17 Nov 2012
Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18
Starhawk will lead a workshop and be a keynote speaker at the Unitarian Universalist “Association Sunday” in Central Pennsylvania.
Saturday workshop: “The Magic of Co-creation: Building Power in Groups”
From Cairo to Wall Street, all over the world people are coming together to create change, organizing without top-down leadership or hierarchies. In thousands of voluntary groups everywhere, people work together to create everything from community gardens to media to new ways of living. Such circles can be enormously creative and empowering, but they can also be cumbersome and frustrating. Yet when they work well, they liberate our imagination and change the world.
In her latest book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, Starhawk draws on four decades of experience in circles and collectives to show us how to foster connection, clear communication and positive power in ourselves and our groups.
In this workshop, we will use the tools of magic, meditation, trance, and ritual to explore issues of personal and social power. We’ll look at ways to create nurturing and healing group structures, to deal with difficult people and embrace constructive conflict. We’ll raise and focus group energy to celebrate our connectedness and nurture resilient communities that can support our individual creative expressions and be joyful and effective agents of change.
Time: 9:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County, 416 Franklin Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Cost: $40. Includes a simple lunch (vegetarian option available; indicate other dietary needs).
Scholarships: Option to make an additional donation of $5 with registration to help fund scholarships; scholarships available based on financial need.
Register by snail mail or email, all payment by check in advance to secure a space, or if local by cash (no credit/debit cards). Space limited to 75 people.
Rev. Sandra Fees
First UU Church of Berks County
416 Franklin Street
Reading, PA 19602
Sunday Worship Service: “Earth Spirit, Earth Justice”
We live in tough times, for the Earth and those who love her. Assaults on the life support systems that sustain us have reached crisis proportions. Our social and governmental institutions seem unable to cope with global warming and environmental deterioration. Meanwhile, they wage an unpopular war unchecked by massive protests.
Our disconnect from the Earth is part of a deeper gap, the split between body and spirit that allows us to denigrate the very ground we stand on, and that sees women, whose bodies bring life into the world, as lower and less valued. Starhawk traces the connections between our assaults on the Earth and our deep assumptions about power. To heal that split, we need to invoke a deeper source of power, power-from-within. We need the insights of Earth-based spirituality, that sees the Earth as alive, a being that we are part of, that values the body and that honors the physical, the dark, and the low.
What does the concept of the Goddess mean in such times? What aspects and images can inform us, sustain us, and give us healing and hope? Some of our greatest allies may be the lowly life forms of fungi and beneficial microorganisms. Compost can be a spiritual practice, as well as ritual and magic. Starhawk draws on her decades of writing, teaching, and practicing Goddess-oriented spirituality, as well as her front line activism for social and environmental justice, and her experience teaching ecological design, permaculture and bioremediation, to identify and invoke the great powers working with us for the healing of the Earth.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon, followed by reception and book signing
Location: Conrad Weiser High School, 44 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Cost: Free with donation, no pre-registration needed.
416 Franklin Street