10000 Artists for Change, Banned Books, and Saying Goodbye to a Force of Nature

I know the title is super-long today, but I didn't want to leave out anything that mattered.  And it all matters.

Today is the day that 10000 Poets for Change come together to speak in many smaller voices amplified in one large voice. In the words of Michael Dickel:

We seek through our art to do a bit of old-fashioned consciousness raising, to stimulate thought and action leading to the kind of change that is sustainable, compassionate and just, and to engage in the important theme of the issues facing humanity today—but all with a goal to alleviate suffering and foster peace. We don’t want to just “talk about it,” we want words, art and music that help us take action in some way for positive change wherever we are in our lives, in our world.

To find the links we have collected, please see 100TPC Event Today … Link in your poems, art, stories, film, music, videos for peace, sustainability and social justice with an emphasis on poverty and hunger

September 27-October 3 is Banned Books Week.. It's the week when all the marginalized voices in literature are heard again. I haven't decided which book to read yet. I've narrowed it down to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, I Know This Much Is True  by Wally Lamb, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I'm pretty sure I'll wind up reading at least part of each one of them. It'll be an interesting week visiting each of these different worlds.

On a different note, I'd like to share with you all that former Dean of the Carver School of Church Social Work at Southern Baptist Seminary and the School of Social Work at Baylor University, Diana R. Garland, died Monday after fighting pancreatic cancer for six months. She was a "force of nature" and a "bridge builder," according to Marv Knox's remembrances in the Baptist Standard. I'll remember her for you soon, hopefully next week when I can compose something that does justice to her memory. Until then, I will say, she's probably organizing Heaven or wherever she is right now. She's taught many people to be. catalysts for change. I did this mandala thinking of the lessons she taught and the person I want to be when I grow up.

IMG_2785(I'm a social worker/catalyst, not an artist. LOL)

An Advocate's Prayer

God,

You bring people into the world

to make a difference

To help people understand

What they can do to make things right..

Use me

Use my words

Make me a catalyst

Make my life a prayer.

Bring justice

Bring inclusion

Bring love and peace.

And let it begin with me.

© 2015, poem, Lana Phillips, All rights reserved.

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