2021 ESR Virtual Spirituality Gathering and Virtual Visit Week

2021 ESR Virtual Spirituality Gathering and Virtual Visit Week

"Spirituality & Activism"

 

Date: Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26, 2021 (Multiple times. See schedule below)

Location: Zoom

 

*Scroll for resources and videos from this event*

 

ESR hosts an annual Spring Visit Day, followed the next day by the annual ESR Spirituality Gathering. Due to the pandemic, we have decided to host the Spirituality Gathering and Visit Day as a joint, week long, online event. The events that fill this week offer the opportunity for prospective students to learn more about ESR and for all ESR community members to enrich their lives through plenary talks, workshops, and other sessions focused on "Spirituality and Activism", the theme for this year's event.

 

This year's week long event features student led workshops by Earlham undergrad students, ESR students, and Bethany Theological Seminary students, an alumni panel, meeting for worship, sample classes focused on MAPST (and Peace & Justice Studies) and MATW (and Ministry of Writing), book discussions with teaching faculty and alumni, a music session with current students and alumni, teaching faculty panel, ESR information sessions, and a meet and greet with ESR newest professor. Prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty/staff, and ESR community members are all welcome to join in conversations about spirituality and activism and learn more about studying at ESR. See below for information on all of these events.

 

Student-led Workshops

The Contemplative Heart in Action with ESR Student Thomas Swann and Bethany Theological Seminary Student Julia Baker Swann

Where does the strength to protest, resist and stay the course come from? Time and again the sustaining power runs out for courageous individuals in activism. The path of the Contemplative does not mean to be a monk but instead to practice self-care and a deep connection to something greater than oneself.  Gandhi is attributed to have said ‘be the change we want to see’. Listen to the  full context of his words: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man (human) changes his (her) own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him (her)… We need not wait to see what others do.” This implies a change that is both internal and external. Join in this exploration of an embodied way of being a strong courageous never ending force for justice and a sustainable species. 

 

Who Shall I Send? Powermapping with Congressional Relationships with ESR Student Katie Breslin

Lobbying Congress can be a powerful religious experience for those interested in change-making on a federal level. In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up a lobby visit to lobby on an issue they care about. Members will then think strategically about who they might want to invite to accompany them on this journey. This will be an interactive workshop where participants can leave with a list of potential resources on lobbying and recommended outreach strategies, in particular to faith-based communities.  

 

Redefining teaching Together: A Group Thought Exercise Connecting Education, Spirituality, and Social Action with Earlham College Students Grace Muma and Jonathan Todd

We are all teachers in some capacity. Teaching vocationally is not the only form of teaching. We all participate in it without realizing it. Whether we are teachers inside of a classroom, at home, or a teacher within ourselves the way of teaching and learning is everywhere. How can we use spirituality as a tool to initiate teaching and learning? What do you find spirit in and how does it drive you to create positive change in the world? What are some ways you can incorporate your spirituality to teach others in varying capacities? Through journaling, listening, and sharing we will find the answer to these questions together and draft a plan of what we learn to put into action and ultimately teach others what we have shared with one another. 

 

Being a Good Relative: Centering Mind, Body and Spirit to Active Calling with ESR Students Christine Ashley & Liz Nicolson and Guest Speaker Cheryl Angel

 

Faculty Sessions

Faculty Panel

Meet and ask questions with ESR professors from the Quaker Studies, Spirituality, Old Testament, Ministry of Writing/MATW, Pastoral Care, and Peace and Justice Studies/MAPST programs. 

 

The Spirituality of Peacemaking with Lonnie Valentine (MAPST and Peace & Justice Studies) 

Is there a spirituality of peacemaking? If so, what is the relation between them? Using representatives across faith traditions, we will examine how those who believe in combining spirituality with peacemaking understand what they are doing. Examples will include Jesus, Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Martin Luther King, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

 

Book Discussion: Hope In Disarray | Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith with Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University, who wrote the Afterword for Hope in Disarray. Hope in Disarray is a collection of essays that invite a conversation on culture and faith, creation and identity, as the book appeals to readers to engage life’s troubles with the conviction of God’s goodness. This session with have both Kim and Hinson-Hasty engage one another as they share their thoughts and visions on hope and the implications for our daily spiritual lives.

 

Writing at ESR: A Taster Menu with Ben Brazil (MATW and Ministry of Writing)

What does it meant to write at a Quaker seminary?  This course will give you a sampling.  Beginning with a freewrite, we'll discuss writing as spiritual practice, as craft, and as ministry.  And if things get too wild, we'll stop and edit a little, too.

 

The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson (Contextual Ministry Education and Practical Theology)

Meet and greet with ESR's newest professor, Xavier Johnson.

 

Other Sessions

ESR Information Session with Julie Dishman (ESR Director of Recruitment & Admissions)

Learn more about studying at ESR.

 

Alumni Panel

Learn more about ESR alum. View the alum for the panel

 

ESR Meeting for Worship with Christine Ashley - "Spirituality and Social Action"

Join the ESR community for weekly meeting for worship.

 

Article Discussion: How Can We Learn to See That of God in People We Dislike? with Karen Tibbals

Post-insurrection, it is becoming harder and harder to see that of God in everyone. What of the people who supported it? The division isn’t going to go away. How can we Quakers learn to bring peace? We need a new paradigm so that we can look underneath to find our commonalities.

Karen has published an article about this idea in Friends Journal. Karen Tibbals is the former co-clerk of Rahway Plainfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey and a graduate of Earlham School of Religion. She holds a travel minute for this work from her meeting and has been doing presentations at various Quaker meetings and regional gatherings. She is also the author of two books, the most recent of which was endorsed by spiritual teacher Richard Rohr as a “helpful guide to understanding people in such a way that you can talk to them more productively.”  

 

Music Hour

Join current ESR students, alumni, faculty/staff, and ESR community members for a music jam session! Join via Zoom (Register for the link) or Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/EarlhamSchoolofReligion).

Music, Spirituality and Activism

Bernice Reagon of the Freedom Singers and founder of the Black women’s acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock states that it was the power of the communal singing that gave Civil Rights protesters in the deep south the courage to face the attack dogs and the firehoses. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that apartheid never would have fallen if not for the potency of the indigenous music of the people of S. Africa. Why is music so powerful? How can music help to invite the Spirit’s power into our activism? Daniel O. Snyder suggests that social witness that is based in Quaker principles must inhabit that paradoxical place of “inward activism and outward prayer”. We will explore: how music can be one modality that invites us into that liminal, transformative space; why certain songs particularly resonate; and some examples of how music has been effective in movements for social change over the years. We will have opportunity to lift our voices together in song.

Jesse Palidofsky, ESR ’87, is a songwriter and recording artist for Azalea City Recordings. He has performed his original music with Pete Seeger on the sloop Clearwater, at the Washington Folk Festival and at the National Theatre. Jesse has utilized his music for justice and healing in a variety of settings, including at the annual Common Ground on the Border gathering for Border Justice in Arizona and on a Historic Civil Rights pilgrimage led by the architect of the Selma campaign Bernard Lafayette Jr. Jesse’s newly conceived and inclusive “America the Beautiful: 2020” video has received over 60,000 views on Youtube. His song I Am an Immigrant reached #1 on the International Folk Charts and his CD Dancing Toward the Light reached #5. He has led workshops on Music and Social Change for Common Ground on the Hill and Washington Metro Oasis. www.jessepal.net Jesse is also a Board Certified Chaplain. He has led workshops on Music and Healing for the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Network and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

 

Event Schedule

Monday, February 22, 2021

9:30AM

 

Welcome        

 

10:00AM - 11:45AM

 

Student Workshop with Thomas Swann and Julia Baker Swann: The Contemplative Heart in Action

 

12:30PM - 1:30PM

 

Student Workshop with Katie Breslin: Who Shall I Send? Powermapping with Congressional Relationships

 

3:00PM - 4:00PM

 

ESR Information Session with Julie Dishman

 

5:00PM - 6:30PM

 

Alumni Panel

 

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

11:00AM

 

Welcome

 

11:20AM - Noon

 

Meeting for Worship led by Christine Ashley: Spirituality and Social Action

 

1:00PM - 2:45PM

 

Sample Class with Lonnie Valentine: The Spirituality of Peacemaking

 

3:00PM - 4:00PM

 

Book Discussion with Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Hope In Disarray | Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith

 

7:00PM - 7:45PM

 

Student Workshop with Grace Muma and Jonathan Todd: Redefining teaching Together: A Group Thought Exercise Connecting Education, Spirituality, and Social Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

10:45AM

 

Welcome

 

11:00AM - 12:45PM          

 

Student Workshop with Chrstine Ashley & Liz Nicolson and Guest Speaker Cheryl Angel: Being a Good Relative: Centering Mind, Body and Spirit to Active Calling

 

Noon - 1:00PM

 

Music Hour

 

5:00PM - 7:00PM

 

Sample Class with Ben Brazil: Writing at ESR | A Taster Menu

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

10:45AM - 11:00AM

 

Welcome

 

1:00PM - 3:00PM

 

Faculty Panel with ESR Teaching Faculty

 

5:30PM - 6:30PM

 

ESR Information Session with Julie Dishman

 

 

Friday, February 26, 2021

10:45AM

 

Welcome

 

11:00AM - 1:00PM

 

Article Discussion with Karen Tibbals: How Can We Learn to See That of God in People We Dislike

 

1:30PM - 2:00PM

 

The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson

 

 

 

Resources:

The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson

  • Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet by Gregory C. Ellison, II
  • Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet by Luther E. Smith, Jr. 
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  • Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman
  • Mysticism and Social Action: Lawrence Lecture and Discussions with Dr Howard Thurman by Richard Boeke
  • The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman
  • With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman by Howard Thurman

 

Article Discussion with Karen Tibbals: How Can We Learn to See That of God in People We Dislike

 

Student Workshop with Katie Breslin: Who Shall I Send? Powermapping with Congressional Relationships

 

Student Workshop with Grace Muma and Jonathan Todd: Redefining teaching Together: A Group Thought Exercise Connecting Education, Spirituality, and Social Action

 

Student Workshop with Thomas Swann and Julia Baker Swann: The Contemplative Heart in Action

 

VIDEOS

ESR Information Session #1 with Julie Dishman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

ESR Information Session #2 with Julie Dishman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Sample Class with Ben Brazil - Writing at ESR| A Taster Menu

Sample Class with Lonnie Valentine: The Spirituality of Peacemaking

The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson (Contextual Ministry Education and Practical Theology)

Alumni Panel

Music Jam with Jesse Palidofsky

Faculty Panel

Article Discussion: How Can We Learn to See That of God in People We Dislike? with Karen Tibbals

Student-led workshop: Redefining teaching Together: A Group Thought Exercise Connecting Education, Spirituality, and Social Action with Earlham College Students Grace Muma and Jonathan Todd.