A weekend workshop with Daniel O. Snyder
A large number of Americans have been drawn into political action for the first time. At the same time, fewer of them identify with any particular religious faith or spiritual practice. The combination is a recipe for burnout. Over the centuries, socially engaged Quakers have been able to maintain their efforts in decades-long struggles for justice and peace because they experience their actions as Spirit-inspired and guided — an experience available to all. Not acting out of impulse or ideology, they move deliberately, inwardly listening for direction when the worldly noise is at fever pitch and full volume. It is easy to get caught up in the anxiety of the moment and to act from fear, or anger, or even despair, but these fuels are soon spent. In this workshop we will draw on the richness of the Quaker tradition, insights from Depth Psychology, and a spirituality of Nonviolence to explore together practices that will sustain us as we engage the powers of oppression, injustice, and violence.