We are once again in a time of walls. As a stubborn whiff of gentrification, geopolitical exceptionalism, religious exclusivism and white normativity sweeps across the lands, inviting many of us to ‘wall up’ and turn inwards in a quest for essences and pure identities, the prospects of irrecoverable fragmentation have perhaps never been more worrying. But beyond dividing us, walls are serving a more ironic purpose, offering us an unexpected gift: walls give us an opportunity to witness how things spill into each other, and how unsettling the world really is – so unsettling in fact that walls themselves seem to be part of a deeper conspiracy. In a time of separation, we are learning of our entanglement; we are noticing that the world is alive; she moves and breathes; we are coming to terms with our humble place in a vibrant web of becoming; and, we are learning that we are implicated in each other in a way no barricade could refute.
Bayo is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis and social change, and was recently enlisted as the recipient of the Global Excellence Award (Civil Society) 2014 by FutureShapers. He is the Initiating/Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network (A Post-Activist Project) [www.emergencenetwork.org
], and host of the online writing course, ‘We will dance with Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence’. As Coordinating Curator of The Emergence Network, Bayo works with other curators to inspire a diffractive network of sharing – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’…one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to ‘us’ or the ‘solutions’ that conventional activism offers as discrete or separate from the problems that we seek to nullify. Bayo is author and editor of ‘We will tell our own story!’ with Professors Molefi Kete Asante and Augustine Nwoye, and ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home’. Ej and Bayo are ecstatic parents of a girl, Alethea.
This event is presented by by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice, Diversity Project and is sponsored by the Center for Babaylan Studies, Gary Pace, Margaret Howe, Carolyn North, Norman Sheehan, the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and others who may want to step forward to support and build this community. Please let us know!