You Were Born for Such a Time As This! was an evening to remember… and build on. Sarah van Gelder, a phenomenal voice for transformation and Executive Editor of YES! Magazine, skillfully and graciously hosted a culturally diverse panel of transformational leaders who spoke about how to transcend our old ways and embrace change consciously, passionately, and sustainably. Sarah began by asking audience members how they were feeling. Here’s a sampler of what we heard: excited, scared, confused, grateful, hopeful. David Spangler followed with welcoming, insightful commentary on these exciting, bewildering, courageous times. He also provided context, noting that we have made our way through times such as these in the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s… and long before any of us were born. Gloria Burgess embodied the universal wisdom that says “The world was not given to us by our parents, it was loaned to us by our children.” When we live with this sense of legacy, community and sustainability are primary. Phil Lane lit a fire with his wide, exuberant embrace of all beings, enthralling us with stories about his incredible work that reaches around the world. Norma Timbang invited us to explore and get over the “isms” that divide us and embrace one another in all of our glorious humanity. And James O’Dea, former president of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), masterfully wove disparate ways of being, understanding, and knowing into a rich tapestry that engaged our senses, hearts, minds, and souls. Susan Burns generously and humbly provided her amazing gifts in planning and orchestrating this event. A deep bow to our host, Reverend Karen Lindvig, of Seattle Unity Church, and to our absorbed, appreciative audience.
More to come? Undoubtedly!