Reverend Art McDonald, of the UU Essex, has years of experience with social activism and personal peace. Please join him for a brief presentation and group discussion. It’s ok to bring your questions, hopes and fears. Art has been involved in community organizing work with Essex County Community Organization – faith-based group from Lynn to Rockport. Ballot initiative on taxing millionaires in Mass., Immigration work, Black Lives Matter campaign, minimum wage and earned sick time victories in Mass. Also, work with North Shore Peace and Justice Group, education and witnessing to anti-war issues and sponsorship of Buddhist march for peace every year. Service projects with Open Door Pantry, Grace Center, Family Promise, Beverly (Harborlight) low income housing.
Rev. Sue earned her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994. She has served as chaplain at Wellesley College, where she was part of a pioneering interfaith spiritual life program, working with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian, and Muslim colleagues and students. Later, as Chaplain with Community Hospice in Schenectady, NY she became a skillful spiritual counselor and end-of-life educator.In November 2014, Rev. Sue moved to Cape Ann with her husband, artist David Arsenault. She is Dean of Second Year students and teaches on the Spiritual Care of the Dying at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NY, NY.
Willa and Paul are back for their third annual concert on Cape Ann. Warm, easy-going and recognizable, their sound soothes your soul and lightens your heart. Don’t miss this once-a- year performance. Light refreshments will be served.
Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He lived as a Buddhist monk for eight years and has served for the past fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world. Lama Marut is currently the Spiritual Director of eight “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore. When not traveling, he resides with his wife, Cindy Lee, in rural Australia.
In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Beyond Words, 2012) and his new book, Be Nobody (Beyond Words, 2014). With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and life changing.
Author of “The Mind Illuminated” and neuroscientist, John Yates (Upakasa Culadasa), shares his research and personal insights in this rare East Coast talk. Please join him.