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Summer Book Club with Pastor Tad
August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on June 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on July 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on July 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on August 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm
One event on August 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
On two Wednesdays per month during the months of June – August you are invited to join Pastor Tad for a book discussion on Sharon Salzberg’s book, Real Change. The author is one of today’s leading Buddhist teachers on spiritual tools for activism and on meditation and mindfulness in general. Our discussions will focus on the book and we will put that in dialog with our own spiritual insights and understandings. We will focus on the connection between spirituality, practice, and activism. We will be reading 1-2 chapters before each time we meet. Attendance at all gatherings is not required, just come as you can, but I do suggest you get the book and be read up on the chapters for that week and probably prior for the sake of context and discussion. We will be meeting at 7 p.m. via Zoom for now.
Meeting Dates: June 9 & 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18.
June 9 – discussing introduction and chapter 1
June 16 – discussing chapters 2 & 3
July 7 – discussing chapters 4 & 5
July 21 – discussing chapter 6
August 4 – discussing chapter 7
August 18 – discussing chapter 8
Here is a description of the book:
In today’s fractured world, we’re constantly flooded with breaking news that causes anger, grief, and pain. People are feeling more stressed out than ever, and in the face of this fear and anxiety they can feel so burnt out and overwhelmed that they end up frozen in their tracks and unable to do anything. In Real Change, Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in lovingkindness meditation, shares sage advice and indispensable techniques to help free ourselves from these negative feelings and actions. She teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that’s bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active.
Consulting with veteran activists and social-change agents in a variety of fields, Salzberg collects and shares their wisdom and offers the best practical advice to foster transformation in both ourselves and in society. To help tame our inner landscape or chaos, Salzberg offers mindfulness practices that will help readers cultivate a sense of agency and stay engaged in the long-term struggle for social change.
Whether you’re resolving conflicts with a crotchety neighbor or combating global warming, Real Change will provide the fundamental principles and mindfulness practices to help guide you to the clarity and confidence to lift a foot and take the next step into a better world.