The Dream Under Siege, Jan. 13

53 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous speech, “I Have A Dream.”  What has happened to the dream of a Beloved Community?   Host John Shuck speaks with three activists who have a proven track record on social change about King’s dream and how it has been hijacked.

Dr. Catherine Meeks is a retired professor of socio-cultural studies at Wesleyan College. She is the editor of the newly released book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America.  She serves the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta as the chari of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism.

The Honorable JoAnn Hardesty is president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP. She is a community organizer and activist who advocates for those on the downside of power. She campaigns for police accountability and racial and economic justice. She hosts a weekly radio program, Voices from the Edge.

Teressa Raiford is the lead organizer of “Don’t Shoot Portland” A social justice movement in support of #BlackLivesMatter as a response to police brutality and the criminalization of Black American Youth.  She works as a community advocate and is currently educating neighborhoods to provide safety strategies for marginalized communities.  The focus is strengthening relationships to fight discrimination and organized hate.

In addition to this special Martin Luther King birthday episode on The Beloved Community, Five Beaverton congregations, Murray Hills Christian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Spirit of Grace, and Southminster Presbyterian Church are hosting a panel discussion on racism, entitled The Dream Under Siege, Tuesday January 17th at 7 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.   Facebook.

JoAnn Hardesty and Teressa Raiford will join Ibrahim Mubarak of Right to Survive as they lead a panel discussion on racism.  Organizers of the event wanted to create an opportunity for suburban residents to interact with leading activists in Portland to talk about critical issues facing the Portland metro in regards to diversity, race, privilege, housing, policing, gentrification and economic justice.

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Friday, January 13th, 9-10 am KBOO 90.7
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Catherine Meeks, Dismantling Racism, Jan 12 -25

Dr. Catherine Meeks is a retired professor of socio-cultural studies at Wesleyan College. She is the editor of the newly released book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. From the publisher:

This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur. Its aim is to demonstrate the ways in which a new conversation on race can be forged.

Her book contains chapters from eight different contributors including herself. Some white, some people of color, some men, some women.

The first chapter is written by Luther E. Smith, Jr. Dr. Smith is professor emeritus of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He writes:

“Racism also persists because a large segment of the population benefits from it. This explains why and how individuals perpetuate the system of racism, even without their conscious awareness of the implications of their actions. The existence of racism relies upon it having the personal commitment of some and the inaction of many.”

Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and dismantle racism.

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Via podcast Sunday, January 22nd.

Eileen Markey, The Assassination of Sister Maura, January 5 – 18

Sister Maura Clarke, a Catholic nun and three other women were assassinated by the El Salvadoran government in December 1980. This was a government supported by the United States. What did Sister Maura do that resulted in her violent death? Under the context of Vatican II, liberation theology, and oppressive dictatorships, we hear a story of radical faith.

Investigative journalist, Eileen Markey, whose work has appeared in New York Times, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Reporter, America, Commonweal, and Killing the Buddha. wrote Sister Maura’s biography, in A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura.

This is from America Magazine:

No one remembered Maura thirty years later because she was the most pious or the most correct. People didn’t hang her picture on their plaster wall or name their daughter after her or wipe away tears even as they smiled at the mention of her name because she was the most severe, the best at self- flagellation, the most familiar with the desert. They caressed her memory because she visited with love. When Maura talked to you, you felt beloved, person after person told me. She walked into cardboard slum shacks in Nicaragua and terrified villages in El Salvador and addressed individuals with a disarming, open kindness.

It turns out that’s what the story is about. Not death and torture – on a cross or at the hands of a military junta – but warm, flowering, life-giving love.

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Via podcast Sunday, January 15th.

Mark Coleman, Make Peace With Your Mind, Dec. 29 – Jan 11

Known as the superego or the judge, our inner critic is the voice in our heads that is hypercritical of everything we do and of who we are. The inner critic shames us and debilitates us. How do we become free of the inner critic?  The answer is mindfulness, awareness, compassion, and practice.

Mark Coleman, a meditation teacher and therapist, has written a book to help us become free of our inner critic, Make Peace With Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.  One of the tools is to be lighthearted, to mock the critic.    You will enjoy this conversation and find skills and methods to go easier on yourself and to treat yourself (and others) with compassion as opposed to judgment.

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Via podcast Sunday, January 8th.

Penpa Tsering, Tibet and China: Spirituality Vs. Materialism, Dec 22 – Jan 4 (29 min.)

Host John Shuck of KBOO in Portland, Oregon speaks with Penpa Tsering, the new Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet, based in Washington DC. He was elected to this post in May. Previously he was a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile where he served as speaker since 2011.

In this exclusive interview they discuss Tibet’s history, geography and spirituality.

  • What does it mean to be a country-in-exile?
  • How does a people who value spirituality above all else express their need to an atheistic, materialistic colonial power?

They discuss China’s demographic aggression, its exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources and environmental abuses of Tibet’s land and rivers, and the urgency before the United States to pressure China to solve peacefully the Tibet crisis. They also discuss how 13 centuries of Buddhism has shaped the people of Tibet and may be the spiritual resource that can be a beacon in a dark time of destruction for our shared Earth home.

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Featured on Sprouts, December 22nd.
Via podcast Sunday, January 1st.

Wendy Doniger, Redeeming the Kamasutra (Encore) Dec 15 – Dec 28

The Kamasutra brings to mind (and to Google searches) erotic and exotic sexual positions.   OK, it is that.  But it is much more.  It is about the art of living.   Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, is a leading scholar in Hinduism and mythology.   She has written over forty books including Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, Translated from the SanskritThe Laws of Manu, and a new translation of the Kamasutra.   Her latest is Redeeming the Kamasutra.  We discuss this fascinating text and the controversy it ignites still today.

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Via podcast Sunday, December 25th.