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An Urban Retreat "Transformative Change"
August 27-28, 2014
Join us for 2 days of study, dialogue, ritual celebrations, food, music, art and community-building celebrating the Spirit of Life. Our Annual Symposium connects all Starr King School's students, faculty, staff, trustees, graduates and communities as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.
Symposium will be held at the following location:
First Unitarian Church of Oakland,
685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
With support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Symposium is convened by Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, SKSM Provost.
Symposium 2014 - An Urban Retreat "Transformative Change"
Featuring our Honored Guest Teacher - Rev. angel Kyodo Williams Sensei
Once called “the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is a maverick spiritual teacher and master trainer that has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and social justice since her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace, was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and "a classic" by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.
Ordained as a Zen priest, she returned to her activist roots and began applying deep wisdom teaching to broad-based social issues. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” Rev. angel coined the phrase Transformative Social Change, helping inaugurate a field in which she remains a leading voice. She envisions the building of a Presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society, and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.
She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of yoga, meditation and somatic practices coupled with dharma teachings. She studied both spiritual and social justice movements, from Gautama to Gandhi and Ambedkar, Martin and Malcolm, to develop an underlying theory change for creating a just, sustainable society for all.
She recently became the second black woman recognized as a Zen teacher and is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered, including in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., and Essence. She notes, “Love and Justice are not two, but one. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique. More information can be found at www.angelkyodowilliams.com.
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