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We live in fraught times. An enormous transition is underway on this planet as climate changes, the world becomes a more uncertain, unpredictable place, cultures unravel, and fear rises as a predictable reaction. It is always like this in times of upheaval. How do we hold our spiritual ground, keep our balance, and not give in to the chaos and fear? Navigating these times requires letting go of expectations and calming the anxiety we feel over what is to come. Part of that spiritual work is to live as fully as we can in the present moment, which is the only one available to us. In his book, Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hahn wrote: “We can realize peace right in the present moment with our look, our smile, our words, and our actions. Peace work is not a means. Each step we make should be peace. Each step we make should be joy. Each step we make should be happiness. If we are determined, we can do it. We don’t need the future. We can smile and relax. Everything we want is right here in the present moment.”

  • Date: 03/09/2023 06:30 PM
  • Location Online Event


This program is a hybrid: Participants have the option to meet with others at The Well Spirituality Center, LaGrange, IL, or to join in on Zoom from home. Facilitator will be on Zoom.
Registrants will receive Zoom sign-in information via email
upon registration + a reminder the day before the program.

Facilitator: Margaret Swedish

After 23 years as director of the Religious Task Force on Central America & Mexico in Washington DC, Margaret Swedish turned her attention to the unfolding ecological crisis, moving back to her hometown of Milwaukee. Her book, Living Beyond the ‘End of the World:’ A Spirituality of Hope (2008, Orbis) focused on the multiple dynamics leading to our planetary crisis, including ecological, economic, societal, and cultural collapse.

Margaret’s book launched many years of speaking and leading workshops on the connections among ecology, culture, and spirituality. Currently, she is a gardener at Alice’s Garden Urban Farm in Milwaukee, a community advocate and animator. She continues to look for opportunities to conduct workshops and group reflections focused on what has gone horribly wrong in the relationships among humans, and between humans and the natural world, leading to the crises we currently face. Her work is sponsored by the non-profit Center for New Creation.

The cost of this program is $25.

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