Socially Engaged Spiritual Practice
Socially Engaged Spiritual Practice: Calling Life Protectors and Practitioners of All Paths
(To be scheduled)
North Berkeley (full address with RSVP)
Join us for an exploration of socially engaged spiritual practice. We need social engagement informed by the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life now more than ever, as we face the destruction of our ecosystems and ongoing injustice.
Whether your practices include meditation, ceremony, mindful movement, prayer, poetry or other forms, they all contribute a wisdom foundation to wise activism.
We can learn from spiritually informed movements such as the Kingian/spiritual nonviolence of the Civil Rights movement, Gandhi's nonviolent satyagraha movement to end British Colonialism in India, the Water Protectors defending the sacred with prayer and nonviolence at Standing Rock, and the emerging movement within Buddhism of the engaged Bodhisattva or Ecosattva.
Whatever your spiritual path or practice, and even if you don’t have one, you are welcome. We’ll spend some time practicing together, build our capacity for moral courage and nonviolent action without certainty of the fruits of our actions, and with humility and compassion for those we may not understand or even know. Let me know if you'd like to share a practice from your path.
Host: Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal martial arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to leadership that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.