Advancing Community Progress in Erie, Pennsylvania

The Jefferson Educational Society (JES) of Erie is a nonprofit institution where conversations commence and ideas take action. We were founded to promote civic enlightenment and community progress for the Erie Region through the study, research, and discussion of those ideas and events that have influenced the human condition. The Society offers courses, seminars, and lectures which explain the central ideas that have formed the past, assist in exploring the present, and offer guidance to enhance the civic future of the Erie Region.


Fri 14 May

Mindfulness and Grief (# 2): Caring for Yourself During Times of Grief

Penny Mechley-Porter Self care strategies you can use during times of grief include 'finding a role model' and 'pacing yourself'. Learn all 10 strategies during this session. Our mindfulne... Read More »
Fri 21 May

Mindfulness and Grief (# 3): Healing is Possible

Penny Mechley-Porter Sometimes grief and loss feel so overwhelming that we worry we won't heal, yet healing is possible. Specific tasks, such as visiting a meaningful place from your past,... Read More »
Fri 28 May

Mindfulness and Grief (# 4): Recognizing and Healing Collective Grief

Penny Mechley-Porter At times grief is very individual, but when large scale difficulty or disaster strikes, entire communities or countries are impacted. This collective grief can bring u... Read More »