Saturday, February 4, 2017
Thinking about MLKing, Jr.
This morning, John came over for a couple of hours and we had a chance to think together about a session we are going to do together at Hallelujah Farm on April 22. We had originally planned to do a seminar together last November, but I begged off because of Betsey's de?ath. John decided to go it alone, and we had a what I felt was a very successful event on Contemplative Ecology and the Whole Movement of Life, with about 18 people in attendance. See an earlier posting on this blog titled Catching Up for November 22, 2016. So this will be sort of a sequel, and more of a dialogue. John found doing the whole day himself to be pretty exhausting, so this should be better. Our theme will be "embodied spirituality." I.e., a spirituality that is fully integrated with our material nature and our oneness with the natural world, with other creatures and the totality of nature. It's a big theme! But the date April 22 has special meaning for us. On that day, 50 years ago, John, who was 6 years old, and I, drove to the Providence, RI airport to pick up Martin Luther King, Jr., and Andrew Young, and bring them back to the Brown University campus. MLK was preaching the next day. So that was a very special day for us. MLK was not an environmentalist, but we hope to channel his revolutionary spirit.