A Re-authoring Teaching Statement of Support for Ukraine
When Russia invaded Ukraine, shattering the peace whose fragility many of us underestimate due to the privileged peacefulness of our own lives, it happened coincidentally just as a sub-group from Re-authoring Teaching had picked up a dormant thread of discussion around our Hot Topic, Narrative Practices Around the World: Intercultural Considerations. The thread began as a casual reconnecting between folks from various places on the planet, but as events unfolded—as was the case when this Hot Topic first formed at the beginning of the pandemic—we heard stories, and responses to stories, of resistance, resolve, pain, and relational accountability from members of our own international community was soon evident. One member had fled to the UK from Hong Kong, now fearful that to return and be subject to mandatory Covid screening was to offer up their DNA to a now-emboldened repressive regime. Another member was navigating life as a student and mother in the UK while their friends and family were protesting in the streets of Moscow. A Canadian member saw a close friend and colleague return to fight in her native Ukraine, aware that in the multi-storied world that Narrative Therapy demands, there needed to be space for their divergent views regarding the Canadian trucker’s convoy.
Please read below for links for contributions for resources to Ukraine and our statement of support for Ukraine.
Please join us in giving generously to these two highly recommended links for all kinds of help to Ukraine:
- Real ways you can help Ukraine as a foreigner
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine (Recommended by a Ukrainian cardiologist at Johns Hopkins)
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With Reasonable Hope
With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide—and what is that if it isn’t the ceding of authority to a single-story teller—where are we to stand? What are we to do? As part of this disentangling work, we find inspiration in Kaethe Weingarten’s (2010) writing on what she calls Reasonable Hope in a Time of Global Despair.
Kaethe writes: Reasonable hope is relational; Reasonable hope is an action; Reasonable hope maintains that the future is open, uncertain and influenceable; Reasonable hope seeks goals and pathways to them; Reasonable hope accommodates doubt, contradictions and despair.
Kaethe encourages us to engage in the doing of hope with others and encourages us to:
- Believe that the small is not trivial
- Seek inspiration in the arts
- Investigate the taken-for-granted
- Look for courage
- Embrace resistance
To learn more about Reasonable Hope, please review this three-page handout.
I’m a Polish immigrant to Canada, with family ties to Ukraine as well as family living in Poland. I lived my childhood years under the oppression of the Soviet communist regime and through the difficult uprisings against that oppression. I’m also a social worker and a fairly new narrative therapist.
I’m really grateful for the statement of support. I also want to add that there are many wonderful and deeply caring narrative therapists in Russia (as well as the thousands of Russian people) whom I know to be deeply affected by this terror. I do not believe that Russia invaded Ukraine. Putin, a dictator and a power-hungry and greedy tyrant, invaded Ukraine.
Thank you Agnieszka! I’m glad to meet you and to share these challenging times with you. I too really appreciate, admire and am in full support of our wonderful Russian colleagues. I feel deeply for all the Russians affected by this terror. One of our Russian colleagues gave one of the links for donating (the link was alas broken in the newsletter but we fixed it here: Real ways you can help Ukraine as a foreigner: https://how-to-help-ukraine-now.super.site/donate. ). I am awed by the bravery of many Russians risking their lives in protest You are so so right that this is about Putin – or as I the sign I saw at a weekend protest at the White House: Save Ukraine. Stop Putler.