Spiritual Discussion Series Continues
Happily, "On Being" Conversations have become part of the fabric of the Walpole Unitarian Church community. Here are titles for our next cycle. All are welcome.
We have transitioned successfully to Zoom, and for the foreseeable future will be Zooming on the first, third (and fifth) Tuesdays of the month, 10:30 a.m. Invitation links to the Zoom meeting will be sent out the preceding Monday evenings. Please feel free to forward these invitation links to folks you know who may be interested.
We will listen to the following programs on our own, then gather in cyberspace to consider them together. I look forward to being with you! ~ Rev. Elaine
WALPOLE, N.H. – Every other Tuesday, we meet at Hastings Parish House from 10:30 to Noon for conversation about an “On Being” program website interview that we have listened to in the week preceding via website or podcast. Currently, we meet on Zoom.
Following our discussions, we enjoy lunch together at noon (bring your own). Members of the wider community are welcome. Come for one conversation or come for all.
September 1 – Resmaa Menakem
“Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence”
The best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near where we want to go. Minneapolis-based therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word "race." His practices offer us the beginning to change at a cellular level.https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the- silence/
September 15 – Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem
Host Krista Tippet facilitates a conversation between therapist
Resmaa Menakem and author Robin DiAngelo, author of the current best-seller “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.” menakem-in-conversation/
September 29 – Imani Perry
James Baldwin said, "American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it." Imani Perry embodies that prism. Author, Princeton professor of African American Studies and mother of two Black sons, she ponders notions at the intersection of law, race, culture and literature.https://onbeing.org/programs/imani-perry-more-beautiful/
October 6 – Jason Reynolds
Books that fortify the young also have a power to help heal adults; so, too, does this conversation with writer Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature of the Library of Congress and author of a companion to Ibram X. Kendi's history of racism, Stamped from the Beginning, for young readers. imagination/
October 20 – Vincent Harding
“Is America Possible?”
Vincent Harding was chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He was wise about how the vision of the civil rights movement might speak to 21st- century realities, and reminded us that the movement of the 50s and 60s was spiritually as well as politically vigorous.
November 3 – Tracy K. Smith
“Love is a language / Few practice, but all, or near all speak”
Tracy K. Smith was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2017 to 2019. During that time, she traversed the country, listening for "the way our voices sound when we dip below the decibel level of politics." She's a welcome voice on the little leaps of the imagination that can restore us. language-few-practice-but-all-or-near-all-speak- nov2018/
November 17 – angel Kyodo Williams
“The World Is Our Field of Practice”
Angel Kyodo Williams is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. She is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. For those of us who are not monastics, she says, the world is our field of practice. world-is-our-field-of-practice/