“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.”
    --Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Revolution of the Spirit...
There are few places left where we can truly be ourselves and come to discover our true spirit. For some of us, religion has lost its meaning, yet we desperately want the kinds of experiences religious communities offer. Amidst the cynicism of the world, we still have hope--yet we don't have a way to express that hope. Our churches and schools don't necessarily speak to us, yet with still have faith, and we still want to learn. We long for a community in which we feel safe, we are challenged, and we work together to give meaning to the world.
             
The Revolution Ethics Project conducts seminars for people of all ages who want to see the world anew and make the world a better.  Led by facilitator/instructor Eric Bowman, the group meets for reading, hearty discussion, intellectual growth and spiritual renewal. Studying some history, philosophy, religion, and literature, we look at current social issues, ethical scenarios, and our own attitudes in an attempt to bring about meaningful change in the world.

The next leaders of society will not just be cunning businessmen or ambitious politicians—they will be hopeful, thoughtful, kind-hearted people. These leaders need a place to foster their hope and feed their spirit. The Revolution offers them this. 

Summer 2015: Revolution: Faith

This past spring, we launched our first Revolution: Faith conversation. Revoluiton: Faith conversations will include Bible study, scriptures from other world religions, discussions about prayer and spirituality, and a genuine exploration of issues of faith. Through this, we hope to add a more intentionally religious and spiritual dimension to the Revolution. This may not be for everyone; those not inclined towards religion can certainly opt not to attend. However, we feel it is important not to shy away from religion simply from fear of offending someone. One of the objectives of the Revolution is to offer spiritual growth. We hope to add more of that in the coming year.

A few years ago, a Revolution member commented that "the Revolution is like my church." This is a great complement, in my opinion. I grew up religious but without a church--I still feel that way sometimes. My goal for this year is unapologetically seem more like a faith community (in all the best ways). This doesn't mean dogma, doctrine, and ritual. I doesn't mean exclusivity. Atheists and humanists--nothing will really change for you and you're just as welcome as always. But for those looking for something like a faith community, I think you'll like where we're headed.

January 2015: Taking (Political) Action

This has been an active month, politically, for members of the Revolution Ethics Project.  A week ago two members of the group joined the New Hampshire Rebellion walk for campaign finance reform. Also this month, the entire Revolution group has been involved in a push to increase student involvement in local government. They have launched an initiative to get as many students as possible to the ConVal school board meetings. On Saturday, January 31, these students will lead the charge at the ConVal district Deliberative Session. It has been refreshing to see such politically active adolescents.

All of this is part of our push to get Revolution participants to take action. This year, each student will be completing his/her own action plan, putting the content of the Rev into meaningful civic action. Whether it is political mobilization, volunteering, fundraising or creating a new program, you will likely see Rev students completing a lot of good works this coming spring.

November 2014: Revolution to Present at National Council for the Social Studies

On Saturday November 22, Bowman and some of the Revolution students will be presenting at the National Council for the Social Studies. It is quite an honor to have our proposal accepted by the Council. We will be sharing our ideas with social studies teachers from around the country at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. You can see the description of our presentation at the NCSS website or right here

Fall 2014:  Revolution Ethics Project, Academic Year 3--Are We Still of Any Use?

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