Turning Contemplative Spirituality into Social Change: A Retreat for Spiritual Guides and Directors
Date(s) - February 9, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Deepen your approach to the inner and outer work to which you are called.
Making the connection between personal and social growth is vitally important in our troubling times, but how can people trained as spiritual guides bring these two together to practice sacred activism? In this workshop especially designed for people who use spiritual direction in their work, Dr. Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks — a member of the boards of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, an international organization, and the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee — will introduce you to the work of African-American theologian Howard Thurman, a pioneer of sacred activism. Thurman was the unofficial spiritual director of the Civil Rights Movement and a major influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and other organizers of the Movement in utilizing contemplative practices to examine their inward journeys, and to use non-violent responses to what was often very violent confrontation. You’ll learn how to use his approach in combining contemplative spirituality with the work of advancing justice and human rights today. You’ll participate in group reading and in reflections on excerpts from lectures, sermons, and meditations by Dr.Thurman, and engage in reflections on your own ways of using the contemplative to prepare yourself spiritually for engaging in the work of non-violent and transformative responses to social oppression.