Young Maine activists open Spiritual Journey series

Members of the Greene-based Maine Center for Justice, Ecology and Democracy (JED) present In Solidarity with the No Longer and the Not Yet: Stories of Collective Resistance, Struggle and Creation at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall, 56 Campus Ave. The public is invited to attend this discussion free of charge. The JED talk opens a series of lectures, Spiritual Journeys: Stories of the Soul 2002-03, sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain. Call 207-786-8272 for more information.

The JED collective, a community of Maine activists in their 20s collaborating with older and younger friends, considers how those working for social transformation sustain themselves over the long haul. Finding inspiration from author Marge Piercy’s words “strong is what we make each other,” JED members live and work at the JED Convergence Center, a cooperative organic farm and community organizing center dedicated to creative social change.

Next in the Spiritual Journeys series is Kathleen Sands, associate professor of religious studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Sands will discuss How I Lost My Faith and Found My Hope at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Skelton Lounge of Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue.

The Spiritual Journey series presents a variety of perspectives and traditions as individuals tell the stories of their spiritual awakenings and development. “Guest speakers explore how they experience the holy in their ordinary lives,” says Chaplain Kerry Maloney, “and discuss how their perspectives, disciplines or traditions have shaped their experiences of the sacred.” Each speaker will lead the audience in a brief encounter with a spiritual practice that has been important in forming his or her own spirit.

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