Radical Conversations (Social Engagement & Community Building)

 

2017 RADICAL CONVERSATIONS

Sponsored by the Shambhala Center’s Community Relations Committee

Tuesday, December 12

7 – 9 PM

Exploring the Heart of Race

in Body, Speech, and Mind

with Acharya John Rockwell, Shastri Sue Gilman, and Dr. Shakiyla Smith

This evening will be a mutual exploration of how we personally experience race

Open To All

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin or their background or their religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”                     – Nelson Mandela

This evening will be a mutual exploration of how we personally experience race. We will begin by introducing ourselves to each other. The three facilitators will present the overall view and process of the evening’s journey. We will then break into small groups for a guided meditation and a chance for each person to speak and listen from the heart. After all have spoken, we will gather again as a whole group to reflect on what physical feelings, emotions, questions, and insights arose. Everyone is warmly invited to stay for a reception with food, tea, and conversation.

The Facilitators:

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of the Shambhala and Buddhist path for over 40 years. His main inspiration is to help people open their heart and senses through meditation and bring awareness to everyday life, the natural world, and social change. He also practices and teaches Daoist qigong to loosen up the body for sitting still and moving with ease. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Rhiannon Wells, and travels internationally to teach.

Shastri Sue Gilman has been teaching meditation and Shambhala Buddhism for more than 10 years and has facilitated many conversations on both the joy and heartbreak of what it is to be human.

Dr. Shakiyla Smith is an energy medicine practitioner, yoga instructor, and longtime meditator. A primary personal and professional focus is adult learning and development, through which she supports others in their growth and transformation.

 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

1:30pm-4:00pm

Privilege & Predjudice: A Community Conversation

Open To All Communities

This event will be facilitated by Sue Gilman & Dr. Shakiyla Smith

The phrase white privilege is getting more air time lately. The word prejudice has gotten plenty of air time for a long time. Let’s sit down together – all races and perspectives – and talk about our experience.  We will talk in both small and large groups. We will practice contemplation and conversation. We will practice listening to each other and speaking from the heart. We will see what kind of connection we can make by sharing our experiences of privilege and prejudice in a gentle and fearless environment.

This is an interactive workshop that requires participation from attendees, who will be asked to share their personal experience. In this way, we truly come together for conversation and sharing.

Sue Gilman has been teaching meditation and Shambhala Buddhism for more than 10 years and has facilitated many conversations on both the joy and heartbreak of what it is to be human.

Shakiyla Smith is an energy medicine practitioner, yoga instructor, and longtime meditator. A primary personal and professional focus is adult learning and development, through which she supports others in their growth and transformation.


August 26, 2017

7:00pm-9:00pm

“Do you want to be Healed?”

Rev. Brady Radford

Associate Pastor, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

Rev. Brady Radford is a family man and community builder. He is one of the lead organizers for Create Community 4 Decatur:#BLM, a local organization here in the community. As a pastor he serves Oakhurst Presbyterian Church and as a therapist he walks alongside adults and couples throughout greater Metro Atlanta.

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Sponsored by the Shambhala Center’s Community Relations Committee,

Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and World Pilgrims

June 10, 2017  

7:00pm – 8:30pm 

Shambhala Meditation Center

1447 Church Street, Decatur, GA  30030

The Faces of Islam in Atlanta

 Panel presentation and Conversation

          

      Yssis Saadi El              Furqan Muhammad               Zehra Ozturk      

 

Islam is one of the most culturally and racially diverse religious groups in the United States.  This diversity is clearly reflected in Atlanta’s Muslim communities and 35+ mosques.  Muslims, practitioners of Islam make up about 1.3% of the population in Atlanta. Their traditions range from orthodox to non-denominational.

Our panelists come from several distinct Islamic traditions and cultures.  They will share their unique experience of living in Atlanta as practicing Muslims and speak to the affect the current social and political climate has had on their lives and communities. There will be time for dialog with our speakers.

 

The panelists: 

Yssis Saadi ElGrand Governess and Senior Minister at The Moorish Science Temple of America, Decatur

Furqan MuhammadImam at Masjid Al Mu’minun, Atlanta

Zehra OzturkSpeaker for the Atlantic Institute, Alpharetta

 

Valerie Morvan will facilitate our conversation.

 

 For more information email vmorvan@ntcsi.net or call 678-558-3120