Lorena Boswell, with Suzi Musgrove, Worship Associate
Unless we have intentionally removed ourselves from society, every day we are bombarded with messages on how to maintain the status quo, how to keep society functioning as is. Where we have privilege, we are conditioned to be unaware of others' lack of resources and suffering. Where we are inundated with atrocities in the news, we are conditioned to believe we have little or no ability to influence change. It is essential to become more aware of the nature of our conditioning, so that rather than acting from these unconscious beliefs, we can intentionally choose to align our actions with our values and principles.
Lorena Boswell is about to begin a Residency program as a chaplain at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley after recently completing her studies at Starr King School for the Ministry. She grew up UU and is now a member of the Humboldt Friends Meeting (i.e., a Quaker) and a sojourning member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley. Her Master’s thesis in Education, entitled “The Structure Trap,” analyses how she as an educator was unconsciously teaching values she grew up with rather than her paradigm-shifting ideals.