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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Three Cheers for Ted Roszak and the Elder Culture!!!

By David J. Randolph Ph.D., Distinguished Professor at Olivet University, San Francisco Author and with David Madgalene Co-Editors of forthcoming “More Candles,Please!" from New Way Media

Theodore Roszak’s “The Making of an Elder Culture” from New Society Publishers is brilliant in describing, analyzing and prophesying about the major social movement from the Counterculture of the 20th century to the Elder Culture of the 21st Century. Cheers!

This book is also a practical guide to the personal challenges and opportunities of growing wiser while growing older. Cheers!

The work is also a personal triumph for Theodore Roszak who proves himself in the marathon of later life a winner in the race he began in the dash of young adulthood. It is rare for a writer to name and define a generation and then describe it in both fiction and nonfiction. There was F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age and now there is Theodore Roszak and the Elder Culture. Roszak shows that not only are there second acts in American lives but they may be better than the first. Cheers!

I view some things differently from Roszak. For example, I find C.S. Lewis a more positive resource. But he is so persuasive in the way he builds his case that he challenges others to do as well.

Ted Roszak and this book are candles in the dark of this culture and its discontents.

I look forward to lifting it up for discussion and action especially in our “More Candles, Please “ Project now in development.

"More Candles Please!"

In dark times there are people and communities who shine like candles to illuminate, heal and lead us forward. “More Candles, Please!" is an effort to identify and share some of these sources more widely and effectively.

A sequel to “On the Way After 9/11” (2002) and “Candles in the Dark, Flames for the Future” (2003),“More Candles, Please” is a call for poems, prayers, sermons, visual art etc. to be gathered, selected and published in the broad sense of that word (including print and online) on or about June of 2010 in order to be in place before the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, 2001.

David Randolph and David Madgalene are collaborating in editing this work. In this early stage we are focusing on those who have been especially illuminating to us. This means You…

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

You Are Invited!

NEW WAY MEDIA AND ARTS FESTIVAL Thursday December 17th, 2009 at Olivet University, 250 4th Street, San Francisco, CA. Co-sponsored by CARE (Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Center, Berkeley, CA). Schedule (times subject to change): 1 PM Worship in the Chapel; 2 PM Panel and Featured Speaker Dan Shumaker on "CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN A VISUAL AGE." 3 PM Big Screen Presentations; 4:15 PM Special Presentations and Viewing of Exhibitions; 5:30 PM Special Music by JCM Choir; and 6 PM Christmas Party and Gala Refreshments.