moving through fear

Truth School class, Labyrinth Through Fear, met at the Pan African Historical Museum USA in Springfield, MA in late January. Together, they created a poem:


Bold human expression
Holding in the cradle of compassion
Out of Nowhere, Nothing answered, Yes!

Stand still, the forest knows where you are
Light keeps on breaking
As I face the danger in my fluttering heart
A changed changer
I continue to continue
Despite all the evils
Systems that do not value life or well-being
I remain steady as a three-legged cauldron
Let me sit here with you
Be brave to walk alone
Be brave with and for others

In addition to lines composed by workshop participants, our poem includes excerpts from the following poets: Lucille Clifton, David Waggoner, Monique Wittig, and Zi Ye

truth school happenings

Lots has been happening in the Truth School. With classes all over CT River Valley (ok, not everywhere but in Springfield, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield) it’s hard to keep track of it all!

In brief: Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom led by Dr. Ruth Bass Green was offered at Lathrop in Northampton and moved one participant with the possibility of forgetting yourself and just joining and singing. Positive Change through Education housed at Jackson street school and co-led by Gwen Agna and Thomas Chang helped participants refine techniques for approaching inequity issues with children, the fine art of show kids things and asking them what they notice. Social Activism for Senior Citizens housed up in Greenfield at the Franklin Co-op space on 170 Main street inspired the simple reflection in one participant, “in part, I need to learn how to be in community, just be able to be with folk.

After attending the Circle Practice to Build Strength and Trust class led by Tasondra Jardine at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke (what an unexpected place for a Circle Practice class!) one participant is motivated to get involved in restorative justice movements; Norma Akamatsu and Gail Perlman’s Infighting on the Left: A Structured Dialogue class reminded one participant “of how important storytelling is in breaking down barriers. Also, a better understanding of why ‘point-counterpoint’ doesn’t work, which was helpful.” And then last but not least, Pamela Marsh William’s class on leading volunteers accomplished its goal: one participant said, “I think I can recruit and nurture volunteers more effectively!Cheers to that.

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