Buddhist scholar Andrew Olendzki writes: “It is time for us to evolve…. The problem we now face is that these very instincts, which have served us well in a primitive, competitive setting, have become counterproductive in the interdependent social world we now inhabit and have themselves become our greatest existential threat.” Similarly, Jewish scholar Arthur Green writes: “Opening our minds, and ultimately the mind of our society, to the truth accessible from that inner ‘place’ constitutes our best hope for inspiring change in the way we live on this earth.” One can cite sources in Jewish and Buddhist teachings that emphasize our relation to the future. Sacred traditions are profoundly concerned about the generations to come. With present threats like climate change, inequality and continuous war, our spiritual lives must necessarily orient to the future. This workshop is based on the “work that reconnects” developed by the contemplative scholar and activist Joanna Macy. It is a writing exercise in a meditative context. We will identify with a human being on earth one or two centuries from now, and from that perspective, see our current efforts and receive counsel and encouragement. There will be a chance to share our letters. Please bring supplies for writing.
Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg has served in multiple capacities in the Jewish community — including Hillel director, day school teacher and community relations professional. She is a 1986 graduate of the … MORE