Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
I’m introducing a teacher that is as new and exciting to me as I hope she will be for you. Pamela Boyce Simms is a Buddhist Quaker with lifelong accomplishments in social and ecological justice, a dynamic spiritual teacher and leader in the fields of ecology, climate change, social justice and Peoples of the African Diaspora. She produces several blogs and video teachings while touring the US and the the world, giving teachings to Quaker Friends, Buddhists, and activists.
My impression of her work thus far is that she is an expert at revealing the many intricate connections between the inner work of transformation and the outer work of social justice. Her blog is Buddhist-Quaker: Facilitating Evolutionary Culture Design. There you’ll find many of her video teachings and writings, her current projects, and how to contact her.
Pamela Boyce Sims served for six years as the convener for the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH), a six-state network of environmental activists working throughout the Mid-Atlantic urban coastal region. Boyce Simm’s current position is as Representative of the National Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) organization at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, focusing on ecological work in the Global South.
Pamela convenes the Earthcare Working Group of New York’s statewide network of Quaker congregations. As such she is proponent of work that transforms anger and despair into compassion toward neighbors, communities and the environment. She seeks to cultivate a felt sense of interconnectedness that can see communities through the climactic, social, and economic challenges ahead. Her intent is to affirm how working with the pain of the world can be a vehicle for self and community transformation.
Boyce Simms holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service (class of 1987), a Matrise de Lettres (MA) de L’Universite de Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.
With her permission, I will be featuring her video teachings on Engage! I hope to interview her for an Engage! podcast in the near future.