Inner and Outer Peace Work Inspired by Etty Hillesum
March 23, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 29, 2023
We live in times of transition, witnessing a huge change in humanity, a time that calls us to face many challenges in the political arena. We need to find our voices to contribute to the change we aspire to see. We can find strength through solidarity, deep listening, and spiritual connection. The diaries of Etty Hillesum represent a woman who found her own path of spiritual resistance against a totalitarian regime and ideology. She searched for inner freedom, chose to believe in the humanness of all people, even her so-called “enemies,” and carried a vision of a better future in her heart no matter how hard life seemed. Using her writings as the basis for our inquiry, we will ask: What is peace work? How can we channel our anger and frustration so that it does not control us? How can we develop spiritual resilience, face thoughts of despair that sometimes threaten to take over, and step out of victimhood? What is our spiritual source? What is our vision for a better world? We will read excerpts from Hillesum’s diaries and discuss the topics of inner and outer peace, inner freedom, healing hatred, and spiritual development. We will engage in writing exercises, meditation, and group sharing. All are welcome.
Dina Awwad-Srour and Emma Sham-ba Ayalon are passionate women and peace workers who work for social change and global healing. Dina (Palestinian) is a lecturer and a writer on issues of women’s empowerment and sexuality. Emma Sham-Ba (Israeli) is a rabbi, poet, and artist. They created the Etty Hillesum Cards in three languages (English, Hebrew, and Arabic) in order to share the inspiration of Hillesum’s writings with others.
All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.