In 2006, I had the honor to meet Leonard Higgins through my work as a computer consultant. We developed a friendship and in 2007 I introduced him to the Work That Reconnects, where he attended an all men’s workshop facilitated by Fran & Joanna Macy. The next year he brought his son to attend his second workshop at Land Of Medicine Buddha. Leonard spent 30 years working for state government as he, like so many of us, pursued the “American Dream” but always felt something was out of balance with how he lived his own life and how it impacted the planet.
In the following video excerpt, featuring Leonard Higgins and Michael Foster, Leonard shares how the Work That Reconnects moved him to direct action as one of the five activists who on Oct.11, 2016 successfully shut down 5 pipelines across the United States delivering tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada. The October date was chosen in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock.
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout
Photo Credit: Joanna Macy, deep ecologist, systems theorist, Buddhist scholar, author, speaker, teacher, communing with the Earth at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, January 2017. (Photo: Lois Canright)
We are living in a time of the convergence of multiple cataclysmic forces: runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), chronic wars and the most grotesque economic inequality ever witnessed on Earth. And all are worsening by the day.
Humans have changed the chemistry of the oceans and altered the very atmosphere of Earth. The planet’s largest ecosystems are in free-fall collapse as ACD proceeds apace. Racism, sexism, xenophobia and myriad other structural forms of hate are amplifying around the globe as a fascist authoritarian has ascended to the US presidency, the most powerful office in the world. This reality-television star, failed businessman, sexual predator, and hate-and-fear monger is clearly aiming for the fast track toward totalitarian rule.
Dear Friends in the Work that Reconnects,
If you’ve been with me in the Work That Reconnects, chances are that you danced the Elm Dance, and heard me tell how it connects our work to a band of valiant Russians protecting life in the poisoned shadow of Chernobyl. Perhaps you read their story in my memoir, Widening Circles, or my little book Pass It On, or chipped in to help them buy radiation monitors for their farmers and school teachers. [Read more…]
We are excited to announce the launch of our newly-designed and upgraded website.
We are a self-organizing group, comprised of facilitators and friends of the Work, in service to strengthening the Work That Reconnects worldwide community.
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- You are invited to our official Website Launch Party on Saturday February 18th at 10:00 AM PST when you can have a guided tour of some highlights of the new site.
Please RSVP here and we’ll send instructions on how to connect via Zoom or phone. If more than 50 people sign up, we’ll schedule an additional party at a later date so we can accommodate everyone. This will be a great chance to meet and greet other members of our Network, as well as learn about the new website.
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