Firelight: Stories to See Us Through These Times

Welcome to the seventh edition of Firelight!

This edition of Firelight is curated by Emily Jarret Hughes who shares stories to see us through these times. Read on for stories to sustain and inspire our work to build beloved community. 

This month’s curator

This month’s guest curator is Emily Jarrett Hughes. Emily is an artist healer, helping people develop an embodied spiritual foundation for both personal and global transformation. 

This month she is writing as part of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations. She co-facilitates the monthly Guardian Wisdom Circle, designed to deepen our ability to stand for love – embracing the work of manifesting the “Beloved Community” as a spiritual practice. 

If you’re in the cities, Emily invites you to join her for The 2017 Women’s Congress for Future Generations: Climate, Health and Justice November 3-5 in the Twin Cities. 

Thanks for joining us around the fire,



Seventh Edition, by Emily Jarret Hughes
July 31, 2017

The work of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations is inspired by several visions for what will get us through times of enmity and danger to all life. These stories were first gathered by Ann Manning, director of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations and I share them with you.


Beloved Community

Our goal is to create a beloved community and 
this will require a qualitative change in our souls 
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
     ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King’s vision of a beloved community helps remind us of the goal beyond any immediate political battle. He names both how we will be personally transformed and how every structure of our lives will be transformed to reflect our relatedness.

“There are certain things we can say about this method that seeks justice without violence. It does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding. I think that this is one of the points, one of the basic points, one of the basic distinguishing points between violence and non-violence. The ultimate end of violence is to defeat the opponent. The ultimate end of non-violence is to win the friendship of the opponent. It is necessary to boycott sometimes but the non-violent resister realized that boycott is never an end within itself, but merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor; that the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption. And so the aftermath of violence is bitterness; the aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community; the aftermath of non-violence is redemption and reconciliation. This is a method that seeks to transform and to redeem, and win the friendship of the opponent, and make it possible for men to live together as brothers in a community, and not continually live with bitterness and friction.”
        ~ from “Justice Without Violence,” April 3, 1957


You might also enjoy John Lewis talking about Beloved Community with Krista Tippet in an episode of On Being and this article from a while ago by Grace Lee Boggs.


Shambala Warrior Prophecy

Joanna Macy shared this ancient prophecy from Tibetan Buddhism about a time when all life on earth is threatened. In this era, when the future of sentient life hangs by the frailest of threads, the kingdom of Shambhala emerges. The kingdom of Shambhala exists in the hearts of the Shambhala warriors. With the tools of insight and compassion, they are able to enter into the very heart of the barbarian power and create transformation.

Click the image below to hear Joanna Macy sharing the Shambala Warrior Prophecy:


Prophecy of the Seven Fires

In this video from the 2014 Women’s Congress for Future Generations, Sharon Day recounts the Prophecy of the Seven Fires that prompted Indigenous peoples to move westward, away from European contact. But it foresaw a time when all inhabitants of the land must reconcile, in wisdom and spirituality, if we are to survive. Click the image below to hear Sharon on the Seven Fires Prophecy:

Registration is now open for The 2017 Women’s Congress for Future Generations: Climate, Health, and Justice November 3-5 in the Twin Cities.

We are excited to share information for the 3rd Women’s Congress for Future Generations. This year’s themes are Climate, Health, and Justice. We are back with another opportunity to convene and grow in our connectedness and in our commitment to future generations. Come join us as we gather around the Sacred Circle and deepen our commitment to Mother Earth. We commit to seeing “water and earth as living entities” and to seeing each other as interrelated beings we care for and protect. I invite you to join me!