I invite you, with excited anticipation, to Dream & Activation! A Deeper Change Forum featuring our own greater New Haven community members.
I have anticipated each Deeper Change Forum with such excitement. I'll never forget when in 2013, Jerry White joined us bringing stories of the international impact that he has had and how the loss of his leg to a landmine explosion led to a life of service, a Nobel Prize and to a new understanding and compassion for those living with trauma. Later that year, Shakti Butler brought her powerful films that unlock our confusion and open our hearts to justice-making.
There have been many others. Leah Penniman shared her beautiful life stories of awakening and planting seeds of earth and people justice. She guided us to action - to pick up our phones and call our representatives right there during the Forum! Lisa Graustein made us look squarely at the 10 Stages of Genocide and how our current-day educational systems continue that genocidal culture. Climbing Poetry colored our world, helped us to dream and swim together in the sweet balm of boundless love and interconnection.
Earlier in this season, two days with Dr. Joy DeGruy left us yearning to further dispel lies of separation. Her final words to me were about how moved she was by our community. "This is a rare community you have here. In all my travels, I don't find people so ready to engage this work." And so, let's feature Us!
This September 26th Forum is about recognizing the seeding, nurturing and cultivation of justice, liberation and healing that our own community members are manifesting. Come, listen and share your own birthings. Let's celebrate and support each other. For indeed, we are the ones that we have been waiting for!
* From a June Jordan poem