Social justice group
Engaged Self-Care to Build Just Communities
The intention of this group is gather in an inclusive space to discuss what is going on in our local, national and global communities. This group is open to all and the aim is to create space for conversation and foster openness for people to address their concerns, inspirations, doubts and hopes. We are exploring what social justice means for people and engaging in the conversations and relationship building that grow communities and put us in touch with one another. We use the "Agreements for Multicultural Interactions" to guide us in building strong and just relationships. We aim to balance internal, personal work, with work around the table and in the broader community.
5:00 - 6:00 pm Sitting at the Beverly Farmers Market
6:00 - 6:30 pm Walk to Zen Center
6:30 - 7:00 pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
7:00 - 7:15 pm Well-Being Ceremony
7:15 - 8:30 pm Social Justice Group - Tea, study, and discussion, with occasional guest speakers
7/22 Guest Speakers: Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action movement whose response to the climate emergency is very consistent with socially engaged Buddhist values. They have been traveling around New England meeting with Buddhist groups in the last several months to help raise consciousness and build sangha around the climate emergency. Join us on 7/22 for a presentation on the latest science and Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent direct action philosophy followed by a dharma discussion about how this relates to our Buddhist practice.
Zazen, sitting meditation is a way for us to enter a personal space of openness to discuss and sit with suffering in the world and how it manifests in our bodies and hearts. Sitting meditation before the social justice meeting is an important part of dropping into our hearts to guide us in meaningful dialogue.
How can we act toward a vision together, rather than react against something? Join us in a space of planting seeds of social justice. The group is an opportunity for closeness and being vulnerable with one another. If you are looking for support and ways to engage in self-care join us around the social justice table to engage with others and hear about actions for justice on the North Shore.
“If we cannot thrive on the path towards our liberation, I don’t know what we’re working towards liberation for and I don’t know that we’ll be able to survive what we need to survive in order to keep walking that path…. The idea that we should now run ourselves ragged, would actually feed into all of the systems that are actually the underpinnings of the oppression.”
-Rev. angel Kyodo williams