Class: “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy”
Date(s) - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Presented by Rev. Matthew McHale
Settled Minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
Are you feeling discouraged about the state of the world? In this day and age, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed or disempowered, or to keep pushing ourselves until we burn out. Often we are so focused on the struggle that we forget to take care of our own deep emotional and spiritual needs as human beings, such as beauty, fun, balance, connection, and love. This negatively affects not only our well-being but also the justice movements we are a part of.
In this class we will explore how gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation, can strengthen our capacity to bring healing to our world.
Based on the revolutionary work of eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar, and activist Joanna Macy (and her book of the same title), this class will help participants move through disempowering despair and numbness to a sense of connectedness and capacity to use their gifts in service to all.
This four-week-long class will meet every other Tuesday (March 21, April 4, April 18, and May 2) from 7 to 9 p.m.. It is expected that participants will attend each session, as the sessions build on each other. Participants will also benefit greatly from reading along with the book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy, although it is not required.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot or to ask any questions.