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Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance

The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) has announced that they are again offering their next Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance Strategies, beginning Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

The training will be conducted on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that allows us to see one another, and break into small groups. It is possible to participate via computer, phone or other device.

The training will include:

  • Sept. 10, 2017 – Session 1: Understanding Spiritual Activism in Our Times
  • Sept. 17, 2017 – Session 2: Understanding Personal and Systemic Psychological Trauma, Surplus Powerlessness, and Spiritual Leadership
  • Sept. 24, 2017 – Session 3: Empathic Listening – Love the Stranger as Thyself
  • Oct. 1, 2017 – Session 4: Grieving the World that Is, Envisioning the World We Want, Understanding the Problem with Global Capitalism and Possible Solutions
  • Oct. 8, 2017 – Session 5: Empathic Speaking – Sharing Our Vision and Exploring Strategies
  • Oct. 15, 2017 – Sessions 6: Taking Action and Building the Movement
  • Oct. 22, 2017 – Sessions 7: Taking Action and Building the Movement

Rabbi Michael Lerner  astutely points out in The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville, that the Resist movement has not “adequately addressed the psycho-spiritual deficits that leave people feeling terrible about themselves and their lives. Instead of focusing only on what they are against, a revived Left must put forward a positive vision of what it should be for: The Caring Society: Caring for Each Other and Caring for the Earth. When a Left starts to talk about a world based on love and justice, and shows genuine compassion for those not yet in their ranks, it will have a real chance of defeating the racism, sexism and other distortions that the Right peddles. The Network of Spiritual Progressives is offering an online training for leftists to help them develop the skills needed to transform the Left so it can be more effective in speaking its natural working class constituency which it has managed to alienate.”

All of the sessions will be recorded. If you register for the training, you will have access to every recording and all of the training materials. For cost information and registration, click here.

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