In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked. As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory. New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss. At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others. This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.
Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake. We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.” Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home. Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.
Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.
Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.
This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.