Resistance, Resilience, and Radical Gratitude

Resistance, Resilience, and Radical Gratitude
Workshop with Barbara Ford
Sunday October 6, 2019
2:00-6:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
5090 Center St. NE Salem

Sponsors: 350 Salem OR & UUCS Social Justice Team

In this time of political and cultural strife, we are challenged to re-imagine our personal and collective capacities for hope, resilience, and work for justice. In recent years, the mass uncovering of layers of oppression – racism, xenophobia, climate chaos, corporatism, patriarchy- has left some folks shell-shocked and despairing, but galvanized as well to become a part of the resistance to that oppression.

In this workshop, we will explore our emotional responses, our personal and collective wisdom, our fortitude and intentions for the work ahead, and our capacity for gratitude and other spiritual practices to ground ourselves for the journey. Group sharing, ritual, movement, and music will be the portals for this experience, building community and personal strength for the road ahead.

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Barbara has been an activist, therapist, facilitator, singer, and artist with over thirty years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, activists, intentional communities, non-profits, and schools. Skilled in working with groups with creativity, empathy, and humor, she often incorporates ritual, music, movement, and other creative activities to deepen the workshop experience. She has worked closely with eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, and offers workshops, classes, and webinars which explore the convergence of spirit, creativity, and the engaged life.
Barbara offers this work on a gift economy basis. Participants offer a donation after considering the following three questions:
What is fair?     What can I afford?     What can I offer with joy?
The gift economy allows access for all, no matter financial circumstance,
and grows community.   Donations for Barbara will be collected at the door.
Capacity is limited.
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As an inspiring guide in this time cultural crisis and transition, Barbara Ford combines a contagious vitality and a firm faith in the power of the human spirit.  It is a joy for me to watch how she enlivens groups with her humor, intellect, and creativity. In all her endeavors- as an artist, singer, teacher, and organizer – I rejoice that she is bringing her life-changing work to our world. 
Joanna Macy

It’s difficult to imagine a more challenging moment in the history of humankind. Confronted by crisis on all fronts: environmentally, climatologically, socially, morally, psychologically and spiritually, the need for authentic, heartfelt leadership and facilitation has perhaps never been greater. Barbara Ford is a rare example of these two arts done masterfully, gently, and with a keen sense of justice.
Dahr Jamail, journalist and author of The End of Ice

Barbara Ford has taken up the baton from famed environmental activist, Buddhist scholar and writer Joanna Macy, bringing her own brand of vibrant presence and creative engagement to the work of climate change activism. Our planet is heading toward a catastrophe of runaway climate change, a tragedy unknown in human history. And yet we turn away–because we are so busy, because it is so big, and because we think we are so small.  Barbara brings people together and playfully but profoundly gets us to wake up to the depth and breadth of the crisis–and our emotional denial about it– so that we can all get on with work of healing the planet. This is the spiritual and psychological work that all of us desperately need if we are to act on this crisis in time. 
Daphne Wysham, Activist, Director, Center for Sustainable Economy 

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