In these heartbreaking times, we feel grateful to have the means to come together with open hearts to bear witness, take stock, deepen community, and to celebrate our common humanity.
We want to share with you a little of what we've recently been up to.
Each year, Center for Council's Social Justice Council Project provides a select number of community-based, social service and arts organizations with individualized Council training and with resources to support their missions, help enhance and deepen their work, and bring folks together in Council. On June 24, 2016, Center for Council was so pleased to host the Social Justice Council Project Gathering and Celebration at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. At this event, all of this year's Social Justice Council Project participants came together to share how they're integrating Council into their important and unique work in the world.
The day featured circles and activities led by participating organizations, cultural performances, a special phoned-in presentation by one of our incarcerated Council leaders, and lots and lots of Council. It was truly a day of festivity and a special chance to bring together a new and growing coalition of like-minded organizations working to empower their communities through the practice of listening and storytelling.
In the midst of so much suffering in the world right now, this event was a much-needed reminder of all the good that exists--and of all of the big-hearted people working hard within our local communities to support compassion, peace, and wellbeing for all. It was also a powerful confirmation of Council's potential, in any setting, to ease pain, increase engagement, and enable us to flourish together at a time when it is so needed.