Holy Trinity Seminar Group



   SEMINAR 2020-2021

Love-Thy-Neighbor Seminar

Finding Peace & Joy in a Crazy World

Dates: The third Saturday of each month starting September 19, 2020 ending May 15, 2021.

Time: 10-11:30AM

Place: Virtual via Zoom. Please contact Bill Hocking for Zoom details

Books Required: “Mindful of Race, Transforming Racism from the Inside Out" by Ruth King and "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.

FACILITATOR:   Bill Hocking

TO REGISTER CONTACT: 410-349-0329 or billhocking100@comcast.net


“Something alarming happens when we think or hear the word racism. Something deep within is awakened into fear. All of us, regardless of our race and our experience of race, get triggered, and more than the moment is at play. That word picks at an existential scab—some level of dis-ease at the mere insinuation of the word, some itch that we can’t seem to scratch, or some fear we believe will harm us. This activation happens to all of us.” –-(Mindful of Race by Ruth King)


This Seminar will help PREPARE us to find suitable ACTION to live our lives moving always toward “Love Thy Neighbor.” We often ask ourselves, “What can I do?” Ruth King suggests, using her Buddhist Tradition that we must first prepare ourselves to move toward action.

“How did we get here? How do we understand these standoffs and this dread, even with people who willingly want to change? How do we transform these habits of harm that are common within? We can’t heal if we can’t talk to each other, and we can’t talk to each other until we understand why we can’t talk to each other.” --Ruth King

We will read and reflect, together, Ruth King’s book, "Mindful of Race, Transforming Racism from the Inside Out" and “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. To prepare ourselves for suitable action, we will reflect on…
-Understanding Habits of Harm
-Mindful Meditation
-Cultivating a Culture of Care

We will meet in the large group for 15 minutes or so, then move into several breakout groups for 20 minutes each, and come back into the large group for summary discussion. Our small groups will consist of about five people, facilitated by a volunteer participant.

Part of the discussion will be to identify the action people have done in the past, what is being done at the present time, and what action needs to be done in the future. You will identify the action suitable for you to take.