This coming summer, I will at a number of venues be teaching, speaking, marching, and/or leading prayerful activist ritual in the modes of "My legs were praying" (Rabbi Heschel after the Selma March) and "Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive" (Rabbi Heschel in a lyrical, mystical essay on prayer). Here are the details:
June 16-19, Pendle Hill, Quaker retreat center near Philadelphia.
3-day multifaith conference to enhance our ability to meet with spiritual depth the challenge of climate disruption. Three skill areas:
- constructive community-resilience building;
- formulating and carrying out strategic nonviolent direct action campaigns; and
- lobbying and moral advocacy in the public sphere.
Reb Arthur and Rabbi Phyllis Berman will join others in leading prayer services, and Reb Arthur will lead a workshop on fusing festival celebration with direct action.
July 4-8, Chautauqua Inst , upstate NY near Erie PA & Buffalo NY. Week Two: Money and Power through a Spiritual and Ethical Lens
Religious communities and individuals of conscience take seriously their stewardship over money and relationships to the material world and power, and are especially cautious about the corrosive and corrupting effects of wealth on virtue and the tendency to greed and absence of caring for the good of all. In this week we will take a closer look at money and power from ethical and spiritual perspectives.
Reb Arthur, Lecture Title: “Whose Image IS on the Coin? Money, Power, and God”
July 11-17. ALEPH Kallah, Ft Collins, CO.
Reb Arthur & Rabbis Michael Lerner & Jill Hammer speak on aan evening panel, “Toward a World-Transforming Judaism.“ Together with Reb Phyllis, Reb Arthur leads class AM101 on “Transforming Ritual to Meet New Needs -- Our Own.”
July & August: Community of Living Traditions, Stony Point Retreat Center, 2 hours north of NYC.
The Stony Point Center Summer Institute (2 sessions during summer) is seeking Jewish, Christian, and Muslim young adults, ages 19-29, who are grounded in their religious tradition, serious about spirituality and the state of the planet, and excited by social activism in a multireligious context.
Reb Arthur & Reb Phyllis will teach, July 19-23.
July 24, March for a Clean Energy Policy, eve of Dem National Convention, Philadelphia. 1 pm City Hall. Multireligious action ritual will lead the March. The Shalom Center is taking part in planning & embodying the action ritual.
July 25, Revival service led by Revs. Williiam Barber & James Forbes, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. The Shalom Center is helping plan the event.