Compassion—the key to creating communal hospitality, to overcoming division and creating a place of belonging for ourselves and others—begins in our capacity to sense and feel, attuned to our lived experiences of suffering. Compassion is being in touch with the power of our feelings and thus, being at home in our own bodies. Being in tune with the range of emotions—attuning to the energy of our own bodies—is the condition for the possibility of being open and hospitable to others. Being compassionate is rendered more complex in our world of racialized violence and oppression. Yet the yearning to belong to our own true selves in harmony with one another sounds forth in our fractured lives. Leaning into and enlarging our capacity to be compassionate is to live in the freedom of love.

This three-part series speaks from and to the importance of navigating the flow of emotions in and among us; acknowledges the formidable impact of colonized bodies; draws upon traditions of contemplation and movement in the practice of being present to our bodily selves; plays with sacred and ordinary stories of compassion; engages in self-reflective activities; and trusts in the work of the Spirit to enliven our time together. Our exploration acknowledges the larger spiritual journey of individual growth and development, and the company of trusted others, to include book wisdom. My Grandmother’s Hands will ground our conversations even as it will continue to be a resource for you.

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Karin A. Craven.

January 24th, 2020