Pondering The News
A Spiritual Way to Reframe Daily News in the time of the Pandemic and Beyond
Every time in history that men and women have been able to respond to the events of their world as an occasion to change their hearts, an inexhaustible source of generosity and new life has been opened, offering hope far beyond the limits of human prediction.
The news media is a powerful force bringing the pains of our troubled world into our daily lives, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, in this state of emergency, we feel compelled to stay up-to-date on the latest changes. Yet, watching, reading, or listening to the news fuels anxiety, despair, and fear for the future. Is there another way to mindfully engage with the news, even in these challenging times?
Can we find a way to reframe our personal news consumption as a spiritual practice that strengthens our lives, reminds us we’re not alone, and gives us hope for the future?
Eremos invites you to join us virtually to explore the possibility of reclaiming peace within ourselves through a contemplative response that turns the daily news that bombards our hearts and minds from a toxin to a tonic. We’ll take inspiration from the words of Henri Nouwen and Etty Hillesum, as we trust that changing how we view the news is a sacred act of transforming and healing our world.
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
Join us virtually the 2nd Sunday of the month from 2pm to 3pm to ponder the Coronavirus news in community in a new way. Important Note: group size is limited to seven participants to encourage the optimal sharing and experience between attendees. We will add additional sessions as the need arises.
We invite people of all faith traditions and backgrounds to join in the exploration.
A Note from Deborah: In 2018, I accepted the challenge to find a better way to respond to the news and feel it’s needed now more than ever in this time of the pandemic. The seven steps of Pondering the News have given me hope that not only can we survive; we will thrive when we intentionally transform our daily news consumption.
At Eremos, we know that contemplative practice is the antidote that the world desperately needs. My hope for Pondering the News is that with a contemplative approach we can reframe the news into a liberating force that helps us to become a brighter light to the world around us.