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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Voices and Votes On 2014 Midterm Elections Coming to Berkeley Fellowship Saturday October 18, 2014 2-5 pm

"They've got all the advantages of concentrated money and concentrated power. All we got on the other side is our voices and our votes, and if we get out there and make something out of them, that's how we make the difference, " says Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).  

Major choices in the upcoming elections are presented by poets and artists with Open Mic and other discussion. David Madgalene, author of "Call Down the Angel" and editor of "World of Change" is MC. David Randolph, Event Host, seeks lessons to be learned from recent history with answers from Vic Sadot, Kirk Lumpkin, Susan Mashiyama, Steve Shain and others plus Open Mic participants led by Holly Harwood. Donations accepted but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RENEWAL OF FAITH WITH NEW MEDIA AND ANCIENT ARTS IN AMERICA AND KOREA CELEBRATED AT CONFERENCE IN BERKELEY

(Pictured from legit to right are Dr. Sam Park, Dr. Mee-Rha Hahn, Dr. David James Randolph and Dr. Byung June Hwang.

Ways of renewal of faith and preaching with new media and ancient arts were demonstrated and celebrated at the Conference on preaching held at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley on June 26 attended by church leaders from Korea and the United States.

Keynote speaker Dr. David James Randolph said that in the 21st Century when conforming to popular cultures is leading to decay, transformation is possible no less than in the first Century when Christian faith came by preaching. The foundations of faith must be equally strong and new media and visual language are among contemporary resources which must be developed according to Dr. Randolph. He illustrated with the use of a brief movie form adaptable to YouTube.

Host Dr. Sam Park of the American Baptist Seminary of the West demonstrated how preaching can be enriched by uniting the ancient tradition of story telling in Asia with presentation using a longer movie form adaptable to chapel and classroom.

Dr. Byung June Hwang, leader of the Korean delegation, stressed the importance of new ways of communicating faith to address church decline in Korea and America with planning for the future.

Dr. Mee-Rha Hahn of Hoseo University spoke forcefully of the advantages to be gained from cross-cultural studies in theology and society. Dr. Hahn charmed the group with her graceful familiarity with a broad range of arts and science.

David Madgalene, poet, writer, artist and author of “Call Down the Angel” joined the discussion by bearing witness to the impact of poetry and the visual arts on church and society globally as represented in his anthology “World of Change.”

Dr. Nancy Hall welcomed the conference on behalf of ABSW and afterward expressed warm gratitude for the event and the hope that this be one of a series of such events and cultural exchanges.

Discussions are in fact underway to continue and expand this conference  and  related events and publications. Stay tuned to New Way Media Fest for more.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

CHILDREN OF DAWN AWAKENED BY HARPIST AT NEW WAY MEDIA FEST 2014 IN BERKELEY


Harpist Susan Mashiyama is thanked by Fest Host David Randolph after performing his work entitled "Children of the Dawn" at the New Way Media Fest 2014 at the historic Berkeley Fellowship Hall. Dr. Randolph's 80th birthday was also celebrated with highlights from the film "The Great Parade" featuring dance and choreography by Carla DeSola.


  
David Madgalene, Master of Ceremonies, announces "World of Change" to the beat of Steve Shain. This new anthology, edited by Madgalene and published by New Way Media, features the work of over 60 poets from across the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. Featured at the Festival were anthology contributors, the celebrated Clive Matson and Veteran for Peace Fred Norman. Also featuring were BFUU Poet Holly Harwood and Vic Sadot, singer-songwriter, and head of BFUU's Social Justice Committee.  



Susan Mashiyama is pictured above performing    
Children of the Dawn

David James Randolph, Text © 2012
To the tune: O WALY WALY
Thanks to Nancy E. Hall

O God, we sing our praise to you –
Our Father, Mother, Parent true.
May sisters, brothers, nations, all
Embrace Creation by your call.

We give you thanks in everything –
In summer, autumn, winter, spring.
In all our nights and all our days,
We offer you our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks for your dear son
Who offers life to everyone.
So when we drink and when we eat,
In Christ’s true presence may we meet.

Our prayers to you will never cease
Till all the world shall be at peace.
Turn us away from pride and greed
To share our wealth with those in need.

In darkest times of threat and terror,
Save us, O God, from hateful error.
May we find light and pass it on,
To be true children of the dawn.


The New Way Media Fest 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, featuring the film by Randolph and Madgalene entitled "Dinner With Jane," in honor of Jane Dillenberger. This was filmed at our first Fest in 2004 and features Doug Adams, Robert Funk, Stephen DeStaebler and contemporaries. Thanks to CARE, Center for the Arts, Religion and Education, at the Graduate Theological Union, and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, especially the Social Justice Committee. Stay tuned for news to come.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

JESUS ENTERS SAN FRANCISCO 2014 HOLY WEEK

by David James Randolph ©

Jesus Christ enters San Francisco
riding upon…a bicycle.
He passes the reviewing stand and the Mayor
says to the City Supervisors
“I told you that bike lane was a good idea!”

Everybody is rushing to see him.
The strippers are joining with
men in their business suits to watch.
They’re stumbling out of bars
and filing out of offices.
They know something is happening.
The shopkeepers, the realtors, the restaurateurs, the waiters and witnesses
everybody except the people in the Post Office line
who are not giving up his or her place for anyone!
Some get carried away and start tearing palm branches off the trees
and throwing them in the path of Jesus
but this stops when the police ticket them for littering.
Jesus sees and laughs.
He pops a wheelie and calls out “Blessings on you!
Blessed are you when you save the trees.”

As he pops wheelies rearing up on the back wheel of the bike
he says, “Blessed are you!”
To the churches caring for the hungry and homeless
to the museums bearing witness to beauty
blessings on those caring for children
blessings on those watching out for the elderly.

But Jesus does not stay in the Bike Lane.
He pulls over to confront the merchants
selling child labor goods at high prices
and pulls down the Sale banner
“Woe unto you,” he cries.
“Woe unto you who do not pay teachers fairly
nor feed the hungry
nor house the homeless
nor support the artists.
Woe unto you who make war and not peace”
Some powerful people are scowling.
The shadows are deepening.
But Jesus just rides on through them
and as he heads out past Golden Gate Park
the fabulous sun bursts out
and fills the Pacific with golden light
and floods everything with glory.

You have this fabulous feeling of how beautiful is this place,
and how endangered it is.
How desperately each one of us must add to the beauty
and subtract from the danger
and what an honor it is to be alive
to prepare the way for Jesus Christ
to enter San Francisco.

From “On the Way After 9/11” by David James Randolph,

New Way Media, Albany, CA

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Way Fest Reaches New Heights in San Francisco Bay Area Before 9/11/2013


Carla DeSola soared high at the 9th Annual New Way Media Fest and lifted the crowd with her in response to Host David Randolph’s plea: “Carla, teach us to dance!" Carla and David McCauley (pictured above with Joan Carter and David Randolph) and Omega West Dancers dramatized the power of faith over fear against the painting of 9/11/2001 first responders by John Skaggs.

Pastor Sam Park welcomed a full Albany United Methodist Church as David Randolph preached on the theme “The Great Parade from Dream to Reality” and Carla led the dancers in the theme of  the poem “And God said Dance” by David Madgalene before the painting by John Skaggs. They are shown in this photo left to right in the order cited.

David McCauley re-presents a model of Michelangelo’s “ David” to Carla as Host Randolph smiles. The biblical David who was a great poet and dancer as well as warrior and leader powerfully symbolizes the dream that the Festival seeks to make real through vision and action. 

Tim Nuveen (poet and founding President of CARE Board) is seen here with Host David and Honoree Carla and Judy Anderson gathering strength to host our booth for thousands at the huge Solano Stroll.   

THE FESTIVAL THEME WAS SUMMED UP IN THE SERMON BY DR. RANDOLPH: 

We are on the march from the dream to the reality of the kingdom of God.
This is the day of the great parade from chaos through creation and creativity to community beloved of God and we are on the march.
We are marching in the spirit from despair to hope.
We are marching from the destruction of the planet to caring for it.
We are marching from inequality to justice.
We are marching from guns on our streets and war in the world to nonviolence at home and peace in the world.
We are on the march for many reasons but principally because Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount says, this is the way to live: forward march!
Before today you might have thought beatitudes were platitudes.
This is the day that changes and we see them as a call to action and we must take a stand. 

STAY TUNED FOR PLANS FOR TENTH ANNUAL NEW WAY MEDIA FESTIVAL IN 2014.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Ninth Annual New Way Media and Art Festival presents

THE GREAT PARADE
Carla DeSola                     Photo: Beverly Hall

    FROM DREAM TO REALITY
Honoring Carla DeSola
Founder and Host: David James Randolph
Director: David Madgalene

Sunday, September 8, 2013
10 AM Special Worship with Dance by Carla DeSola,
 Sabine Henrie, Jennifer Kimball, 
Claudia Florian McCaffrey and David McCauley
and sermon by David James Randolph
11 AM Festival Celebration Luncheon
Honoring Carla DeSola
Free and Open to the Public. Donations accepted.

The Albany United Methodist Church,
980 Stannage Ave. (at Marin Ave.),
 Albany, California 94706.

              Partners include the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE-GTU).