A Generation’s Worth: Spirit work while the crisis rules
A livestream speaking series

Involuntary stillness isn’t very still. It’s constrained. It’s stymied. The only stillness, perhaps, is the one that is decided upon. I heard a story about a highly esteemed author/ priest in a monastery. The questioner aimed to gain some sense of what enabled the priest’s spiritual adroitness. When he asked the priest about his typical day,  the cleric replied: “Each day I have to decide to stay here. Each day.” And that is work. That’s the work that faces those of us who are, more or less, against our will or otherwise, persuaded of the facts of this plague. The day will come, as it does following all the wars, the disasters and the like, when people not yet born will want to know what it was like, and especially what those of us did when we came to understand something of what was happening.

So: A Generation’s Worth. Taken all together, I am meaning that the sum of these talks can begin some kind of an answer to that question: what did you do? It can begin to wrangle a language that does justice to this present moment, that testifies, that wonders with discipline. I suppose it’s clear, without being easy: live your life in spite of the plague, or live as if what’s happening is happening. Either of these will tell generations to come something of this generation’s worth.

A technical note: You’ve had a ton of “content” rammed your way these last months with just about every presenter tricked out in the latest broadcasting trinketry. That’s done something to expectations. This winter, health considerations are obliging me southwards. Because of that, this series will be conducted across iffy wiring, leaning on rural internet reliability — not the high voltage and velocity that is becoming commonplace in the metropolitan centres. We ask for your patience. This series is about ideas, not production values; citizenship, not cyberspace.

Details

This is a livestream broadcast. Ticket holders will be invited to submit questions in advance through an online form. These questions will be read and considered, and a selection of them will be asked of Stephen Jenkinson by a small in house audience. A live-from-the-floor video will be streamed to ticket holders using Zoom. Further details, links, question form, etc. will be sent to all ticket holders in a confirmation email. A recording of each talk will be made available to all ticket holders for a week following the livestream.

Tickets for this series were available for the individual evenings, or as a discounted package for all four (SALES NOW ENDED FOR THE BUNDLE). There are bound to be recurrences and linkages between each night, but they will stand alone and participation in the previous session is not required or assumed. Individual tickets are $19.95 CAD ($79.80 when all four are purchased separately). When purchased together in the four-talk bundle, the cost is $69.95 CAD.

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A Generation’s Worth – Entire Series Bundle Ticket (SALES NOW ENDED)
A Generation’s Worth – Die Wise, While There is Still Such a Thing as Wisdom – January 30, 2021 (SALES ENDED)
A Generation’s Worth – Matrimony: The Bone House of Love – February 13, 2021 (SALES ENDED)
A Generation’s Worth – Money and the Soul’s Desires – February 27, 2021 (SALES ENDED)
A Generation’s Worth – Come of Age: Meditations from the World Tree Withered – March 13, 2021

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