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Following pizza and salad, at 7 PM we will watch Robert Reich’s film, Saving Capitalism, which examines inequality in the US. This will be followed by a brief clip from Rev. Barber regarding The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and general discussion. (Note: gluten free and vegan options will be available.)
Trinity Church in New York City annually sponsors a conference with inspiring and provocative speakers, which it livestreams at host sites around the world. Pendle Hill we be a host site for the 2018 conference allowing people in Philadelphia area to assemble together to view and hear the speakers and engage in discussion groups between the speakers. The speakers announced to date include: Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness;Michael B. Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church since 2015; Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet and theologian from Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Elizabeth M. Edman, an Episcopal priest, advocate for LGBTQ justice, and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity.
How do we remain faithful to the hope that is in us? Where do we find hope when the world offers daily invitations to mourn, or even to despair, because of racial injustice, militarism, climate change, or environmental deterioration? What form can hope even take?
Over 350 years, Friends have repeatedly been challenged to sustain and renew their witness, not by skirting grief or desolation but by confronting, expressing, and transcending it. Early Seekers, who sometimes called themselves “mourners after Sion,” were transformed through their Quaker convincement into the vanguard of the Lamb’s War, a sustained nonviolent revolutionary movement for religious renewal and social change. Through succeeding generations, Friends have continued to find ways to transmute the melancholy of grief into fresh, resilient testimony for the Spirit.
In this weekend course, Brian Drayton and Doug Gwyn will share what they have learned through study of and deep listening to the stories of Friends through the centuries, and how that witness has helped them pass through mourning into renewed hope and witness. They will invite participants to reflect and share their own experiences. Together, we will encourage one another to make our testimony, find our hope, in a world that daily invites us to despair.
A large number of Americans have been drawn into political action for the first time. At the same time, fewer of them identify with any particular religious faith or spiritual practice. The combination is a recipe for burnout. Over the centuries, socially engaged Quakers have been able to maintain their efforts in decades-long struggles for justice and peace because they experience their actions as Spirit-inspired and guided — an experience available to all. Not acting out of impulse or ideology, they move deliberately, inwardly listening for direction when the worldly noise is at fever pitch and full volume. It is easy to get caught up in the anxiety of the moment and to act from fear, or anger, or even despair, but these fuels are soon spent. In this workshop we will draw on the richness of the Quaker tradition, insights from Depth Psychology, and a spirituality of Nonviolence to explore together practices that will sustain us as we engage the powers of oppression, injustice, and violence.