Plymouth Forum April 21: Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for our Time, with David Korten 

April 15, 2013

I am delighted to announce that David Korten, co-founder of YES! Magazine and one of the most thoughtful progressive voices in America, will lead our Earth-Day Forum this Sunday.   In discussing his recent essay, “Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time,” David brings a message both provocative and relevant to a religious community like Plymouth, as we seek to find our voice in the modern world.

As a scholar and activist, David has been wrestling for decades with the following puzzle: Given obvious signs that industrial civilization is wreaking havoc on our planetary home, why do we seem unable to alter course?  He proposes that the key can be found in our “foundational stories” – core stories that tell us about the human role in the cosmos.  Two prominent versions – that the universe is controlled by a distant God or that the universe is simply a vast clockwork with no purpose or meaning – are often presented as if they are the only alternatives.  Unfortunately, both these versions tend to keep us trapped in our current, suicidal trajectory, for neither provides a meaningful role for human agency.

But wait!  There is an alternative, David argues, that opens a path to a viable future filled with meaning and purpose.  Moreover, this alternative story actually lies at the heart of most mystical traditions, including Christianity.  What is this alternative?  Come and find out!

Dr. David Korten is the author of several books, including "When Corporations Rule the World" (1995) and his seminal work, "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community" (2006).  He is board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, and a member of the Club of Rome.  He earned an MBA and PhD in business from Stanford University, was a captain in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, and spent five years on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.  Following a distinguished (but ultimately frustrating) career promoting economic development in the third world, he returned to the U.S. in 1992 to work outside of established institutions in pursuit of wholesale economic and social reform.

--Tad Anderson for Adult Education Board



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