Amanda Poppei

Welcoming What Is: A Buddhist Invitation to Acceptance

What does it look like to welcome into our lives all that is…the good, bad, and ugly? How do we increase our capacity to accept the reality we live with, while still holding a sense of the possibility of change? Amanda will explore the Buddhist tradition in this experiential platform.  

Welcome to WES!

Imagine you were a traveler from a far-off land, or another time…or even just a different Ethical Society! When you arrived at WES for the first time, what would you find? Would you understand our language, our customs, our (humanist) rituals? Together we will imagine welcoming the stranger to our unique and ever-changing community.

Telling the Truth in Love: A Question Platform

10:30am. Join Amanda for this always popular “question and answer” platform. Send her your questions about ethics, social justice, WES, and more ahead of time, or just bring your questions with you–you’ll have an opportunity to write them down. Amanda will address as many as she has time for! Music from the WES Chorus.

Calling In, Calling Out, and Our Calling to Community

Engagement with anti-racism and other social justice work often includes the experience of making mistakes & even worse, having them pointed out! How can we develop our muscle both to we hear criticism, & to we give it? Amanda will explore the idea  & reflect on how we learn together. Music from Lilo Gonzalez.

Relationship Building: WES’ Grounding and Growing Love

10:30am. How do we build a culture in a community like ours–one that values communication and allows us to navigate conflict well? Amanda, joined by words from Jo London and Bob Pokorney, will reflect on WES’ historical Relationship Building curriculum and the ways that work informs our unfolding culture. Music from Josh Blinder.

You Are Loved: The Broken Truth

Ethical Culture Leader in Training and artist Je Hooper will join Amanda and Melissa to tell the story of the broken truth that tells us we are loved…and help us find  the whole truth that completes the puzzle. Music from award-winning percussionist Tom Teasley.

The Art of Parenting (Without Losing Your Love of Children)

9:30am & 11:30am. Parenting can be…tedious. So can almost every aspect of “adulting.” Getting up and going to work, sleeping for a bit and doing it all over again. Feeding and bathing the kids, on repeat. Cooking meals for yourself and doing the dishes…endlessly. Where’s the FUN in it all? With an eye toward the … Continued

Zest in the Era of Resistance

9:30 & 11:30am. As we begin our exploration of Zest, Amanda asks how we find it during a time that can feel overwhelming–whether it’s because of national politics or our own struggles. How do we reclaim the right to live boldly, joyfully, and lustily while also refusing to look away from the hard parts of life? … Continued

Into the Woods!

9:30am (at the campsite) Join Amanda at the WES Camping Trip for a special platform around the picnic tables. The woods often call to us as a place of escape and mystery. What does it means to get lost in the woods? How do we embody the journey of the woods in our own lives?

Founder’s Day: The Way We Were

9:30am & 11:30am. “Founder’s Day: The Way We Were” Cayo Gamber, Sera Morgan, Perry Saidman, and Amanda Poppei. Ten years ago, WES was in the midst of transition–a capital campaign, a building renovation, a Leader search. We look back at this moment in time and celebrate the leap of faith WES members took.