Building Bridges: America the Beautiful? America the Ugly?

Building Bridges: America the Beautiful? America the Ugly?

Join One Spirit in Action as we investigate the importance of identity as we heal what so often divides us.

America seems to be going through an identity crisis. This nation has for so long prided itself on being a place where individuals can pursue their dreams independently yet work and live alongside people of varying skin color, nationality, religion, class, political party, sexual orientation, etc. But, what is the cost of this independence and individuality? Many of these identities are often unspoken sources of great division amongst people. When we firmly attach ourselves to that which defines each of us, we often amplify differences, frequently leading to bias, prejudice, and oppression. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, classism, and other "isms" abound and have for generations. Thankfully, more Americans than ever are finally awakening to these hard truths and yearning to do something about them.

Join One Spirit in Action as we dive into what divides us as Americans and investigate the importance of identity in the healing of our relational wounds. From gender to race to religion to sexual orientation to physical able-ness, how do we honor our personal histories and wounds while empowering ourselves with the tools needed to reach out and help others around to honor and heal theirs? At this Building Bridges event (our fourth such event!), there is no panel discussion - you are the teachers, bringing your individual experiences into the room for the sake of collective healing. As we connect over our shared humanity, we will move together toward a vision of true unity in diversity.

Dates: Tuesday, February 7th 6:30 to 9pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 0.0
Available by: Attend in NYC Classroom or Join by Videoconference (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 10.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 10.00 | Student Upcharge: $ 0.00

Speaking to the Classroom on Camera

To ask a question or offer a comment, click the "Participants" button to open the "Participants" window and click on the "Raise Hand" link as shown:

Breakout Rooms

During class, the instructor will ask students to break up into small groups for exercises and discussions. Just as students in the room split up into groups, students on the videoconference will split into small, private videoconference groups.  

Please Note: Just as we expect all students in the classroom to participate in breakouts, we expect videoconference students to participate as well.

  1. You will receive an on-screen invitation to join a breakout room
  2. Click the button to confirm and join the room
  3. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, please select Audio Options and then Join by Phone. Call in using the on-screen instructions. Video is optional.
  4. After a few seconds, you will be in a private videoconference with another student.
  5. Activate your camera and unmute yourself to follow the instructions given by faculty.
  6. You may receive on-screen prompts and messages from the moderator, including when it's time to end.
  7. At the conclusion of the breakout exercise, you will have 60 seconds to wrap up and then will be automatically returned to the main classroom. 

    Here is a brief Video that outlines this feature:



Though there may be default on-screen buttons to Invite people to the videoconference, DO NOT invite anyone to this private conference. Attendance is strictly limited to students who have pre-registered! 

Likewise, please do not share your screen with other participants.  

Click here to Join the Videoconference 

When you click the join link or button, just follow the on-screen instructions to download the Zoom App to your Computer OR launch the app if it's already installed. The Videoconference will open automatically on your device!