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Registration closes Friday, September 25 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time
(class will be recorded for participants; no special computer skill or equipment required)
In this class, you will learn how a felt sense functions in a Quaker Meeting’s gathering circle. We will look at the underlying commonality between Focusing and Quaker meditation. We also will explore the way Quakers make a decision by arriving at a “sense of the meeting.” Reaching a decision in this way rests on forming a felt sense of a shared meaning leading meeting members to reach unity in their decisions.
In the second part of the class, you will learn about the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). New York Quakers developed AVP workshops in the 1970’s to facilitate non-violence in US prisons. You will see how the Quakers modified their gathering circle to fit the needs of working with prison inmates. Lastly, you will learn how a felt sense can lead to change and transformations among inmates within and as a result of the workshops.
There will also be some time for questions and comments from participants.
All are welcome to attend. Some experience with Focusing and/or Gendlin’s Philosophy will be helpful but is not required. Material covered in the class is from Harbert’s new book A Quaker’s View Of Gendlin’s Philosophy.
We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the teacher and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them.
You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to view the class.
Harbert Rice is a Quaker. His home meeting is the Reno Friends Meeting in Reno, NV, where he served as Clerk of the Meeting. He was a member of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), which brought AVP workshops into the Nevada State Prison System. He is now retired and lives with his wife Rebecca Mueller on a small farm in Northern New Mexico. He studied Gendlin’s A Process Model with Rob Parker. He also served on the Board of Directors of TIFI. A Quaker’s View Of Gendlin’s Philosophy (2020) is Harbert’s second book on Gendlin’s Philosophy. His first is Language Process Notes (2008).
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