The guy above, in the green clergy shirt, is Michael Dowd. He is my friend, since 1984. He knows my heart and soul. He has invited me, and the readers of Whittlings, to begin meeting regularly via zoom for exploration, companionship and compassion…
Recently, I sent the following letter to a few families I am especially close to:
Spiritual resilience is a precious commodity, a pearl without price; but still, most often, a treasure that is not being sought with all deliberate effort and speed.
We long to actively participate in the creation of beauty. Kathy weaves stunning rugs on one of her two looms. I create wood art in my workshop. These activities are more than simply good. They are utterly necessary.
As a direct result of what I saw as I rested, only after I had grieved. I found myself being magnetically drawn into my workshop at every opportunity. I began playing with new ideas, staring long and hard at the various woods that are found on dozens of shelves and smaller pieces in a plethora of boxes.
Sarah is the founder and cochair of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery and executive director of a Dispute Resolution Center in central Washington State. Here is an excerpt from Sarah’s book – Indigenous Creation Justice.
Building justice, including climate justice, and lifting folks out of trauma, like the trauma children are experiencing from climate disruption, uplifts them and their care-givers, even if it is often an exhausting and difficult work. But everyone involved in this work needs resources. So, I am going to share just a few of the ones I encountered and utilized this past week.
We are looking forward to gathering together: concerned parents and grandparents, any age-appropriate children who may wish to participate, folks who are active content creators (video, written, other…) who are interested sharing what they now produce for this community of collapse-aware families – and possibly interested in evolving their media content to be even more beautiful, engaging, informative, and supportive.
I preached this sermon last Sunday at the chapel in our community here in the hills of Southeastern Ohio. The message is personal, confessional, and focused on the impossibility of our being peacemakers unless we know the deep within of ourselves.
Education Must Be About Learning What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do