More resources for Opening Minds and Hearts

It’s just been a few days since I wrote my last blog post, “Open Carry Love“.

I’ve been a fairly infrequent blogger, so I was not planning on posting again so soon. Yet last night, I attended an online webinar sponsored by some of the organizers of the Women’s March. There were eleven thousand participants on the webinar… and, I learned about some awesome resources that I can’t wait to share!

The webinar was about Daring Discussions , a project created by some of the leaders of the Women’s March. The intention is to support and encourage all of us to initiate difficult conversations with friends, family, neighbors, and community members on challenging social issues. The larger purpose is to have respectful one-on-one conversations that “bring us all closer to our shared humanity.”

Their toolkit is a solid, basic resource. While readers of this blog may already be familiar with much of the material in the toolkit, I found it awesome to see these listening skills and tools for dialogue being spread within the larger social change community. Yet that was just the start: there’s a few more resources I learned about last night, that came as a total surprise…

One of the webinar organizers mentioned The People’s Supper , an organization that aims to  “repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse.”

When I visited The People’s Supper website, I found two extraordinary offerings in their resources section. The first is:

Resources and Support for Healing in the Wake of Charlottesville, a compendium of resources compiled by the Faith Matters network;

and the second is,

Collective Care in the Face of Trauma: A Guidebook for Gathering, a resource guide for those who want to host healing gatherings in the aftermath of traumatic events.

I found both of these resources to be extremely rich and heart-warming tools for anyone drawn to engaged spirituality and heart-centered activism. Please enjoy, contribute what you can to the organizations that created these awesome resources, and share widely with your networks.

And, I’d love to hear your thoughts below, along with any additional resources you may want to offer.


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