Here are the “touchstones” for our class, in terms of how we honor each other when we are together. This approach is based on the good work of the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Our list can grow organically as we move forward. Here we are (lightly edited and arranged) as of January 25, 2021

  • Be in an environment where you can be present and minimize distractions
  • Put away cell phones and close web tabs and other apps
  • Honor our time together and commit to that time
We are living in challenging times; assume best intentions in each other
  • What is said in the class stays in the class
  • Actively listen and actively engage
  • Trust and learn from the silence
  • Keep an open mind
Speak from the “I” perspective
  • Be willing to be wrong
  • Speak your truth in ways that respects other people’s truth; allowing people to finish their thoughts
  • Be forgiving when others stumble and then call them in
  • Giving everyone room to change their opinions
  • 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
  • Deeply learn from the material and try to apply what we learn to our own lives

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

Week 1

Tuesday, January 19

Thursday, January 21

Week 2

Monday, January 25

  • bell hooks. all about love (Preface, Introduction and Chapters 1 – 7).

Tuesday, January 26

Thursday, January 28

Friday, January 29

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

Week 3

Monday, February 1

  • John Lewis: Love In Action.” Interview with Krista Tippett. January 26, 2017
  • John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Introduction and Chapter 1 – Chapter 4)
  • Good Trouble. 2020. Directed by Dawn Porter. (Trailer here).

Tuesday, February 2

  • John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Chapter 5 – Reconciliation)
  • Selma (2014). Directed by Ava Duvernay.

Thursday, February 4

Sunday, February 7

  • Assignment 2 due by 5:00PM on Canvas

Week 4

Monday, February 8

  • 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 9

Thursday, February 10

  • ‘Say Yes!’ Poem by Andrea Gibson. Read it here and see it here!
  • Write and be ready to perform a haiku with your reflections on this class. As a reminder, here’s what you need to know about haikus.
  • Bring to class an item of food that offers you comfort and that you would share with others if you could.

Sunday, February 14

  • Assignment 3 due by 7:00PM on Canvas