregation B’nai Shalom (74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek)

Sunday, December 3rd at 12:30 pm – Community of Christ (1786 2nd Ave., Walnut Creek) 

West County:

More to come.