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Active Hope: Rise, Love, Resist with Joanna Macy, Antonia Juhasz

An inspiring evening with Joanna Macy, ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology, author of 13 books including Active Hope: How to Face the mess We're In Without Going Crazy, and Antonia Juhasz, oil and energy analyst, author, journalist, author of The Bush Agenda (2006), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and Black Tide (2011). A dozen groups will also present issues and action opportunities in a format that connects and unifies activists and the issues we care about.

Friday, April 14th 6:30PM - 9:30PM; potluck dinner and music at 6:30, program at 7PM; Bring a vegetarian dish or becerage to share at 6:30PM. Desert, wine and tea will happen at 9PM by donation to Codepink Women for Peace.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. Berkeley, CA 94709; MAP

Suggested donation $5-20; no one turned away

Please register

Some of the speakers/groups: Donald Goldmacher, director "Heist" and co-founder Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Indivisible Berkeley; April 29 Climate Mobilization; Shahid Buttar; Electronic Frontier Foundation; Rev. Earl Koteen. Sunflower Alliance; Move to Amend; Susan Harman, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland; Marylia Kelly, Tri-Valley Cares; Vetrerans for Peace; Codepink Women for Peace; Bay Area 350.org; Tracy Rosenberg, Oakland Privacy Working Group; Gwen Winter, Hands Off Syria; musicians Betsy Rose, Gary Lapow, Ocupella, Mike Rufo.

 

Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy

An interview of Joanna Macy conducted by Dahr Jamal. Published on February 13, 2017 at Truth-out.org.

 

Dear People

January 31, 2017

I know you're all reverberating with the almost incredible events accompanying Donald Trump's accession to power. Along with all the grievous developments come exhilarating responses on the part of brothers and sisters around the country and around the world. I am posting two things: a letter from our eco-chaplain Sarah Vekasi (below) and some words from our friend Kazu Haga, a trainer in nonviolence ( go to http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/urgency-slowing-down ).

 

letter follows...

Love letter to new activists from a WTR-facilitator and eco-chaplain

Okay new activists, I love you and I see you. Welcome! We need you, and you do not need to have everything figured out. One step and then another. Please find that seed of outrage and grief and nourish it - this is your need for justice, your love of community, democracy, science, it is your heart yearning for equality and liberation for all, etc., and these seeds are so precious. It is important to let them get nourished with water and sunlight (compassion for self, measured reaction time, breaks, and most of all - willingness to grow). 
As someone who has been engaging in community organizing and direct action for over twenty years, I want to let y'all in on a few secrets of how we keep it up.

 

 

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Dear People

Thanksgiving Day 2016

I know many of you hoped  to hear from me sooner, and I have been trying to write.  I labored over three letters and tossed each of them, because they did not begin to do justice to the situation we’re in. They sounded either hysterical or flat.

I’ve been asking myself: How can I be honest and not spread fear?  How do I say “game over” when we mustn’t give up?

Maybe the game that’s over is the pretense of normalcy. Maybe what’s over is the delusion that with millions of souls already in prison, with millions of undocumented already deported, with over half of America already in poverty, the rest of us can stay so preoccupied with our personal pursuits.  Perhaps what’s finished is the fantasy that we can find ourselves without taking our suffering seriously.

Now, a triumphant Trump brings into the spotlight at stage center those who have been waiting in the wings:  the lords of coal and oil, the masters of surveillance, the white supremacists, the war-ready generals, those eager to rule the bodies of women.

So it is good that we reach for each other, find our strength and our sanity in each other.  It is good that the churches are filling again, and places of worship choose to be sanctuaries for the hated and hunted.

I rejoice that many of you are gathering people together in your own communities, schools, and workplaces, so they can share their thoughts and feelings.  Some of you are inviting people to talk and hear each other;  some of you are offering processes from the Work That Reconnects, such as Open Sentences and Breathing Through and the Truth Mandala.  This is not only rewarding, it’s essential.  For isolation and fear reinforce each other.

For myself, I turned yesterday to the Brahmaviharas or Four Abodes of the Buddha (loving kindness, compassion, joy in the joy of others, and equanimity), which we practice interactively in workshops as “Learning to See Each Other.”  I was experiencing another wave of fear, and in the midst of it I recalled the many times I heard myself say: “See, in the actual experience of these four abodes, there is no room for fear.”

That recollection helped me—and so did what happened with my eye doctor when I mentioned that wave of fear which  I was still feeling in my body.  For the first time in the years he’s been treating me, Dr. L. stopped what he was doing, pushed the door closed, and began speaking of himself and his life.  He conveyed the impact of Trump’s election on an American with Chinese parents, the stress on his wife who couldn’t eat for days, their children’s confusion and upset.  His friend, an American-born ethnic Chinese practicing medicine at the VA Hospital, was verbally attacked at the corner store for being a “Chink” who doesn’t belong in our country.

Once again I experienced it: how, when we open together to the suffering around us, we become more real to each other.   Even in the midst of grief and fear, we are not alone.  The mystery at the core of our existence is that simple: we are held in a web of mutual belonging.

Because the world needs us right now to practice our values and step into our power, it’s good to make a list of priorities.  Here are some ingredients drawn from my own list:

  • Meet weekly with a committed group to look deeply at what’s going on and share  responses.
  • Join efforts to protect people who are targeted for harassment, arrest and deportation.
  • Amp up support for movements opposing global warming and nuclear weapons, including support for the epochal    resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
  • Read (preferably with others) books on creative mass nonviolence, such as Why Civil Resistance Works by Chenoweth and Stephan.
  • Stay steady and faithful in your vows and your meditation practice.
  • Share the Work That Reconnects!

Since this letter is accompanied by one from Anne Symens-Bucher, I would like to close by sharing a communication I made three months ago.  Addressing a group of facilitators who were meeting to focus on the WTR Network, I wrote:

“Since I never created an organization for the Work That Reconnects, and chose to offer its theory and practices as a give-away and Open Source, I have no formal office to retire from, or pass on to a successor. But there is a person I do want to name now as one whose experience and vision I would ask you all to use and trust.  Anne has known the work for 32 years, and has assisted me on a daily basis and in many locations for almost 11 years. No one, other than I, is more familiar with its global spread and cast of characters.  I have come to believe that Anne's intuitive sense of best strategies for a coherent, bureaucracy-free organization is better than my own, and that our expanding network would be well served if she were seen as my “successor,” and consulted for her canny suggestions. What this will mean in practice is still unclear and will be sure to unfold, as emergent properties do!”

The next issue of Deep Times, the journal of our WTR community, will soon be out on-line.  Don’t miss its invigorating wealth of news and reflections from our brothers and sisters near and far.  Stay connected!

 

In grateful love and solidarity,

Joanna

 

Dear friends in the Work That Reconnects,

It has been a great privilege to support Joanna in these last 11 years, first mostly in an administrative capacity, and eventually as a colleague in the Work. When I first began as her personal assistant in January of 2006, she informed me I would be helping her to slow down. I had no reason back then to think that would not be the case for almost 11 years! In the last few months, many of you have received our email auto-responder, which indicates that Joanna is not available for interviews, endorsements, webinars and the like. While this was not an easy decision for her, it has proven to be a sound one.  It frees Joanna to focus her attention and energy on sharing the Work That Reconnects .  It is clear this is where her greatest and most needed contribution lies, so we thank all of you for your understanding and encouragement of this decision.

Many of you have reached out to Joanna since the election.  Your messages of love and support are always so welcome. We are grateful to hear about those of you whose response has been to offer the Work.  We appreciate being reminded how much the Work That Reconnects means to you, nourishes  you, sustains you in the Great Unraveling. Your requests for guidance, along with your expressions of action and appreciation, provided a fertile container for our reflection and planning over these last two weeks.

Thus, I am grateful to let you know about our plans for December forward, and hope that many of you will be able to join us along the way.  Below are some of the highlights from the events we currently have planned. Please check Joanna’s website calendar for more details: http://www.joannamacy.net/joannateachingcalendar.html

Partial Teaching Schedule

December 8, 2016: Special Open Sangha for These Times, 7:15 – 9:15PM, Berkeley, CA

January 13 – 15, 2017, The Work That Reconnects in the Time of Challenge: An Introduction, Ghost Ranch, NM

January 15 – 20, 2017  “In the Dark, the Eyes Learn to See”  Ghost Ranch, NM (previous experience in the Work That Reconnects is required)

March 9 – 12, 2017  Discovering the Power of the Work That Reconnects in this Time of Challenge, Nalanda West, Naropa Campus, Boulder, CO

April 7 – 9, 2017  Work that Reconnects, Canticle Farm, Oakland, CA

May 22 – 28, 2017   Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Mother of All Buddhas: A Women’s Retreat, Angela Center,  Santa Rosa, CA

June 9 – 19, 2017   Ten-day Intensive in the Work That Reconnects, Occidental, CA

I am also delighted to inform you that 2017 will see the creation of two new Joanna Macy Centers. Canticle Farm in Oakland, California, and Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts, will join Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, in honoring  Joanna and ensuring the Work That Reconnects continues through these unique and diverse centers.

If I can be of service to your efforts with the Work That Reconnects, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In love and gratitude,

Anne

 

No Open Sanghas scheduled at this time

 

Welcome

The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world  we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other

For peace, justice, and life on Earth, fresh ways of seeing arise, and ancient ways return. This web site opens doors to the new bodies of thought, time-tested spiritual practices, and pioneering group methods, that I find to be powerful inspirations to understanding and action. I share these resources in service to the revolution of our time: the "Great Turning" from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.

In these pages you'll find key aspects of my work:

Take part in the healing of our world!

Donations will be used to provide scholarships for people to attend Joanna's workshops.

http://www.videoproject.com/thegreatturning.html

 

Work That Reconnects Website

Please visit www.WorkThatReconnects.org to find WTR facilitators and their events, to learn about what is happening in the WTR network and to read the Deep Times Journal.