|2003-2004 theme for many events: "Be the change"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Wallace (walla003TC.UMN.EDU)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 18:26:11 -0500|
August 20, 2003 To: Folk School folks From: Lynn Englund and John Wallace Announcing: "You must be the change you seek in the world": Folk School Activities for the academic year 2003-04 We have chosen Gandhi's saying, "You must be the change you seek in the world," as the theme to guide folk school activities for the coming year. We believe in the transformative power and synergy that develop among people of all ages who dream, discover, reflect, and act on what it means to live our lives from Gandhi's stance of being the change we seek. Under this theme, any number of activities are possible, including the following dates and activities that are now on our calendars and are taking shape. Event-specific announcements will be sent out prior to each event. Please consider adding your options to the list! WEEKLY lunchtime conversations during Fall Semester on the aspects of "being the change you seek" that come alive for us, confront us, and challenge us. Gather with John Wallace at St. Martin's Table, Mondays, 11:30 to 12:30, starting September 8. ROAD TRIP to Matfield Green, Kansas (pop. 60). September 12-16, 2003. Take part in the town's annual celebration and interact with the environmental and social justice group that is taking root with a new vision for the future. This trip can accommodate about eight people, and is currently fully subscribed. We see this as an annual event for the folk school. EVENING DISCUSSIONS at St. Martin's Table [2001 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis 55454; parking in back]. October 2, 7-9 pm. Bernice Johnson will share the story of her work in Thailand, teaching English to Shan refugees from Burma, and read to us from the stories she has written about the plight of her students. Bernice is returning to Thailand in mid-October and will bring used laptop computers to assist her students. November 6, 7-9 pm. David Sheie will lead a discussion based on his recently completed Ph.D. dissertation. It is based on a case study of how Walker Church in south Minneapolis pursues the twin goals of personal growth for participants and social justice engagement in the broader world. David will give a summary of his key findings, and then open the space for questions and discussion. FOLK SCHOOL WEEKENDS at Shalom Hill Farm. The themes explored in these four weekends will pick up on Gandhi's saying about being the change you seek. December 5-7, 2003. The theme will be: Being Peace. Each of the following retreats will have a theme of the form: Being X, with the X's still to be chosen. February 6-8, 2004 April 2-4, 2004 May 7-9, 2004 Contact John Wallace (walla003 [at] umn.edu) or Lynn Englund (engl8813 [at] umn.edu) if you have items to add to the list of activities. -- John Wallace Director of Graduate Studies Department of Philosophy University of Minnesota 831 Heller Hall 271 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455-0310 (612) 624-5210 FAX (612) 626-8380 walla003 [at] tc.umn.edu
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