Facebook just told me that five years ago today I posted, “My Bottom Line.” On the one hand, I am disappointed that I am still seeking the kind of holistic community described in that essay. On the other hand, I am encouraged by various recent efforts to nurture such growth, including invitations that I received today from two allies with whom I have engaged in rich dialog about these matters.
The first invitation was from Kazu Haga, founder of the East Bay Peace Academy. It reads:
Tuesday, June 26 – Friday, June 29; 10am-5pm
Taught by Kazu Haga and Sonya Shah
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, while love without power is sentimental and anemic.” Dr. King, Gandhi, Chavez and others envisioned a movement that harnesses the power to change policies and institutions while cultivating the love it will take to transform relationships. What does it mean to build holistic movements for justice and healing? How do we build a movement grounded in love without giving up the power and the urgency of now? How do we dismantle systems of oppression without replicating those same patterns in our own relationships? How do we heal our wounds while transforming the systems that perpetuate them? How do we better cultivate the relationship between inner and outer transformation? What do holistic movements for justice and healing look like in terms of real practice and on the ground? This workshop will engage these questions, explore past and current movements, and envision paradigms and practices to build more holistic movements grounded in both justice and healing. This four-day inquiry will interweave theory, discussion, experiential exercises, and a collaborative approach.
Cost $425. For more info, click here.
The second invitation was from Joshua Gorman. It reads:
Join Thrive East Bay for our first monthly ‘Root Down’ event this coming Sunday as we deepen in community, engage in embodied practice, and nourish ourselves with delicious food and meaningful connections.
Thrive East Bay is a community of people committed to personal and social transformation. We stand together for a world of love, justice, and belonging. Our monthly ‘Root Down’ events build upon our larger monthly gatherings by providing an opportunity to connect more deeply with inspiring people; to engage in transformative practices that we can carry into our everyday lives; and to share in the power of community in service to a world that works for all.
When: this Sunday, May 7th from 4 – 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Community potluck and connecting from 6 – 7pm
Where: PLACE for Sustainable Living
1121 64th Street
Oakland, CA 94608
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)
Co-Hosts: Aryeh Shell & Kele Nitoto
Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 – $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called and are able to.
Potluck: Sharing food together is an essential part of community. Please bring a tasty dish and/or beverage to share with others for the community potluck.
Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, let us know at email@example.com.
Invite a Friend: Please feel free to invite a friend who may value attending.
We look forward to ‘rooting down’ in community!
the Thrive East Bay Team
As I retire from cab driving, I look forward to having much more time to explore those issues. In particular, I’m interested in finding, helping to create, and publicizing user-friendly methods that activists could use to support one another to modify their counter-productive social conditioning and become more compassionate and effective. My hope is that such methods will be widely replicated, with little or no training required by the participants.