Welcome to the Fall 2016 issue, by Editor Molly Brown
We live in such a time of turmoil and revolutionary change. Most of us are reeling at the now-certain prospect of a Trump presidency, and what that will mean for the health and safety of people of color, immigrants, indigenous communities, women, LGBT folks, and other historically marginalized people; for our survival as a species facing global climate disruption; and for our already tenuous democracy. Now more than ever we need to come together to share our gratitude for life, to honor our pain for the world, to open our hearts and minds to new understandings and perspectives, and to find ways to act courageously and effectively on behalf of life: in short, to do the Work That Reconnects, along with other justice-seeking and spiritually sustaining practices, anti-oppression work, and non-violent civil disobedience. [Read more of Welcome to the Fall 2016 Issue]
After checking out Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer from our local library, I bought my own copy to read for the second time. This time through, I found this passage on wild strawberries and wanted to riff on what Kimmerer says about them.
While reading Braiding Sweetgrass, I found myself newly in relationship with five backyard chickens. The chickens have been a powerful doorway into reciprocal relationship for me, a pathway back to starting the day with gratitude, a daily call to presence.
Let’s all take a breath together. Take a moment from the perpetual scroll of overwhelm and breathe… I had become silenced by overwhelm, and I just tapped into the truth of it this early morning.
Where was our world? We wept. I had gone looking for Dad’s old office and found out that I was long dead.
I have been researching and writing about anthropogenic climate disruption for the past year, because I have long been deeply troubled by how fast the planet has been emitting its obvious distress signals.
We came over the low rise (which they’ve dubbed ‘facebook hill’), my eyes teared up. I couldn’t help but take a deep breath. There, laid out in front of us, were hundreds of tents, tipis, RV’s and makeshift lean-tos.
I knew not what I saw when I saw the bulldozers. My brief visit to Standing Rock started out as a trip to deliver supplies …It turned into an eye-opening journey into the heart of the ongoing cultural genocide taking place in our country.
The idea that we have a need to care for the entire web of life and people is only beginning to be explored in Western countries.
Today, our cooperative homestead installed composting toilets, replacing both of the flush toilets in the house. It is such a relief to no longer have to poop into clean water!
I am part of blessed legions of men and women who sense deep down inside that we are made for these times, that our life work has to do with preservation of what is sacred and just.
A cup of tea finds my hand from a vast steel pot, and I feel the care of yet another mobile vegan kitchen collective roaming Paris. We’re halfway through COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
What a time to be alive! So many skeletons are coming out of the systems of oppression closets and being made more visible in the public arena, which has been mostly silent for centuries in order to maintain power.
What inspired me to make the call for everyone to gather to think about decolonising our practice in the Work That Reconnects is that over the past four years or so, it had been gradually dawning on me just how very exclusive a lot of the work that we have been doing is.
Deep Times: A Journal of The Work That Reconnects
Vol. #1 Issue #3 – Fall 2016
Editor: Molly Young Brown
Editorial Team: Aravinda Ananda, Karina Lutz (poetry editor), Randy Morris, Rebecca Selove, Lisa Siegel, Carolyn Treadway.
Graphic design by Renee Casterline
Deep Times is published online twice a year by the Work That Reconnects Network.
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