All tagged community building

Relentless Questioning: Moving towards authentic cross-cultural/ethnic community building

If we have learned anything from the last few years, it is that none of us can get through this alone. But beyond our immediate communities, there is also the need to connect and build with communities with a different culture, ethnicity, and/or race from our own. While there are spaces that are working toward supporting this work, it is often done in a way that assumes that solidarity must exist across marginalized and minority groups. If we are to do powerful work that brings about a different type of world that is welcome to us all, then the relationships that work is built on must be authentic.

Tea and Transitions

Life’s changes tend to come at us fast. We get so entrenched in the demands of each day that we seldom have time to reflect on the actions and reactions that have led to a crossroads. This is why transitions can feel overwhelming and scary. We believe that transitions are moments of critical opportunity that require us to pause and meditate and reflect on where life has been, where it is not, and where our lives could be.

Last weekend we hosted Tea and Transitions, a half day workshop focused on providing space and structure for participants to collaboratively address a current transition in their life. Participants were looking at new careers, moves, and other similar circumstances.

Sitting in the Presence of our Ancestors

In our current school systems, we are educated with a focus on linear time. But for many cultures time is not linear —we share connections with both ancestors and descendants within a constant dialogue between our past, present, and future. Our ancestors inform our paths, walk with us as we make sense of life with the wisdom of the paths they have walked before us.