Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar, writer, and spiritual activist, has been living the dream of mindful, purposeful work for most of her life. Her pioneering guidance in The Work That Reconnects and The Great Turning, our shift as a culture from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization, has inspired and opened countless numbers of people to the deep possibilities that lie sleeping within them.
In her recent newsletter, Joanna writes: "The other night at dinner, as we were sharing news and views, my Creation theologian friend Matt Fox said, 'Courage is the first sign of the Spirit. It is the root of all the other virtues.'
I loved his saying that. It caused me to think how courage is the essential ingredient of truth-speaking, how it sparks our fervor and our self-respect, how it lets us discover new strengths, new allies. And I got to reflecting on how lucky I am that the work I do acquaints me with so many courageous people."
Join us Thursday, August 2, 7-9 p.m. for The Time of Our Lives: Enlarging the Frame, an evening talk with Joanna Macy. $20 plus applicable fees (10% discount for RRU staff, students, faculty and alumni). Contact Continuing Studies at ext. 4801 for more information and to register.
Image: Joanna Macy by artist Robert Shetterly from the series of portraits entitled “Americans Who Tell the Truth”
“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.” ~ Joanna Macy