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Like you, I am immersed in the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and the ravages of pervasive racism. To fight Covid-19 I work from home, mask-up in public, and connect via Zoom. To strengthen my resolve to be consciously anti-racist, I have been interrogating my white privilege, the birthright of anyone born white in our society. Having been raised in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, there is always an element of meaning-seeking in endeavors of the heart and mind such as these. This morning, I will offer a teaching from Shambhala Buddhism to explore how we might find our way through these pandemics to a healthier expression of human being and just society.
Ann Tyndall served as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister for 23 years, and for the past 16 years has been practicing Shambhala Buddhism. Ann and her partner Barbara moved to La Crosse when Gundersen hired Ann to be a chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department. In June she began working as a system wide bereavement coordinator for the Resolve Through Sharing bereavement program at Gundersen. She also enjoys the opportunity to do more teaching at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Minneapolis where she is a member.