Stopping to ask for spiritual directions

If you show up to a series of antiracist events, trainings or spaces without any prior experience, you might be concerned that aliens have abducted the majority of men. Or perhaps the men are on an exciting secret mission that requires their presence elsewhere. Either way, the question remains: where are the men?

In particular cis-gendered straight White men. Guys, what’s going on? Where are you? I am one of you, so I ask as a member of the club — where are we?

This question is not raised out of self-aggrandizement. I am…

How and why improv works for remote learning

Artwork by J.M. Leiner

These improv theater exercises have all worked well over video calls during remote learning. Improv games are a fun way to inspire group cohesion and require no extra materials or resources. Several of these improv games have been adapted from Peggy Taylor’s Creative Facilitation with Partners for Youth Empowerment. A handful I learned from Jason Slavick, artistic director of the theater troupe Liars & Believers. A few I came up with in collaboration with students. In the spirit of improv, see what works for the group and experiment! 🚀

Games for getting started

These are also…

Finding hope and faith in I-You relationships.

Photography by J.M. Leiner

I. The Lost Village

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving reaches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action — Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

— Rabindranath Tagore…

Jonathon Moses Leiner

Social worker. Community organizer. Storyteller. jmleiner[at]

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