We Were Made for this Moment

EileenFlanaganSeatedsquareIn this time of tumult, fear, and hatred, the world needs the gifts that you were born to share. You may not be sure where to use them. You may not know how to use them to greatest effect, or even if you can make a difference at all, but you know you need to do something to work for a more just and loving world. You are not alone! The purpose of this online course is to help you to meet this moment.

What is unique about this course is that it will blend three types of teaching: social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. For example, you will learn about different social change roles and what makes them effective. Then you will practice the tools of inward listening to access the wisdom already within you about what role you are meant to play. Finally, you will explore what gets you stuck and learn tools to help you take action even when you are afraid. These three types of teaching will be woven together, accessing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one.

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My Story

I’ve been involved with environmental and social justice activism for nearly thirty years. During that time, I’ve explored a variety of tactics, from letter-writing and peace vigils to nonviolent campaigning that includes civil disobedience. I’ve also been a spiritual writer and teacher for twenty-three of these years, so I’ve thought a lot about how we can integrate inner and outer change.

Five years ago, a strong call to work for climate justice led me to Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a group that combines smart strategy and spiritual grounding. (See my memoir Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope for the story of how I tapped my gifts more fully through this work.) As I took on leadership in EQAT, I found I had to work through some internal barriers, particularly my gender conditioning. I also watched others go through a similar process, finding more courage and confidence themselves through their work for climate justice.

Why am I offering this course now?

As board leader of EQAT for over three years, I’ve gotten an increasing number of requests from people who want to make a difference but are not sure how. After hearing the same questions and hesitations a number of times, I started imagining an online course that would combine what I have learned working with EQAT with what I learned from years of teaching “Discerning Our Calls” at Pendle Hill.

On the morning after the election, during silent prayer, the feeling came to me strongly that it was time to offer this course, with follow up available for those who want it. The reaction to my original outreach has confirmed my sense that there are many people willing to step forward in new ways, but they need guidance and group support to do so effectively.

Group and Private Follow Up

Most people find it easier to take action when they feel supported, which is why I encourage people to sign up with a friend or even a group. For those especially serious about taking next steps, I am putting together some options for follow-up for an additional (and more substantial) fee. If you’d like to schedule a phone call to discuss whether this might be a good fit for you or your group, please send me a request through the contact page.

A Flyer to Share with your Community

A few people have asked me to share a flyer so they can recruit people in their community. You can download that Course Flyer here. Thanks for spreading the word!