The Motifs of Kinship Plot
We exist to imagine and embody resonant relationships of every kind, and we pursue this mission through five motifs: collaborative learning, contemplative action, formative artistry, slow cultivation, and liberatory welcome. These motifs are dominant themes or elements that intersect and interact with one another, ebb and flow based on the season, and extend into the future through our collective imagination.
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We invite others to read, reflect, and discuss both in dedicated learning cohorts and as an ongoing practice woven through our other activities of cultivation, artistry, and hospitality. The root of learning, like the root of love, is paying attention. Our learning cohorts explore topics related to connecting to each other and the natural world.
Through our urban gardening and cultivation program, we invite others to build and prepare gardens, grow and cook food and medicine, attend to nature, explore permaculture, and learn about the local ecosystem as a way of embodying resonant relationships with the earth and each other. We do this through open garden days, produce distribution, apprenticeships, and special projects in partnership with local organizations.
We invite others to create and enjoy art that helps us grapple with the problem of alienated relationships and imagine possibilities for resonance We will never practice what we fail to imagine, which is why the arts are so central to our mission. We also view our gardening,cultivation, and hospitality efforts as a form of participatory artistry and delight in the healing this brings.
Given that much alienation and division in modern life stems from systemic oppression and environmental destruction, we believe in the importance of moving upstream to the sources. The most healthy and effective forms of activism, however, flow from a place of peace and joy, so we offer the community opportunities to engage in contemplative practices that lead to action. While the leaders of Kinship Plot are located within the Christian tradition, we welcome, serve, and collaborate with people with any (or no) faith traditions.
Whether we are gardening, creating, learning, or gathering, we believe in open doors and liberatory spaces where all are wildly welcome. This offer of liberatory welcome is often the first step toward recovering resonant relationships, and this includes welcoming all members of the more-than-human world who are entangled with and enhance our lives.