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Friday November 8, 2019

FRIDAY NIGHT TALK: An Apprenticeship with Sorrow


An Apprenticeship with Sorrow.

Friday 11/8/2019 • 7:00 – 8:30pm
SLC Downtown Library • 210 E 400 S
Free Event (Donations accepted)
Includes 1 CEU for members only
($10 CEU for non-members)

Grief and loss touch us all, arriving at our door in many ways. It comes swirling on the winds of divorce, the death of someone dear, as an illness that alters the course of a life, a childhood bereft of love and security. For many of us, grief is tied intimately to the ravages we witness daily to watersheds and forests, the extinction of species, the collapse of democracy and the fading of civilization. Left unattended, these sorrows can seep underground, darkening our days. It is our unexpressed sorrows, the congested stories of loss that, when left untouched, block our access to the vitality of the soul. To be able to freely move in and out of the soul’s inner chambers, we must first turn toward the weighty terrain of grief and find meaningful ways to speak of sorrow. This requires that we take up an apprenticeship with sorrow.

In a time when the grief of the world threatens to overwhelm our small boat of self, we must find a deeper ground from which to respond to the ever-present reality of loss. Grief is more than an emotion; it is also a core faculty of being human. It is a skill that must be cultivated, or we will find ourselves migrating to the margins of our lives in hopes of avoiding the inevitable entanglements with loss. It is through the rites of grief that we are ripened as human beings. Grief invites gravity and depth into our world. Our apprenticeship slowly matures as we develop the capacity to metabolize sorrow into something medicinal for our soul and the Anima Mundi, the soul of the world.

Join us for an evening devoted to the many ways grief works us and changes our shape. Through presentation, poetry, story, and conversation, we will court the wild edge of sorrow.

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