When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.
– Madeleine L’Engle
April is almost here. I have been doing some soul-searching. Time and again I return to what is possible and re-affirm the vision of a world very different than the one we live in.
It was after 9/11 that it became incredibly clear to me: the best security we have in this life is held within good relationships with one another. Within the embodied, grounded life, held within solid, supportive, warm connections with others, the uncertainties of life become less frightening and we can handle more than we ever could alone.
How can we:
- Better support one another, giving permission for truth-telling, no matter how awful a truth it is?
- Normalize the extreme range of experiences that come by virtue of being human in this world?
- Come to live differently with one another, recognizing that shared authentic vulnerability, in contrast to our deepest fears, is where our greatest strength resides?
April 23, we will focus on the Bosnia genocide. Many were subjected to the extremely brutal violation of sexual assault. For many reasons, this remains one of the most difficult and shameful types of violations to disclose and talk about. Rape is an incredibly effective and way-too-commonplace weapon of war and genocide; it can destroy an entire community without needing to kill. Please join us for the remarkably courageous stories of the women who refused to remain silent and instead sought justice in, I Came to Testify.
For info on all six events, film trailers, speakers, and to RSVP, click here.
The events are free, but space is limited, so please RSVP on the web site. Tickets are required for this event.
Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.
::: UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS :::
2014 UN Coffee Talk Series – United Nations Association Orange County Chapter
Saturday, March 22 10a-noon
American Red Cross Building
Great American Write-In – Women For: Orange County
Saturday, April 5 9:30a-1p
OC Walk to End Genocide – Jewish World Watch
Sunday, April 6 1p-4p
Fountain Valley Sports Park – Great Lawn
8th Annual Golden West College 2014 Peace Conference
PEACE: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity, Our Legacy
Friday, April 18 8:30a-5p