Groups

We are here to read slowly, to study in company with others, and to discern a plan for going forward based on that reading and study. We are here for the joy of these activities as ends in themselves and also in the faith that out of them will come ideas and practices, both personal and social, that will help us to heal our minds and bodies, care for our families, and participate with grace and power in the “struggle which is ours against the powers and principalities, against the rulers of this world of darkness and the spirits of evil in high places” as the great prayer to St. Michael goes. —Cleo Kearns, “Rogue Scholars: Education in Ruin

Please join us!

The following groups meet regularly. (Beginning November 2019.) Contact Glenn Wallis at inciteseminarsphila@gmail.com to register, or with any ideas, questions, and concerns. We are always open to initiations to create new groups that align with our mission: to agitate personal awareness and incite community action.”

(Non)Buddhist Practice Group
Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Facilitator: Glenn Wallis

This group combines Zen-style sitting with dialogue along the lines of “non-buddhism.” (Visit www.speculativenonbuddhism.com.) The aim of non-buddhism is to “wrest the vital potentialities” that Buddhist theory and practice hold for the person, but to disable its subjugating tendencies. We will explore, or example, how we might understand and benefit from the concept of “no-self” minus the numerous over-determining Buddhist postulates that accompany this concept. The assumption is that the concept will then, and only then, become fit material in our current situation.

Anarchist Reading Group
Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Facilitator: Glenn Wallis

Contrary to its public perception as offering at best puerile reflections on society and life, classical anarchism actually produced a remarkable body of sophisticated theory. Much of this is surprisingly relevant to our contemporary world. This reading circle will begin by exploring works such as Errico Malatesta’s Anarchy, Peter Kropotkin’s Science and Anarchy, as well as works Voltairine De Cleyre, Mikhail Bakunin, Emma Goldman, and others. The four main areas that we will be concerned with are anarchist treatments of:

Value theory
Analysis and critique of society
Visions of future society
Views on strategic action

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