Voices: The Power of Community Resilience Circles – Sunday, May 19th at 4 PM

What does it take to move from knowledge, concern and inertia about the critical issues of our time to creativity, engagement, action and a sense of empowerment? For a number of people in the Newburyport area, the answer is the learning, discussion and support that comes from joining with others to form a Community Resilience Circle. These circles are designed to study, discuss and vet ideas for change in an environment that encourages and supports social action.

To date two resilience circles have formed in the Greater Newburyport area and another will be starting this fall. Join us at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, as Transition Newburyport leader Conrad Willeman and other local citizens discuss the empowerment and connectedness they found in taking part in a Community Resilience Circle.

The program will be followed by a Local Flavor Community Potluck at 5pm. Local Flavor Community Potlucks are monthly, zero-waste gatherings focused on celebrating local food, engaging discussions and building new friendships in the community. Bring a potluck dish, using a many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin). All ages are welcome.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart

New Community Resilience Circle Forming – Fall 2012

In January 2011, Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy studies, gave a presentation at the First Parish Church of Newbury, sharing a new idea about small groups of  people gathering together to share their stories and concerns about economic and ecological challenges.

Two such groups have formed in Newburyport since his visit and participants have found that it is a place where they can talk openly about these challenges and fears. The groups explore a new kind of security based in mutual aid and community support, and help build an economy that’s fair and in harmony with the earth.

A new group will be forming this fall. If you are interested in learning more about resilience circles visit localcircles.org. If you are interested in participating in a Newburyport area resilience circle please email Conrad Willeman clw1@mac.com.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart

Walking Home From Walden, Sunday, January 22nd at 5 PM

“Walking Home From Walden: A Suburban Awakening”

Wen Stephenson

Sunday, January 22nd at 5:00 PM
First Parish Church of Newbury

How a 40-something suburban American woke up to “the spiritual crisis at the heart of the climate crisis” — with some help from Henry David Thoreau — and found the basis for a new (or maybe very old) kind of engagement, both political and spiritual, that transcends environmentalism. The climate crisis is more than an environmental crisis, it’s a human, even spiritual crisis, and we need a new politics to address it on those terms — much as Thoreau addressed slavery as the great human and spiritual crisis of his time. Far from being a solitary back-to-nature trip, Walden is a call to action — a call to wake up to one’s immediate surroundings, human and wild, and engage the world, starting right where we live.

Wen Stephenson, a writer and editor in Wayland, is a co-founder of Transition Wayland. In his career as a journalist, he served as the editorial director of TheAtlantic.com from 1995 to 2001, managing editor of PBS Frontline.org from 2001 to 2004, and editor of the Sunday Boston Globe’s Ideas section until mid-2007. Most recently he was the senior producer of NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. He’s now writing about climate, culture and politics for publications including Slate, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Grist. His five-part essay “Walking Home From Walden” appeared in Slate magazine last June. He served on the steering committee that organized the large Moving Planet New England rally in Boston on Sept. 24, and his opinion piece “Why Walden Matters Now” — about why he walked with friends and neighbors to Walden Pond for Moving Planet — ran on the Globe’s op-ed page and, in expanded form, in Grist. He and his wife have two children and have lived in Wayland for going on 15 years.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart

Community Resilience Circle Forming

In January 2011, Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy studies, gave a presentation at the First Parish Church of Newbury, sharing a new idea about small groups of  people gathering together to share their stories and concerns about economic and ecological challenges.

Two such groups have formed in Newburyport since his visit and participants find that it is a place where they can talk openly about these challenges and fears. The groups explore a new kind of security based in mutual aid and community support, and help build an economy that’s fair and in harmony with the earth.

A new group will be forming in March with the 7-session curriculum taking place in April and May. If you are interested in learning more about resilience circles visit localcircles.org. If you are interested in participating in a resilience circle please email Conrad Willeman clw1@mac.com.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart