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Tulsa, Oklahoma – May 10 – 12, 2007

 

Wisdom University Conference
Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion
A Heartland Summit

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May 10 - 12, 2007 - Click Here For Registration Information at Door

RENAISSANCE TULSA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER
6808 S 107th E AVENUE TULSA OK 74133
The conference is open to the public.

The most exciting fact about America today is that a new wisdom culture is emerging. It is a movement of inclusion and hope, comprised of people who have participated in the major social movements of the past fifty years – from civil rights, the environment, feminism, disarmament, human rights, and social justice – and have emerged committed to personal and spiritual development without being dogmatically religious and supportive of economic and technical progress but not at the expense of the environment or community. Studies show that this group actually constitutes the new moral majority of America. You are probably one of them.

Wisdom University has committed itself to understanding and mobilizing this new movement gaining momentum across America and around the world. We convened a major conference in Seattle in May 2006 that drew over 1,000 people excited to be part of the emerging wisdom culture. We are convening "Wisdom Weekends" around the country and Europe to spread the word and make connections. The Tulsa conference May 10-12 is an integral part of building the movement because it is taking place in the heartland of America.

• Come to the conference and learn about the new values that are shaping people’s lives and America’s future.
• Connect with people who share your beliefs and feelings.
• Be inspired by national and local speakers addressing issues directly relevant to your life.
• Be transformed by the power of community and a burgeoning network of people across this nation who are committed, as you are, to a holistic vision of the future.
• Participate in a process to ignite our collective action that will allow you to network, spread your message, and build community.

For all of you actively engaged in social transformation, we invite you to register for the conference and receive a free table to present your materials. You are invited to get your message out at the various workshops and plenaries that pertain to your interest area. You are also invited to participate in an Opportunity Fair on Saturday with all the other groups present to network, share information, and engage in a cutting edge visualization process to Ignite Collective Action.

This may be the most important conference you have ever attended. It is about the future and how we can work together to make our vision real.

Conference Agenda

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This conference agenda is a work in progress. Please check this site frequently to learn about updates and developments as we expand the program, detail workshops, and describe the entertainment that will accompany our proceedings. What you see here is only the beginning.

All plenaries and workshops will be audio recorded and available immediately after the session. Video events will be available at a later date.

* Due to the tight program schedule, food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the conference.

THURSDAY MAY 10TH

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7:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM Welcome: Jim Garrison, President, Wisdom University

Opening Ceremony, Minisa Crumbo Halsey, Elder, Pottawatomi and Muscogee Creek nations, artist.

9:30 AM Plenary: Sacred Activism and the Feminine

MUSIC OPENING

Moderator Lauren Artress, Founder, Veriditas: The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement

Keynote Speaker:

Caroline Myss, Medical intuitive, teacher and the best-selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Entering the Castle

Responders:

Laura A. Belmonte, President, Oklahomans for Equality, author of Selling America: Propaganda, National Identity, and the Cold War (forthcoming) and editor of Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History

Penny Painter, Executive Director, Resonance Center for Women

Carol Parrish-Harra, President, Light of Christ Community Church and Academic Dean, Sancta Sophia Seminary, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Sheryl Siddiqui, Director, Community Relations/American Outreach, Islamic Society of Tulsa

12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Sacred Activism: Following Your Heartbreak as the Gateway to Sacred Activism

Andrew Harvey, Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University and award-winning author and editor of over 30 books, including The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, The Direct Path, and The Return of the Mother

Introduction and comments by Reverend Paul Ashby, Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa

2:00 - 3:30 PM - Concurrent Workshops

Lauren Artress, Founder, Veriditas, The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement, We're All on the Path Together: The Mysteries and Metaphors Embedded in the Labyrinth

Felicia Collins-Correia, Executive Director, YWCA Tulsa, Racism & Domestic Violence: Two Issues in Need of Sacred Activism

Russell Feingold, President, Feingold Method, Ecstatic Health

Andrew Harvey, Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University, award winning author and editor of over 30 books including The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, The Direct Path, and The Return of the Mother, The Seven Laws of Sacred Activism

Maura McDermott, Communications Director, Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma

Dianna Burrup, Musician, Graphic/Web Designer and Computer Training Consultant, Carlos Moreno Technology Consultant to small business and independent media, President, Toydrum Inc., and Barbara Santee, Political Activist, CyberActivism

4:00– 5:30 PM - Concurrent Workshops

Nathaniel Batchelder, Director, Oklahoma City Peace House, Healing the Break Between Citizens and Government

Christine Dove, Director, Social Action Ministry of the Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale AZ, Getting Beyond Us Versus Them: Compassionate Communication-Skills for Sacred Activism

Lydia Gill-Polley, Consultant, Oklahoma State Coordinator for the Department of Peace and Nonviolence campaign, Seeking a U.S, Department of Peace and Nonviolence

Vic Hutchison, George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, founder of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, Why Intelligent Design is Politics and Religion, Not Science

Davis Joyce, author of nine books, editor of An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History and Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State, Sacred Activism Grounded in Oklahoma History.

Carol Parrish-Harra, President, Light of Christ Community Church and Academic Dean, Sancta Sophia Seminary, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Welcome Sophia: Healing the Duality of Modern Times Through the Divine Feminine

Jesse Williams, Senior Associate Pastor, New Dimensions Worship Center, author, singer, songwriter and life coach, MEANTIME: Awakening to Self and Soul

5:30 PM Break

7:15 PM Plenary: The Crisis in Our Environment, the Corruption in Our Politics and Media, and the Opportunity to Renew the Nation

7:15 - 7:30 - MUSIC OPENING: Jared Tyler

Keynote Speaker: Robert Kennedy Jr., Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

9:00 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering: A Musical Conversation with Brian Haas and Josh Massad

 

FRIDAY MAY 11TH

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7:30 AM Buddhist Meditation (optional), Jacqueline Roemer

9:00 AM Plenary: The Emerging Wisdom Culture

OPENING POETRY READING: Deborah Hunter

Keynote Speaker: Paul Ray, Sociologist, Author, The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World

Creating a Wisdom Culture (PowerPoint File, 1.25MB)

Speakers:

Robert Dirks, Founder, North Politics

Tamara Lebak, Assistant Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa

Cindy Martin, Member, Choctaw Nation, Native Nations within a Nation: Inclusion makes a Nation Strong, Vice President, TICAR, www.ticarok.org.

Robin Meyers, Senior Minister, Mayflower Church, Oklahoma City, author, Why the Christian Right is Wrong

Carter Phipps, Executive Editor, What is Enlightenment? Magazine

12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: The Scourge of AIDS and the Challenges of Social and Economic Inequality

MUSIC OPENING: Kendall-Whittier World Music Drummers

Speaker: Yvette Flunder, Bishop, The Fellowship, gospel recording artist, author, Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletics of Radical lnclusion

Introduction and comment by Laura Belmonte, President, Oklahomans for Equality, author of Selling America: Propaganda, National Identity, and the Cold War (forthcoming) and editor of Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History

2:00 - 3:10 PM - Concurrent Workshops

Hannibal Johnson, Tulsa Author, Attorney and Consultant, Healing History: Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

Wes Johnson, Tulsa Attorney, and Dr. Martin Belsky, Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, The USA Patriot Act and it's Impact on Civil Liberties

Robin Meyers, author, Senior Minister, Mayflower Church, Oklahoma City, Progressive Christianity

Carter Phipps, Executive Editor, What is Enlightenment? Magazine, The History of Evolutionary Spirituality

Paul Ray, author, sociologist, The Emerging Wisdom Culture

Sherrill Sellman, naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist and author, Hormone Balance: The Feminine Path to Power

Corey Williams, Executive Director, Sustainable Tulsa, Make Your Plans for Living Green

3:20 - 4:30 PM - Concurrent Workshops

Tim Broadous, founder, Kingdom Congress International, Design Your Life

Robert Dirks, Founder of North Politics, The Cultural Creative Political North

Sister Ellie Finlay, Episcopal nun, Activism Burnout: Meditation as Antidote

Annie Hartzog-Murrell, Lynda Jacobs, Chad Johnson, Keith Schrag
, psychotherapists, Sacred Activism and the Helping Professions: Bringing It Into Practice

Osprey Orielle Lake, international artist and documentary filmmaker, Images in Celebration of Life: How Images and Stories Influence the Transformation of Culture, Our Relationship to Nature, and our Future

Bruce Prescott, Executive Director, Mainstream Baptists of Oklahoma, First Freedom First: Safeguarding Separation of Church and State, Preserving Religious Liberty

Teresa Reed, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Tulsa, Activism in Black Music: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

5:00 - 5:30 PM Welcome to the Sabbath with Rabbi Charles P. Sherman and Cantor Kari Siegel-Eglash, Temple Israel, Tulsa

5:30 PM A Sufi Call to Prayer with Andrew Harvey, Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University and award-winning author and editor of over 30 books, including The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, The Direct Path, and The Return of the Mother

6:00 Dinner Break

7:30 PM Plenary: The Koran and the Power of Deep Ecumenism

MUSIC OPENING: Wali Ali
                                   Suad El-Amin

Keynote Speaker: Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, Head of the Nation of Islam 1973-1978; Founder, American Muslim Mission

9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering

MUSIC CLOSING: Marquis Hunt (Saxophone)

SATURDAY MAY 12TH

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7:30 AM Buddhist Meditation (optional), Jacqueline Roemer

9:00 AM Plenary: The Power of Inclusion

MUSIC DURING: New Dimensions Worship Center Chorale

Keynote Address: Carlton Pearson, Pastor, New Dimensions Worship Center, Tulsa, author, The Gospel of Inclusion

Speakers:

Marlin Lavanhar, Pastor All Soul's Church, Tulsa, OK

Sarah Mae Martin, Member, Choctaw Nation, TICAR Youth Council, North Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow

Cindy Martin, Member, Choctaw Nation, Native Nations within a Nation: Inclusion makes a Nation Strong, Vice President, TICAR, www.ticarok.org.

Bruce Prescott, Executive Director, Mainstream Baptists of Oklahoma, How Does God Speak in Interfaith America?

Jenny Wachowski, President, Amnesty International Club, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa

Curtis Zunigha, Chief (1994-1998) Delaware Tribe (Oklahoma), American Indian Activist & Cultural Educator.

12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Toward a New Spirituality

MUSIC OPENING: Rick Fortner's All Souls Choir

Speaker: William Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Introduction and comment by Marlin Lavanhar, Pastor All Soul's Church, Tulsa, OK

2:00 - 3:10 PM - Concurrent Workshops

Michael Beckwith, Andrew Harvey, Marlin Lavanhar, and Gina Pearson, A Dialogue on “The Secret"

Theodore Foote, pastor, board member, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, Interfaith Partnerships: Religious Pluralism and Activist Citizenship Without Surrendering Your Tradition’s Identity

Clark Inkanish, Elder, Wichita nation, Executive Director, TKWolf Inc., How Does the Native American Medicine Wheel Influence Positive Activism?

League of Women Voters of Metropolitian Tulsa, Advocacy 101: The fundamentals needed to impact legislation on the issues you hold dear.

Sebastian Lantos, former President of the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Integration or Exclusion: Social and Moral Challenges of the Undocumented Workers

Shelley Moskowitz, Washington, DC Representative of the human rights group Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Genocide Then/ Genocide Now.

Jody Seay, author and public speaker, Portland Oregon, We’re Here, We’re Dear: The GLBT Community Learns to Live Real in a Real Scary World

3:45 ­ 6:45 PM - Plenary Session: Igniting Collective Action

MUSIC OPENING: All Inclusion Choir

The plenary session will be a visualization program with the intention of inspiring greater involvement, action and momentum in the cultural creative movement. Tulsa's own Sean Griffin will engage us in Igniting Collective Action through his "Think-A-Torium" a powerful graphically facilitated and inclusive process to help all participants individually and collectively see and act on the future we want to create. This highly energetic event will include local artists translating the "Group Wisdom" harvested into a shared vision mural inspiring cultural creatives to positively change the moral compass of America.

Out of this event will come a community think-tank of like-minded people and organizations, who will begin to organize and mobilize ongoing local activism and activities.

6:45 PM Dinner Break

8:00 PM Closing Plenary: Moving Mountains

Closing Ceremony, Clark Inkanish, Elder, Wichita nation, Executive Director, TKWolf, Inc.

Keynote Speakers:

MUSIC OPENING: Rickie Byars Beckwith, musician and singer

Michael Beckwith, Pastor, Agape International Spiritual Center; Author, 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast and A Manifesto of Peace!

9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering

MUSIC CLOSING

LAST CELEBRATION: MC: Scott Aycock - Jared Tyler and Band

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Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion

There is little doubt in most people’s minds that America is significantly out of alignment with the values with which it was founded and by which most of us live our lives. This has given rise to increased alienation with the political process and a precipitous diminution of respect for America by the international community. The challenge in this situation is whether it is possible to mount a movement of people and ideas that will realign the very moral compass of America around a new sense of civic responsibility, an inclusive spirituality, protection of the earth, and a new relationship between America and the community of nations.

The purpose of this conference is thus to forge a deeper connection between the values and the activism necessary for effective leadership in our communities. The fundamental goal is to challenge participants to let go of old oppositional stances and to work together to formulate positive goals and programs for what will work in the future. Essentially, people must realize that the old left/right liberal vs. conservative moral debate, political rhetoric and strategic thinking is no longer relevant to the actual reality of American life.

What is relevant is the fact that there is a new wisdom culture emerging, one comprised of a growing number of people who find themselves breaking out of the old value systems and embracing a more humane, more global view of themselves and the world. The sociologist Paul Ray refers to them as cultural creatives, a group which only began to emerge in world culture fifty years ago and which has been formed by the amalgamation of all the major social movements that have occurred during this time, ranging from the civil rights, anti-nuclear, environmental, feminist, pro choice, human rights, immigration, children rights, gay/lesbian, and anti-globalization movements. Taken collectively, cultural creatives now number over 50 million adults in the United States, are even more numerous in Europe, and are growing in numbers all around the world.

Those who tend to embody the values of the emerging wisdom culture tend to be deeply spiritual without being dogmatically religious and committed to technology and economic prosperity but not at the cost of the environment or community. They understand the world holistically and are deeply committed to non-ideological politics that emphasize practical solutions. Overwhelmingly, they are professional, creative and entrepreneurial. They thus represent a dramatic departure from the traditional value system represented by religious fundamentalists on the one hand; or the modernist world view represented by much of the scientific and business establishment on the other. Indeed, not since the Enlightenment, when the modernist worldview began to emerge, has there been such a profound realignment in fundamental human values.

A central fact about this new cultural group is that they are a population and not yet a group. They hold progressive values, but five out of six don’t identify with either the liberals or the conservatives, and yet they are not themselves mobilized into a coherent political force. In fact, a common denominator amongst most cultural creatives is that they think they are alone. They represent the largest single values group in America but they have virtually no presence in the current social or political debate. If they did, the very moral compass of this country would change and America could be realigned with the values upon which it was founded, which the international community expects, and which the future demands.

The key question therefore is how we can identify, mobilize, and turn this emerging cultural group into an effective moral presence and political force. It is to help accomplish these goals that the Tulsa conference is being organized.

Creating a Wisdom Culture (PowerPoint File, 1.25MB)

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