Frankly Speaking ...
- Robert M. Franklin (Posted from New Zealand)
- During the mid-1990s a powerful film titled, "Once Were Warriors," was released (worth renting). It told the stories of some Maori people coping with urban poverty. Yesterday, I visited the community of Otara in South Auckland where it was filmed to continue examination of how boys and men of color are doing in global perspective. Although violence, pain and pathology are central to the drama (of film and daily life), we saw, heard and experienced the assets and strengths of Samoan, Maori, Tonga and other Pacific Islands kinfolk. Visited a school where young men are learning the traditional art of carving and visited churches where young men are finding themselves. Convened a powerful focus group with the young brothers. Dynamic faith leaders are clearly making a difference in the lives of young men. Enjoyed visit with Auckland University theology faculty (Stephen Garner, host), and witnessed after school art and rap music programs to channel youth energies in a positive way. Cheryl led a powerful seminar on improving health information and practices for women. Auckland is another world class city with unusual features nearby like active volcanoes and craters.
- BLOG COMMENTS:
Name of sender: Cheryl - This is awesome and it gives me insight to other parts of the world.
Name of sender: Jeremiah Wright - This is great, Dr. Franklin. It is also eye opening and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing such invaluable information. There was (is) no mention of Dwight Hopkins' group (Religions and Spiritualities of Global Darker Peoples). Did you meet or interact with any of the Maori people (Samoan, Tonga or Melanesian) who are a part of Dwight's group? Did the discussions at the seminary include any writings from that group's book, ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE? Keep up the great blogs and the penetrating research. You are blessing many people.
Name of sender: Fran Phillips-Calhoun - Dear RMF, Many thanks to you and Cheryl for your global leadership and for 'turning mirrors into far-seeing windows' of a world that has much to share. Blessings for your journey (ies) and I look forward to assisting with and/or reading the outpouring of your spirit into new publications that will bless and empower generations. Peace and admiration, Fran Phillips-Calhoun
Name of sender: Otis Moss,Jr. - We are fortunate to have your intellect and spirit representing us at the global level. You and Dr. Cheryl are perfect ambassadors and pilgrims.