Reimagine has been hosting candlelight vigils throughout the pandemic in order to break down taboos and hold space for all that we've lost. Tonight's program will include a conversation with prize-winning author Ross Gay and participation from pastor and environmental activist, Matt Deen. The Vigil kicks off Reimagine’s December series that explores the natural world through the lens of post-traumatic growth. WE WILL PROCEED BUT REGRETTABLY ROSS GAY HAS TO POSTPONE HIS APPEARANCE DUE TO WEATHER AND TRAVEL ISSUES. JOIN US!
Ross' newest collection of essays is Inciting Joy. In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, he considers the joy we spark when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout the book, he explores how we can practice recognizing that connection, and also, crucially, how we expand it. In “We Kin” he thinks about the garden (especially around August, when the zucchini and tomatoes come on) as a laboratory of mutual aid; in “Share Your Bucket” he explores skateboarding’s reclamation of public space; he considers the costs of masculinity in “Grief Suite”; and in “Through My Tears I Saw,” he recognizes what was healed in caring for his father as he was dying. In an era when divisive voices take up so much air space, Inciting Joy offers a vital alternative: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love? Full of energy, curiosity, and compassion, Inciting Joy is essential reading from one of our most brilliant writers.
About Ross Gay
Ross Gay is interested in joy.
Ross Gay wants to understand joy.
Ross Gay is curious about joy.
Ross Gay studies joy.
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Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller. His new collection of essays, Inciting Joy, was released by Algonquin in October of 2022.
About Matt Deen
Matt Deen (he/they) is Pastor of Newfane Congregational Church in Newfane, Vermont, and of Marlboro Meeting House, a seasonal worship community in Marlboro, VT. He also serves on the programming team at Auburn Theological Seminary, focused on congregational engagement and public theology. Prior to joining Auburn, Matt served as a Community Minister for Judson Memorial Church, where he co-facilitated an ecological grief support group called Extinction Resilience. Matt graduated in May 2020 with a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, where his work focused on constructive ecotheology and animal liberation. With Reimagine in 2020, Matt co-facilitated "From Death to Breath", a community ritual to breathe life into our collective losses including COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
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