How in the World Did We Get Here?

7:00 pm CDT - 9:30 pm CDT

Roeland Park Community Center

Price $20
members: $15
students: $15

A panel discussion facilitated by Lois Wilkins and Ken Buch

We are in the process of electing our 45th president of the USA. Democracy, for all its positive attributes, has a shadow side. It is most dangerous when those with little to no experience or understanding of the enormous burden of the mantle of leadership authority pass judgment on those who do. Leadership that is driven by knowledge over feelings carries the hallmarks of quiet contemplative reflection, service beyond the ego-driven self, and love, yes, love for humanity as a whole.

To date, this election cycle has dominated the media with contemptuous fear- and hate-filled behaviors, making it difficult for issues of policy and governance to rise to the level of thoughtful debate. How in the world did we get to a place where some are planning to write their own names or the names of cartoon characters on their ballots? How can we discern who has true leadership ability and won’t promote policies that are merely power-driven and glory-seeking?

Join us for a panel discussion (panelists’ bios follow) that explores how we got to this place of overt polarizations and will help us in recognizing a leadership fueled by thoughtful contemplation that can seek out consensus-building and provide trustworthiness for those choosing to not be fueled by hate and/or fear. We will gain awareness of how each of us does have influence beyond the ballot box by the use of subtle energy. Subtle energy, the kind of energy found in the invisible realities of meditative mindfulness, prayer, healing fragrances, and laughter that emerges from joy, may be the MOST powerful tools of intervention during these times of organized fear- and hate-filled quests for power and glory.

Hannes Combest is CEO of the National Auctioneers Association. Prior to that she taught journalism and was Assistant to the President at Haskell Indian Nations University, the only inter-tribal university in the US. She is a past president of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives and received a master’s degree from Baker University.

Kim Hurst is a corporate attorney for a Lawrence-based company that works to help hospitals and their patients find creative ways to make healthcare more accessible and less financially burdensome. She received her JD from the University of Kansas School of Law and is certified in environment and natural resources law.

Rev. Jill Jarvis is a Unitarian Universalist minister and has served the congregation in Lawrence, Kansas, for the past eleven years. She works actively for social justice with particular emphasis on racial and gender issues. Her activism has been a significant focus of her life since early adulthood in the 1970s.

Frank Manley, PhD, is senior Jungian Analyst. He has been in private practice in Kansas City for more than 30 years. He finds it interesting to apply Jungian ideas to extra-psychic as well as intra-psychic situations and events. Archetypal thinking can expand understanding and awareness in all departments of living.

Rebecca S. Ryan worked in Technology for 30 years and served as Associate Director of Research Computing and Senior Enterprise Architect at the University of Kansas. She is currently involved in creating a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence curriculum to be offered to juvenile offenders through the Family Courts in Douglas County Kansas.

Bob Schumm has been a restaurateur in Lawrence for over 44 years. He served on the Lawrence City Commission three times for a total of 15 years and served three terms as Mayor of Lawrence. He holds a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas and was a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force.

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