Plan to join us on March 11:
Why is it that the movement to bring down socially oppressive structures in our society hasn’t endured? How could inner liberation support the quest for outer liberation? Where do we look to find the signs of hope?
Author and community wellness activist, Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., will speak to Charleston Jung Society on March 11, about how the words and ideas of Carl Gustav Jung and Howard Washington Thurman can help us ponder the complexities of these very questions.
This lecture will take up the challenge of offering a useful perspective to understand the volatile race-related issues we are facing in this country/world. Jung and Thurman both knew that a people bound by inner oppressors cannot be free. Thus, if we don’t address the inner oppressor, we will be forced to create outer structures in an attempt to make our inner and outer worlds congruent. Dr. Meeks will examine a major structure of the psyche that affects the construction of our inner reality: shadow projection, as Jung has described it. She will discuss how unconscious shadow projection leads to justification of collective oppression.
She will also explore the wisdom of Howard, Thurman, author, philosopher, civil rights leader, educator and a key mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke about the theology of radical non-violence to construct a better world for all. Thurman believed that a profound exploration of one’s deepest inner-self was needed, so that the nature of one’s own heart can be penetrated and transformed – to meet the challenges of life’s journey.
$10 CJS Members, $20 non-members, $15 students
Refreshments and Continuing Education Credit included.
For an introduction to Dr.Meeks, enjoy this Youtube interview: Heather Gray Interview with Dr. Meeks
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service as well as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth. She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian Psychology, cross cultural stories and other books of wisdom. But,her greatest teacher is rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart.
The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.
She writes a bi-weekly column for the Telegraph in Macon, and is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and is often on local television programs. She is the author of five books and one inspirational CD.
Currently she chairs the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and brings four decades of experience to the work which has helped her to lead the Commission in transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. She continues to be a sought after teacher and workshop leader.
She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D from Emory University.