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Love in the Time of Crisis

May 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pmMay 30, 2022 @ 8:00 pm CEST

27,50€ – 100,00€


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Love in the Time of Crisis
From Separation to Interbeing


with John Briggs, Will Buckingham, Jane Clark, Vincent Colapietro, Satish Kumar, Ramona Rolle-Berg, Renée Rolle-Whatley, Rabbi Neal Rose and Mark Vernon
and Special guest poet Richard Berengarten

Pari Center Online Series

May 7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29, 2022

9:00 PDT | 12:00 EDT | 17:00 BST  |  18:00 CEST

8 Two-hour sessions, Saturdays and Sundays


All sessions are live and you will be sent the RECORDING.

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Blessed be the covenant of love between what is hidden and what is revealed.
Leonard Cohen

We live in a challenging time of transition which promises both hope and peril.  How are we to navigate a course that will take us from a story of separation, competition, and distrust to a new narrative of inter-being, cooperation, and love? How do we begin to give up and move beyond an incoherent and too often destructive structure of consciousness and a world which seems rarely to see the mediating presence of what has been called ‘evolutionary love’?

This program approaches these questions and others from a wide variety of perspectives:

On our journey we explore the concept of ‘evolutionary love’ in the context of the metaphysics of Charles Sanders Peirce with Vincent Colapietro. We travel into and through the rich imagery of love in literature and culture with John Briggs. We enter energy and mind-body medicine with Renee Rolle-Whatley and Ramona Rolle-Berg, each of whom holds a PhD in Mind Body Medicine, as we explore parental love. With Mark Vernon we will address the need for a deeper awareness of love that becomes particularly acute in times of crisis, though times of crisis also offer moments to understand love move fully.

Satish Kumar brings us to ecology, approached from a love which finds its expression in a reverence for nature—which he strongly feels should be at the heart of every political and social debate. Jane Clark and Mark Vernon take us with them in a journey which explores the meaning of divine love.

In this program, we will approach love from multiple perspectives of how to go about restoring the power of love—the power of a positive mediating force, to enliven, re-enchant, and re-invigorate our world. We seek pathways that restore reason as a guide to the expansion of knowledge and understanding, and we see love as a guide, bringing goodness and order to their application. From within the midst of present chaos, we look to love in its varied dimensions to bring quiescence within, and creativity and intelligence in its outer expression.

We are again fortunate to have poet, Richard Berengarten, as part of our series on the theme of love. Richard will be read short poems from several of his collections, including The Blue Butterfly,  Notness, Changing , and a new sequence of villanelles in honour of Tao Yuanming, entitled The Wine Cup. Richard will briefly introduce himself and his work and each session will begin with his reading from one of these books.

Program of Event

Saturday May 7
Temporality and Tragedy: Irrevocable Loss and Redemptive Love
with Vincent Colapietro

Sunday May 8
Tales of Love and Narcissism in Classical Jewish Sources
with Rabbi Neal Rose

Saturday May 14
Portrayals of Love in Literature and Culture
with John Briggs

Sunday May 15
Power of Love
with Satish Kumar

Saturday May 21
Parenting as a Journey towards Awakening: Exploring Self-growth through the Hidden Guidance of the Heart
with Ramona Rolle-Berg and Renée Rolle-Whatley

Sunday May 22
Love In A Time of Crisis
with Mark Vernon

Saturday May 28
Love Across Traditions
with Jane Clark and Mark Vernon

Sunday May 29
Strangers on the Threshold: Love, Wisdom, and the Task of Philosophy
with Will Buckingham


All sessions – Full Price €100, Member’s Discount €90: All 8 live sessions or recording if you miss a session.

4/8 sessions – Full Price €55, Member’s Discount €49.50: Choose any 4 live sessions or recording if you miss the event. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend.

One session – Full Price €15, Member’s Discount €13,50: By purchasing one session, you will have access to any one session and recording. Tickets for individual sessions are available on the event page for that session.

Solidarity All Sessions – €50: All 8 live sessions or recording if you miss a session. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

Solidarity  4/8 Sessions – €27.50: Choose any 4 live sessions, or recording if you miss a session. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package. General Information 

All sessions will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be held over zoom.us. The session structure may vary from speaker to speaker, but in general participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and in some cases there will be breakaway discussion groups.

Each session will be hosted by a member of the Pari Center Team, to ensure that the call is running smoothly and assist anyone experiencing technical problems.

During the presentations, we ask participants to turn off their microphone to ensure better quality audio. For this reason, the host may mute a participant’s audio. This is not to silence a participant’s voice, but to ensure an overall good audio quality. If a participant would like to ask a question or make a contribution to the discussion, they can use the ‘raise your hand’ tool in the chat, and then are welcome to turn on their microphone.

We invite all participants to turn on their video camera, as we believe that seeing everyone creates an inclusive educational environment. However, if any participant is uncomfortable, they are free to turn off the camera.

All sessions will be recorded. The recordings will not include the possible breakout-room discussions, but only the speaker’s presentation, follow-up discussions and Q&A. If a participant does not feel comfortable being recorded, we invite that participant to turn off their video and audio throughout the session. These recordings are available to anyone who has purchased a ticket for an attended session, or for a session they have paid for but were unable to attend.


May 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CEST
May 30, 2022 @ 8:00 pm CEST
27,50€ – 100,00€