Responding to Bullying

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We welcome you to learn about bullying and the appropriate responses in school, at work, on social media, and around the world. International and local experts will lead facilitated discussions about bullying.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
 Registration and light breakfast

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote with Mel Duncan

10:05 - 10:45 a.m.
First Breakout Session (choose one):
- More from Mel
- Bullying in Schools

10:50 - 11:30 a.m.
 Second Breakout session (choose one):  
- Cyberbullying
- Workplace bullying

11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Q&A and Wrap-up


Child care provided.

Sunday March 22, 2015

Join us as Mel Duncan preaches at both the 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. worship services, followed by a potluck style lunch and dialog.

Keynote Speaker

Mel Duncan
Mel, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), is excited about returning to Memorial Presbyterian Church and to Midland. While here he will connect the value of NP’s expertise in responding to international forms of bullying with Midland’s expertise in dealing with local forms of bullying. In 2010 Mel accepted the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Peace Seeker award on behalf of NP, a international non-governmental organization that is helping transform the world’s response to conflict. He has worked extensively with the UN regarding unarmed civilian protection. His stop in Midland will follow time spent in South Sudan where NP has done fieldwork since 2010.

Facilitated Break-out Sessions (choose two)

• More from Mel, facilitated by Mel Duncan
• Bullying in Schools, facilitated by Jackie Warner and a student representative

• Cyberbullying, facilitated by Kandis Pritchett and police officer, Travis Toth
• Bullying in Workplace, facilitated by Karen Robertson

Facilitator Biographies

Jackie Warner
Jackie, is a Youth Intervention Specialist with youth in Midland county and for the last 23 years has worked for Community Mental Health for Central Michigan.

Kandis Pritchett
Kandis, is the Assistant Principal of Midland High School. She brings a wealth of experience from elementary school counselor to special education classroom, as well as serving on the Midland County Youth Violence Prevention Committee.

Karen Robertson
Karen serves as a clinician at Partners in Change.  She has worked in a multinational corporation in communications and as a consultant in the areas of leadership communication, organizational effectiveness and change management.  In 2014 she also completed Michigan State requirements to serve as a court appointed civil and domestic mediator.  Karen has a personal interest in reducing bullying and promoting peace:  she is a direct descendant of a Swiss national hero, St. Nicholas Von Flue (aka Bruder Klaus), who was revered for his insight and wisdom in resolving disputes across 15th century Europe.

Questions? Contact Rev. Cathy Chang at 989-835-6759 or

This event is sponsored by Memorial Presbyterian Church's Social Concerns Committee, Youth Ministry, and Children's Ministry.