Let’s develop “touchstones” for our class, in terms of how we honor each other when we are together, based on the good work of the Center for Courage and Renewal. Our list can grow organically as we move forward.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Speak from the “I” perspective
  • What is said in the class stays in the class
  • Come into the space with an open mind and be an active, empathetic listener; assume best intentions
  • Look and listen to others while they are talking; put away unrelated thoughts
  • Listen to everyone thoroughly and fully before responding; if there’s some kind of “counter,” sandwich it between a compliment; respect the place of judgment that people are coming from.
  • Celebrate the fact that our peers come from a unique background and therefore bring a unique perspective
  • Push yourself to consider and respect opinions you might not initially agree with or understand
  • Be ok with talking about uncomfortable, difficult conversations
  • Be ok with not always knowing the answer
  • No personal attacks
  • Allow for silence; do not always try to fill it
  • Thank our classmates for being present and for their vulnerability and insights
  • As we learn about love’s multitudes
, let it be our guiding principal
  • When we are online, be in an environment where you can be present and minimize distractions.
  • Put away cell phones and close web tabs and other apps

Over our four weeks together, here are some of the meditations and music we will use.

Week 1 (via Zoom)

Monday, January 10 

  • Welcome to the class
  • Where is the Love?” The Black Eyed Peas. Official Music Video. June 16, 2009.

Tuesday, January 11

Wednesday, January 12

Thursday, January 13

Week 2

Tuesday, January 18

Wednesday, January 19

Thursday, January 20

  • Selma (2014). Directed by Ava Duvernay.
  • “From Anger to Love: Self-Purification and Political Resistance.” Martha C. Nussbaum in To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry. Harvard University Press (2018). (ERES)
  • What Do We Mean We When Say, ‘Building the Beloved Community’?” Carl Gregg. patheos. March 31, 2015.

Friday, January 21

  • Assignment 1 due by 5:00PM on Canvas.

Week 3

Monday, January 24

  • John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Introduction and Chapter 1 – Chapter 4)
  • Good Trouble. 2020. Directed by Dawn Porter. (Trailer here).

Tuesday, January 25

  • John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Chapter 5 – Reconciliation)
  • John Lewis: Love In Action.” Interview with Krista Tippett. January 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 26

Thursday, January 27

Sunday, January 30

  • Assignment 2 due by 5:00PM on Canvas

Week 4

Monday, January 31

  • I Am Not Your Negro.” 2016. Directed by Raoul Peck.
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Crown Publishing. 2020. Chapter 7 and Conclusion. (ERES)
  • We need to talk about an injustice.” Bryan Stevenson. Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading. March 2012.

Tuesday, February 1

Wednesday, February 2

  • Your talks

Thursday, February 3

  • Your talks

Sunday, February 6

  • Assignment 3b due by 5:00PM on Canvas