Revolution: The Network of Spiritual Progressives Newsletter, May 2015
It all begins tomorrow! If you haven’t yet registered for the NSP’s upcoming virtual summit called The Politics of Love and Justice: Integrating Spirituality and Activism to Build a Sustainable and Caring World, then please make sure to do so now! It’s FREE for all to tune in live during the event or to listen for 48 hours after the broadcast. Plus, if you’re a paid member of the NSP, we’re gifting you a complimentary downloadable upgrade of the entire event so you can listen at your leisure. Not yet a member but want to take advantage of this amazing gift, you can join here.
We’re so thrilled to be able to share with you 15 different conversations with over 25 different people, including Marianne Williamson, David Korten, Charles Eisenstein, Rev. angel Kyodo Williams and so many more amazing change makers, thinkers and community leaders. Click here to learn more about our presenters.
I truly hope you’ll participate in this summit. We know that you’re already interested in how we focus the values and energies we have as spiritual progressives into real world activism and these talks are designed to do just that. So if you’re looking for something that’s interesting, informative, and filled with a lot of heart then please join us!
Happenings from Chapters
We are so excited by the outpouring of enthusiasm and support we’ve received as of late and the interest in building chapters and connections with others who share our vision. If you would like to start a chapter or project where you live, please click here to read our Starter Guide and then join our monthly calls — see below for details.
To join a local chapter or learn more, please contact the person listed below if you if you live in their neck of the woods.
Click here to read more information from chapters throughout the country and to stay up-to-date on upcoming chapter meetings.
Need some ideas for how to get your chapter moving? Here are a few things you can do to get people to join you:Begin with outreach! Invite people to learn about the NSP — you only need about 3-5 people to get started. Reach out to folks in your work, home, and spiritual communities who embody values of love and justice and who would be excited to participate in the NSP. Use your own networks, read the starter guide, or create a notice in Meetup.com
The First Meeting
Once you create a group, you want to make sure folks have an understanding of what the NSP is. A good place to start is to read the following pieces by Rabbi Michael Lerner:
- “Yearning for a World of Love and Justice“
- “Why the Right Keeps Winning America and the Left Keeps Losing“
And the following piece by Cat Zavis:
Once you have a sense that people understand who we are, then you can read the Starter Guide together, decide on the project you feel excited about working on, and collectively create goals for the chapter and for each person individually (see goal setting guide on page 25-26 in the Starter Guide). Remember to consider the talents of each member and how those gifts can help advance a movement of Love and Justice so that our movement is a reflection of the world we envision.
Monthly Support Calls
Cat Zavis, NSP Executive Director, is hosting two calls a month – the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5:00pm Pacific Time. To access these calls, Dial-in Number: 1-302-202-1110, Conference Code: 241099.
The 3rd Wednesday of the month is for folks interested in learning more about the NSP, starting a chapter or getting involved in an NSP project. On these calls, Cat will explain the NSP and the work that we do. She will discuss the history of our movement, our vision going forward for building a movement of Love and Justice, as well as NSP initiatives and frameworks: the New Bottom Line, the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Global Marshall Plan. Cat will shed light on different ways to get involved from engaging in immediate action to building a chapter, and will answer questions that arise from what is shared.
The 4th Wednesday of the month is for those who are either in a chapter or are heading up a chapter. This is more of a problem-solving call. These monthly calls are for the purpose of supporting folks who are actively engaged in promoting the work of the NSP or interested in learning how to do so. If you are interested in connecting with other members of the NSP, we encourage you to start a local group (either an action group or a study group).
Listen to a general informational call.
Professional Task Forces
In addition to local chapters, professional task forces are also forming around the country. These groups will work on field-specific issues. Click here to read more about the task forces for health care professionals, mental health professionals, and engineers.