Turning Toward: Saturday Ceremonies to Hold, Honor, Grieve, Love, and Bless
From my friends at Commonweal:
“These are frightening times that we are living in – in some ways unprecedented, and in some ways a continuation of so many painful threads in our history. We are outraged at the murder of innocent people of color through acts of violence; this is hitting hard at a moment of pandemic that leaves us isolated, vulnerable, and grief-filled.
Many of us have been struggling to find how to hold all of it – the anger, the sadness, the love, the hope – and to bring all of it to bear in who we are and what we stand for in the world.
To support us all in this process, I would like to invite you and your communities to be with us at two community rituals this Saturday, June 6, one at daybreak and one at sunset, jointly called “Turning Toward.” The rituals will be led by Ladybird Morgan and Angela Oh of Commonweal and Orland Bishop of the ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation.
Find out more, and get the Zoom webinar links for the rituals, on the new Turning Toward website.”
“A morning-and-evening digital ritual space to hold, honor, grieve, love, and bless
Join us in the morning and evening on Saturday, June 6, 2020, as we:
Create a container for the hurt, confusion, and anger that has surfaced after the loss of too many precious humans from violence, disease, and indifference.
Come together to honor the spirits and courage of those who gave rise to today’s movements demanding racial justice and the dismantling of systems that no longer serve.
Allow our deepest grief to be seen and heard.
Affirm the qualities of grieving, persisting, resisting and assisting each other.
Offer a space of belonging among those who recognize our inextricable interconnectedness over all of space and time – and to be here NOW.
Learn ways to hold our anger with love, and offer our blessing to the transformation that is being birthed right now.
On-line Morning Ceremony
8:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Open the Day Together with Orland Bishop
Guidance and navigation by: Orland Bishop, Ladybird Morgan, Angela Oh
On-Line Evening Ceremony
7:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Complete the Cycle of the Day and Send our Blessing to the World
Music offering: Jami Sieber, electric cello and Agu, singing bowls”
RESOURCES FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND FIGHT AGAINST RACISM:
A wide-ranging thoughtful conversation between Ezra Klein and Ta-Nehisi Coates about the current uprising, the history of non-violent protest in the United States, and how today’s protests are different than 1968:
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
Here’s what it’s about:
The first question I asked Ta-Nehisi Coates, in this episode, was broad: What does he see right now, as he looks out at the country? “I can’t believe I’m gonna say this,” he replied, “but I see hope. I see progress right now.”
Coates is the author of the National Book Award-winner Between the World and Me and The Water Dancer, among others.
We discuss how this moment differs from 1968, the tension between “law” and “order,” the contested legacy of MLK, Trump’s view of the presidency, police abolition, why we need to renegotiate the idea of “the public,” how the consensus on criminal justice has shifted, what Joe Biden represents, the proper role of the state, the poetry Coates recommends, and much more.
But there’s one thread of this conversation, in particular, that I haven’t been able to put down: There is now, as there always is amidst protests, a loud call for the protesters to follow the principles of nonviolence. And that call, as Coates says, comes from people who neither practice nor heed nonviolence in their own lives. But what if we turned that conversation around: What would it mean to build the state around principles of nonviolence, rather than reserving that exacting standard for those harmed by the state?