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December 15, 2023: Just Another Version of You - Norman Lear

Friday, December 15, 2023: Just Another Version of You:


Christmas Concerts with our friend Doug Harmon and his Son:

Sunday, December 17th at 3:00PM

Location: St. Vincent's Church

# 1 St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903:

Come enjoy this hour and 15 minute concert of wonderful Christmas Music - great for the whole family

Donations accepted.

CD's on sale featuring all our favorites with Doug and Dana Couey

Reflection: The Moral Imagination & Holiness of Norman Lear

Norman Lear was a champion of moral imagination, as all prophets are. I believe Norman Lear was a holy man employing a saintliness fit for our times.

I name four signs of holiness for our times: Joy, Justice, Generosity and Courage. Norman Lear was a man of joy and justice with plenty of generosity and courage thrown in.

I wish I knew how we achieve the goal of world peace. My bumper sticker reads 'Just Another Version of You.' The sooner we agree that we're just other versions of each other - we human beings - the sooner we will find some sense of world peace. – Norman Lear

When it comes to Joy, Lear was committed to making people laugh. He said that even tragedy invariably includes comedy within it. He found comedy and generated laughter even around difficult and divisive topics. He touched that special trait of being human – our capacity to laugh at ourselves and make room for Joy and meaningful discussion.

Lear was fiercely committed to Justice and Healing. He established his organization, People for the American Way, with justice in mind. Lear saw racial injustice and gender injustice and put them on television for all to see and even laugh at and to elicit discussion among those who disagree. Rob Reiner remembers friend Norman Lear's legacy: 'He fought his entire life for democracy'

I think America, unfortunately, collectively thinks of itself as the 'chosen people.' To my knowledge, there are no chosen people, we are all human beings. - Norman Lear

As a bomber pilot who flew 57 missions over Nazi Germany in WWII, Lear fought fascism and later he did so as a creator of comedy. Interviewed last year at the age of 100, he expressed his concern that America elected an Archie Bunker as its 45th president.

Generosity was at work in Lear’s gifting us unceasingly with his many talents. Just the number and quality of shows he created demonstrates his hard work and willingness to give his creative gifts away generously.

As for Courage, Lear had to fight networks and censors:

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way - the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know - people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this. - Norman Lear

It seems to me that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to be responsible, to help where he can in a world that needs so very much, that threatens us so very much. - Norman Lear

On being a lightning rod because of his political activism: "I've received a lot of death threats. I never intended to be a lightning rod. Somebody asked me in an interview, if I had a bumper sticker, what would my bumper sticker be? And I said, 'Just another version of you.' And that's what I think we all are — versions of each other because we have to come to the understanding that we are one."

Thank you, Norman, for your Courage and Generosity, your commitment to caring and healing, Justice and the spread of Joy. In short, for the holiness you shared.

Excerpted from Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox

Suggested by Victoria!

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