Cultivating Compassion Session 10: A People’s History of the United States
The NT-NL Public Witness Team for Peace & Justice are partnering with the United States Christian Leadership Organization (USCLO), Charter for Compassion Social Justice Sector, and Kairos + Collaborative to offer this set of FREE online episodes and practice sessions to help Make This Your Year to Cultivate Compassion!
“You’re invited to spend 2023 growing compassion for yourself, your friends, and even those who today you might describe as enemies. We’ll interrogate our emotions, reasoning, decision-making, and more as we work to join the infinite game of building peace.”
Specifically about this October 26 session:
We love a good story, with its protagonists and antagonists, plot twists and conflicts. As we read narratives of fact or fiction, it’s natural to identify with the hero and despise the villian. In his 1889 biography of Charles George Gordon, William Francis Butler observed, “…it is the victor who writes the history and counts the dead, and to the vanquished in such a struggle there only remains the dull memory of an unnumbered and unwritten sorrow.” We know that for every happening, there are at least as many stories as there are observers, often more. Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” attempts to give voice to those stories often unrepresented in our discussion of history. The result is devastating, but its goal is hope. Zinn says, “I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive moments compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.”
Full details about this session (including registration) can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-compassion-session-10-a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-tickets-502917910007