ACTIVISM CONFERENCE SUMMARY
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
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 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.