GLOBAL SIS: InterPlays with Guiding Words
Happy New Year to Global SIS: InterPlay! Fourteen of us women jumped into our first online connection on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.
Four women from China, two from Japan, one from Italy met with those of us living on Eastern Standard Time in the United States. Still we were diverse - with one woman from Iran and my collaborator Canan Arikan from Turkey. We American women signed in from North Carolina, Atlanta, Florida, and Washington, DC.
Our specific goal for this 2-hour online global sister gathering was to find a guiding word for 2020 through play - storytelling, drawing, moving, and noticing. Of course, it almost goes without saying that we also have the goal to learn, inspire, and connect with one another; thus experiencing the warmth and sustenance of global sisterhood.
Using Zoom as the platform for our playshop (thank you to national InterPlay for the use of their Body Wisdom account), we dove into breakout rooms on three different occasions. Paired and placed in different online "rooms" with one another, SISters have the opportunity to get know one another in a one-on-one InterPlay activity.
A fun component to this playroom without walls is that we have the opportunity to "move" or "dance" in our home, classroom, or work spaces - an activity that we don't normally engage in if it weren't for online Global SIS.
|ONE-HAND DANCE. Once we had played around with word groups through storytelling in breakout rooms, Canan led us in a one-hand dance. We moved on behalf of the words we had chosen that we felt could guide us in 2020.|
Before we said good-bye to one another, we spoke of the dreams we had for ourselves and for our communities. We acknowledged the civil rights work that Martin Luther King, Jr., did in the United States and the dream that he had for all of us - that we be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin.
One of the surprises for me is that every SISter chose more than one guiding word! Below are some photos of these guiding words for that were chosen for 2020. I encourage everyone to write the words in their language and to post them in a living or work space where they would see them every day.
|SPANISH GUIDING WORDS. - Diana, from Argentina, did not participate in January's online playshop received the word list offering guiding words and selected those you see above.|
|ITALIAN GUIDING WORDS. -Chiara, Italy|
|CHINESE GUIDING WORDS. -Yue (top) and Tianqi (bottom)|
|ENGLISH GUIDING WORDS. -Ruth, USA|
Find out more about the work that Canan Arikan and Ruth Schowalter are doing with Sustaining International Sisters (SIS) and InterPlay at sislife.org.