Practicing Peace: Cultivating Nonviolence in Troubling Times

With Christina Leaño
A live, virtual program on September 10, 2021
7 - 8:30 p.m. U.S/EDT, 6 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific

Join us in practicing peace through ritual and contemplative practices on the Eve of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. During this time of year, many of us recommit ourselves to being peacemakers in our world. This is needed more now than ever with the many current crises underway: A global pandemic, climate change, racial injustices, immigration inequities, humanitarian disasters, increasing polarization, and more.

This live, virtual program will include ritual, guided meditation, contemplative sharing, and silence. We will honor our grief for the world in a safe and sacred way, through a Bowl of Tears exercise developed by environmental activist, author and scholar Joanna Macy. We will then explore a contemplative practice called the Two Hands of Nonviolence to cultivate resilience and compassion in meeting the challenges (including the challenging people) around us.

Participants of all faith backgrounds or “nones” are welcome. No experience is necessary.

Christina Leaño is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and meditation teacher who brings over 13 years of experience of facilitating spiritual and contemplative programs for diverse audiences. Her work is grounded in her Catholic contemplative background, including 3 years in a Catholic Cistercian monastery, Buddhist studies and practice of 20 years, and a lifelong commitment to ecological and social justice. Christina is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of San Diego Center of Mindfulness and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She currently is undergoing training in Mindful Self-Compassion. Christina is Associate Director of the Laudato Si' Movement, which serves and encourages the global family to turn Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, into action for climate and ecological justice. She holds a B.A from Yale University and M.A. in Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Christina lives in the New York City area with her partner and daughter. See www.christinaleano.net.

Sessions:  1
Date:  9/10/2021
Meeting Time:  Friday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor:  Christina LeaƱo
Fees: 
$0.00   (This program is offered at no cost. If you are called to make a donation, we thank you.)
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