Building Bridges Series: Understanding Historical Trauma and Intercultural Healing

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: 
$0.00

 

This series is co-hosted by the Inner Resilience Network and the Transition US Social Justice Working Group, and is intended to lay the foundation for healthy collaborations and regenerative culture in our work around climate justice.  We create space for the “messiness” of human emotions when we collaboratively awaken our shared histories, and our questions and reflections result from a clearer lens. We believe that a safe and respectful space to explore these sensitive topics together will help catalyze the connection and mutual understanding we need to truly co-create a world of social and ecological justice.
 
By exploring the layers within the issues around climate justice, we gain tools and practices that will assist us in reaching outside our familiar circles. In this way, we can work together in solidarity with frontline communities who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, widening economic inequality, and systemic oppression. To do this does require healing, reconciliation, and evolving our cultural understandings. We are committed to this.
 
We begin our new series with a warm welcome and invitation to understand the significant connection between climate change and social justice. Our intention is to open our hearts together to explore the ways our own lives are embedded in the issues, and to learn to bear witness to how others are affected in ways beyond that with which we are already familiar.
 
During this series, we will deepen our understanding of ourselves and others as we cultivate relationships across cultural differences. We also aspire to strengthen the “intersectional justice culture” that we need for this climate emergency. One of the core beliefs underlying this series is that we all hold an essential piece of the collective wisdom that is needed by the whole. With the intention of weaving together a more diverse, inclusive and influential movement for social change, we will explore successful models for building resilience in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

 

Every event will be on a Sunday at 3pm Pacific Time and will be online using Zoom

Each Third Sunday presentation or panel will be 90 minutes, including Q&A afterwards. 

Every Fourth Sunday there will be an opportunity for a follow-up “Healing Dialogue”. This will be a two hour practical exploration of agreements and tools we can all use to improve our abilities to hold space for authentic, mindful, and connected dialogue around these sensitive topics. We will mostly be exploring these in practice through a “fish-bowl” of four participants sharing a discussion about the previous week’s presentation, and is open for all to observe. There will also be some opportunity for all to engage with questions and reflections. 

 


Upcoming in the event series:

March 15th Topic: Understanding Historical Trauma and Intercultural Healing

This is the second panel talk in our Spring Building Bridges Series.

To better understand our work on the frontlines of dismantling systems of oppression and colonization, it is vital we talk about the nature of historical trauma and how that shapes a community and the individuals in a community over time. In order to connect across cultures, healing and reconciliation must be part of the process. Join host Jul Bystrova who welcomes guests Pat McCabe, who speaks on Indigenous and intercultural issues, author and speaker on cultural change Bayo Akolomolafe and Aleisa Myles, who works on issues of trauma, racism, and diversity.

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human. Her primary work at the moment is: the reconciliation between the masculine and feminine, Men's Nation and Women's Nation; remembering, recreating or creating a new a narrative for the Sacred Masculine; and addressing the Archetypal Wounding that occurred in our misunderstanding and abuse of technology in prayer, ceremony and science.

Aleisa Myles has been a dedicated member of Transition Town Media (TTM) since 2010.  Aleisa is a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia, PA. She practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, and addresses themes of spirituality, sexuality, and social justice and equity.  Aleisa holds a Psy.D. from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, where she now serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor. She presents seminars and workshops on diversity, racism, and psychoanalysis. Aleisa has a lifelong dedication to understanding and bringing transformative change to the typically unrecognized oppression of children and young people, known as childism.

Register in advance for March 15th

 

March 22nd Healing Dialogue: “Understanding Historical Trauma and Intercultural Healing”

Galen Meyers will host and facilitate a “fish-bowl” of 4 volunteers practicing a mindful, connected, and authentic discussion about the topic discussed in the previous week’s presentation, “Understanding Historical Trauma and Intercultural Healing”. There will be some opportunity for all to engage with questions and reflections.

Register in advance for March 22nd

 

April 19th Topic: Unpacking Privilege

Privilege often allows those who enjoy it to choose whether or not to understand the real and deep connection between climate change, environmental and economic destruction and social justice. In this talk, we will shine a light on the nature of privilege and some of the obvious and not so obvious ways it shows up in our lives. We can become more actively anti-racist, examine "whiteness" as a economic and political idea, and the colonizing mindset. Living from a place that's actively seeking justice helps us deal with the ugly world as it is. By examining the culture we inherited from history, we heal and build new ways forward together.

Register in advance for April 19th

 

April 26th  Healing Dialogue: “Unpacking Privilege”

Galen Meyers will host and facilitate a “fish-bowl” of 4 volunteers practicing a mindful, connected, and authentic discussion about the topic discussed in the previous week’s presentation, “Unpacking Privilege”. There will be some opportunity for all to engage with questions and reflections.

 

May 17th Topic: Being an Ally

What does it mean to be an ally for those of other cultures who have experienced more or less privilege than you?  Or to be in allyship with someone who is treated differently by the system we live in together? 

Register in advance for May 17th

 

May 24th Healing Dialogue: “Being an Ally”

Galen Meyers will host and facilitate a “fish-bowl” of 4 volunteers practicing a mindful, connected, and authentic discussion about the topic discussed in the previous week’s presentation, “Being an Ally”. There will be some opportunity for all to engage with questions and reflections.

 

About the hosting organizations:

Inner Resilience Network: We connect in order to catalyze local, national and international efforts centered on building skills, resources and support systems that promote personal-relational resilience in the face of today’s multifaceted challenges and foster personal-relational growth to bring forth the human qualities needed in a life-affirming culture.

 

Transition US Social Justice Working Group: Our mission is to grow justice, equity and inclusion in the world, and to create the conditions for diversity to flourish in the Transition Movement. We do this by educating ourselves on social justice issues and sharing resources with the broader Transition movement, connecting and collaborating with the broader social justice movement, and implementing practical projects that incorporate justice and equity as integral aspects of building community resilience.

 

Organizer: 
Organizer: 
Inner Resilience Network and the Transition US Social Justice Working Group

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