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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 27, 2012

David James Randolph at the Beat Museum, in San Francisco, California, at the 5th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival, will present his thesis that at the heart of the Beat Experience was Beat Spirituality. Hosted by MC David Madgalene, Beat Spirituality will be Saturday’s topic at the Beat festival and this expression of 100 Thousand Poets For Change. David Madgalene will present spiritually uplifting material from his new book, “Call Down the Angel.” Also presenting on Saturday are a veritable Who’s Who of San Francisco Bay Area Poets including Joan Gelfand, Marcy Moonstar, Mark Eckert, Leah Lubin, Andrew Mayer, Gor Yaswen, Margo van Veen, Abby Lynn Bogomolny, Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, and Monica Zones.

The 5th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival will continue on Sunday with an inquiry into the philosophy of the 1960s, hosted by MC Terry Adams. Presenters on Sunday to include Clive Matson, Kirk Lumpkin with bassist Mark Wieder of the Word Music Continuum, Jym Marks, Erica Goss, Geoffrey Todd Lake, the Beat Temple, Ava Bird, the George Orwell Experience, La Honda Films, Peter Sherburn-Zimmer, C. Theodore
Walker, Tom Devine, Vic Lovell, D. Jayne McPherson, and Bruce Damer.

Saturday, September 29, 2012. 100,00 Thousand Poets For Change presents the Fifth Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival (Day One). 3-5 pm. The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway (at Columbus), San Francisco, CA. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 30, 2012. Thousand Poets For Change presents the Fifth Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival (Day Two 1-6 pm. The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway (at
Columbus), San Francisco, CA. Free and open to the public.

On and about September 29, 2012, under the auspices of 100 Thousand Poets For Change, poets, musicians and artists in 650 cities in 115 countries around the world are planning individual events to take place in a celebration of poetry, art and music to promote world peace and environmental sustainability and positive social, environmental, and political change.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Eighth Annual New Way Media Festival


Painting by John Skaggs

 ARTISTS ANSWER 9/11 2001-2012.

Painters, photographers, poets and writers present a weekend 
of visual art, poetry, music and literary appreciation. 
Hosts and MC’s: 
David James Randolph, David Madgalene and Rev. Dr. Sam Parks. 
Artists and presenters: 
Don Hazen, Mollie Hazen, Kirk Lumpkin, John Skaggs, 
Rebecca Skaggs, and Lyn Talkovsky.

Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Saturday, September 8, 2012: 2 pm to 6 pm.
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturday and Sunday Free and Open to the Public. Donations accepted.
Friday, September 7, 2012: 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm (By invitation).

The Albany United Methodist Church, 
980 Stannage Ave. (at Marin Ave.; one block off Solano Ave.),
 Albany, California 94706.

Sponsors include the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE), affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

Contact: David Madgalene, davidra @

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LeRoy Neiman in Action

LeRoy Nieman was famous as the painter who caught athletes with movement, color and grace more vividly than any other of his time. He was himself a social athlete who moved gracefully among people individually, in small groups and large crowds. Here we see him in action with David Randolph and Lynn Quayle at Joey Adams Birthday Party hosted by Cindy Adams in New York.

                    With David Randolph

              With Lynn Quayle, Personal Assistant

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Super Moon in 2012, Super God Forever

Super Moon Over Golden Gate Bridge

God's Love...shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.
--Psalm 89.37

Photos copyright 2012 by David James Randolph

Tuesday, February 28, 2012



Included here are the sermons of which a seminary president said, "Every page of this book shows what it is about David Randolph that makes for his well-deserved reputation as a superbly communicative preacher," and a popular New York entertainer said, "This book by David Randolph is entertaining and joyful. Read it and it will love the hell out of you and bring you closer to God." What has Jesus Christ got to do with our credit cards? The title sermon of this collection addresses this question in a current expression of David James Randolph's lifelong effort to relate the central affirmations of the Christian faith to the central issues of our time. 

List Price: $20.00
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
204 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1470083670
ISBN-10: 1470083671
BISAC: Religion / Spirituality

Thursday, February 16, 2012

DeStaebler Masterpiece Meets New Media at Newman Chapel at UCB

By David James Randolph                      From “Worship That Flies” Tribute

We see Stephen DeStaebler’s work at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit centering in the Crucifixion or Crucifix in the setting of a living, breathing, working and worshipping community of the Roman Catholic Newman Center at the University of California at Berkeley. The Chapel of the Newman Center at UCB dramatically displays the challenges and opportunities for worship in this 21st century. Front and center is Christ on the cross by De Staebler and immediately on the left as we face forward is the screen that is used for digital projections. This juxtaposition symbolizes the encounter of ancient tradition with new media in contemporary worship. This embodies the issues we are discussing here providing a focus, theatre and laboratory for art and worship. The specific aspect of this chapel that makes it ideal for discussion is the juxtaposition of the Crucifix by De Staebler and the screen used for digital projection at the very center of the worship space.

Consider the Crucifix that is part of the sculpted altar by De Staebler dated 1968. As a space for worship, this is a means of grace. This crucifix depicts Christ crucified, without doubt. But this crucified Christ is also risen. Or actually rising as we view him. I know of no other sculpture which so perfectly expresses the Biblical view of Christ at once crucified and risen. Scholars’ wrestle with how these two dimensions of the Christ appeared chronologically (separated in time) must be understood together theologically. The worshipper in this space comes into the luminous presence of one who transcends those categories.

In the context of De Staebler’s work this Crucifixion is exceptional. Characteristically, his figures are fragmentary, suggestions, hints of a hidden whole. Here, in this broken Christ, the whole is restored.

This Crucifixion is also exceptional in the context of art history and takes its place with the masterpieces of sacred art. What other work of any period so effectively represents the Christ at once crucified, risen, ascending while present where His word is preached and the sacraments administered?

To fully appreciate this work and its setting it is important to consider the lighting. De Staebler himself pointed this out to me in his observation that the sculpture and worship center were designed to be illuminated in a particular way. For variety of reasons including the time of day and the economics of electricity the work may be shadowed or obscured in a negative way that calls for the intended illumination. This work also grows richer with progressive viewings and meditation that of course is part of its purpose in the chapel.

Consider the screen by the side of this crucifix. Looked at, the screen is an intrusion. It seems a profane intrusion into the sacred. It is not aesthetically pleasing. But the screen is not there to be looked at. It is not an object of art but a means of communication. Therefore, when the projector is turned on, the words of the hymn appear, and the congregation lifts its voice in song, the screen illuminates the crucifix as brilliantly as medieval manuscript art enlightens the Bible.

Worship is transformed from an activity in which individuals are riveted to books holding texts to a communal experience freeing them to be more present to one another, more aware of their surroundings and more active in their worship.
The screen was installed in this chapel originally as in many places of worship to show the words of hymns and announcements. But once installed they open the possibility of a new world of communication. For example, when a funeral mass is held here a memorial video may help viewers recall the life and times of their friend.

The use of a screen or screens in worship has become so extensive in some churches that it includes virtually every aspect of the service, including film clips in sermons and short films or videos, animated biblical cartoons for children, etc. for, and thus the challenge and opportunity of New Media in worship.
The New Media are no a less challenge to the art world itself. Walter Pater said that all art aspires to the musical. Now all art aspires to the digital. Digital media are now defining how paintings of the past are studied and how art of the future is created. For some, New Media take the place of the thief who would rob Jesus of his power while for others it is a means of renewing that power. The Chapel of the Newman Center at the University of California at Berkeley with the masterpiece of Stephen De Staebler near the screen for new media demonstrates the renewal of this power. 

De Staebler in Motion

Stephen De Staebler is seen and heard here at a dinner celebrating Jane Dillenberger created by David James Randolph at the GTU in Berkeley in 2004. Stephen De Staebler is now celebrated as a great sculptor whose work is featured at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, MOMA New York and internationally. The night of the dinner he moves slowly from the ailment which is then not publicly known. Someone shouts from the crowd, "Your time is almost up ,Stephen." He replies, "It's short." He then offers a tribute which though brief reveals a motivation for his enormous work as an artist, "Words cannot adequately express ..." Stephen De Staebler 1933-2011.