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Waking Up: Engaging MLK’s Dharma in our Neighborhoods

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Waking Up: Engaging MLK’s Dharma in our Neighborhoods


Our 3rd Annual MLK Day program will include silent sitting, readings, dialogue, and neighborhood engagement as we reflect on the meaning and relevance of “waking up together” (as chanted in bodhisattva vows) and as voiced through the dharma of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are we waking up to? How do we engage themes of privilege, of racial and social justice, of equity and identity? How do we simultaneously activate personal and societal transformation?

We will meet in small and whole group dialogue to reflect on these themes and explore ways BZC can engage in partnership with our neighbors as celebrate diversity and inclusivity. Our time together will include tea and treats as we continue our conversation. This will
be followed with a program of neighborhood engagement.

The first project will be to set up streetside with a table on Russell Street, inviting passersby to create peace prayers and memorial messages honoring those who have died through violence and hatred. We then will invite and assist in placing these on our streetside Peace Tree. The second project will be cleaning streets in the immediate neighborhood.

The MLK Day program will be led by Gerry Oliva and Judy Fleischman. Gerry is a Zen priest and teacher, and a retired ​
pediatrician and Associate Professor at UCSF. Judy Fleischman is a Zen priest, Board-Certified Chaplain, and founder of the Center for Open Chaplaincy.

For further information, to sign up, and to get involved with this effort, contact Gerry Oliva at Z3J5b2xpdmEgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ==



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