What happens when we experience deep pain–grief, loss, betrayal? Traditional religions might tell us there is a plan or a purpose to our pain. What does humanism have to say about how we emerge from the deepest struggles of our lives?
Sometimes we refer to world religions as “wisdom traditions”–but do they always reward the wise? Exploring the concepts of Beginner’s Mind in Zen Buddhism and the concept of the “holy fool,” Amanda will invite us to consider what it takes to emerge wiser.
Remember the register in the front of your checkbook, before we paid for everything online? Those entries meant more than just whether you had money in your checking account. Join Amanda as she examines living a “balanced” life. Music from Johnnie Buzek & friends.
For our annual Pay Attention to Love Day, Amanda will explore what it takes to persevere in love. In any kind of relationship–romantic, familial, friendship–how do we keep on loving when things get hard?
Join Amanda and her colleague Ryane, a leader with the Washington Interfaith Network and founder of The TraRon Center, in this unique platform dialogue. Ryane and Amanda will talk about how we persevere in the fight for social justice, even when faced with insurmountable odds.
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What does it mean to be intentional about our shared community life? How do we show up in this space in a way that welcomes all, that makes space for different identities and experiences, and that honors our diversity while also celebrating our shared … read more.
This MLK weekend, join Amanda in a reflection on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.–not his legacy of beautiful words and inspiring vision, but his legacy of long-term, community-based organizing. How do we take our intentions to build a better … read more.
10:30am. Join us for a celebration of the year, and a look at what a circuit around the sun means for us in our personal lives…and on a cosmological level! We will travel through space and time, and make our own commitments to the … read more.
What does it mean to have hope in the world today? Is it a good idea–or even possible? Amanda will explore the interaction of lamentation, solidarity, and that elusive hope, drawing on the work of Miguel de la Torre and others. Music from the WES … read more.
Join us for our annual celebration of abundance, as we retell the story of the magic soup created by just a few stones…and a community’s acts of generosity. This year, we will honor members of WES who have given abundantly of their time and love … read more.