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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Contemplative Activism

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Local Resources

 

Gathering

The Minnesota Council of Churches Healing Minnesota Stories provide group Sacred Sites Tour to Explore Indigenous Experience in Minnesota. These tours are designed to "create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities".

Tours are led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence / meditation / reflection.

Upcoming Tour Dates

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United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities offers a list of Resources and Actions Amidst amidst the Chauvin Trialand the Death of Daunte Wright, including opportunities for Prayer/Meditation, Holding Memory, Changing Policies, Impacting Public Discourse, and Engaging Our Emotions.

Books

Oneing: The Cosmic Egg

Richard Rohr's biannual Oneing is available in hardcopy and as a downloadable pdf.

Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnecting with Sacred Earth     Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman     Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred     Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village     Do Better     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee     Faith, Class, and Labor     Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis     Fierce Love by Dr. Jacqui Lewis     Finding Refuge     How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy: Odell, Jenny:  9781612197494: Amazon.com: Books          On Love and Mercy     Picture of The Peace Project     Practicing     Image result for praying with our feet          Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth     Cover for Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul          The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton          Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley     Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

Main_lend_a_hand_cover     This beautiful picture book teaches kids to connect with themselves, with others, and with nature

Websites & Webinars

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers 10 Self-Compassion Practices for the Crisis in Ukraine.

LIFT EVERY VOICE BOOK CLUB

Lift Every Voice: Contemplative Writers of Color Book Club offers monthly conversation on the Christian Mystical Tradition. Join Abbey of the Arts for a monthly conversation on how increasing our diversity of perspectives on contemplative practice can enrich our understanding and experience of the Christian mystical tradition.

This free series is a conversation between Christine Valters Paintner and author Claudia Love Mair. Read the book in advance and actively join this "journey of deepening, discovery, and transformation".

Learn more here.

Engaging Christianities and Socialisms — The Wendland-Cook Program in  Religion and Justice

Register for upcoming webinars here.

Watch previous webinars here.

Land Acknowledgments

Go to Beyond Land Acknowledgment SeriesA Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment was compiled in conversation with a group of Minnesota Indigenous leaders.

 

Green road sign with cows in background. Sign reads Welcome To The Cheyene River Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation.

How To Write A Land Acknowledgement For Your Parish

CICSC logoThe California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center offers this Toolkit.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

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Richard Rohr spent a week Contemplating Creation - short, daily devotionals to help us see and develop awareness of our oneness with creation.

FOUR PRAYERS FOR JUSTICE

Four prayers for social justice, change, and working for the common good.

On The Cosmic We podcast  CAC core teacher Barbara Holmes and co-host Donny Bryant unveil the “we” of us beyond color, continent, country, or kinship to conjure unseen futures in exploration of the mystery of Divine connection.

Listen and subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or any podcast player of your preference.

Richard Rohr lifts up numerous contemplative artists reflecting on arts, contemplation, and justice work, in Finding God in the Arts, which ran August 15-20, 2021.

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren

In season two of the podcast Learning How to See, we are invited to confront the host of biases that prevent us from connecting more deeply with ourselves and one another. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

Barbara Holmes reflects on Crisis Contemplation, in When Crisis Comes and Crisis Contemplation; trauma researcher Joy DeGruy adds Healing Generational Wounds - all worth a read for those concerned about the extent of body trauma experienced generationally by our siblings of color and diversity; and being absorbed by all of us in these times of upheaval.

enfleshed's Contemplating Now podcast is great all the time.

This interview with Cassidy Hall on her work on the intersection of contemplation and Social justice is particularly good.

Richard Rohr asks leaders to become - or make room for - Becoming Wise Fools.

His Earth Day reflection, One Life, One Breath, features Native American attorney and sacred activist, Sherri Mitchell.

Sharing Felicia Murrell's Silence in Trauma and Healing week.

The theme of "Oneness", (May 23-28, 2021), culminated in Action Based on Oneness, citing contemporary mystic and activist-inspirer, Howard Thurman.

In Our Library

     Hope for the Future: Answering God’s…     9780787982690: Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice With Conviction and Humility

Practices via Video

     

Barbara A. Holmes' film series with The Work of the People: A Transcendent Leap (on our cosmic identities), Womanist Theology, Release the Fire (on Pentecost and the Spirit), Be the Mystery, Emerging Wholeness (on God's call to love our neighbor), A Contemplative Moment (on how contemplative prayer births prophetic proclamation and action).