Thanksgiving is a holiday that generates much in America– deep desire to connect with loved ones for some & emotional upheaval of turbulent family dynamics for others, celebrations of our bright American heritage & continued discussions of the dark truths that heritage also contains, roast turkey with all the trimmings & tofurky with beautiful raw salads. How we all choose to engage or not engage this day in this nation varies just as much as we do, reflecting a diversity that has the potential to be a strength for this country instead the roots of our downfall.
How we all listen deeply to each other’s experiences can bring us together again. The potential for healing that lies within all of us is something I am grateful for when I survey the struggles we must face as we move deeper into this century as a nation.
Today, I invite the FAR community- project weavers, editors, contributors, & readers- to share from your heart what you are most grateful for in this nation today. Share how you will be celebrating your gratitudes, if you would like. And share your hopes for us all in the years to come.
Then listen deeply to others who respond, even if their experiences seem completely unfamiliar to you or their words challenge you as you read them. On this Thanksgiving, in this space, help me to create a diverse community sharing that can strengthen us in our celebration, as well as, unite us & fortify us in the work to come.
Blessings from a grateful heart for this, our beloved FAR community.
Kate Brunner is a writer, healer, ritualist, & member of The Sisterhood of Avalon, studying at the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary. She is a somewhat nomadic American, homeschooling her children with the world as their classroom. She holds a BA from Tulane University, where she studied Economics, International Relations, & Religious Traditions. Kate volunteered as a presenter for monthly Red Tents and semi-annual women’s retreats before relocating overseas for several years where she hosted seasonal women’s gatherings, facilitated labyrinth rituals, and led workshops on an assortment of women’s spirituality topics. She recently returned to the US and is breathing into the potential of this new chapter of her life.