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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Remember Jane Daggett Dillenberger 1916-2014

Photo by David James Randolph
Jane Daggett Dillenberger taught us the love of beauty and the beauty of love and now all these lessons are required to keep the learning alive. Her legacy as our Mentor and Muse lives on in the lives she touched, the academic field she pioneered, the books she wrote, the lessons she taught in classrooms, living and dining rooms as well as museums like the Metropolitan in New York when I was her Drew University student in the 1950's. In dark moments we may recall Jane's conviction that learning is a dialogue that never ends and continue the conversation in that light.

By David James Randolph
Student, Drew University
Colleague and Friend, Graduate Theological Union

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


(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


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


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