Buddhist leader, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an unexpected outcome. They met only two times and became not only allies in the peace movement but friends as they set aside their differences in religion, culture, and the fact that their countries were at war with one another. The vibrancy and inspiration of their friendship is alive today and has practical implications as we strive together to embrace a life more deeply connected with the capacity for transformation in this imperiled world. The two men bonded over a shared vision of what the late Congressman John Lewis called “The Beloved Community.” Bishop Andrus responded to the question about what this community is like and what the world would look like in which we are in mutual relationship. He said, “We live in a world where some people are objects, the Earth is an object… And thus, they’re available to be used and abused. This is the prevailing worldview. The Beloved Community is quite different than that. It’s a place where all those objects suddenly emerge as equal to each other and what binds them together is overflowing love… So, if you and I are connected by love that is different than being connected by profit desire, or by fear, or by hatred. We’re connected by love. And a world connected by love, at peace with itself, is the beloved community.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Andrus is the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal diocese of California, elected in 2006. Raised among the hills and lakes of East Tennessee, Bishop Marc developed an early love for the beauty of the earth and a call to protect it. His activism, grounded in contemplative prayer, has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, civil rights for LBGTQ+ persons, health care, and climate change. Mark has led the Episcopal delegation to the annual UN Climate Conference. In service for Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop Marc serves as representative to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.
Marc Andrus is the author of:
To learn more about the work of Bishop Marc Andrus go to http://www.diocal.org/bishop/
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Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 4/20/2023 Program Number: 3786
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