Elder Activists for Social Justice
3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
We participate together over Zoom video conferencing in a lightly-facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and social justice lens...always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.
We began, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples' history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month's and the interests of those attending.
Approximately two weeks before each meeting we may post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via Zoom video conferencing. Click for instructions and access to Zoom conferencing. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, May 16
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY
We are at a moment of urgency. Even if we don’t verbally acknowledge this urgency, this anxiety, many of us feel this in our souls.
What is happening in our world? Where is the integrity of our leadership?
Are we becoming immune to shootings in public spaces? Hate crimes and Intolerance?
And, what are we doing about climate change?
For many of us there are many moments when we just want to ignore all this angst; get on with spring, summer, enjoy life – but, we just can’t do that. Well then, what are we going to do? We claim to be elders. We claim to speak for the welfare of our children, and future generations. How shall we do that?
After several years of conversations focused on the social justice issues that are prominent in our country this is our time to enter into the conversation of how are we going to move forward. This will be the focus of our May online conversation.
Please read some of the following to prepare:
Extinction Rebellion US - Climate breakdown and ecological collapse are a direct existential threat to us all. You, your family, and everything you love are at risk. Without immediate and decisive action, we face extinction.
"The Extinction Rebellion is a necessity. Our political establishment has failed to protect its people from pollution, prevent further mass extinction of species on earth and prevent the possibility of human extinction in the near future. Therefore we must rebel to protect the livelihood of citizens and our natural world, or risk losing everything we cherish."
The Greta Thunberg Effect - "We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing. Now we probably don’t even have a future any more. Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. It was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit, and that you only live once." —Greta Thunberg speaking to UK Members of Parliament
Valve Turners - Trailer to the film THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. A film about five climate activists going on the offensive against Big Oil.
Find other articles or videos. Bring your ideas, curiosity, passion. What is true for you?
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts, or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait.
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Learn more about what we have been discussing: See our Examining the Roots of Injustice webinar (watch it HERE)
And see our Elders in Right Relationship with Today's World two session webinars (watch them HERE)
Choices for Sustainable Living Workshop
Collaborative Discovery · Personal Reflection · Opportunity for Action
March 11 - July 1, 2019
(Every other Monday)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Nine online sessions via Zoom video conferencing
“I find that I think about things more—things I buy, things I eat, things I throw out. I see a much larger picture now, and I realize more than ever that I am a very important part of that picture.”
—Architect, Portland, Oregon
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP
The term “sustainability” is used so freely, it’s difficult to understand what it can mean. At its essence, sustainability embodies hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. Choices for Sustainable Living provides participants with a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal and global perspectives.
We will be using the inspiring workbook from the Northwest Earth Institute. It will be facilitated by an enthusiastic team and highly interactive for participants. You will discover new ways to make change more possible and powerful, both individually and in community.
The time to complete the course material in the two weeks between each session will be 2-3 hours, more or less, depending on personal circumstances.
|March 25||Session 1 - Call to Sustainability|
|April 8||Session 2 - Ecological Principles|
|April 22||Session 3 - Food|
|May 6||Session 4 - Water|
|May 20||Session 5 - Community|
|June 3||Session 6 - Transportation|
|June 17||Session 7 - Consumption & Economy|
|July 1||Session 8 - Visions of Sustainability|
For more information on sessions read here.
Order the course book online from Northwest Earth Institute here.
Please note: The course is based on the current/2018 edition of the book; e-book $33/paperback $35
Registration fee: $70-$85 (sliding scale)
Elders, the world needs you... NOW!
The Empowered Elder
EAN's Foundation Workshop
(Seven online sessions via Zoom video conferencing)
Tuesdays, May 28th - July 9th
10:00 am - 12:15 pm PST / 1:00 pm - 3:15pm EST
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP
EAN is a movement of vital elders who are dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the vital issues of our time. The Empowered Elder Workshop introduces the basic tenets upon which EAN is founded and explores the important role of elders in today's world. There is a focus on understanding, embracing, and stepping into the role of elder—of moving from 'disempowered older' to 'empowered elder'!
OVERVIEW OF SESSIONS
1 - Being an Elder
- Introduction to EAN and to the values, roles, and tasks of elderhood
- What it means to be an Elder and to move from un-empowered senior to a state of empowerment
2 - Growing in Consciousness
- Introduction to the science of mindfulness and the Story of Oneness
- How growing in mindfulness/consciousness/awareness supports our interactions with life as an individual and as part of the larger living system
3 - State of the World
- Introduction and exploration of environmental, socio-economic, and spiritual crises and divides in our world today
- How squarely facing the state of the world empowers you to act on behalf of Earth
4 - The Great Turning: The Sustainability Revolution
- Introduction to the Ecological Revolution and new sustainable models of environmental, social and economic systems
- How shifting from “there's little-or-nothing I can do” to understanding what I CAN do and changing my behavior is part of the solution
5 - Sacred Activism
- Exploring and connecting to what is “sacred” and important to you, as well as how to take action from love not hate, from unity not division
- Finding your calling—what is being asked of you now as an Elder?
6 - Taking Action Together for All Life
- Forming into Elder Circles, Climate Action Chapters, or other community action groups; setting plans for how we will engage as elders
- Shifting from "not knowing what I can do" to commitment with others to take action on behalf of Life
7 - Elder Circles • Projects Creation • Celebration
- Hearing from the Elder circlers, actions groups, and individual projects that have formed about their plans and next steps
- Celebrating our time together and reflecting on what we have learned
HOMEWORK AND RESOURCES
After each session participants will have access to a homework and resources webpage with daily practices and journal questions, along with readings, videos, and websites relating to the topic of the next session.
The following four books have provided key source material for our workshop. They are not required reading; however, we highly recommend them for your reading list now or in the future.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing (2nd ed.) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Great Work — Thomas Berry
Active Hope — Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism — Andrew Harvey
Constance Washburn M.A. is the lead facilitator of the Empowered Elder Workshop. She is a founding member of the Elders Action Network and is a long time facilitator, community builder and leads retreats, trainings and workshops in Joanna Macy's “Work that Reconnects,” helping people reconnect to themselves, each other, and the earth in order to build a sustainable future for all life.
Minx Boren is a Master Certified Coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. She is also a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, author, columnist, and poet.
What participants have said about the workshop...
“The Empowered Elder: EAN's Foundation Workshop gives a superb overview of what EAN is about as well as going into depth, especially through the varied, imaginative, and potentially transformative experiential exercises, as well as the rich resources. You will emerge more knowledgeable and wiser -- not only about what Elders Action Network really means but also about how you want to embrace your elderhood and contribute to making our world and earth a better home for our great, great grandchildren. This workshop will be valuable for EAN "old-timers" as well as new members.“
—Meg Newhouse, Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting,
founder of the Life Planning Network, EAN "old-timer"
"This workshop lays the foundation for our thinking, acting and being needed to preserve all life for all future time. If there is one course that says everything about everything, this is it. In a world exploding with information, how do we decide what to let in…This gives participants the keys to what's important and a method by which to choose."
—Geoff Ainscow, producer of The Deep Time Walk, EAN “old-timer”