Mondays, February 8 – April 26, 2021
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.
COST: $240.00 for the series; $25.00 for an individual session.
The 4/26 session is free.
Each individual session in this series will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of two hours.
The Hedgerow Initiative offers sustained, systematic programming in feminist theological education, spiritual integration, and leadership for a just and holy world. In a particular way, the Initiative highlights the scholarship of women who since the 1950s have worked to reclaim women’s presence and significance in scripture, church, history, theology and culture. The Initiative takes its name from the hedgerow schools in Ireland that kept alive the language, faith, culture and community of the people during the time of the British penal codes. A hedgerow is a biosphere and a haven.
Online Course Expectations + Details:
- Register as individuals.
- After registering and approximately 24 hours prior to the start of the session, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information. Please check your Spam folder or Promotions tab if you don’t find the email in your inbox.
- Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
- Each Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate the small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.
Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth Honoring Faiths
Melanie L Harris
Erosion: Essays on Undoing
Terry Tempest Williams
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
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