Current Cohorts, Projects, and Events

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How to Inhabit Time

Written Discussion Forum

This Fall, we are reading and discussion a new book by James K. A. Smith entitled How to Inhabit Time

As long appreciators of Smith’s work, we believe this book will offer crucial wisdom for developing timefulness and living well now in light of memory and hope. This connects with Kinship Plot’s mission to imagine and embody resonant relationships of every kind, including our relationship with time.


This forum is open to anyone to contribute thoughts, questions, and musings. Click here or on the image to access the online discussion forum, and we forward to reading and learning alongside you!

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Walking among Deep Time Keepers

October 15, 10am-12pm, Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve

Do you long to experience a deeper connection with the natural world? Do you sense a kinship with creation but find it difficult to explain what makes that relationship so powerful? Are you interested in learning more about trees as well as listening to their wisdom?


At Kinship Plot, we believe that resonant relationship with the more-than-human world is central to holistic healing and spiritual flourishing. We find deep joy in simple practices like walking, listening, forest bathing, and co-naming, and we would love to share these with you on a walk through one of our favorite forests in Charlotte. This forest includes an official "treasure tree" grove of American Beech, as well as towering white oaks and black maples, and we'll take time to ponder and listen to what these trees have to teach us.

Click here or on the image for more details and to reserve your free spot.

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Cinematic Kinship Cohort

A film-based learning cohort on kinship

A film-based learning cohort exploring the theme of kinship as it relates to language, music, hospitality, and life together.

We will have four sessions in Fall 2022 on the second Sunday evening of each month (September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11) from 6:30-8:30pm. You can watch each film at your leisure, take notes on any musings or questions, and come to our monthly gatherings for facilitated discussion and lively connection. Anyone is welcome, and you don't need any prior experience with this kind of cohort to participate!


Click on the image to learn more and sign up.

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Thyme to Heal

Join Our Efforts

Thyme to Heal is a project powered by Kinship Plot in partnership with the Center for Women work release prison in Charlotte, NC. We believe that kinship with land and plants is part of the holistic picture of healing, connection, and wholeness, and everyone should have access to these.


Thyme to Heal is a collaboration of local gardeners and urban farmers working together to share bi-weekly produce boxes, recipes, and instructional teaching with residents of the Center for Women work release prison in Charlotte.

Click on the image to learn more and donate.

 

Past Cohorts, Projects, and Events

Kinship Dinner

Our bring-and-share Kinship Dinners are open to anyone who long to experience kinship through good food and good conversation. For our kinship dinner in September, the food theme was "anything you can put in a tortilla" and the conversational theme is "the plot." What "plots" (storylines) have shaped you? Which ones are you currently living by? Which ones would you like to shed? Which ones do you hope to continue following? What schemes and plots are currently needed in this world for life to flourish?

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Mokita Meal

A guided dinner + discussion gathering exploring embodied allyship, community, and liberation.

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Community Conversation

On April 7, 2022 we hosted a community conversation as part of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Mecklenburg County. In summer 2021 our County Commissioners charged the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library to research and craft a report on the harm caused by racist policies and practices of our county’s government from its inception in 1868 to today. The gathering engaged the results of the report, allowed us to share personal stories of impact, and imagine restorative practices that will lead toward repair. C4 Counseling and Warehouse 242 co-hosted the conversation and for QC Family Tree in provided the community conversation guide. 

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Garden Work Day

As we plant the garden this year, we are seeking to increase our yield in order to share with neighbors and increase the scope of our kinship. Several friends plunged their hands into the soil and co-labored with us. The work was lighter and way more delightful.

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Away with the Mangers

The Good Neighbor Movement of Greensboro, NC curated an impactful liturgy as an opportunity to marry spiritual formation with direct action for the sake of resisting housing injustice and homelessness (mangers represent insufficient and unstable housing for our Savior, as well as our neighbors). We met  Mondays during Advent ( 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20) at 8:30 PM for  30 minutes on Zoom to walk through the liturgy which includes a word of scripture, song/imagery/poetry, a litany or prayer, short reflection, and call to action. Participants were invited to come and listen/contemplate or discuss and interact, whatever was most fitting for them.

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Performing Kinship

Through an evening of performance art and spoken word poet and theologian de'Angelo Dia enticed us to consider what kinship means today. The evening included interaction, dialogue, artistic response, and experiencing solidarity with one another.

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Our Entangled Existence Cohort

We entered 2022 with a growing sense of the cracks that are impacting our shared life on this earth. Ecological destruction, climate change, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the overflow of these forces into social inequity are inviting us to listen to the fundamental wisdom that has always been true: we are all connected. How might our entangled existence with plants, rocks, animals, and our environment be beckoning us to re-orient our attention and habits? How are we to live on this wounded earth that we are complicit in abusing? What does it mean to be faithful creatures on God's earth, not as dominators but as tender kin? What might this mean for our collective survival, the healing of our bodies, communities, and our shared world? These are questions of Christian discipleship and repentance that intend not to condemn but transform us.

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 Embodied Kinship Cohort

Using Bryan Bantum’s stunning book The Death of Race this cohort explores how the biblical story carries an antidote to the death production of racism in order to un-learn and un-practice the ways it has worked into all of our systems, especially our bodies, imaginging what it might look like to build a new Christianity in a racial world.  This cohort is designed to be  a liberatory space to learn, delight, and commune with each other in the sacred and ongoing work of anti-racism,  including four workshops with reflective, creative prompts to engage in between meetings.

Embodied Kinship Cohort +Using Bantum’s book as inspiration, come explore the creation of