Listening into Healing: Week 4
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00 PM
Creating courageous space for anti-racism, self care, and solidarity.
Thursday, July 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 on Zoom
The act of listening to one another, especially in particularly traumatic times, can foster ongoing healing and resilience. In this four-part series, participants will practice deep listening and honest sharing with the help of a team led by the Rev. Bill Jacobsen, an international practitioner of compassionate listening and conflict transformation. The gathering is co-sponsored by Wellspring and Becoming Beloved Community.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
This week's hosts
Guest: Anita Kinsley is a former member of St. Martin’s and of the Becoming Beloved Community Committee and is now active in developing BBC at St. Paul’s in Pittsburgh. Anita has spent most of her career in human services, either teaching or advocating for individuals and families. In doing this work, Anita realized that much of the service system was designed by those who were well-intentioned and at the same time blind to institutional racism. Everything from the foods served to the hair products provided left the needs of people of color out. The expectation was and is, “if they want help, they will adapt”; another failure for the person of color. Realizing that changing service systems can take years, Anita began working to facilitate change through programs like Becoming Beloved Community, which helps bring change to individuals. Her hope is that by helping people change one person at a time, they in turn will begin to challenge institutional racism in their places of work and larger community.
Facilitator: The Rev. William (Bill) Jacobsen, Ph.D. Bill recently retired from Arcadia University where he taught in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters’ program. Bill formerly worked in Burundi and Rwanda post Genocide, as with several refugee communities in the United States, with African Quakers, helping communities to rebuild after the horrors of the Genocide and displacement from people’s homes. He also works with the Alternatives to Violence Project International in SCI Phoenix and with the Compassionate Listening Project International, training people in the practices of deep listening and staying present.