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SACRED ACTIVISM CONFERENCE SUMMARY

Sacred Activism Conference, Sacred Activism, Activism, Universial Activism, Finding a new political compass for America.
 
 

We are delighted to report that our first Sacred Activism Conference in Seattle May 11-14 was overwhelmingly successful and attracted over 1,000 people. The energy was electric and generated support and interest in a series of Sacred Activism conferences around the country.

Seattle ignited a great light that is now reverberating around the country, entirely focused on the connection between spirit and action, wisdom and compassion, values and politics.

The 4-day Conference in Seattle began Thursday morning with an all day workshop featuring Caroline Myss on the Sacred Activist as Warrior, Mystic and Healer.

On Thursday Night, the formal conference was opened with a series of speeches, all receiving standing ovations: Deborah Jones on Darfur, Sheley Secrest on race relations, Cindy Sheehan on the Iraq War, Robert Kennedy Jr. on the state of the environment, with Caroline Myss summarizing the proceedings.

On Friday the conference heard from Jean Houston on Re-Imagining the Future, Rev. Kathianne Lewis on How to be a Sacred Activist in a World Where Little is Held Sacred, Bill Grace on Deep Hope, and the Rev. Jack Sullivan Jr. on Overcoming Factionalism. Again, all received standing ovations. Rev. Michael Ingersoll of The One Spirit Learning Alliance closed Friday night by presenting 12 ‘ordinary’ people with awards for having made significant contributions to our community or planet.

On Saturday the conference heard from Walter Link on the Emerging Wisdom Civilization, Rabbi Michael Lerner on the Spiritual Covenant with America, Paul Ray on the Politics of the Cultural Creatives, Barbara Marx Hubbard on New Social Modalities and Marianne Williamson on Where Spirit and Politics Intersect. The audience responded once again with standing ovations. The energy was dynamic, enthusiastic, inspired.

In addition there were 12 major panels and 24 workshops on important related topics including: religious unity, art, the media, technology, sustainability, social justice, healing, integral wisdom, building communities and local economies. There were singers, dancers and gospel music. Over 100 people taught, performed or gave service to the conference.

On Sunday, which was Mother’s Day, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Lauren Artress and Carolyn Myss closed the conference with an all day workshop on the Feminine as the Gateway to the Wisdom Civilization.

All the keynote addresses and Jean’s Sunday workshop will be available on our website in a few weeks, and the art work of Deborah Koff-Chapin, one of our faculty, who chronicled the entire conference through her unique and beautiful drawings, are now available for viewing online.

The purpose of our conferences on Sacred Activism is to take a stand for progressives values and to galvanize a deeper connection between our spiritual practice and social action. It is to find a new direction for America. Nothing less than the future of our nation and the fate of the earth are at stake.

At the core of all our convenings will be discussions concerning the new political compass that is emerging in America and how each of us can contribute to shifting the direction of our country toward values that are aligned with a new sense of civic responsibility, that protect the earth, and that would bring our country into a new relationship with the community of nations.

 
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