The Work Continues Even When the Building is Closed

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Jan 302021
 

You’re Invited  ~ six-month journey of learning, listening, healing and harmonizing.

“Stop the shouting and cool the temperature.  Unity is the path forward.  ~President Joe Biden in his inauguration speech

What’s Your Part in Creating a Path of Unity Forward?

  • How Did We Get Here?
  • What’s Behind Our National Problems?
  • What Creative Opportunities Are There?
  • What We Need Is a Shift of Consciousness!

Let’s read, watch, discuss, practice & explore:

1. Social Media’s Link to Polarization:

The Social Dilemma. Documentary released January, 2020. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0

TED Talk by Tristan Harris, one of the folks in The Social Dilemma:https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en#t-4927

2. Income Disparity, Hopelessness, Climate Justice

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J.D. Vance

Book: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/hillbilly-elegy-j-d-vance?variant=32207704391714

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW_3aaoSOYg

Interview with JD Vance & Megan Kelly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv5pGTG_Kjc

3. Race, Trauma, Civil War Legacy

Seeing White, Podcast Series with John Biewen & Chenjerai Kumanyika https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Healing Our Hearts and Bodies, book by Resmaa Menakem

Interview with Tami Simon & Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism https://resources.soundstrue.com/podcast/resmaa-menakem-somatic-abolitionism/?utm_campaign=N210110-Menakem%20%28R5ZUpU%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Customer%20Service&_ke=eyJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkpNRGdhcSIsICJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJkbGRpZWdvbGl2dEBnbWFpbC5jb20ifQ%3D%3D

Vermont Humanities Speaker, Jane Williamson, Abolition Historian  

4. Authoritarianism, Fascism

The Road To Unfreedom. Timothy Snyder’s book

40-minute interview: https://youtu.be/JUZizitn5v4

5. Being Cool: Engaging In Spiritual Practices

Let’s Shift Our Consciousness! “Cool Down!” Cultivating within Ourselves the Sacred Place of Listening, So We Can Create a Third Space Beyond Duality 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.  ~Rumi

Practices to Bring Us to Awareness of the Sacred Within Include: Meditating, Praying, Doing Tai Chi, Singing Mediation, Doing Yoga, Chanting, Being Silent, Reading Poetry and Sacred Scriptures, Worshiping, Creating an Altar, Moving, Dancing, Forgiving, Being Present, Paying Attention, Breathing, Being in Nature, Walking, Being Grateful, Creating Art, Looking at Art, Other Practices?

Engage In Activities and Conversations with Folks Who Are Different Than You  ~  Steve Crofter’s Project

“In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships  that saves everything.”  Thomas Merton

OUR DESTINATION ~ SUMMER 2021

6 Months from Now We’ll Gather Virtually and In-Person At the Civil War Memorial at the Weathersfield Meetinghouse, VT As Changed People, Ready To Engage in a Ritual for Healing