“Like a tree that’s planted by the water ....”
We urge you to sign the petition, Barbara Lee, Speak For Us All. Please take a moment, and tell your friends about it. would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because: Barbara Lee has a high reputation of speaking truth to power. We ask her to stand on that ground and speak again on some major issues coming up in the next administration.
Carolyn & the EPI Board
We had a great Fall Dinner with Norman Soloman.
Thank you, all who attended, and have a great holiday season, however you celebrate it, with emphasis on “rest”, as we’ve a lot of work ahead of us!
The fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, “Planted By the Water” is now available: Download PDF
From our Poetry Corner:
The tree stump remains in the field
after the tree is cut.
Deeply its roots grasp the soil;
it is not dead.
From it will spring
a dozen shoots
filling the field
hindering the plow
choking the seedlings
stealing the harvest.
With machete and hoe
with strong back and arms
the farmer attacks the stump
digs below its roots
chops off its tendrils
hauls out the tangled knot
to be burned in the cooking fire.
The grain will fall on the fertile field
will sprout and grow.
The harvest will come.
© 1995 Carolyn S. Scarr
Christ Destroying His Cross
from Jose Clemente Orozco, Cristo Destruye Su Cruz
He stands, left hand raised, fist clenched.
His wounded feet straddle the blood-stained wood,
of the felled cross.
His pierced right hand
grips the heavy ax.
The stump shows the imprint of the blows
which brought down
the instrument of agonizing death.
The Ionic column of twisted law,
fallen behind the cross,
lies on a sheaf of knives.
Arms cropped, a toppled Buddha rests
in a bed of gun barrels,
legs in half-lotus position,
eyes closed, in oblivious serenity.
Gun turrets bristle.
Tanks rumble across a swath of mutilated statuary,
annihilate all in their path.
Armless Venus is headless now.
Christ’s eyes glare above sunken cheeks.
His skin hangs from flayed thighs.
The muscled figure
reflects fire and the blood-red sky.
Ax in hand, the revolutionary Christ
stands in rough resurrection.
Carolyn S. Scarr
Jan 18, 2011
Modified April 6, 2011
Modified May 8, 2011
For those of you unable to attend our 2016 Good Friday Interfaith Service, or who wish to re-visit it:
Flier in English ^ en español ^ Order of Worship ^ en español ^ Photos by Christina Tworek. (These files are large, so downloading may be slow.) ^ Homily by Rev. Deborah Lee: “Empire and the Cross: Sowing the Seeds of Hope”: PDF ^ mp3 ^ mp3s of the entire service
WE HOPE YOU HAD A BLESSED 2016, AND ...
The EPI 2015 Fall Gathering,
The Color of Empire: At Home &Abroad,
was a great success!
Tony Scarr recorded it, and edited it into 8 clips:
Welcome by Rev. Max Lynn of St. John’s Perbyterian Church
Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám leads his adaptation of “De Colores” for the fall.
“Ella’s Song” by Bernice Reagon of Sweet Honey In the Rock
Devonté Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration & Black Lives Matter
Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action & Ecumenical Peace Institute
Rev. Silvia Brandon Pérez, Ecumenical Peace Institute, School of the Americas Watch
& Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Fifty years ago Your Humble Webscribe wrote a song that started like this:
Tuesday the 4th we walked:
Those Of A Certain Age will remember Country Joe McDonald.
Our thanks to Bob Hanson and Rick Serling for the photos!
Mark Coplan took lots of good photos of the Dinner gathering. You can to to his Flikr webpage to view them. Thanks, Mark!
EPI's new phone number: (510) 990-0374 or 510.99.00.EPI
A TPP webpage has been created. For information, click on: TPP-Jeju
Alameda Poet Laureate Mary Rudge Dies: Mary, Stella Maris