The Colors of Our Common Life six weeks, Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 The Nest @ First Churches, 11 Center Street (second floor), Northampton, MA
A re-weaving of the colors red, white and blue through conversation and expressive art making, this series aims to nurture a broader conversation for living here and now in our fragile democracy beyond the singularity of the political. Inspired by the Civil Conversations Project (www.civilconversationsproject.org), each week we will gather around the table and unpack a topic central to our common life together. Guided conversation for the first hour will inspire creativity (such as painting, collage, mixed media or the written word) for the second hour working with the pallets of the colors red, white and blue. . January 9 + 16: The Color Red January 23 + 30: The Color White February 6 +13: The Color Blue
Our Guiding Resources: Brene Brown "Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart Brown says, "Our belonging to one another across every social divide can never be lost. But it can be forgotten."
This American Life: Little War on the Prairie: the stories we choose to tell of "settling" our country at the expense of other stories we don't
Isabel Wilkerson: The Heart is the Last Frontier Wilkerson has immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century.
Eula Biss, author: Let's Talk About Whiteness “If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I've worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so scared of thinking the wrong thing.”
Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson: How Friendship and Quiet Conversation Transformed a White Nationalist After Derek Black's nationalist ideology was outed in college, one of the only Orthodox Jews on campus — Matthew Stevenson — invited Derek to his weekly Shabbat dinners.
Sister Simone Campbell: How To Be Spiritually Bold Simone Campbell, a national figure as the face of the Nuns on the Bus is a voice for longings so many of us share, across differences, about how to engage with the well-being of our neighbors in this complicated age.
Tracey K. Smith: love is a language / Few practice, but all, or near all speak The U.S. Poet Laureate, Smith has a deep interest in “the kind of silence that yields clarity” and “the way our voices sound when we dip below the decibel level of politics.”
Cost: your opportunity to practice being generous: free will donation
The Nest @ First Churches is located at 11 Center Street, Northampton, MA, on the second floor. Regretfully, at this time, this space is not easily accessible for those with mobility issues. However, if this series is something you are definitely interested in and you do have mobility challenges, please do let me know, and I can potentially make arrangements for another space.