Who do we think we are?
I am part of a growing group of artists, Quakers, organizers, and concerned citizens like you contemplating this question at this critical juncture in U.S. and world history. Our team has been meeting every week for the past four months to engage in worship-sharing on terms that lie along political and cultural fault lines. Now, we would like to invite you to participate in #Cassandra2020.
Cassandra 2020 is a series of contemplative actions to create space to reevaluate the political fault line lines in this country. Cassandra represents the unheard at a time when our country is silencing the most urgent voices. Cassandra warned Troy. Troy didn’t listen. Troy burned. Through this campaign, we’re emphasizing the importance of listening, silence, and better understanding of difference. We see this as an opportunity to disseminate the best parts of our Quaker faith out into the world, and we need your help to do it. It’s time to let our inner light shine bright.
The #Cassandra2020 launch and Day of Contemplative Actionwill be Thursday, August 27th, the day of the Republican Nomination. As forces of fear threaten to overtake the world, we pause to listen, learn, and find our strength. Please participate in as many ways as you feel called:
- Look inward: at least 15 minutes in silent reflection on the campaign slogan/query: Who do we think we are?
- Share your reflections: with a friend, with a stranger, and/or with the world, on social media, along with the hashtag, #cassandra2020.
- Invite others to participate: Make signs that say, “Who do we think we are?” and “#Cassandra2020.” Hold them at intersections, post them in yards, on telephone poles, and so on. As you hold up the sign in public, by yourself or with friends, we invite you to continue your silent reflection. We encourage you to wear black and draw a black half-circle on your forehead. Just as Cassandra possessed a third eye, a sight beyond sight, we tap into our own intuitive powers.
Please share this invitation with your Meeting. We will send more information for Stage 2, which will center on small-group and 1-on-1 conversations across difference, on August 30th. Together, we can bring a little more thoughtfulness into the world.
If you have any questions, we’re here to help, we’ll be hosting a Zoom orientation / centering session on
Saturday, August 22nd, starting at
2 PM Pacific = 3 PM Mountain
We’ll be happy to discern with you.
from Vona Van Cleef, El Paso Meeting (to be 8/27/2020)