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Your call in information: Topic: PSU: Towards an Anti-Racist Spirituality Time: Feb 20, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Every week on Tue, until Mar 20, 2018, 5 occurrence(s) Feb 20, 2018 7:00 PM Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 6, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 13, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 20, 2018 7:00 PM Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/369586472/ics?icsToken=d8e7d51c7eb5ce5405ffa31e0716d4ab8c3e82c89c2479e6b2ec2b3418ba56cc Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/369586472 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16465588656,,369586472# or +16699006833,,369586472# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 369 586 472 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OQQ0jkERmnU4a9JhsVMf77B6bcFy38PW

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Your call in information: Topic: PSU: Towards an Anti-Racist Spirituality Time: Feb 20, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Every week on Tue, until Mar 20, 2018, 5 occurrence(s) Feb 20, 2018 7:00 PM Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 6, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 13, 2018 7:00 PM Mar 20, 2018 7:00 PM Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/369586472/ics?icsToken=d8e7d51c7eb5ce5405ffa31e0716d4ab8c3e82c89c2479e6b2ec2b3418ba56cc Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/369586472 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16465588656,,369586472# or +16699006833,,369586472# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 369 586 472 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OQQ0jkERmnU4a9JhsVMf77B6bcFy38PW
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White People: We are in a spiritual battle (This is an ONLINE series)

Our nation, and our world, is in crisis. Every day, implicit and systemic racism embeds itself more deeply in our institutions. Systemic racism continues to take the lives of people of color (POC) and keeps us from coming together across race to address the horrific, world-wide problems we face today: Human rights are withheld and threatened, white supremacists emboldened, un-natural disasters on the rise, POC bodies murdered at the hands of the police and locked away in prisons without any legal ramifications.

Every day new people awaken to these realities and seek to join the movement for racial justice; a movement guided by visionary leadership such as the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, Mijente, the Moral Monday Movement, and the long-standing anti-racism work of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and the Racial Equity Institute. Every day, actions for justice blossom all over the world.

There is beauty in our budding movements in this era of reconstruction.

And yet...

The data reveals that despite all of our hard work to undo racism, the racial gaps of inequity are widening. The outcomes for all of us here in the U.S. - from infant mortality to education - are declining.

Our movement is full of intense burn out, in-fighting, confusion, depression, anxiety, disconnected strategy, and reactionary responses; all of which leaves little space for visioning and imagining a different world.

We are in a spiritual battle.

In a spiritual battle, spiritual strength is required. The brutal reality though, is that whiteness has stripped white people and white communities from our spiritual roots and given us instead a colonized faith and spiritual voids. Our white faith communities resist sustained conversation on racism and the ways it holds the tangled mess of intersecting oppressions in place.

Our movement calls white spiritual leaders and mystics to show up, and build together the anti-racist spirituality our white communities so desperately need. Our freedom depends on it

If you desire:

  • deeper connection and trust

  • strengthened skills for multiracial alliance building and relationship building

  • exploration of anti-racism as a spiritual journey

  • transparency and vulnerability with other white people working for change in the world

  • generative space where healing needs are centered

Then you are invited to -- Practice Showing Up: Anti-racist spirituality for white people

***SPACE IS LIMITED

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are interested in how anti-racism is a healing and spiritual journey

  • You are ready to open your heart, soul and mind and dive into your history as a white person

  • You want to show up for racial justice but don’t feel like you are contributing enough

  • You experience anxiety and feelings of discomfort in your work for change

  • You believe there needs to be greater liberation in the world

  • You want to move beyond good intentions

  • You have made mistakes as an ally and want to understand how to be a better one

  • You yearn for a community of connection

You will learn:

  • to examine - What is spirituality? What is anti-racism? How do the two connect?

  • how to address internalized white supremacy and how it shows up in our understanding and practices of spirituality

  • the power of spiritual practice to build our resilience

  • how white supremacy and other systems of oppression sabotage our ability to connect with one another

  • the role of love in dismantling the system of white supremacy. We must learn to hold each other in pain and in hope, imperfection and liberation.

How We Will Gather:

Opening Workshop, Tuesday, February 20th-7:00-9:00pm EST with special guest

Contemplative and Healing Sessions, Tuesdays between 7:00-9:00pm EST.

February 20th, Feb 27th, March 6th, March 13th and March 20th.

***All sessions will be recorded***

***Space is limited***

Kelly and Jardana will host one opening session and four healing sessions, centered around practice and action. Together, we will explore spiritual practices to sustain you/us and the spiritual imperative for white folks in this political moment. We will be focusing in on:

Spiritual Interconnectivity (February 20th)

White supremacy tells us that we are individuals and keeps us focused on our individual and nuclear family realities, rather than the opening us up to the truth that we are spiritually bound together. In this opening workshop, we will talk about the spiritual significance of interconnectivity, as well as how particular faith and spiritual traditions root themselves in interconnection.

With Special guest Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele.

Spiritual Bypassing (February 27th)

"If we are to walk past the fires of racism, sexism and so on because illusions of separation exist within them, we may as well be walking past one of the widest gateways to enlightenment."

--Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

The Spiritual Practice of Getting to Action (March 6th)

Our culture keeps us swimming in a state of urgency, which leads us to move straight from moments of awareness around the problem to jumping quickly into action. During this session we will explore the spiritual imperative of connecting to Spirit, one another, and deeper learning as a part of our process for moving toward action. Whether you are new to organizing or a long-term organizer, we will delve into the blocks around maintaining spiritual practices and how to move through them.

The Spiritual Practice of Action (March 13th)

On the flip side, we often let perfectionism, overwhelm, and fear keep us paralyzed in in-action. Here, we will tap into the spiritual resources and frameworks we need in order to understand action for liberation not just as a 'good thing to do' but as a spiritual practice.

The Spiritual Practice of Rest (March 20th)

Our final session will focus in on the often neglected spiritual discipline of rest. Capitalism keeps us stuck in the belief that we are only as valuable as our labor. What if we created rhythms and space to just BE? What do spiritual teachings have to tell us about the importance of rest in the midst of labouring for liberation?

** Hosted by Liberatory Leadership Project **

Who this is for: This workshop sits at the intersection of social justice, healing and spirituality. It will serve a diverse group of organizers, activists, healers, wellness practitioners, and newer activists ready to dive into the work of inner and outer change. The workshop space strives to be inclusive and supportive of all gender expressions, sexual orientations, dis/abilities, class backgrounds, and learning styles - come as you are!

While this workshop is geared for white people, all racial identities are welcome.

Cost & Scholarships: $147. We can also offer a payment plan in two installments. If the price is a barrier, please contact us and we will work to connect you with a scholarship. Likewise, if you can, pay it forward, to make this accessible to folks regardless of financial means.

**** ‘Add on’ Coaching one-on-one sessions with Kelly and Jardana and Practice Showing Up****

All of the above and Coaching support

Jardana and Kelly offer coaching and healing sessions globally to changemakers. If you'd like to experience one-on-one customized support during the Practice Showing Up course, you can add on personalized healing support. After adding this to your check out, you will receive an email from us with links to our calendars to schedule a one hour session with Kelly and a one hour session with Jardana via video or phone during the time period of 2/12-3/30.

Cost: $294

Our Approaches

Jardana Peacock has been studying and practicing Tantra yoga, meditation, ancestral and spiritual healing for over 17 years. She moves from an anti-oppression and trauma foundation, leading changemakers through spiritual discernment, healing and connection to the divine that resides in all of us and in all that is around us.

Kelly Germaine Strickland fuses plant-based medicine and contemplative Christian mysticism to help changemakers heal and dismantle systems of oppression. She has been organizing and working for racial equity for the last five years. She serves as a local lay leader at her church in Cincinnati, Ohio and works with faith communities nationally.

More on the facilitators: Kelly Germaine Strickland is a Licensed Clinical/Independent Social Worker (LCSW, LISW) and Certified Detoxification Specialist. Originally from the state of Ohio, Kelly grew into healing and organizing work through her time in the south, specifically in Durham, North Carolina.

Kelly works with the global Christian faith to heal from its complicity in oppression and wholly join the movement for justice and liberation. Her primary journey has been a deeply spiritual one as she heals mentally, spiritually, and physically - learning the tools for healing and how to return those tools to the people. Kelly operates a private practice virtually as well as locally in the city of Cincinnati, where she uses the tools of liberation psychology and plant-based medicine to help change-makers heal from chronic illness, burnout, depression, and anxiety, among other health issues.

In addition to her private healing practice, Kelly is a anti-racist trainer with the Racial Equity Institute, organizes locally with the Over-the-Rhine Community Church, and serves as administrative support for the Liberation School. She has also served as a bilingual (English/Spanish) psychotherapist at El Futuro, Inc. and lay leader for the West Ohio United Methodist Church. www.kellygermaine.com

Jardana Peacock is director of Liberation School, a spiritual teacher and healer who has been studying and practicing subtle energetics, body-based healing, spiritual healing and traditional yoga for over 17 years. She is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher in the Tantric yoga tradition. She has worked with thousands of changemakers globally to address trauma through an anti-oppression lens. Author and curator of the “Practice Showing Up Guidebook” an anthology for white people working for racial justice, this 2016 resource has been downloaded over twenty five thousand times.

Jardana founded the Liberatory Leadership Project, which works to center spiritual, mindful practice into movements for justice. A longtime movement builder and organizer, she’s worked on racial justice, LGBTQ rights and economic justice, helping to found the U.S. based network, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), training a global field of changemakers through her cultural organizing work at the Highlander Research and Education Center and currently in supporting organizers and social justice leaders in New York, London, Mexico City and other urban and rural centers. www.jardanapeacock.com.

Special Guest for opening workshop

Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele.

Raised in Texas, Germany and North Carolina, Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele’s movement work has included solidarity struggles with Thai people’s movements, work as an educator and organizer in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a range of support for front-line struggles in Nashville, Tennessee, and throughout the South and Appalachia. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Allyn has served congregations in Juneau, Alaska, Nashville, and Springfield, TN. Allyn holds a B.A. in History from Wofford College (SC) and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is co-director at the Highlander Research and Education Center, located in east Tennessee.

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