Good Grief Support Group
Sponsored by 350PDX
OPEN TO ALL WHO FIND THEMSELVES GRIEVING ABOUT THE PLANET
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. -Audre Lorde
Long term emergency work is exhausting and often discouraging in our culture where denial has become delusion, and justice, for those in the margins, is challenged daily from the nation’s leaders. Our consumer culture has commodified and isolated us.
There is mystery and love in the universe. Nature shows us that each person, and all life is precious. Our consciousness is precious. We do have the ability to recreate ourselves and choose our life views. Justice has yet to come here on earth. No words can capture the infinite. Interrelationships with each other and life on earth hold the key to our life satisfaction. All religions and views of spirituality are honored.
Group Leaders: Naomi Baker, LMFT and Emily Herbert retired psychologist, climate activist First Unitarian Church
All are welcome. Donations are appreciated.
Please sign up below for our cycle starting February 13th, 2020
"In order to counter all these negative trends within The Anthropocene we clearly need, within popular politics and culture, visions and memes of a different future. To get the detail into these visions, we will need more novel conceptual development, since the foundation on which we are building right now is seriously flawed and conducive of nothing but great waves of ennui, grief, dread, solastalgia, mourning and melancholia. We must rapidly exit The Anthropocene with its non-sustainability, perverse resilience, authoritarianism and its corrumpalism. The new foundation, built around a new meme, will need to be an act of positive creation." glennaalbrecht.com/2015/12/17/exiting-the-anthropocene-and-entering-the-symbiocene/?fbclid=IwAR2W-zjtSNNkfd4KPijHTqU7dA7cviXhCWjs2udVP8wNXnsOJ85NJM2de-k
"The real challenge for us, if we are to hold out any hope – not for continuance, because we can’t continue in anything like the current configuration of the social order – if we are to think of true rehabilitation, of reclothing and repurposing and rejoining our existence to this world, to living here, and not in some imaginary place of our own devising, the real challenge is: how are we going to get there with our current reservoir of technology and knowledge intact? What would be nostalgic is the belief that, in order to rejoin the world, we have to go back to a pre-technological state. That’s not going to happen. It’s too late for it to happen. I think there is another possibility between going back to some Rousseauian, prelapsarian vision and going down in the full blazing fireball of the capitalist embrace. I want to introduce at least the possibility of some third outcome." dark-mountain.net/older-than-writing/?fbclid=IwAR0drGU9IdBlA5eZA_Kf0fVU4XfohOrjVfxa_LVc917SQVEFBIL-jXkIpr8