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Guest Speaker – March 22, 2023

The Lifesaving Power of Mutual Aid

The Lifesaving Power of Mutual Aid

We’re kicking off our new series, Terms of Service: The fine print of community. In this episode, Rev. Sean shares how mutual aid is a powerful tool for care and an essential component of spiritual life. Then, Rev. Dr. Sheryl Johnson joins Rev. Sean for a conversation about how the finance and stewardship practices of many congregations espouse neoliberal values and entrench white privilege and what we can do to change that.

From Series: “Terms of Service: The fine print of community

We all long “to be of use,” as Marge Piercy’s poem puts it. To do our small part in a greater work of love. It is a fundamental part of what it means to be human. Yet, at the same time, these days this can feel out of reach. This March, we’re exploring what it means “to be of use.” How important it is in theory and how challenging it can be in reality. How this fundamental action that knits human society together is also the thing that we never fully consented to. We might call it the “fine print” of what it means to be in community. A little like those “terms of service” we all tend to click yes to, without ever having read the many-many-words of details.

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