INTRODUCTION TO BEGUINE AGAIN, THE BARDO GROUP and
We are a consolidation of two collaboratives with the shared core values of peace, sustainability and social justice.
At Beguine Again, an interfaith effort founded by Methodist Minister, Terri Stewart. You will find daily meditations, spiritual practice and inspirational posts. Beguine Again seeks to encourage, inspire and transform through personal spiritual experience. For further detail visit: Spritual Practices.
The Bardo Group was founded by poet and writer, Jamie Dedes, and is formed by writers, poets, story-tellers, artists and photographers, musicians, clerics and spiritual teachers from the world over.
The Bardo Group no longer posts daily. Instead, along with Beguine Again, we are excited to present The BeZine, an eZine delivering a fresh new theme each month. The people who visit here to read, “Like,” and comment are as integral to this community as are the contributors. Visitors lend their energy, support, imagination and insights to this evolving effort. Comments are open and kindly expressed perspectives and suggestions are welcome.
Our archive of years of poems, essays, writing prompts, fiction, art, and video is accessible through the search feature. Poems and features by Anne Emerson and Robert Rossel have been removed due to copyright questions subsequent to their deaths.
In collaboration with the Beguine Again team, the goal of The Bardo Group is to foster proximity and understanding through our shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make – however modest – a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as hope, friendship, reason and birth.
Our focus is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We cover these topics in the form of reviews, essays, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, music, art, and photography. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.”
This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear.
We acknowledge that there are enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within the traditions and ethnic or national groups, but we believe that ultimately self-preservation, common sense, and human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration and overcome division and disorder.
We ply our art, meditations, and prayer toward that tipping point when compromise – an admittedly imperfect peace – will overcome war and respect for life will topple resentment. That may not happen in our time, but it has to start somewhere and sometime and this is our modest contribution toward an end for which diverse people the world over are working and praying.
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In the spirit of love, peace and community,
Jamie Dedes on behalf of
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Update: December 3, 2016