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Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland
April 19, 2017: Robert Walter
President & Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation
Spaceship Earth Ascending: Mythologies for the 21st Century & Beyond
Joseph Campbell frequently noted that every mythology is “another person’s religion.” In this talk, we will consider his thoughts about today’s mythologies and those of the future.
The “future”? Since time immemorial prophets have authoritatively declaimed it, artists have conjured utopias and dystopias, and beguiling shysters have tantalized the gullible with promises. But when tomorrow arrives it is often not what we had envisioned. Why is that?
How do our mythologies, the stories and belief systems that inform our lives, all-too-often defeat us by pitting each-against-the-other? Why must our embedded mythologies be reimagined for the 21st century and beyond? How do we do that?
In our time together, we will seek to answer these questions.
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Ministers and Students in the Philippines Helped by Book Project
More than 10,000 books are now on the library shelves of Central Philippine University or in the personal possession of Baptist ministers in the Philippines thanks to PCBA’s Philippine Book Project. The books on theology, biblical studies, church history, ministry, and general reference were once in the libraries of ministers, teachers, and others mostly in Northern California.
Following a semester in which Dale and Alice Edmondson taught as volunteer faculty members at the American-Baptist-related university, the project was begun as a response to the extremely high cost of books in that country. Thinking of the number of books basic to ministerial preparation which belonged to retired clergy and others in the Bay Area, they discovered people here were happy to make many of these books available. The books were welcomed by the University to fill gaps in the library’s collection which had resulted from their limited budget. Books not needed in the library were made available to seminary students and pastors for whom many such books were beyond reach.
Youthquake Sends 42 Youth & Adult Missionaries to New Orleans
PCBA-sponsored Program Joins Home Mission Society Project
Continuing the work of rebuilding in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward ravished in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, forty-two Bay Area American Baptist young people and adults journeyed there to participate in a project of the denomination’s Home Mission Society.
Important projects undertaken by the mission team included working on the home of a woman who had paid a contractor unsuccessfully to repair her home, helping ready a charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade students, painting picnic tables and picking up trash at a small local store serving an overlooked neighborhood, and working to transform an abandoned building into an Internet café for youth near a new high school. Continue reading →
The Seafarers Mission of the Golden Gate announces a service celebrating the work of men and women serving on international container ships. It will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 PM at the Port of Oakland’s Maritime Center, 4001 7th Street (the end of 7th Street). The service will be followed by an ice cream social at 5:00. SMGG’s new chaplain, Jamieson Prevoznah will lead the service. The seafarers are those served by SMGG’s historic Baptist ministry.
TO: PCBA Board Members and those signed up for the May 11 BLT
We find Grand Lake Gardens cannot accommodate us for our BLT program or Board meeting this Wednesday, the 11th. (With Joan Thatcher’s illness, we miss her faithful coordination of events over many years with Grand Lake).
In light of this, we must postpone this Wednesday’s program of Jesse Lucas’ presentation on the Evergreen mission trip to Haiti.
We will, however, still hold our important May Board meeting It will be at 1:00 at Lakeshore. We do not plan to provide any lunch, but hope to have some snacks at hand.
– Alice Edmondson and Louann Roberts,
P.S. Keep in mind the PCBA Spring Gathering on June 12 (2:00-6:00) at Grace Baptist, San Jose. You may register at www.pcba.org or by mail at 2016 PCBA Spring Gathering, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek, CA 94598