Posada Reflections

My Dec. 15th Posada experience in Tijuana cannot be captured in words, however descriptive or eloquent.  I hope that by sharing these images and thoughts you can get at least a small taste of the sights, sounds, feelings, stories, and questions I encountered. 

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UncategorizedAngelie Ryah
Posada

This Saturday I am joining 150 others on a 12+ hour experiential learning day in Tijuana among the migrant caravan.  Our day has been designed to first simply be with the migrants themselves, to meet them in person rather than through news media sound bites and video clips. We will hear individual stories and share a meal with them. 

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UncategorizedAngelie Ryah
the messy middle of Empathy

I claim to want to move deeper into the world of being a peacemaker, a reconciler, a bridge person who wades into the breach to stretch both directions across divides and conflicts.  I want to heal enmities and convert them to collaborations.  The phrase I've coined for this complex place is the Messy Middle. 

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UncategorizedAngelie Ryah
More Empathy (Bell)!

Y'all know the iconic phrase, "More cow bell!".... right? From that over-the-top SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell in a Blue Oyster Cult-esque band where he not just added some background beats but overpowered the music and vocals with that raucous cow bell... but it was never quite enough for the producer who kept demanding "more cow bell!" (Let the reader go find the original on YouTube.) I would like to share a Part 2 from my previous post on Climbing the Empathy Wall.

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What's Your Empathy Wall?

"Scaling the empathy wall"-- that's what author Arlie Russell Hochschild challenged herself to do in researching for five years and finally writing her book, "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right."  As a sociologist and writer living in far left Berkley, she wanted to not merely understand those politically opposite from herself as a broad group via polls and faceless statistics, but meet them individually and hear their stories. 

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Feed Your Hungry Soul

Where do you find hospitality for your heart, for your soul?  Is there a place where you know you will be welcomed, every part of you whether manicured or messy, confident or crying, peaceful or in crisis? What relationship invites you to rest, relax, coax out the desires you're not sure about but have felt scratching in the corners of your awareness like a shy mouse?

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