The ADODI-SOUTHERN REGION will host the THIRD ANNUAL WINTER RETREAT during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Weekend. The theme is "Moving Beyond Fear to Freedom". There will be empowerment affirmation sessions, workshops, talent sharing, & fellowship. This is an alcohol & drug free weekend.
The Adodi-Southern Region consists of the 16 Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & West Virginia.
Registration package includes Reception (Friday); Lunch & Dinner (Saturday); & Conference Materials. For those individuals not needing accommodations, the registration is $85. Those individuals needing accommodations, the registration is $195 (double) & $295 (single). Breakfast is included with the hotel accommodations.
The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, January 17 @ 7:30pm. The Closing Event will be on Sunday, January 19, 10:00am-12:00noon.
WHAT IS ADODI
Adodi is dedicated to the mutual acknowedgement, acceptance, appreciation, & affirmation of same-gender-loving men of African descent. Our purpose is to foster & encourage the self-discovery, validation, empowerment, & liberation of all members of our diverse community. We provide a safe space to same-gender-loving men of African heritage who seek a better understanding of their own spirituality, self-expression, & sexual identity. During the last 26+ years, same-gender-loving brothers have gathered under the banner of ADODI to affirm, celebrate, & honor themselves & each other.
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF ADODI
We seek alignment with the Divine Energy that unites & centers all our spirits @ the beginning & closing of all we do.
Honesty, Openness, & Clarity
We stand personally responsible for communicating thoughts and feelings in a sincere & concise manner. We clearly & fully articulate our ideas, suggestions, insights, & needs while being mindful of our body language.
Sensitivity to Feelings
We utilize active listening as a means of respect, acknoweldgement, & validation of the feelings or viewpoints expressed & implied by our brothers, whether or not we agree with them.
We reach out to support & assist each other in a caring & effective manner. When coming face to face with each other around sensitive & challenging issues, we always address each other from a place of love & openness to facilitate healing & intimacy, versus aggression & antagonism which leads to hurt & distance.
We take collective care, within the bounds of all we do, to allow space for individual members to achieve closure on matters discussed, while monitoring the process & the time constraints. When necessary, we can establish a specified time & setting where unresolved matters can be further explored.
The Five A's:
Acknowledge, Appreciate, Affirm, Accept, Ache'
We use The Five A's as ideal dynamics when responding to each other.
When & Where
ADO RONALD EARL KIMBREW, CHAIRPERSON
Brother Kimbrew is the Chaiperson of the 2014 Retreat Planning Committee. Other committee members are: Brothers Carl Banks, Louis Henry, Gerald McNair, Kenn Mitchell, Karim Rand, Steven Richmond-English, L. D. Sykes, Lester Williams