Showing posts from June, 2020

Resources for Coping with Suffering and Racial Tension

“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, we can walk together.” – Lila Watson   Each of us was born into a unique situation and then raised in ways that imprinted our hearts with feelings and impressions that we in no way chose. In this way, we are all products of our family, culture, and society, and so bring unique and diverse experiences to our interactions with each other and the lens through which we view events happening in our world. These events impact each of us differently, of course, but many of our sangha are suffering right now. Suffering for want of human connection. Suffering because of loss caused by COVID-19. Suffering because systemic racial injustice has once again reminded those of us cozy in our safe whiteness that others suffer every day in myriad ways we can only imagine.   As the "Statement on Racism from Buddhist Teachers & Leaders in the United States" you

Grace Free Store Drive - June Needs

As part of our  ongoing community outreach , ODC is partnering with the National Avenue Christian Church to provide items for the Grace Free Store to help the unsheltered and food insecure. The store is open Mondays and Wednesdays during the serving of meals. Help stock the Free Store with:  Women's bras Men's sneakers and XL boxer briefs Dollar Store rain ponchos Bottled water (as public fountains remain turned off to preent viral spread) Donations gratefully accepted Tuesdays 11am-1pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO. Use the door on the east side of the church under the blue awning. Ring the doorbell.  Questions? Contact Michele Sparks at