Fwd: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:48:12 -0700 (PDT)
Here's an email I received from Tom McSteen, chair of the MN350 Leadership
Team, about the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium that he's facilitating on
March 29, as well as my response after viewing the two-part video on which
the Symposium is very likely based. (In the process of tracking down the
video, I came across Top Documentary Films, a website that offers free
documentaries on a variety of subjects for free. It can be found here:

When I know more about the book club, I'll post the additional information.
I highly recommend *The* *Green Boat* by Mary Pipher. Some information is
available on the group's Facebook page listed above, and the person to
contact about participating is Katy Gaynor <katygaynor [at] comcast.net>.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 3:31 AM
Subject: Re: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
To: Tom McSteen <tmcsteen [at] comcast.net>

Hi Tom,

I deeply appreciate your sharing the information about the Awakening the
Dreamer Symposium. I just got done viewing the two-part video that is
probably shown at the Symposium, and it is very powerful indeed. I had
already registered for the Symposium, and I also sent Katy Gaynor an email
about participating in the next book club gathering on March 23. (I read *The
Green Boat* for the Fall Be the Spark workshop series sponsored by MN
Interfaith Power & Light, but we didn't actually discuss it, so I look
forward to the conversation.)

As a naturalistic Buddhist I hesitate to use the word 'awake', since it can
be misunderstood and Gautama made some claims that probably have no
scientific basis, but I believe that I'm 'awake' in the sense that you may
mean, and I believe I've had moments of being 'awake' in something of the
sense that Gautama used it, though everything changes and doors open and
close all the time. Perhaps you can tell me more about what being 'awake'
means to you on Wednesday evening at the Aster Cafe.

I look forward to the Symposium and your able facilitation. The video
brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat several times; I expect
the live experience in a room of concerned and committed interbeings will
be even more powerful. Thanks again.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM, Tom McSteen <tmcsteen [at] comcast.net> wrote:

> Friends -
> On November 7, 2010, I attended my first Awakening the Dreamer symposium.
>  My life has been on a different trajectory ever since.
> While my community engagement is now primarily with MN350, I have a
> wonderful opportunity to facilitate this symposium on March 29th.  Please
> consider coming and/or sharing with others.
> For those of you who are already AWAKE, this may be a deepening experience
> for you.  And, if you want to "WAKE UP" someone in your life, this is a
> good way to do it!  At least, that's been my experience, both for me and
> others I know.
> Thanks for considering,
>  Tom McSteen
> ------------------------------
> *Awakening the Dreamer Symposium*
> *Saturday March 29, 1- 5 pm *
> *Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis,
> 55410*
> Want to help bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually
> fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet? Attend the
> Awakening the Dreamer Symposium!
> Designed in collaboration with some of the finest scientific, indigenous,
> and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state
> of our planet from a new perspective. During this half-day event, you will
> watch video segments, engage in small- and large-group discussions, and
> have time for personal reflection. By the time you leave, you will feel
> connected with your deep concern for our world, inspired by what's possible
> for the future, and empowered to make a difference.
> For more information and to register:
> www.eventbrite.com/e/awakening-the-dreamer-symposium-tickets-10513854221
> View a 4-minute trailer about the symposium: www.uptous.org/symposium
> Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AwakeningTheDreamerMN
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