CEN's Elder Activists for Social Justice Team
invites all generations to
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right Relationships with All
Saturday, October 14th, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Berkeley Friends Meetinghouse, 2151 Vine St, Berkeley, CA
The morning will feature a 2+ hour experiential program exploring the original relationships and subsequent actions of Europeans with the Native people of Turtle Island. It traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, which originated with the popes of the 15th century who proclaimed that European explorers had the God-given right to claim ownership of the lands they discovered, and to kill or enslave the non-Christian residents of those lands. It helped spread the slave trade and created world-wide impacts. This doctrine took root in European and American cultures,mindsets and legal systems and continues to undermine justice and equality among the people of the world today. Understanding these impacts will inform participants as they explore what actions they can take toward "right relationship." Facilitators will offer suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action.
"This workshop is an innovative and impactful step towards healing. Working with the truth that has never been told about the American myth is vital to all of us in our country if we are to move forward in a more healthy way. "
-- Brett Shelton (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
The afternoon program-under the skilled facilitation of Patricia St Onge of Haudenosaunee (Mohawk), Quebecois descent, adopted Cheyenne River Lakota- will explore how the original actions of European settlers have impacted American ideas concerning slavery, the institutionalization of racism and the Doctrine of Discovery's contemporary affects on People of Color. Those of us of European settler ancestry will consider how we can own this history-as elders, millennials, Bay Area residents-in our lives, actions and relationships.
Suggested Donation: $10 - 50. Snack included; Bring a brown bag lunch No one will be turned away - Everyone is welcome.
We who identify as Conscious Elders "choose to reimagine the future, to revive our sense of kinship with all life and our Earth, inspiring us toward compassionate life-affirming activism. We honor the wisdom and spirituality of Original Peoples that are committed to effective care for the Earth and its inhabitants. We move forward to do no more harm and build loving relationships with all."
Click HERE to read resources and sign the CEN Declaration on the Doctrine of Discovery
2151 Vine St
Berekeley, CA 94709
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Examining the Roots of Injustice
in Our American History
Online Webinar Saturday, September 23
9:30-11:30 am PDT 12:30-2:30 pm EDT
Hosted by Elder Activists for Social Justice Team
As elders we know that we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history with the unprecedented opportunity to co-create new paradigms that will provide for the well being of all – which has been the “traditional voice” of the elder in society. We can only go forth to fulfill our vision when we fully understand the systems of oppression and racism and the roots of the injustice within the foundations of American history.
We are now coming to a fuller recognition of the deep trauma resulting from the enslavement and genocide intended to exterminate the Indigenous peoples and their culture by the original settlers of this country. We are learning, some of us for the first time – about the “Christian” Doctrine of Discovery dating from the 15th century and, unbelievably, still enshrined in law today. Over the past 500 years the Doctrine of Discovery has established patterns of domination and dehumanization that have become institutionalized in language, thought, and behavior in our cultural and legal systems. White privilege, patriarchy and climate disruption, are just some of the current harms legitimized by the Doctrine of Discovery/Domination. These systems of oppression harm the bodies, hearts, minds and spirits of all with whom we share this country and threaten the sustainability of our future.
In this webinar, we will look at the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact; we will see 1-2 videos which include Indigenous voices and experiences and share our responses in small groups. We will honor our very valid feelings of pain, grief, horror, anger- with compassionate acceptance so that our self-identity may change in the process.
We who identify as Conscious Elders ”choose to re-imagine the future and to revive our sense of kinship with all life and our Earth, inspiring us toward compassionate, life-affirming activism. We honor the wisdom and spirituality of Original Peoples that are committed to effective care for the Earth and its inhabitants. We move forward to do no more harm and build loving relationships with all.”
How to Join the Webinar
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer, tablet, smartphone or regular telephone. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues.
Link here for instruction and access to Zoom conferencing
CONSCIOUS ELDERS NETWORK FOUNDATION WORKSHOP
Engaging our hearts, minds and hands to act on behalf of life
The Conscious Elders Network (CEN) is a movement of vital elders, dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the demanding challenges facing our country and Earth.
Our CEN Foundation Workshop (CEN 101) presents the fundamental premise of why we exist as CEN – to reclaim and take up our sorely-needed roles as conscious elders within our communities and globally. The course covers the underlying principles and ideas of CEN and invites a shift from individual self to global self and from “ aging older” to “empowered Elder”.
The Foundations Workshop focuses on the following elements:
- The fundamental, time-honored role of being an elder;
- The meaning of living and being conscious;
- Issues creating/underlying the troubled state of our world;
- Opportunities for making a difference by addressing these issues;
- Balancing an inner “growing in consciousness” life with outer social and environmental justice actions;
- Choosing your way of engagement – of giving back; and
- Acknowledging and celebrating our working together in community.
Participants will be introduced to new ideas, actions, and structures that can help heal our world and shift personal and collective consciousness. We will contribute to building a community of elders who connect deeply to one another and forge bonds for moving forward with action in the world, as well as growing in consciousness.
Texts: Thomas Berry, The Great Work; Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone, Active Hope;
Other sources: an online collection of videos, readings, and links to partner elder organizations.
Click HERE to view Workshop Outline
Offering the Workshop in your Community
CEN is currently developing both in-person and webinar versions of the Foundations Course that will be ready to go in early Spring. If you are interested in having the workshop offered in your community, please contact Pam Nichols of our EDU team.
What participants have said about the workshop...
“The CEN Foundations course gives a superb overview of what CEN is about as well as going into depth, especially through the varied, imaginative, and potentially transformative experiential exercises, as well as the rich resources. You will emerge more knowledgeable and wiser -- not only about what Conscious Elders Network really means but also about how you want to embrace your elderhood and contribute to making our world and earth a better home for our great, great grandchildren. This workshop will be valuable for CEN "old-timers" as well as new members.“
-- Meg Newhouse, Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting, Founder of the Life Planning Network, CEN "old-timer"
"This course lays the foundation for our thinking, acting and being needed to preserve all life for all future time. If there is one course that says everything about everything, this is it. In a world exploding with information, how do we decide what to let in. This gives participants the keys to what's important and a method by which to choose."
-- Geoff Ainscow, producer of a Walk Through Time, CEN “ old timer”.