The following email was sent by Professor of English Anne Dalke and Chair of Economics David Ross on Thursday, January 22.
In the busy-ness of each week, it is easy to lose the sense of vocation that has brought us together in this academic community. Since the fall of 2011, a small group of us have gathered bi-weekly each term to engage in attentive witness to what’s happening here and in ourselves. By being present to one another, in deep listening and generosity of spirit, we try to help one another live the lives we wish to live.
We practice a form of worship sharing: beginning and ending in silence, inbetween speaking with one another, bringing what is on our hearts while we are on campus, restoring a sense of intentionality in what we choose to do. It’s less a talking about than a meditating on.
The format is loose enough that we haven’t even quite settled on a title for what we do: the economist calls it “spiritual accountability”; for the humanist, it’s more a sort of “spiritual raconteuring.” You are welcome to bring your own intentions, and your own language.
There’s no obligation to come each time (although we’ve been enriched by getting to know more fully the folks who come more regularly); there’s no obligation to speak; and what is said stays in the room.
If this resonates, we look forward to having you join us. We’ll start again on Tuesday, January 27, and meet bi-weekly (Feb 10 & 24, March 17 & 31, Apr. 14 & 28) from 4:15-5:00 in the English House Lecture Hall (turn right under the main staircase, then pass through two sets of doors). And if you’d like to be added to (or removed from) a list of those receiving reminders on the weeks when we meet, please let us know.
Anne Dalke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Ross (email@example.com)