[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtTgGUv1OYU] Quick heads-up on a fantastic event taking place north of LA in January. My friends Elaine Enns and Ched Myers are running their annual Bartimaeus Co-operative Ministries Institute - five days of intensive engagement with questions of spirituality, restorative justice and peacemaking. Ched and Elaine will be joined by Rev Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC; and Rev Murphy Davis from the Open Door Community in Atlanta, GA. These are seriously cool people - with huge experience in radical activism for the common good. It's not stretching a point to say that they are at the cutting edge of civil rights work today.
The Institutes that Ched and Elaine host are renowned for engendering life-altering experiences; axes of change for the participants who find their hopes revolutionised as answers to the questions of how change can be achieved in the world become clearer through a week of interaction with others who are committed to the same path. The Institute takes place from January 18th-22nd, 2010, in the character-filled village of Oak View, where I have spent many a day soaking up the atmosphere of one of the funkiest neighborhoods I know. It's limited to 30 participants, so you know you'll have a meaningful and very substantial experience - but you probably should apply as soon as possible. And whether or not this will enhance your visit, I should probably tell you that I may be around for some of the time too - I'm co-facilitating a film & spirituality retreat on the weekend of 22nd-23rd January in Los Angeles, beginning just a few hours after the Institute ends, so you may find that you can go to the Institute and get to the our retreat too. More information from BCM here.