Time: January 22, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: First Parish Church of Newbury
Street: 20 High Road
Website or Map: http://www.firstparishofnewbu…
Event Type: presentation, discussion
Organized By: Transition Newburyport
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2012
Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Wen Stephenson, noted writer, journalist and editor. The event is sponsored by the First Parish Church of Newbury, New Eden Collaborative, Pennies for Poverty and Transition Newburyport. After the program all are invited to participate in the Local Flavor Potluck Picnic which follows at 6:00 PM.
Mr. Stephenson’s presentation “Walking Home From Walden: A Spiritual Awakening” shares how a 40-something suburban American woke up to "the spiritual crisis at the heart of the climate crisis" -- with some help from Henry David Thoreau -- and found the basis for a new (or maybe very old) kind of engagement, both political and spiritual, that transcends environmentalism. The climate crisis is more than an environmental crisis, it's a human, even spiritual crisis, and we need a new politics to address it on those terms -- much as Thoreau addressed slavery as the great human and spiritual crisis of his time. Far from being a solitary back-to-nature trip, Walden is a call to action -- a call to wake up to one's immediate surroundings, human and wild, and engage the world, starting right where we live.
Wen Stephenson, a writer and editor in Wayland, is a co-founder of Transition Wayland. In his career as a journalist, he served as the editorial director of TheAtlantic.com from 1995 to 2001, managing editor of PBS Frontline.org from 2001 to 2004, and editor of the Sunday Boston Globe's Ideas section until mid-2007. Most recently he was the senior producer of NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook. He's now writing about climate, culture and politics for publications including Slate, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Grist. His five-part essay "Walking Home From Walden" appeared in Slate magazine last June. He served on the steering committee that organized the large Moving Planet New England rally in Boston on Sept. 24, and his opinion piece "Why Walden Matters Now" -- about why he walked with friends and neighbors to Walden Pond for Moving Planet -- ran on the Globe's op-ed page and, in expanded form, in Grist. He and his wife have two children and have lived in Wayland for going on 15 years.
The Local Flavor Potluck Picnic is a monthly community gathering featuring good locally-sourced food and lively discussion. All are welcome to bring a dish to share and a “mess-kit” (dish, utensils and napkins) since we aim for a no-waste event.