Responding to the call:

Healing from the sin of separation

A multi-part course run from January 12 - February 23 | Open to all

Program information

** We have closed the registration platform. If you have questions or would still like to register, please email Jen Higgins-Newman at program@bhfh.org and we'll do our best to accommodate you! **

The sin of separation – separation from each other, from creation, from our own humanity, from who God calls us to be – is at the root of the interconnected social, ecological, and spiritual injustices we are living in right now. To truly interrupt and address white supremacy, the climate crisis, and the on-going harm of settler-colonialism, we must do the inward and outward work of healing from these sins of separation and realign the actions of our lives into right relationship.

 

Responding to the Call is a two-month long, weekly workshop to do this critical work of climate justice, dismantling white supremacy, and beginning reparations. We will meet every other week in a whole group Zoom session, with alternating weeks dedicated to on-going small groups. As the work of systems transformation – both the societal systems we engage with daily and ourselves as systems of change – is not purely academic, this workshop will use somatic and Quaker spiritual practices along with discussions, readings, and videos.

 

This workshop comes out of several commitments that Quakers in New England have made over the past few years and is open to anyone interested in this work of truth-telling, sustainable living, right relationship, apology & reparations, and liberating our spiritual practices from the white supremacist and classist systems in which they developed.

 

Participants are encouraged to sign-up with area f/Friends so their small group work can be locally grounded. Pending enough registrations, we will also have a small group option dedicated for BIPOC participants.

 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the NEYM Future Fund, administered by the NEYM Legacy Gift Committee. 

Dates, Cost, & Registration

Whole Group Zoom sessions: 7 – 8:30 PM (ET)

– Tuesday, January 12

– Tuesday, January 26

– Tuesday, February 9

– Tuesday, February 23

Session descriptions forthcoming. 

 

Small groups (optional): Will meet in between sessions, self-organized based on member availability.

 

Cost: Pay-as-led.

– Recommended standard rate: $120 for all four sessions and small groups

– Recommended pay-it-forward rate: $240 for all four sessions (Pays for you and another) 

– Recommended reduced rate: $40 for all four sessions and small groups

– (Sliding scale goes all the way down to zero. Payment ensures that we are able to pay our facilitators and cover our costs. Money left over will become a seed fund for projects coming out of this series led by participants).

 

Held on Zoom | Open to all – you don’t have to be Quaker to attend | Closed Captioning provided.

** How to register ** 

This sliding scale registration allows you to enter the amount you want to pay – all the way down to “0”. If you enter “0” in the amount box, the registration button will change from “Pay now” to “Register.” 

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 This project is supported in part by a grant from the NEYM Future Fund, administered by the NEYM Legacy Gift Committee.


Cost: Pay-as-led

– Recommended standard rate: $120 for all four sessions and small groups

– Recommended pay-it-forward rate: $240 for all four sessions (Pays for you and another) 

– Recommended reduced rate: $40 for all four sessions and small groups

 

(Payment ensures that we are able to pay our facilitators and cover our costs. Money left over will become a seed fund for projects coming out of this series led by participants).

**We have closed the registration platform. If you have questions or would still like to register, please email Jen Higgins-Newman at program@bhfh.org and we will do our best to accommodate you** 

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Lisa Graustein

Lisa Graustein is a mom, artist, and facilitator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She leads workshops and consults with area schools on issues surrounding race, gender, and LGBTQI+ issues. She is also a Quaker minister, has been a public school teacher, and was a former Young Friends coordinator for New England Yearly Meeting.

Photo credit Rachel Liu

Emma Turcotte

Emma is a wannabe Quaker, committed youth worker, and thoughtful F/friend who’s interested in bending the spiritual and breaking into the Divine. She hails from the great Midwest and graduated in 2018 from Earlham College with a major in Human Development and Social Relations and a minor in Religious Studies. The following year she moved to Boston to participate in the Quaker Voluntary Service and currently serves as a Youth Leadership Coordinator at a Boston-based non-profit. 

Briana Halliwell

Briana (she/her), is a Young Adult Friend who grew up in Quakerism and seeks to defy the boundaries of our faith by connecting people to the root of the Spirit and helping them to reMember their place in the natural order of life. She has worn many hats in the past (zookeeper, editor, freelance writer) and is now stepping fully into the role of “traveling minister,” whatever that may entail.

Jen Higgins-Newman

Jen Higgins-Newman is the Program Manager for Beacon Hill Friends House – and is your main point of contact for registration, accessibility, tech, and other administrative questions for this program. 

 

 

Need help? Email program@bhfh.org to reach Jen!