Photo by Jim Watkins

This quarter Open Space is going virtual!

Although we may not all be physically present in Swift Hall or Bond Chapel this quarter, we are still invited and implored to seek community, connection, and rest; to be in solidarity with one another as we navigate this new world together in the next 9 weeks.

This quarter we will be gathering virtually using Zoom from 1pm-1:30pm CT every Tuesday. This is a slight time change from earlier quarters. Amidst the chaos of the world, the uncertainties of the coronavirus, and our new roles as social distancing people we will be asking the question, "What is grounding you?" 

Our poem to reflect on this quarter will be Kitty O'Meara's "And the people stayed home," one of the many pieces of newly crafted "pandemic poetry." The full text can be found below.

For the meeting link, questions, comments, or if you are interested in giving a reflection, contact Open Space Coordinator Kevin Gregory (


And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.