Something has gone very wrong in the way humans have lived on this planet. Climate disruptions, habitat loss, and species extinctions are only a few of the impacts we are experiencing everywhere. At the same time, the post-World War II global order is falling apart amid stresses that are economic, political, cultural, and more. How to live in such times? Rather than a time of retreat, it is a time for deeper engagement with the world around us. It is a time for surrender, deep letting go, and for our best creative talents to emerge. I have been engaged with a community called Warriors for the Human Spirit, an international network of people training in the disciplines we will need to walk fearlessly into the tumult - balance, equanimity, a stable core, generosity, compassion and a desire to be of service as needs arise. I bring these newly learned (still learning) skills to the work I do, sponsored by the non-profit Center for New Creation.
That work includes: * workshops and other presentations on the place of the human within the web of life so that we can better understand our impacts on the planet, the conditions in which we will be living, and how we begin preparing for news ways of life amid the unraveling; * presentations on some of the history that has led us to this crisis; * facilitating reflection groups that include meditation, contemplation, and deep sharing to help us develop the inner skills we will need to remain stable, calm - and kind.
I anchor my work locally through my engagement with Alice's Garden Urban Farm in the heart of one of Milwaukee's challenged neighborhoods. There I work with a diverse community of gardeners and healers as we grow not only food but also community. We are a sacred space that is available for many healing activities that address the profound humanity and dignity of so many left on the margins because of racism and segregation.
I bring to this work my 24 years as a leader with the Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico in Washington DC, with a focus on human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and the work of solidarity. This background is a resource to help us understand the crisis of refugees and immigrants at our southern border and the long story that has brought them here. The crisis will worsen as conditions on the planet worsen. It is one of the great moral challenges of our time.
I am rooted in a deep spirituality that comes from a long engagement with liberation theology, Buddhist practice, and a deep reverence for indigenous spirituality.
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The challenges in front of us are not going to get easier. We need to build resilience, community, and strong spiritual practices to help us move through this time with compassion, kindness, and solidarity. Thanks for reading.
~ Margaret Swedish