On February 2-4, 2017, Marianne partnered with Derrick Harkins, Vice President of Union Theological Seminary, to host the 4th SISTER GIANT conference — live in Washington DC and via Livestream — which explored the intersection of spirituality and politics. Marianne was joined by Senator Bernie Sanders, and a host of experts speaking on the most critical spiritual and political issues of our day.
Two weeks after the Inauguration of a new President, Bernie’s voice was hugely important. At SISTER GIANT we seek to understand our country’s current politics as deeply as possible and to rise to the challenges of our time most effectively.
Rev. Barber is one of the most powerful spiritual leaders taking a stand for social justice in America today, and his presence at Sister Giant was a blessing on our work that weekend. We were very honored to have him.
WHAT WAS SISTER GIANT?
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Politics should be sacred.” Sacred doesn’t necessarily mean religious – it means stemming from the deepest part of ourselves.
The search for authenticity, for our deep humanity, should not stop at the door to politics. If anything, it should extend deeply into realms that affect so powerfully the existence of earth’s billions of inhabitants. From how we treat the environment to how we treat each other, our political choices are significant indicators of our moral values and spiritual convictions.
The times in which we live call for a critical re-evaluation of our relationship to life around us – to our fellow citizens, to our country and to our world. Yet in order to transform our current challenges, we must address them from a holistic perspective – recognizing not only the external but also the internal dimensions of both our problems and their solutions.
SISTER GIANT is dedicated to forging a deeper conversation about what is happening in America today – and what we can do to change it. Join us at this time of national tumult that together we might rethink our country.
At this year’s SISTER GIANT, Marianne Williamson partnered with Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice-President at Union Theological Seminary. The conference was held in Washington DC, at the Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, on Feb. 2-4, 2017.
The Conference brought together an illuminating mix of thinkers, gathering to consider the state of our country on both spiritual and political levels. We incubated ideas and contributed to plans by which each of us, particularly now, can help move America in a more enlightened direction.
These are painful times, but they are also pregnant with new possibilities. We can rise to the occasion and answer the summons of history, seeking to be what we can be and do what we can do to help heal the wounded American psyche and fix our broken political system.
What are the deeper transformational lessons to be learned from this moment? What do we need to understand, as well as to do? What are the shifts we must embrace within ourselves, in order to practice conscious citizenship? And what are practical efforts that will need our support, if we are serious about societal change?
From the role of citizen to the role of the media, from how we can get the money out of politics to how to stem voter suppression, from understanding misogyny to transforming racism, from protecting the environment to protecting each other, SISTER GIANT presented ideas and facilitated actions to lead us as a nation from a consciousness of fear to a consciousness of love.
The question on many of our hearts at the moment is, “Where do we go now?” At SISTER GIANT, we discussed our options.
Let us understand more deeply, dream more boldly, and act more powerfully. If miracles are possible anywhere, then miracles are possible everywhere.
Watch the 2 1/2 day Conference on Video. Let’s co-create a political awakening that shows who we really are.
We must not be passive.
We must not be silent.
We have much to do.
Read Marianne Williamson’s article Race and Repentance in America
Read Marianne Williamson’s latest article, The Great Resistance 2017, from The Huffington Post.
Listen to a Recent Talk by Marianne Williamson about SISTER GIANT 2017 here.