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SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMITTEE

SENIOR QUEST FOR MEANING: FROM CRISIS TO HOPE
Senior Quest is an annual, themed series of lectures in the fall, winter and spring on matters involving spiritual considerations. The 2020-2021 theme is "From Crisis to Hope" and will consider various crises accentuated by the pandemic. Panels will be held on Zoom on Mondays and recorded for showing on Channel 2 and the resident website the following Thursdays.

Date   Panel     Ch 2 Date      Recording  
Oct 19, 2020 What generates our hope? Oct 22 HERE
Nov 30, 2020 Economic Disparity to Economic Equality Dec 3 HERE
Jan 11, 2021 Pandemic to Healthcare Equity Jan 14 HERE
Feb 8, 2021 Law and Order to Safe Communities Feb 11  
Mar 8, 2021 Violence to Peacemaking Mar 11  
Apr 12, 2021 Global Warming to Environmental Consciousness Apr 15  
May 10, 2021  Displacement to Finding a Home May 13  

 

 BECOMING ANTI-RACIST


The Spiritual Life Committee wants to support the GH mission while helping residents understand the current cultural upheavals over racism. Over the next year, the Committee and its Senior Quest for Meaning subcommittee will be offering a number of opportunities to explore the topic of becoming an anti-racist.

THE BEGINNING - TWO PANEL DISCUSSIONS

  • The first was developed with CEO Rob Liebreich. The panel consisted of Mr. Liebriech, Ms. Tammy Mann, President/CEO of Campagna Center in Alexandria and member of the GHI Board, and Tony Tambasco, committee chair. Conversation addressed a wide range of topics around the atmosphere here for persons of color, both residents and staff. Mr. Liebreich and Ms. Mann agreed that they would be working on making GH more welcoming for all. Click HERE
  • The second was made up of residents Marietta Tanner (who moderated the discussion) and Nancy Randolph and staff members Beth Robinson (Member Services Facilitator with GHAH) and Theresa Thomas (Director of Environmental Services for GHI), and Edrees Bridges (former CPE student). All African American, these panelists discussed their childhood, education, and background, noting the many challenges they faced. They commented on the GH atmosphere, noting that while it is generally hospitable, there were often micro-aggressions. Ms. Thomas shared that some residents have described housekeeping staff members as “my girl.” Dr. Randolph told about how, soon after she moved in, residents would encounter her on an elevator and ask her what her job here was. Click HERE

Note: Neither panel is to be shared outside of Goodwin House.

TRACKING OUR FEELINGS ABOUT ANTI-RACISM
The Spiritual Life Committee offered opportunities for residents again to reflect on and to explore their feelings about anti-racism in the light of the two videos that were shown on Channel 2 and on the resident website: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes and The Surprising History of Racism in America. Residents were then invited to join a Zoom discussion.

The Committee then showed After Selma: Voter Suppression  (HERE), a film dealing with voter suppression following a Supreme Court decision. A recording of the Zoom discussion with the filmmaker Loki Mulholland is available HERE.

Beginning December 1 through January 5, 2021, Emanual Acho's series on Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man will show on Channel 2 and on the website. The videos provide a way to hear conversations about race in the privacy of your own home. The topics may be uncomfortable but necessary if we are to become antiracist. Episodes 3 and 4 ran out of sequence on December 1 but the links are here. Other links will be posted here as they are shown.

 Show
Date 

Episodes   Guests    Link
12/1 3 Chip & Joanna Gaines HERE
12/1 4 Mail from Viewers HERE
12/8 1 Acho Introduction HERE
12/8 2 Matthew McConaughey HERE
12/15 5 Interracial Couples HERE
12/15 6 Interracial Families HERE
12/22 7 Pastor Carl Lentz HERE
12/29 8 Pt 1 Roger Goodell & National Anthem HERE
12/29 8 Pt 2 Roger Goodell & National Anthem HERE
1/5/21 9 Petaluma Police Department HERE
1/5/21 10 Karens & the Cancel Culture HERE

 

JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON JUSTICE
The Spiritual Life Committee is sponsoring a three-week discussion of the book All Aunt Hagar's Children. This is a collection of 14 short stories by African-American author Edward P. Jones; it was his first book after winning the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for The Known World. The collection of 14 stories centers on African-Americans in Washington, D.C., during the 20th century. "All Aunt Hagar's Children turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them further north, people who in Jones's masterful hands, emerge as fully human and morally complex, whether they are country folk used to getting up with the chickens or people with centuries of education behind them." (amazon.com). 

The weekly Zoom discussions will be scheduled on three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning January 13, at 1 p.m. Contact Claudia Blake (blake.claudia@gmail.com) to be part of the conversation.

GONE WITH THE WIND COMMENT
Gone With The Wind  will be shown again on Channel 43 on Tuesday, January 26 As part of our anti-racism efforts, the Spiritual Life Committee notes that the depiction of the enslaved people as happy and loving their masters and plantation life and the portrayal of the myth that the South fought for "states' rights" when they were really fighting for the right to enslave people is controversial. We offer two links with information to consider before or after you watch the movie.

 

RESOURCES
Below are lists of information you may find useful as we learn more about systemic racism and consider our own responses.

 AS YOU READ AND REFLECT...

  • If you are surprised or confused by what you feel or learn, embrace those insights with an open heart. Ask yourself, "What am I able to learn through this?" or "What is my heart telling me?"
  • You might feel guilty, discouraged, or angry, if the changes you hope to see in yourself or others are not happening fast enough. Respect yourself and others. Remember we are all learning and growing together, each in our own way.
  • Most importantly, remember that this is soul work. Therefore, it can be challenging and heart-breaking, but also inspiring and meaningful. We ask that you remain open to the process and know your community supports you.

Together we can educate, embrace and empower a culture where racism is openly discussed and thoughtfully changed.

 
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