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WFCRP Interest Groups 2022

1. Writing a Chapter for Your Own Red Book – A Controlled Descent

Lorraine Kreahling

 

The descent to the unconscious can be equally thrilling and terrifying and educating, as Dante's descent was. But it is here, Jung assures us, where the treasures are found that can help us become more fully who we are.

 

We will use the form of a fairy tale–with missing pieces that need to be fleshed out–to contain what comes from our imagined journey.  

 

The fairy tale hero/heroine generally leaves home and returns home at the tale's end, to find a familiar safety as well as experience viscerally how he/she has changed. And so will we do as we enter a tale in its starring role.

 

Please bring a journal and watercolor or other artistic tools that allow you to give color and form to your words and images, along with “a willing suspension of belief.”

 

Lorraine Kreahling is a writer and illustrator who lives in New York City and Greenport, New York.  She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, a PBS producer, and weeds her garden when her writing gets overwrought. 

 

 

2. If It Were My Dream

Gary Soulsman

 

This easy-to-grasp way of exploring dreams creates a safe space by inviting each of us to imagine how we might think and feel if the dream of another were our own. The nonjudgmental process—pioneered by Jeremy Taylor and Montague Ullman—evokes serious, touching, lighthearted emotion. Bring your empathy and your dreams.

 

Gary is a writer who worked as a Delaware journalist for close to 40 years. He has been involved in dream work for three decades and is a teacher of “The Mysteries of Death & Dying” in the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute. He has served as co-clerk of the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.

 

 

3. Parsing the Plenaries

Riley Robinson

 

Somebody need me too much
Somebody know me too well
Somebody pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive
Make me alive
Make me alive

- Stephen Sondheim

 

Could a little bit of sharing about hell keep you warm on a winter's day? Bring a reflection or a question from the plenary presentation. Invite your shadow self to come sit by the fire and listen, too. Finding compassion and wholeness in ourselves and with each other is a challenging journey, so bring your life lessons. Just like Dante, though, a few of them may seem very different after getting close to the flame. It's up to us and to the collective unconscious, which wants us to be alive.

 

Riley Robinson has attended FCRP events for decades and has been involved in a number of Quaker organizations. He still has many questions about pretty much everything.

4. Narrative Justice and Grief

Windy Cooler

 

Many have justice in their hearts, but slowly it is let fly, for it comes not without council to the bow.

 

In this workshop we will explore together how we, like Dante, can be facilitators of personal and social justice through grieving a crisis of faith, using the concept of "narrative justice", or telling our own stories for social change. While it may feel selfish or petty to grieve in the face of overwhelming injustice, when we move through grief sincerely the final stage is acceptance of the truth. We can never be connected to justice without truth. Using excerpts from The Divine Comedy in conversation with the work of modern ethicists, theologians, and storytellers, we will explore together how we can reconnect with the power of grief to the people and institutions with whom we struggle. While we may ultimately decide to radically alter our relationships if we allow ourselves to hear truth, we may also be empowered to build something new, and just, from our experience.

 

Windy Cooler (MDiv) is a current doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is an embraced public Friend from Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting. Her ministry has for many years been concerned with crisis and pastoral care in peer to peer ministry, such as that among Quakers. She lives with her husband Erik, and son Ob, and also has an adult daughter, Maggie. Her workshop for WFCRP last year was Shame and White Supremacy.

5. Tarot as a Tool for Doing Inner Work

Annilee Oppenheimer

 

Many of us associate Tarot with the stereotypical neon “Fortune Teller” sign in front of a tawdry storefront. We tend to dismiss Tarot readings as a superstitious practice unworthy of our time and attention.

This is unfortunate because the Tarot is in fact a fascinating system of symbols that emerged during the Italian Renaissance six hundred years ago. When viewed from a Jungian perspective, Tarot imagery is an evocative, layered depiction of archetypal energies operating in the human psyche. Some have called the symbols in the Tarot a “sacred mirror” because contemplating how these images relate to our life experience enables us to see how these energies are showing up in us and helps us gain insight into our inner process. Rather than have these archetypal energies unconsciously act on us, working with the Tarot can help us name these energies, claim them, and consciously express them in positive, beneficial ways.  

 

In this interest group, we will look at how the Tarot can be a tool for doing inner work through a Jungian lens. We will experiment with several different ways of reading the cards to explore our questions and concerns. To participate in the activities, please bring:

 

  1. your own deck of Tarot cards, preferably the Rider-Waite deck available through Internet retailers such as Amazon,

  2. a journal and pen to write journal reflections, and

  3. a smart phone for googling (optional).

 

No experience with Tarot is needed. The emphasis will be on developing a personal, intuitive approach to the cards, grounded in self-care. This interest group will support the participants in discovering what the symbols in the Tarot cards mean for them so that they can use the cards as a tool to access their inner wisdom.  It is hoped that this will be an experience of “deep play” — that together the group will be able to engage with the Tarot in a way that is lighthearted, immersive, creative, and generative. 

 

A retired lawyer, Annilee Oppenheimer enjoys exploring dreams, poetry, the Tarot, fairy tales, and active imagination as vehicles to make connections — both with her deepest self and with others. She has been active in the Jung Society of Washington since 1999 and there she has found a safe container to do inner work/play. She is also a Haden Institute certified dream group leader and she has done much inner work/play in various dream circles. 

6. On Your Own

No leader. Spend your time as you wish!

  • To read more about our 2022 WFCRP Speaker, click here.

  • To read about the 2022 WFCRP Interest Groups, click here.

  • To register for the 2022 WFCRP, February 18-20, click here.

 

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